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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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Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra

A family-friendly musical safari.

  • Dates:Jun 12
  • Time(s):1.00pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:WASO
  • Music:Orchestral,Classical
  • Produced By:WASO: WA Symphony Orchestra
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Type:For Kids

Description

Join WASO for the family-friendly musical adventure to meet the musicians and instruments of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra.

 

Benjamin Britten's Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra is a radiant introduction and deep dive into the exciting world of the Orchestra, its sound and instruments. From the violins to the triangle, tuba to piccolo, this interactive sonic safari will be guided by presenter Thea Rossen.

 

Young listeners will meet each instrument of the orchestra through a clever series of variations, travelling around the orchestra from the highest to the lowest.

Dreams Of Place

Over 100 musicians join forces with local Noongar singers to deliver a concert exploding with evocative images of place.

  • Dates:Jul 23 & 25
  • Time(s):Fri 7:30pm & Sun 5:00pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:Perth Festival and WASO
  • Ticket Price:From $35
  • Type:Aboriginal Art & Events,Youth Art / Performance
  • Festivals:Perth Festival
  • Music:Classical,Orchestral
  • Produced By:Perth Festival,WASO: WA Symphony Orchestra
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Description

For thousands of years, music has been intrinsic to honouring country and ingraining a sense of place. Collaborating side-by-side the West Australian Symphony Orchestra and Western Australian Youth Orchestra will adventure across lands and through time, from Perth’s own spectacular Derbarl Yerrigan to Finland’s Kemijoki, the majestic Black Swan to the magical colours of the Firebird. 

With world premiere performances of works delivered by outstanding Noongar musicians and performers featuring the spellbinding Della Rae Morrison and Barry McGuire sitting alongside classics from Sibelius, Copland and Stravinsky, this magical night of orchestral colour, conducted by Thaddeus Huang, will bring you a renewed love for the sand beneath your feet.

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Program includes:
Jean Sibelius Finlandia
Aaron Copland The Tender Land – Suite
Igor Stravinsky The Firebird – Suite

Thaddeus Huang conductor
Barry McGuire & Della Rae Morrison vocals
West Australian Youth Orchestra
West Australian Symphony Orchestra

 

Western Australian Symphony Orchestra - Southern Symphony Tour

WASO returns to Esperance this September, delivering a complete live symphony orchestra experience.

  • Dates:Sep 2
  • Time(s):7:30pm - 9:30pm
  • Venue:Esperance Civic Centre

Details

  • Hosted By:Esperance Civic Centre
  • Ticket Price:$30.00 - $65.00
  • Type:Community
  • Music:Classical,Orchestral,Concerto
  • Produced By:WASO: WA Symphony Orchestra

Description

WASO returns to Esperance this September, delivering a complete live symphony orchestra experience. Upon his highly anticipated return to Western Australia, Principal Conductor Asher Fisch will lead a touring party of over 70 musicians to perform two great masterpieces by Sibelius and Brahms. One of Australia’s finest young violinists, Grace Clifford also joins the tour as soloist to perform Sibelius’ Violin Concerto. Inspiring works will be delivered on the mainstage in Esperance, direct from Perth. Fauré’s most popular work Pavane was originally composed as a piano piece, is a glorious piece for orchestra, portraying a graceful sixteenth-century court dance and an enchanting introduction to the program. Sibelius’ Violin Concerto begins with one of the most captivating openings in the repertoire – and Brahms’ symphony with one of the most imposing and intense. In creating these works, both composers took their time to realise the perfect piece of music; Sibelius revising his concerto over a year after its initial premiere and Brahms painstakingly shaping his symphony for two decades. In these two works, they produced two of the greatest masterpieces in the repertoire, that are a thrill to experience live with a full symphony orchestra.

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:Fri 8 & Sat 9 Oct 2021
  • Time(s):Fri 7.30pm; Sat 1.00pm, 7.30pm
  • Venue:Riverside Theatre, Perth Exhibition Centre

Details

  • Hosted By:WASO
  • Produced By:WASO: WA Symphony Orchestra
  • 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.

Eumeralla, A War Requiem For Peace

Combining moving poetry, two choirs, orchestra and the platform of the Requiem mass, a history of heartbreak and horror is revealed in this monumental new work.

  • Dates:Oct 15
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:WASO
  • Produced By:WASO: WA Symphony Orchestra
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Music:Choral,Orchestral

Description

The Eumeralla river flows through Gunditjmara country in southwest Victoria. It was here, 180 years ago, that war broke out between traditional owners and those who sought to dispossess them of their land.

Combining moving poetry, two choirs, orchestra and the platform of the Requiem mass, a history of heartbreak and horror is revealed in this monumental new work. With a fusion of Western classical tradition and First Nations culture, Eumeralla soars with resilience and reconciliation.

Sung in dialects of the Gunditjmara people of southwestern Victoria. Eumeralla, a war requiem for peace is presented in Perth with support from the Bendat Family Foundation. The Gunditjmara translation was the work of senior Gunditjmara language custodian Vicki Couzens and linguist Travers Eira.

WASO’s Indigenous Creative Collaborations are supported by Bendat Family Foundation.

Miracles and Triumphs

Beethoven’s most popular symphony plus WASO’s blazing horns.

  • Dates:Nov 26 - 27
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:West Australian Symphony Orchestra
  • Ticket Price:$30 - $75
  • Produced By:WASO: WA Symphony Orchestra
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Music:Classical,Orchestral

Description

If Haydn was acclaimed as ‘the father of the symphony’, it is surely his most illustrious student, Beethoven, who thrust the symphony into the popular consciousness. The famous opening four notes of Beethoven’s Fifth launches an epic symphonic journey from tension to exuberant triumph. Schumann composed his Konzertstuck in 1849, one of the most blazingly creative and happy years of his life, and a sense of joyous euphoria infuses this super virtuosic showpiece.Joseph HAYDN Symphony No.96 The Miracle

Robert SCHUMANN Konzertstuck for Four Horns and Orchestra

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN Symphony No.5

Asher Fisch conductor

David Evans horn

Julia Brooke horn

Robert Gladstones horn

Francesco Lo Surdo horn

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince in Concert

Nicholas Hooper’s wonderful score and J.K. Rowling’s classic tale combine for all the adventure, humour, and suspense you remember in an experience you’ll never forget.

  • Dates:Aug 12-13, 2022
  • Time(s):Opens 7:30pm
  • Venue:Riverside Theatre, Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre

Details

  • Hosted By:WASO
  • Ticket Price:$33.50- $370.50
  • Type:Youth Art / Performance
  • Music:Classical,Orchestral
  • Produced By:WASO: WA Symphony Orchestra
  • Event Venue:Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre
  • Other:Film Events

Description

Relive Harry’s sixth year at Hogwarts™ School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. With a little help from the Half-Blood Prince, Harry becomes a wiz at potions, wins the Felix Felicis luck potion, and uncovers the meaning of Horcruxes! As Lord Voldemort™ tightens his grip on both the Muggle and Wizarding Worlds™, Dumbledore is more intent upon preparing Harry for the battle fast approaching. Even as the showdown looms, romance blossoms for Harry, Ron and Hermione and their classmates. Love is in the air, but danger lies ahead and Hogwarts may never be the same again.