Sunday 21 February 2021  |  6:30PM


Sunset: Approximately 8.04pm

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

'I was inspired to write Birdsong at Dusk at a friend's beach house in Mango Avenue in Mackay, in far north-western Queensland. The waves of the ocean were floating upon the sand while the birds were singing their song. With a piano close to the verandah, I began to write: overlooking the inlet on a low tide, the sun drifting to meet the sky, I listened to the birdsong at dusk.'

– William Barton

The ancient Peramangk country surrounding UKARIA is full of memory: funerals and ceremonies have been held at the Mount Barker Summit for thousands of years. Although much of the language and cultural practices of the original custodians have not survived, the existence of UKARIA ensures the site remains a meeting place for music.

In an unmissable union of light, landscape, Indigenous traditions and Western classical music, ARIA-Award winning didgeridoo virtuoso William Barton joins Véronique Serret (violin) to play ‘chamber music at its most primal and contemporary’ (Gramophone). As the last golden rays of sunlight illuminate the summit and the sky turns to flame, the deep, powerful, buzzing drones of the didgeridoo commune with the chromatic slides of stringed instruments, becoming indistinguishable from the chorus of birdsong in the garden.

Approximately seventy minutes without interval


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: Keith Saunders

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