Sunday 5 December 2021  |  2:30PM

* This concert has been postponed from its original date of Sunday 18 July due to the COVID-19 crisis. If you've booked tickets, they will remain valid for Sunday 5 December, and no further action is required. If you would prefer to receive a full refund or a gift voucher credit (valid for three years), please phone (08) 8227 1277 or email [email protected] We deeply appreciate your patience and understanding as we continue to navigate these challenging times.


The field shimmering with flowers,
the stars swirling in the heavens,
the song of the lark
fills the blue abyss.

– Appollon Maykov (1821–1897)

Ukrainian-Australian pianist Sonya Lifschitz is at the forefront of cross-disciplinary collaboration in Australia. Innovative and fiercely creative, Sonya reimagines the classical canon and pushes the boundaries of conventional concert practices.

Conceived as a reflection on the cyclical nature of life, Above / Below pairs the poetic, lyrical vignettes of Tchaikovsky's The Seasons, Op. 37a (based on the twelve calendar months of the year) with the abstract mysticism of George Crumb's Makrokosmos, Book I (based on the twelve signs of the zodiac).

Joining Sonya is performance artist Christine Johnston (known affectionately as 'Madame Lark'), whose uncanny ability to mimic Australian birdcalls – along with her gift for narration – has seen her appear at festivals and concerts across the country. In this concert, she'll play the musical saw, imitate the song of the lark, and recite poetry as Sonya juxtaposes two widely divergent musical voices, allowing them to speak to each other in surprising and illuminating ways.


George Crumb (b. 1929)
Makrokosmos, Book I

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840–1893)
The Seasons, Op. 37a

Cancer: Primeval Sounds (Genesis I)
June: Barcarolle
Pisces: Proteus
March: Song of the Lark
Taurus: Pastorale
May: Starlit Nights
Capricorn: Crucifixus
January: At the Fireside
Scorpio: The Phantom Gondolier
Sagittarius: Night-Spell I
November: Troika
Libra: Music of Shadows
October: Autumn Song
Virgo: The Abyss of Time
December: Christmas
Gemini: Dream Images (Love-Death Music)

Christine Johnston. Photo: Stephanie Do Rozario

| Approximately one hour without interval.
Note | Complimentary afternoon tea will be served after the performance.


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UKARIA holds an SA Health approved COVID-Safe Plan enabling us to host events at full capacity (220 people), provided all patrons wear masks.

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