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The West Australian Symphony Orchestra (WASO) is Western Australia’s largest and busiest performing arts organisation. With a reputation for excellence, engagement and innovation, WASO’s resident company of full-time, professional musicians plays a central role in creating a culturally vibrant Western Australia. WASO is a not for profit company, funded through government, ticket revenue and the generous support of the community through corporate and philanthropic partnerships.

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WASO’s mission is to touch souls and enrich lives through music. Each year the Orchestra entertains and inspires the people of Western Australia through its concert performances, regional tours, innovative education and community programs. WASO also has a proud history of commissioning and performing new music by leading Australian and international composers.

WASO’s extensive and award-winning Education and Community Engagement program reaches people of all ages and backgrounds and offers programs and events that complement the curriculum, improve social and emotional wellbeing and encourage participation in and appreciation of music. With a commitment to visiting remote and regional locations WASO takes music to students and communities in all corners of the vast state of Western Australia. WASO is privileged to be based at the Perth Concert Hall, one of Australia’s finest venues, revered for its exceptional acoustic.

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Comic-Con In Concert

Let the games begin with WASO's interpretation of some of your favourite movie scores!

  • Dates:Aug 8
  • Time(s):7:30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:WASO
  • Venue Address:5 St Georges Terrace, Perth, WA, 6000
  • Ticket Price FROM:$25
  • Ticket price TO:$79
  • Type:Music
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly
  • Produced By:WASO: WA Symphony Orchestra
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Music:Concerto,Orchestral

Description

Sometimes we’re dressed in black playing Mozart and sometimes we’re breeding raptors and in cosplay! We’re bringing old favourites and new surprises for our third year running. You told us what you wanted to hear and we’ve answered the call in a concert program of pure magic with your favourite scores from movies like Jurassic Park, How to Train Your Dragon and Jaws, video games like Final Fantasy and even more pop-culture fun from the wizarding world and beyond.

Whether you’re a Wonder Woman warrior or a fully-armoured Thor, grab your mates, dress up and come along to this fun fantasy night with WASO!

Christopher Dragon conductor

Last Night Of The Proms 2020

Conducter Guy Noble brings audiences a classical spectacular!

  • Dates:Jul 24 & 26
  • Time(s):Jul 24 at 7:30pm; Jul 26 at 2:00pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:WASO
  • Venue Address:5 St Georges Terrace, Perth, WA, 6000
  • Ticket Price FROM:$30
  • Ticket price TO:$104
  • Type:Classical Music,Music
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly
  • Produced By:WASO: WA Symphony Orchestra
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Description

Bring your best voice and party spirit as we raise the roof at Perth Concert Hall with WASO’s annual barnstorm of flag-waving favourites. Join conductor Guy Noble, the WASO Chorus and special guests as we whip up a spectacular musical feast, complete with a cavalcade of classical hits and patriotic anthems. As always the concert comes to an unmissable end with the traditional ‘Last Night of the Proms’ sing-a-long including Jerusalem and Rule, Britannia.

Guy Noble: conductor
Sky Ingram: soprano
Emmalena Huning: violin
WASO Chorus

Petrenko's Shostakovich

Triumph over Tyranny

  • Dates:Jul 30
  • Time(s):11am
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:WASO
  • Venue Address:5 St Georges Terrace, Perth, WA, 6000
  • Ticket Price FROM:$30
  • Ticket price TO:$60
  • Type:Classical Music,Music
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly
  • Produced By:WASO: WA Symphony Orchestra
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Description

Shostakovich wrote some of the most devastatingly powerful music in the repertoire. Be transported back to St Petersburg in 1905 on the eve of the revolution with his intensely charged eleventh symphony, led by world acclaimed Russian conductor Vasily Petrenko.

