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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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Gabel Conducts Brahms - Morning

Composed at the height of his creative powers, Brahms’ Third Symphony begins with a passionate unfolding of joyous longing and brooding drama and concludes with a shimmering final hush.

  • Dates:Jun 30
  • Time(s):11.00am
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

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

Description

In an Australian premiere, French conductor Fabien Gabel presents a dramatic work by one of his country’s most exciting young composers, Camille Pépin.

The Lark Ascending

Elegant lines and dazzling fireworks

  • Dates:Jul 1 - 2
  • Time(s):7.30pm Fri 1 Jul, 7.30pm Sat 2Jul
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

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

Description

Ever winging up and up, our valley is his golden cup. Few pieces of music effortlessly move you and this weaving Lark soars even higher when performed by Emma McGrath. In a concert of gleaming elegance, the works of Pépin, Vaughan Williams and Saint-Saëns dance into your heart, making way for the expansive melodies of Brahms’ Third. Composed at the height of his creative powers, Brahms’ symphony begins with a passionate unfolding of joyous longing and brooding drama and concludes with a shimmering final hush.

Vasily Petrenko Conducts Shostakovich

Rebellion and revolution

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

Details

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

Description

Shostakovich wrote some of the most devastatingly powerful music in the repertoire. Be transported back to Saint Petersburg in 1905 on the eve of the revolution with his intensely charged Eleventh Symphony, as world acclaimed Russian conductor Vasily Petrenko makes his WASO debut. We open with the exuberant overture to Nielsen’s rollicking opera, Maskarade, then shine a light on one of Australia’s brightest musical talents. Emily Sun brings a perfect balance of expression and eloquence to Mozart’s Fourth Violin Concerto.

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

  • Event Venue:Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre
  • Music:Orchestral,Classical
  • Type:Youth
  • Hosted By:WASO
  • Ticket Price:$33.50- $370.50
  • Movies:Movies
  • Produced By:WASO

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.

Britten’s War Requiem

Most successful Brittisch modern-time composer Benjamin Britten's one of the most performed piece on WASO performed by conductor Asher Fisch.

  • Dates:Aug 19 - 20
  • Time(s):7.30pm Fri 19 Aug, 7.30pm Sat 20 Aug
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

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

Description

Furious, tender, harrowing and harmonious, Britten’s anti-war anthem decries the senselessness of the battlefield. Interweaving the poignant words of celebrated war poet Wilfred Owen with the Latin text of the Requiem mass, Britten laments the collective bloodshed and sorrow with a vital and visceral oratorio on the hell of war.

Cinematic

Join WASO on Stanley Kubrick's iconic science fiction movie A Space Odyssey's re-formation by violinist Baiba Skride.

  • Dates:Aug 26- 27
  • Time(s):7.30pm Fri 26 Aug, 7.30pm Sat 27 Aug
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

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

Description

Strauss’ Also sprach Zarathustra blazes a cosmic sunrise in the opening of Stanley Kubrick’s iconic film 2001: A Space Odyssey. Let your curiosity run wild as Schoenberg’s Accompaniment to a Cinematographic Scene plays out to an imaginary silent film. Korngold’s passion for the silver screen brings his favourite 1930s film themes together in the famous “Hollywood Concerto”, performed by much-loved Latvian violinist Baiba Skride. Walk the red carpet of Perth Concert Hall to music that transcends space and time.

Asher Fisch Conducts Elgar - Morning

Morning Symphony Series presents Elgar by conductor Asher Fisch.

  • Dates:Sep 1
  • Time(s):11.00am
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:WASO
  • Ticket Price:$30- $60
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Produced By:WASO

Description

Dismiss Elgar as the purveyor of fusty Edwardian sentimentality at your peril, for beneath the surface of his proudly noble and discreetly dignified music simmers an enormous, passionately expressive richness. His Second Symphony is a breathtaking work of grand lyricism, aching tenderness and visionary power, whose full radiance and majesty will be revealed.

