Friday 12 February 2021  |  6:30PM


* Due to popular demand, we've added an additional performance.

Sunset: Approximately 8.11pm

‘Between three and four in the morning, the awakening of birds: a solo blackbird or nightingale improvises, surrounded by a shimmer of sound, by a halo of trills lost high in the trees.

In the middle section are the impalpable harmonies of heaven. In the piano, sweet cascades of blue-orange chords, enclosing in their distant chimes the almost plainchant song of the violin and cello.

The abyss is Time with its sadness, its weariness. The birds are the opposite to Time; they are our desire for light, for stars, for rainbows, and for jubilant songs.

Music of stone, formidable granite sound; irresistible movement of steel, huge blocks of purple rage, icy drunkenness.

The angel appears in full force, especially the rainbow that covers him (the rainbow, symbol of peace, wisdom and all luminescent and sonorous vibration).

Its slow ascent to the acutely extreme is the ascent of man to his god, the child of God to his Father, the being made divine towards Paradise.’

– Olivier Messiaen (1908–1992)

Composed in a prisoner-of-war camp during World War II with the only instruments available to him, Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time was first performed outside and in the rain, for an audience of around 400 fellow prisoners and guards in Stalag VIII-A. It is now recognised as one of the masterpieces of the twentieth century.

Sophie Rowell | Violin
Julian Smiles | Cello
David Griffiths | Clarinet
Aura Go | Piano


Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827)
Piano Trio in E flat, Op. 1 No. 1

I. Allegro
II. Andante cantabile
III. Scherzo. Allegro assai
IV. Finale. Presto

Béla Bartók (1881–1945)
Contrasts, Sz. 111 for Clarinet, Violin and Piano

I. Verbunkos (Recruiting Dance)
II. Pihenő (Relaxation)
III. Sebes (Fast Dance)


Olivier Messiaen (1908–1992)
Quartet for the End of Time

I. Liturgie de cristal (Crystal liturgy)
II. Vocalise, pour l'Ange qui annonce la fin du Temps (Vocalise, for the Angel who announces the end of time)
III. Abîme des oiseux (Abyss of birds)
IV. Intermède (Interlude)
V. Louange à l'Éternité de Jésus (Praise to the eternity of Jesus)
VI. Danse de la fureur, pour les sept trompettes (Dance of fury, for the seven trumpets)
VII. Fouillis d'arcs-en-ciel, pour l'Ange qui annonce la fin du Temps (Tangle of rainbows, for the Angel who announces the end to time)
VIII. Louange à l'Immortalité de Jésus (Praise to the immortality of Jesus)

Duration Approximately two hours, including a twenty-minute interval
Note A two-course dinner will follow at 8.30pm (separate booking required)


The wellbeing of our audience and artists is our first priority. We've implemented a number of measures to make your experience at UKARIA as safe as possible.


UKARIA holds an SA Health approved COVID-Safe Plan enabling us to host events up to 75% of our maximum capacity, provided all patrons wear masks.

Checking In

Upon arrival, we require all patrons to register their details for contact tracing. Checking in is quick and easy:

  • Download or log in to the free mySA Gov app
  • Scan the QR code (located in the concert hall foyer and alfresco bar area) with your phone's camera
  • Enter your name and phone number
  • Follow the prompts
  • Done – you're checked in!

If you do not have a smartphone, or experience any issues checking in on your device, don't panic: we will have a sign-up sheet available in the foyer where you can manually write down your details. Please see our Front of House team in the foyer, who will be able to assist you.


All seats are general admission. If you require mobility-impaired access, please let us know by emailing [email protected] or phoning (08) 8227 1277.

Hand Sanitiser

Hand sanitiser will be provided in the foyer and alfresco bar.

Entering the Auditorium

The doors of the auditorium will open fifteen minutes prior to the start time of the event. Please see our front-of-house team in the foyer, who will check your ticket details and direct you to an usher who will help you find your seats.


Patrons can purchase barista coffee, tea, or a glass of wine to enjoy before the event or during the interval from the alfresco bar. The bar will be open ninety minutes prior to the event. We encourage you to wander through the garden to help us maintain physical distancing.

Photo: Jacqui Way

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