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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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John Williams: 90th Birthday Bonanza

Celebrating John Williams' upcoming 90th birthday with his memorable compositions for epic movies.

  • Dates:Feb 4 - 5
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:WASO
  • Ticket Price:$30 - $115
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Produced By:WASO

Description

The greatest film soundtracks Including music from; Indiana Jones, Jaws, Jurassic Park, Superman, Star Wars, and more! Guy Noble conductor Winner of five Academy Awards and voted the ‘most popular living composer’, John Williams has scored more than 100 films including Jaws, Jurassic Park, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Superman, Star Wars and more. We celebrate this musical legend on his 90th birthday with a thrilling concert featuring the best selection of epic soundtracks from blockbuster movies you know and love.

A Night on Bay View

Outdoor concert featuring memorable movie scores and classical music under the starts.

  • Dates:Feb 19
  • Time(s):7pm
  • Venue:Claremont Park

Details

  • Hosted By:WASO
  • Ticket Price:Free
  • Produced By:WASO

Description

Join WASO for a magical and romantic evening under the stars in a free outdoor concert featuring memorable film scores and popular classics by Mozart, Rossini and Johann Strauss. Make this a date for the whole family and join the full force of WASO and the sensational, award-winning opera singer Samantha Clarke in a night that has something for everyone. This is a free event and everyone is welcome! Picnicking and food trucks available from 6pm.

Become Ocean

Orchestral music exploring the wonders of the ocean

  • Dates:5 Mar
  • Time(s):7:30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Produced By:Perth Festival,WASO
  • Hosted By:Perth Festival
  • Ticket Price:$30 - $79
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Description

"West Australian Symphony Orchestra and Western Australian Youth Orchestra are back onstage together bringing an ocean of sound to Become Ocean. Take a plunge into the deepest blue to discover churning waves, eerie calm and some of the greatest wonders of music inspired by the sea.   Awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Music, John Luther Adams’ expansive orchestral work Become Ocean is an intimate sonic journey, a musical meditation on the mysterious tides of existence. Hear it performed live in Australia for the first time as part of a program that also features Benjamin Britten’s evocative Four Sea Interludes and a world premiere from Western Australian composer Olivia Davies. " Access: WCH / assistive listening

Echo the Gecko’s Great Outback Adventure

An educational program for children to learn more about orchestra and the composers through the story of Echo the Gecko.

  • Dates:Mar 5 2022
  • Time(s):10am & 11.30am
  • Venue:Perth Town Hall

Details

  • Music:Classical
  • Hosted By:WASO
  • Ticket Price:18
  • Produced By:WASO

Description

Bring the family on a musical thrill-ride. Echo the Gecko sets out on a thrilling musical journey to explore the Australian outback. This fun and interactive program sees WASO’s Education Chamber Orchestra and presenter Lee Stanley bring Echo the Gecko’s story to life. Learn about the dynamic nature of an orchestra and the composers behind the music in this foot-tapping, hand-clapping musical extravaganza for the whole family!

Asher Fisch conducts The Rite of Spring

Asher Fisch conducts concert featuring flutist Andrew Nicholson at Perth Concert Hall

  • Dates:Mar 11, 12
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Music:Classical
  • Hosted By:WASO
  • Ticket Price:$30 - $98
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Produced By:WASO

Description

The Rite of Spring made an explosive impact on the musical world when it premiered over a century ago. A scandalous wrench away from tradition, it shocked audiences into a riot, catapulting Stravinsky’s landmark score into infamy as one of the most revolutionary and influential of the 20th century. WASO Principal Flute Andrew Nicholson brings his distinctive elegance and poise to an exquisite piece at the heart of the French flute tradition. Schubert’s ever-popular Unfinished Symphony opens a concert not to be missed.

Tchaikovsky’s Pathétique

Enjoy the classic Tchaikovsky’s Pathétique Symphony that reflects the pain and joys of life, conducted by Asher Fisch.

