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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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WASO presents a free evening of classical music at Claremont Park

WASO presents a free evening of classical music at Claremont Park

The Town of Claremont presents “A Night on Bay View”, a free performance on March 9th from 5pm – 8pm in...
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Conductors / Concert Master

Conductors / Concert Master

Principal Conductor Asher Fisch: A renowned conductor in both the operatic and symphonic worlds, Asher Fisch is especially celebrated for...
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Talks / Meet the Musicians

Talks / Meet the Musicians

Wesfarmers arts pre-concert talks Free pre-concert talks are held from 6:45 – 7:10pm (unless otherwise stated below) at the Terrace...
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Guides


Morning Symphony: Symphonie Fantastique

Inspired by unrequited romantic love, Berlioz’s radical masterpiece Symphonie Fantastique is full of passions, dreams and phantoms.

  • Dates:Oct 3
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:WASO
  • Venue Address:5 St Georges Terrace Perth
  • Produced By:WASO: WA Symphony Orchestra
  • Type:Classical Music
  • Audience:Adults,For seniors,Wheelchair Access
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Music:Orchestral

Description

Revolutionary at its premiere in 1830, it remains breathtaking nearly 200 years later.

Fabien Gabel, one of the stars of the new generation opens this concert with the concentrated atmospherics of Florent Schmitt’s Rêves – a West Australian premiere.

Symphonie Fantastique

Two dream-filled French works frame a world premiere conducted by one of the stars of the new generation, Fabien Gabel

  • Dates:Oct 4 - 5
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:WASO
  • Venue Address:5 St Georges Terrace, Perth WA 6000
  • Type:Classical Music
  • Audience:Wheelchair Access
  • Produced By:WASO: WA Symphony Orchestra
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Music:Orchestral
  • SCOOP ADMIN ONLY:WASO Morning Symphony Series

Description

Dreams, Witches and Visions.

Inspired by unrequited romantic love, Berlioz’s radical masterpiece Symphonie fantastique is full of passions, dreams and phantoms – a lovesick musician’s hallucinatory fantasies. Astonishingly modern and revolutionary at its premiere in 1830, it is still breathtaking nearly 200 years later. Multi award-winner James Ledger is one of Australia’s finest composers. His new Viola Concerto is his 11th work to be premiered by WASO and was composed especially for one of Australia’s greatest musicians, Brett Dean, himself an acclaimed composer, soloist and former member of the Berlin Philharmonic.

Beethoven's Eroica

Inspired by the ideals of the French revolution, this work is a triumph of artistic will over tragic adversity.

  • Dates:Oct 11 - 12
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:WASO
  • Venue Address:5 St Georges Terrace Perth WA 6000
  • Type:Classical Music,Music
  • Audience:Adults,For teens 13-17,For seniors
  • Produced By:WASO: WA Symphony Orchestra
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Music:Classical
  • SCOOP ADMIN ONLY:WASO Classic Series

Description

Inspired by the ideals of the French revolution and the German Enlightenment, Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony is also a deeply personal statement. 

Vaughan Williams drew inspiration from the musical glories of Tudor England in his Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, a sublime fusion of sacred music and folksong.

Iain Grandage is one of Australia’s most exciting, creative and collaborative composers, and his new Concerto is written especially for longtime colleague and friend, WASO’s Principal Cor anglais, Leanne Glover.

Conductor: Douglas Boyd 
Cor anglai: Leanne Glover 

Disco Wonderland

There are no rules here, just disco. Welcome to the party

  • Dates:Nov 8 - 9
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Ticket Price:$25
  • Venue Address:5 St Georges Terrace
  • Produced By:WASO: WA Symphony Orchestra
  • Type:Classical Music,Music
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Music:Other Music,Orchestral
  • Audience:Adults

Description

Can you feel it? You’ve made it behind the velvet ropes of New York’s most exclusive nightclub renowned for its celebrity guest list and hypnotic atmosphere, Studio 54.

Join our disco inferno with singing legend, Kate Ceberano, X Factor finalist Nathaniel Willemse and a sensational Australian cast performing live on stage with WASO.

See Perth Concert Hall transformed into the hottest club in town with electrifying music from artists like Michael Jackson, the Bee Gees and Earth, Wind & Fire through to Sister Sledge’s We Are Family and Gloria Gaynor’s I Will Survive plus much more.

Organ Symphony

Alexander Gavrylyuk returns to perform Prokofiev’s brilliant First Piano Concerto

  • Dates:Nov 15 - 16
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:WASO
  • Venue Address:5 St Georges Terrace Perth WA 6000
  • Type:Classical Music
  • Audience:Adults,For teens 13-17,For seniors
  • Produced By:WASO: WA Symphony Orchestra
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Music:Classical
  • SCOOP ADMIN ONLY:WASO Classic Series

Description

To hear Perth Concert Hall’s 3000-pipe organ in all its glory is an experience in itself; to hear it in the exhilarating finale of Saint-Saëns’ grandly romantic Third Symphony is completely unforgettable!