Beethoven & Elgar

Noble Power and Poetry

  • Dates:Sep 2-3rd
  • Time(s):7:30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

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

Description

Some of the most soulful of all Beethoven’s music is found in his ever-popular piano concertos. With great beauty and harmony, classical music’s most famous radical delivers an elegant contrast of power and poetry in his Third Piano Concerto. We are thrilled to welcome back the exceptional pianist Behzod Abduraimov to perform this perennial favourite. Elgar’s Second Symphony is a breathtaking work of noble lyricism, aching tenderness and visionary power, whose full radiance and majesty will be revealed by Asher Fisch.

Eumeralla, A War Requiem For Peace presented by WASO and Short Black Opera

Presented by WASO and Short Black Opera, Eumeralla combines moving poetry, two choirs, orchestra and the platform of the Requiem mass.

  • Dates:Sep 30
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

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

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.

WASO’s Fairytale Ball

Witches, Wizards, Princes, Fairies – rejoice!

  • Dates:Oct 1
  • Time(s):10:00am
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Music:Orchestral
  • Type:Kids
  • Hosted By:WASO
  • Ticket Price:$35.00 - $40.00
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Produced By:WASO

Description

Once upon a time, magical creatures of all sorts gathered together for a Fairytale Ball. Now princes, princesses and the whole family are invited to join WASO for a marvelous musical adventure! Conductor Jessica Gethin will read from an enchanted storybook and take the orchestra through fantasy favourites for the whole family. Don your dress-ups and dance along to spellbinding scores in this storybook spectacular. Magical moments for families with children aged 3-11 years.

Sibelius' Second Symphony

A Confession of the Soul

  • Dates:Oct 6-8
  • Time(s):Morning show 11am, Evening shows 7:30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:WASO
  • Ticket Price:$30-$60
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Produced By:WASO

Description

The great Finnish master Jean Sibelius was one of the 20th century’s greatest symphonists. Composed in a time of oppression, the stirring melodies and triumphant conclusion of his Second Symphony made it a symbol of freedom and liberation, and Sibelius a national hero. This ever-popular symphony will be simply thrilling in the hands of Finnish conductor Pietari Inkinen.

Bohemian Rhapsodies

Evocative and dramatic

  • Dates:November 11-12th
  • Time(s):7:30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

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

Description

Rich with evocative landscapes and national celebrations, four works come together under the baton of Johannes Fritzsch. Mozart’s Haffner Symphony brings the festive streets of Salzburg to life, Vltava traces the journey of a river through the Czech countryside in Smetana’s heartfelt ode to his homeland, and Janácek’s Taras Bulba vividly depicts the lives and deaths of a heroic Cossack and his two sons. Topping off this round-the-world program, WASO’s homegrown Principal Trumpet Brent Grapes premieres Nigel Westlake’s Trumpet Concerto, bringing it all back to Perth.

Organ Symphony - Morning

Powerful Inspiration

  • Dates:Nov 24th
  • Time(s):11am
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:WASO
  • Ticket Price:$30-$60
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Produced By:WASO

Description

The 3000 pipes of Perth Concert Hall’s glorious organ resound in both works on this spectacular program. We begin with Respighi’s colorful tribute to the eternal city, Fountains of Rome, before revelling in one of the most popular and grandest works of all - Saint-Saëns’ Organ Symphony.

Organ Grandeur

  • Dates:Nov 25-26
  • Time(s):7:30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

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

Description

Mahler's Third Symphony

A colossal canvas of life and love

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

Details

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

Description

‘Imagine a work of such magnitude that it actually mirrors the whole world…’ Mahler’s immense Third Symphony is almost a universe unto itself – a gigantic, wondrous hymn to love and nature that charts a progression towards the divine. This is visionary music of astonishing beauty and drama that concludes in a radiant finale. Do not miss Asher Fisch and WASO as they continue their acclaimed journey through Mahler’s magnificent symphonies. Asher Fisch appears courtesy of Wesfarmers Arts.