  • Dates:Mar 17 - 19
  • Time(s):Mar 17 - 11am Mar 18, 19 - 7:30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:WASO
  • Ticket Price:$30 - $98
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Produced By:WASO

Description

Tchaikovsky’s Pathétique Symphony is one of the greatest of all Romantic works. Through richly-coloured melodies, Tchaikovsky captures the pain, fleeting joys and fragile triumphs of life, as the yearning and potent energy of the opening movement descends into a devastating finale.

Vivaldi’s Four Seasons

Enjoy the violinist Laurence Jackson performing the classical compositions of VIVALDI and HANDEL at Perth Concert Hall.

  • Dates:Mar 31 - Apr 2
  • Time(s):Mar 31 - 11am Apr 1,2 - 7:30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Music:Classical
  • Hosted By:WASO
  • Ticket Price:$30 - $98
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Produced By:WASO

Description

Laurence Jackson violin/director Birds sing, storms roll in the distance, winter fires crackle and babbling brooks flow. Vivaldi’s ode to nature and the passing of time continues to amaze and delight with its evocative imagery. Concertmaster Laurence Jackson leads his WASO colleagues in this much-loved work, along with Handel’s regal Water Music Suite. This concert is presented in accordance with the Western Australian Government’s easing of COVID-19 capacity restrictions. As a result, you may be seated with ticket holders from other households. Please continue to practise good hygiene habits and observe physical distancing where possible. We will do everything in our power to present the program listed but, as we all know, we may have to vary the repertoire or artists should Government guidelines or travel restrictions change. If that happens, we will let you know.

Handel's Messiah

Conductor Joseph Nolan along with St George’s Cathedral Consort performing Handel's Messiah that depicts Christ’s birth, passion and resurrection through timeless and inspiring music.

  • Dates:Apr 13
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Music:Orchestral,Classical,Choral
  • Hosted By:Perth Concert Hall
  • Ticket Price:$30 - $105
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Produced By:WASO

Description

Hallelujah! A divine Easter tradition George Frideric HANDEL Messiah Joseph Nolan conductor Sara Macliver soprano Fiona Campbell mezzo-soprano Paul McMahon tenor James Clayton baritone St George’s Cathedral Consort Conductor Joseph Nolan leads WASO, St George’s Cathedral Consort and acclaimed soloists in a soul-stirring performance of one of the best-loved choral works of all time. Handel’s Messiah depicts Christ’s birth, passion and resurrection through timeless and inspiring music. With its joyous arias and rousing choruses, including the famous ‘Hallelujah Chorus’, Handel’s Messiah is the perfect concert tradition to be shared by all at Easter. Presented in collaboration with St George’s Cathedral.

Jessica Cottis Conducts Dvorák’S New World

Soul-stirring romantic favourites by Jessica Cottis

  • Dates:Apr 22-23
  • Time(s):7.30pm Fri 22 Apr, 7.30pm Sat 23 Apr
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Music:Concerto,Orchestral
  • Hosted By:WASO
  • Ticket Price:$30- $98
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Produced By:WASO

Description

The bright lights and bustling streets give a hero’s welcome to the new world in one of the most popular symphonies of all time. Dvorák’s brilliant Ninth Symphony featured in WASO’s very first concert in 1928 and remains a Perth-audience favourite with its exquisite, yearning Largo second movement and powerful, profound finale. The concert opens with a world premiere from award-winning Australian composer Elliott Gyger, followed by Ravel’s darkly brilliant Piano Concerto for the Left Hand, performed by Finnish virtuoso Paavali Jumppanen.

Scottish Symphony - Morning

Mendelssohn’s majestic landscape

  • Dates:Apr 28
  • Time(s):11.00am
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Music:Concerto,Orchestral,Classical
  • Hosted By:WASO
  • Ticket Price:$30- $60
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Produced By:WASO

Description

Mendelssohn’s Third Symphony is a brooding work of orchestral colour, inspired by the misty magnificence of the rolling Scottish landscape. Making his WASO debut, former Sydney Symphony Orchestra Principal Cellist Umberto Clerici has established himself as a fast-rising star of the conducting world.