This spectacular and richly melodic work is brought to life by the exciting young French conductor, Lionel Bringuier.

Conductor Lionel Bringuier 
Piano Alexander Gavrylyuk

Morning Symphony: The Art Of Orchestration

Asher Fisch conducts works originally conceived for keyboard that were transformed by great composers into the orchestral masterpieces we know and love.

  • Dates:Nov 21
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:WASO
  • Venue Address:5 St Georges Terrace Perth
  • Produced By:WASO: WA Symphony Orchestra
  • Type:Classical Music
  • Audience:Adults,Wheelchair Access
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Music:Orchestral

Description

Be blown away by Stokowski’s spectacular, “Hollywood” version of Bach’s famous Toccata and see how Ravel transformed the raw intensity of Mussorgsky’s most radical piano work into a sophisticated orchestral showpiece.

Discovery Concert: The Art of Orchestration

Principal Conductor Asher Fisch explores how great composers transformed works originally conceived for solo keyboard into the orchestral masterpieces that we know and love

  • Dates:Nov 22 - 23
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:WASO
  • Venue Address:5 St Georges Terrace, Perth WA 6000
  • Type:Classical Music
  • Audience:Wheelchair Access
  • Produced By:WASO: WA Symphony Orchestra
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Music:Concerto,Orchestral
  • SCOOP ADMIN ONLY:WASO Master Series

Description

Music in all its orchestral glory.

The concert features Leopold Stokowski’s spectacular, “Hollywood” version of Bach’s famous Toccata and Fugue. Australian soprano Siobhan Stagg performs sublime Strauss songs in both their original and orchestral versions. Asher himself explores how the raw intensity of Mussorgsky’s most radical piano work was transformed into a sophisticated orchestral showpiece by one of the masters. 

BACH, J.S. orch. STOKOWSKI
Toccata and Fugue in D minor
STRAUSS, R. Orchestral Songs
RAVEL Alborada del gracioso
MUSSORGSKY orch. RAVEL
Pictures at an Exhibition

Asher Fisch conductor/presenter (pictured)
Siobhan Stagg soprano (2019 WASO Artist in Association)
Joseph Nolan organ

WASO Chorus Sings: Vespers

Exquisitely rich and deeply moving

  • Dates:Sep 22
  • Venue:St Mary's Cathedral

Details

  • Ticket Price:$25
  • Venue Address:Victoria Square, Perth
  • Produced By:WASO: WA Symphony Orchestra
  • Type:Classical Music
  • Audience:Family-Friendly
  • Music:Choral

Description

Sergei Rachmaninov had a deep and very personal connection to the sacred music of his homeland, which he expressed most profoundly in his reflective set of choral vespers.

Separated into two parts, the evening Vespers and the morning Matins, this sublime work is drenched in rich harmonies that will resonate in the magnificent acoustics of St Mary’s Cathedral.

Macbeth

A prophecy, a murder and an endless web of deceit.

  • Dates:Oct 19, 22, 24 & 26
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:His Majesty's Theatre

Details

  • Hosted By:West Australian Opera
  • Ticket Price FROM:$30
  • Ticket price TO:$169
  • Type:Music,Performing Arts
  • Audience:Adults
  • Produced By:WASO: WA Symphony Orchestra
  • Event Venue:His Majesty's Theatre
  • Performing Arts:Theatre
  • Music:Opera,Orchestral

Description

Lord Macbeth swore allegiance to the King of Scotland, but when a group of witches reveals a prophecy that he will one day be King, he and Lady Macbeth become consumed by greed and plot the King's untimely demise. This gripping tale based on Shakespeare's classic work is one of Verdi's early masterpieces and will delight audiences in this grand premiere production.

Sung in Italian with English subtitles.

Verdi’s Requiem

Asher Fisch celebrates his 20th anniversary with WASO, taking it back to where it all began with Verdi's Requiem.

  • Dates:Nov 29 - 30
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:WASO
  • Venue Address:5 St Georges Terrace Perth WA 6000
  • Type:Classical Music
  • Audience:Adults,For teens 13-17,For seniors
  • Produced By:WASO: WA Symphony Orchestra
  • Music:Classical,Orchestral
  • SCOOP ADMIN ONLY:WASO Classic Series

Description

Since his first appearance with WASO in 1999, Asher Fisch has forged a powerful connection with the Orchestra.  

Operatic in its earth-shaking intensity, Verdi’s great sacred masterpiece is staggeringly beautiful, dramatically exhilarating and heartfelt in its outpouring of human grief and devotion.

Join Asher Fisch, four world-class soloists plus the massed voices of three choruses for an incomparable concert experience.

 

Eskimo Joe With Waso

Eskimo Joe have announced a huge show with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra this December 2019.