 

SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No.11 The Year 1905

Vasily Petrenko conductor

Mozart's Elvira Madigan Concerto With Petrenko's Shostakovich

Lyrical melody and a powerful symphony

  • Dates:Jul 31, Aug 1
  • Time(s):7:30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:WASO
  • Venue Address:5 St Georges Terrace, Perth, WA, 6000
  • Ticket Price FROM:$30
  • Ticket price TO:$94
  • Type:Classical Music
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly
  • Produced By:WASO: WA Symphony Orchestra
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Description

Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.21 is instantly recognisable. Immortalised in the 1967 film Elvira Madigan, it’s a showcase of the composer’s skill at weaving a supremely lyrical melody into a full-bodied sound world. The concerto is brought to life by South Korean pianist Yeol Eum Son, one of today’s most distinguished Mozart interpreters.

Shostakovich composed some of the most devastatingly powerful music in the repertoire. Be transported back to St Petersburg in 1905 on the eve of the revolution with his intensely charged eleventh symphony, led by world acclaimed Russian conductor Vasily Petrenko.

MOZART: Piano Concerto No.21 Elvira Madigan
SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No.11 The Year 1905

Vasily Petrenko: conductor
Yeol Eum Son: piano

Naked Classics: Fantastic Symphonies

Secrets, lies, love and obsession

  • Dates:Aug 13
  • Time(s):6:30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:WASO
  • Venue Address:5 St Georges Terrace, Perth, WA, 6000
  • Ticket Price FROM:$30
  • Ticket price TO:$55
  • Type:Classical Music,Music
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly
  • Produced By:WASO: WA Symphony Orchestra
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Description

For centuries, the symphony has been the ultimate canvas for composers to express their innermost thoughts and feelings at scale. Join presenter Paul Rissmann as he explores the motivation behind four landmark works, in a playlist that ranges from classical beauty to unadulterated horror.

 

HAYDN: Symphony No.104: Finale
BERLIOZ: Symphonie fantastique: 5th movement
MAHLER: Symphony No.5: Adagietto
SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No.5: 4th movement

Paul Rissmann: presenter
Benjamin Northey: conductor

Dreams Of Air And Flight

Cast your eyes to the skies!

  • Dates:Aug 15
  • Time(s):1:00pm and 3:00pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:WASO
  • Venue Address:5 St Georges Terrace, Perth, WA, 6000
  • Ticket Price FROM:$25
  • Ticket price TO:$30
  • Type:Classical Music,Music
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly
  • Produced By:WASO: WA Symphony Orchestra
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Description

A young boy, bewitched by his father's crazy brave ambition to fly, finds himself caught up in his dad’s fantasy. But when his father goes to war and does not return, it seems his spell may be broken, and all could be lost. Thankfully mechanical winged contraptions, fluffy white clouds and the endless blue sky offer some hope that the dream might indeed be possible.

Inspired by Grahame Baker-Smith’s poignant story FArTHER, this soaring concert for the whole family features music by Paul Rissmann set to stunning animations by Victor Craven in a concert program also featuring famed film composer John Williams. Join WASO and a children's choir as we cast our eyes to the skies this August.

JOHN WILLIAMS: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
RESPIGHI: The Birds
HANDEL: Music for the Royal Fireworks: La Réjouissance
PAUL RISSMANN: FArTHER
RIMSKY-KORSAKOV: Flight of the Bumblebee
JOHN WILLIAMS: Star Wars: Main Title

Benjamin Northey: conductor
Paul Rissmann: presenter

Morning Symphony: An American In Paris

Hollywood calling to Paris with love

  • Dates:Aug 20
  • Time(s):11:00am
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:WASO
  • Venue Address:5 St Georges Terrace, Perth, WA, 6000
  • Ticket Price FROM:$30
  • Ticket price TO:$60
  • Type:Classical Music,Music
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly
  • Produced By:WASO: WA Symphony Orchestra
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Description

We’re off to the Hollywood Hills for a richly orchestrated concert, cinematic in its scale. Following Barber’s profoundly beautiful Adagio and Weill’s final melodic symphony we’ll whisk you off to Paris for Gershwin’s irrepressibly jazzy musical postcard to complete this American- inspired program.

 

BARBER: Adagio for Strings
WEILL: Symphony No.2
GERSHWIN: An American in Paris

Asher Fisch: conductor

An American In Paris With Baiba Skirde

Baiba Skride's beguiling violin!

