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World-renowned soloists join the WA Charity Orchestra, under the direction of Samuel Parry, at Perth Concert Hall this Saturday, February 2nd.

What to Expect

George Gershwin’s An American in Paris is a seriously fun jazz-infused orchestral piece inspired by the composer’s visit to Paris in the 1920’s. The composer says of the piece, “My purpose here is to portray the impressions of an American visitor in Paris as he strolls about the city, listens to the various street noises, and absorbs the French atmosphere.”

Gershwin depicts a magical musical depiction of the city with sumptuous strings, saxophones, taxi horns and a myriad of orchestral colour.

The Five Spirituals by Michael Tippett draw on the rich culture of African American music. Deeply moving, the soulful and expressive songs include well-known spirituals such as Go Down Moses, Deep River and Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen.

Often splitting into 12-part harmony, the WACO Choir’s performance of the Spirituals is powerful and transportive.

The main theme from Beethoven’s monumental Symphony No. 9 is world-famous as the beloved “Ode to Joy” melody. It was Beethoven’s final symphony, which he composed while almost totally deaf. The symphony is regarded by many to be one of the greatest musical works ever written.

Performed at this event with choir, orchestra and outstanding vocal soloists, this rendition of the symphony will be an unmissable experience.

World-renowned guests

Caitlin Cassidy
A local graduate of our very own WAAPA, Caitlin made her principal debut with West Australian Opera in 2013, has been featured prominently in many classic operas, received Wesfarmers and Bendat scholarships and was a semi-finalist of the Australian Singing Competition.

Henry Choo
Regarded as a premier lyric tenor in Australia, Henry has performed to international acclaim both at home and abroad. A multiple Green Room Award nominee, along with many of his performances being broadcast on television and radio, the prolific Mr Choo released his first solo album Bright Poet in 2018 which showcases the raw power and beauty of his voice, perfectly backed by Orchestra Wellington.

Harriet Marshall
Harriet is another WAAPA trained artist and was awarded the Barbara McLeod Scholarship in 2008 for the most outstanding female classical student. She is the founder of Perth based opera company, Freeze Frame Opera (FFO) and some of her notable performances include Oz Opera’s touring production of Hansel and Gretel and Abigail in The Crucible.

Thomas Friberg
Thomas has performed with WA Opera, St George’s Cathedral and has received international acclaim singing as a soloist with the Kings College London Opera Society, The Oxford Bach Choir, the National Youth Choir of Great Britain and The Rodolfus Choir.

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