  • Dates:Dec 1
  • Time(s):TBA
  • Venue:Pioneer Women’s Memorial, Kings Park & Botanic Garden

Details

  • Hosted By:WASO
  • Venue Address:Forrest Dr, Kings Park WA 6005
  • Ticket Price:TBA
  • Type:Music
  • Audience:Adults
  • Produced By:WASO: WA Symphony Orchestra
  • Event Venue:Kings Park
  • Music:Concert Tours,Other Music,Popular Music,Concerto,String Quartet

Description

With album sales of over 750,000 in Australia alone, the drama, spark and irresistible melody of Eskimo Joe’s music has stood the test of time for over two decades now. The grand scale of this great Australian band performing their classic songs with a 50-piece symphony orchestra in Kings Park & Botanic Garden is an experience not to be missed.

In the present, the trio have curated deluxe releases of four of their classic albums – GIRL (2001), INSHALLA (2009), GHOSTS OF THE PAST (2011), and BLACK FINGERNAILS RED WINE

Joining Eskimo Joe on this line-up is fellow WA music royalty, Bob Evans. 

Eskimo Joe To Perform With WASO

Fresh from an exhilarating sold-out performance, Eskimo Joe have announced a huge show with the West Australian Symphony!

  • Dates:December 1
  • Venue:Kings Park
  • Time(s):5pm

Details

  • Hosted By:Mellen Events
  • Type:Music
  • Audience:Adults,For teens 13-17,Wheelchair Access
  • Produced By:WASO: WA Symphony Orchestra
  • Event Venue:Kings Park
  • Music:Gig Guide,Other Music,Popular Music
  • Venue Address:Fraser Ave, Perth WA 6005
  • Ticket Price FROM:$89.90
  • Ticket price TO:$150.90

Description

It’s sure to be an amazing meeting of musical minds one again. Celebrating their 21st birthday in 2018, Eskimo Joe’s successful symphony orchestra tour of Australia kicked off in their hometown with WASO at the Perth Concert Hall in February of that year and set in motion a tide of new acclaim around the country.

In recent times the trio of Kav Temperley, Stu MacLeod and Joel Quartermain have curated deluxe releases of four of their classic albums – GIRL (2001), INSHALLA (2009), GHOSTS OF THE PAST (2011), and BLACK FINGERNAILS RED WINE – reaffirming the bond they have with their loyal following as well as making many new fans along the way.

With sales of over 750,000 in Australia alone, the drama, spark and irresistible melody of Eskimo Joe’s music has stood the test of time for over two decades now, and the grand scale of this great Australian band performing their classic songs with a 50-piece symphony orchestra in Kings Park & Botanic Garden is an experience not to be missed.

Joining Eskimo Joe on this line-up is fellow WA music royalty, Bob Evans, aka Kevin Mitchell. From playing the pub stages of Perth together in the mid-‘90s when the Eskies and Jebediah were up-and-comers, the diverse career paths of these ARIA Award-winning musical friends are bonded by their enduring ascendance.

One of the country’s most admired singer/songwriters, the extent of Bob Evans’ impact on the Australian music consciousness was highlighted last year with the release of FULL CIRCLE, a best-of collection that chronicled the hits and fan- favourites from his five solo album releases.

Eskimo Joe and Bob Evans, as ever, are at the top of their game.

 

Eskimo Joe with WASO
Plus Bob Evans and special guest (tbc) 
Pioneer Women’s Memorial, Kings Park & Botanic Garden

Tickets On Sale 9am Monday 24 June 2019

www.ticketmaster.com.au

 

 

Hooray For Hollywood

Play it again, Sam. For old times' sake.

  • Dates:Dec 6
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

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

Description

Welcome to your essential Hollywood Walk of Fame concert experience with the silver screen's most indelible themes writ large for the mainstage. Relive the movie moments that made you laugh, cry, shiver and swoon with some of the greatest films of all time including Casablanca, Breakfast at Tiffany's, Gone With the Wind, James Bond, Sunset Boulevard and more. Here, WASO salutes the Golden Age of cinema as an end of year treat.

Here's look at you, kid.

Harry Potter and The Order Of The Phoenix in Concert

Experience the magic of Harry Potter and the Order of The Phoenix on the giant screen in high definition and accompanied by West Australian Symphony Orchestra.

  • Dates:May 29 - 30
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:Riverside Theatre

Details

  • Hosted By:West Australian Symphony Orchestra
  • Venue Address:Riverside Theatre, 21 Mounts Bay Rd, Perth WA 6000
  • Ticket Price FROM:$51.00
  • Ticket price TO:$367.05
  • Produced By:WASO: WA Symphony Orchestra
  • Type:Classical Music
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly,For teens 13-17,Wheelchair Access
  • Event Venue:Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre
  • Music:Orchestral

Description

You-Know-Who is not the only one who has returned—Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger are back as well in this unforgettable concert event. Relive the magic with Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix™ displayed on a giant screen in high-definition and accompanied by a symphonic orchestra. See Harry and his friends race through the Department of Mysteries, practice Defense Against the Dark Arts in secret, and endure Professor Umbridge—all with Nicholas Hooper’s iconic score!

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