  • Dates:Aug 21 & 22
  • Time(s):7:30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:WASO
  • Venue Address:5 St Georges Terrace, Perth, WA, 6000
  • Ticket Price FROM:$30
  • Ticket price TO:$94
  • Type:Classical Music
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly
  • Produced By:WASO: WA Symphony Orchestra
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Description

Helicopters cut through the mist in Platoon and Gene Kelly steams up your glasses in An American in Paris. We’re off to the Hollywood Hills for a richly orchestrated concert, cinematic in its scale.

Between Barber’s profoundly beautiful Adagio and Weill’s final melodic symphony lies a musical reunion between Maestro Asher Fisch and Latvian violinist Baiba Skride in Korngold’s lyrical hark to Hollywood. Then we’ll whisk you off to Paris for Gershwin’s irrepressibly jazzy musical postcard to complete this American-inspired program.

BARBER: Adagio for Strings
KORNGOLD: Violin Concerto
WEILL: Symphony No.2
GERSHWIN: An American in Paris

Asher Fisch: conductor
Baiba Skride: violin

Infinite Variations

Asher Fisch Discovery Concert!

  • Dates:Aug 28 & 29
  • Time(s):7:30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:WASO
  • Venue Address:5 St Georges Terrace, Perth, WA, 6000
  • Ticket Price FROM:$30
  • Ticket price TO:$94
  • Type:Classical Music,Music
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly
  • Produced By:WASO: WA Symphony Orchestra
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Description

Asher Fisch Discovery Concert
Principal Conductor and all-round raconteur Asher Fisch is your illuminating guide through the ideas and concepts of variations, featuring demonstrations with piano and full orchestra. Here with WASO, we uncover what inspired Brahms and Elgar to take original ideas, adapt them, twist them and develop them to compose vivid new orchestral works. Don’t miss this entertaining new MACA Limited Classics Series concert format that’s a hit for everyone.

BRAHMS: Variations on a Theme of Joseph Haydn
ELGAR: Enigma Variations

Asher Fisch: conductor/presenter

Brahms' Fourth Symphony

Steven Osbourne's sensuous Ravel

  • Dates:Sep 4 & 5
  • Time(s):Sep 4 and 5 at 7:30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:WASO
  • Venue Address:5 St Georges Terrace, Perth, WA, 6000
  • Ticket Price FROM:$30
  • Ticket price TO:$94
  • Type:Classical Music,Music
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly
  • Produced By:WASO: WA Symphony Orchestra
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Description

Acclaimed Scottish pianist Steven Osborne makes his much-anticipated WASO debut with Ravel’s piano concerto, a joyous work of jazz-inspired rhythms, lyrical beauty and exhilarating vitality. We burst open this concert with a colourful tribute to the eternal city with Respighi’s symphonic poem, Fountains of Rome. Brahms’ grand and sweeping final symphony then erupts with passionate intensity to complete our concert of kaleidoscopic masterworks.

Carmina Burana 2020

The raw power of an epic classic!

  • Dates:Oct 2, 3
  • Time(s):7:30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:WASO
  • Venue Address:5 St Georges Terrace, Perth, WA, 6000
  • Ticket Price FROM:$30
  • Ticket price TO:$94
  • Type:Classical Music,Music
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly
  • Produced By:WASO: WA Symphony Orchestra
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Description

Carmina burana has been repurposed, remixed and reworked by the best in the business for hundreds of films and TV commercials. However, there is nothing quite like the raw power of this epic classic performed live. The wheel of fortune spins on the pleasures of lust and the perils of life in a collection of 24 medieval poems thrillingly sung by a 130-voice choir with WASO.

To open, we dance with the devil in Iain Grandage’s spectacular percussion concerto, inspired by Australian gothic stories.