Mendelssohn’s Scottish Symphony

A majestic musical landscape

  • Dates:Apr 29 -30
  • Time(s):7.30pm Fri 29 Apr, 7.30pm Sat 30 Apr
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Music:Concerto,Orchestral,Classical
  • Hosted By:WASO
  • Ticket Price:$30- $98
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Produced By:WASO

Description

Mendelssohn’s Third Symphony is a brooding work of orchestral colour, inspired by the ruins of Holyrood Chapel and the misty magnificence of the rolling Scottish landscape. Opening with the exuberant overture to Berlioz’s comic opera, we then unleash Perth’s own ‘Rock Star of the Clarinet’ Ashley Smith in Weber’s ever-popular concerto. Making his WASO debut, former Sydney Symphony Orchestra Principal Cellist Umberto Clerici has established himself as a fast-rising star of the conducting world.

Waso Chorus Sings: Cherubini’S Requiem

A powerfully expressive Requiem

  • Dates:May 15
  • Time(s):2.30pm
  • Venue:St Mary's Cathedral

Details

  • Music:Concerto,Orchestral,Classical,Choral
  • Hosted By:WASO
  • Ticket Price:$45
  • Produced By:WASO

Description

The WASO Chorus return to the magnificent acoustics of St Mary’s Cathedral to perform Cherubini’s Requiem in C minor. This ethereal, highly dramatic and ultimately transcendent work was revered by Louis XVI, Marie Antoinette, Berlioz and Beethoven. In a special transcription by Andrew Foote for Chorus and Organ, the WASO Chorus gives this magnificent work a new lease of life. “If I were to write a Requiem, Cherubini’s would be my only model.” – Ludwig van Beethoven

Leon And The Place Between

Do you believe in magic?

  • Dates:Apr 28
  • Time(s):10.00am
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Music:Orchestral,Classical
  • Type:Kids
  • Hosted By:WASO
  • Ticket Price:$25- $30
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Produced By:WASO

Description

Leon is a dreamer, a budding magician, and he’s about to take you on a mysterious adventure. The pages of Angela McAllister’s magical story explode onto the stage with a thrilling musical setting from Paul Rissmann that also brings Grahame Baker-Smith’s breathtaking illustrations to life on screen. This dynamic concert for the whole family features Leon’s adventure alongside other bite-sized pieces of magical music from Coleridge-Taylor, Rimsky-Korsakov, John Williams and Brahms.

Beethoven And Brahms - Morning

Wit and warmth

  • Dates:Jun 2
  • Time(s):11.00am
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Music:Concerto,Orchestral,Classical
  • Hosted By:WASO
  • Ticket Price:$30- $60
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Produced By:WASO

Description

Brahms’ stirring variations effortlessly and joyfully blends together the clarity and purity of Haydn’s Classical style with his own richly-textured orchestral sound. Short it may be, but Beethoven packs an astonishing amount of invention, technique and sheer imagination into his “Haydnesque” Eighth Symphony, which endlessly delights and surprises. Asher Fisch appears courtesy of Wesfarmers Arts.

Haydn, Beethoven And Brahms

Elegance, wit and warmth

  • Dates:Jun 3-4
  • Time(s):7.30pm Fri 3 Jun, 7.30pm Sat 4 Jun
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Music:Concerto,Orchestral,Classical
  • Hosted By:WASO
  • Ticket Price:$30- $98
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Produced By:WASO

Description

A tutor to Beethoven, an inspiration to Brahms, Haydn is one of the greatest and most influential of all composers. His brilliantly virtuosic Sinfonia concertante is the perfect vehicle to showcase some of WASO’s finest musicians. Brahms’ stirring variations together with Beethoven’s dramatic overture and striking “Haydnesque” Symphony, will intrigue, delight and surprise you. Asher Fisch appears courtesy of Wesfarmers Arts.