IAIN GRANDAGE Dances with Devils: Concerto for Percussion and Orchestra
ORFF: Carmina burana

Benjamin Northey: conductor
Claire Edwardes: percussion
Amy Manford: soprano
Perry Joyce: tenor
James Clayton: baritone
WASO Chorus
UWA Symphonic Chorus

Mahler's First Symphony

A symphony to encompass the whole world

  • Dates:Oct 8
  • Time(s):11:00am
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:WASO
  • Venue Address:5 St Georges Terrace, Perth, WA, 6000
  • Ticket Price FROM:$30
  • Ticket price TO:$60
  • Type:Classical Music,Music
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly
  • Produced By:WASO: WA Symphony Orchestra
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Description

The beginning of Mahler’s First Symphony sounds like the beginning of time itself – primordial, still and expectant. Under the baton of exciting young conductor Elim Chan, Mahler’s awe-inspiring symphony traverses a musical journey both epic and intimate, from bird calls and daydreams to twisted folksongs and on to a blazingly exultant conclusion.

 

MAHLER: Symphony No.1 Titan

Elim Chan: conductor

Elgar's Cello Concerto 2020

The beginning of Mahler's first symphony sounds like the beginning of time itself - primordial, still and expectant

  • Dates:Oct 9, 10
  • Time(s):7:30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:WASO
  • Venue Address:5 St Georges Terrace, Perth, WA, 6000
  • Ticket Price FROM:$30
  • Ticket price TO:$94
  • Type:Classical Music,Music
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly
  • Produced By:WASO: WA Symphony Orchestra
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Description

From this ethereal opening, Mahler’s awe-inspiring symphony traverses a musical journey both epic and intimate,  from bird calls and daydreams to twisted folksongs and  on to a blazingly exultant conclusion.

Elgar’s cello concerto has come to embody a nation’s lament for a world lost to the Great War, and is his poignant and moving musical response to its horrors and devastation.

With the fearless cellist Daniel Müller-Schott and exciting conductor Elim Chan both making their WASO debuts, you’ll discover sublime new poetry in these enduring and popular masterworks.

 

ELGAR Cello Concerto
MAHLER Symphony No.1 Titan

Elim Chan conductor
Daniel Müller-Schott cello

Naked Classics: The Great Outdoors

You'll feel like you're in the great outdoors with this performance!

  • Dates:Oct 15
  • Time(s):6:30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:WASO
  • Venue Address:5 St Georges Terrace, Perth, WA, 6000
  • Ticket Price FROM:$30
  • Ticket price TO:$55
  • Type:Classical Music,Music
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly
  • Produced By:WASO: WA Symphony Orchestra
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Description

The gentle breeze of spring, the cracked red earth of the Aussie outback, the savagery of a winter storm, waves crashing on a rugged coastline. Conductor Christopher Dragon leads us through music of vivid imagery and immense power to celebrate extraordinary landscapes and mother nature’s glory and fury.

Program to include:
SCULTHORPE: Earth Cry
MAX RICHTER: Recomposed: Vivaldi - The Four Seasons: Spring
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No.6 Pastoral (excerpts)
MENDELSSOHN: The Hebrides

Christopher Dragon: conductor/presenter

Star Wars: Return Of The Jedi - In Concert

Experience the spectacular battle between father and son, as Luke faces Darth Vader one last time on a giant screen in high definition, with music performed live by WASO.

  • Dates:Nov 6; Nov 7
  • Time(s):Fri 7.30pm; Sat 1.30pm, 7.30pm
  • Venue:Riverside Theatre, Perth Exhibition Centre

Details

  • Hosted By:WASO
  • Venue Address:21 Mounts Bay Rd, Perth WA 6000
  • Ticket Price FROM:$51.00
  • Ticket price TO:$112.15
  • Audience:Adults,For teens 13-17
  • Produced By:WASO: WA Symphony Orchestra
  • Event Venue:Riverside Theatre
  • Music:Orchestral

Description

‘I am a Jedi, like my father before me…’

Darth Vader readies the second Death Star to unleash the final blow to the Rebel Alliance. Luke Skywalker, R2-D2 and C-3PO join Princess Leia to free Han Solo from the vile crime lord, Jabba the Hutt. Reunited, the Rebels race to the moon of the planet Endor where they launch a desperate attack upon the entire Imperial Fleet.

Nicholas Buc conductor

This performance includes subtitles on the screen.

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