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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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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:West Australian Symphony Orchestra

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 for epic soundtracks of the silver screen with conductor Benjamin Northey and violinist Baiba Skride violin.

  • 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:West Australian Symphony Orchestra

Description

There is nothing quite like the power of a full live orchestra to transport us across space and time via Hollywood. From 2001: A Space Odyssey through to The Prince and the Pauper and Australian film Paper Planes, we explore the extraordinary sophistication and romantic energy of music made for the screen. Let your curiosity run wild, as you hit the red carpet of Perth Concert Hall. Nigel WESTLAKE Flying Dream: Suite for orchestra from the movie Paper Planes Erich Wolfgang KORNGOLD Violin Concerto Richard STRAUSS Also sprach Zarathustra

Otto Tausk Conducts Prokofiev – Morning

Morning Symphony Series presents Morning by conductor Otto Tausk.

  • 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:West Australian Symphony Orchestra

Description

Prokofiev’s Fifth Symphony is an uplifting and powerful testament to the human spirit, one the composer created as a song of praise for a ‘free and happy mankind’ in response to the turmoil of World War II. As one of the greatest melodists of his time, Prokofiev’s Fifth is full of uniquely beautiful moments. A surging upward figure in the basses and cellos leads to a soft, contrasting second theme in the flute and oboe, followed by a skittering figure in the strings. The contrasting powerful movements will be led by conductor Otto Tausk.

Beethoven & Prokofiev

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:West Australian Symphony Orchestra

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. Prokofiev's Symphony No.5 is full of uniquely beautiful melodies, with contrasting powerful movements led by conductor Otto Tausk.

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:West Australian Symphony Orchestra

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:West Australian Symphony Orchestra

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:West Australian Symphony Orchestra

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:West Australian Symphony Orchestra

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.

Drapht and WASO

Drapht and WASO is a collaboration of epic scale, as we revisit the Perth local’s biggest hits including Jimmy Recard and Rapunzel.

  • Time(s):7.30-9.30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Dates:Nov 18 & 19

Details

  • Music:Orchestral,Hip Hop
  • Hosted By:West Australian Symphony Orchestra
  • Ticket Price:$60-$105
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Produced By:West Australian Symphony Orchestra

Description

Raise your glass for the King of the Bar 20 years into the game, one of Australia's greatest hip-hop artists takes it up a level. Drapht and WASO is a collaboration of epic scale, as we revisit the Perth local's biggest hits including Jimmy Recard and Rapunzel, then bring a new take to tracks off his latest album, Shadows and Shinings. The multi ARIA-award winning MC presents an exhilarating hometown show to celebrate this milestone behind the mic. Don't miss this explosive, fully orchestrated performance from a local great.

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:West Australian Symphony Orchestra

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:West Australian Symphony Orchestra

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:West Australian Symphony Orchestra

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.

Toy Story in Concert

In celebration of 100 years of Disney, we join Woody, Buzz and the gang on their iconic adventure on the big screen with music performed live by the West Australian Symphony Orchestra.

  • Dates:Friday 27th Jan 1 pm; Friday 27th Jan 7 pm
  • Time(s):1-2.30 pm; 7-9.30 pm
  • Venue:Riverside Theatre

Details

  • Event Venue:Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre
  • Type:Community
  • Movies:Movies
  • Hosted By:West Australian Symphony Orchestra
  • Ticket Price:$45-$105
  • Produced By:West Australian Symphony Orchestra

Description

Released in 1995, the ground-breaking animated film about the secret life of toys has become one of the most beloved movies of all time, featuring Oscar and Grammy Award-winning composer Randy Newman's unforgettable soundtrack, and hit song "You've Got a Friend in Me". Watch all the characters you know and love in high definition while WASO brings life to the nostalgic music live on stage. Ever wonder what toys do when people aren`t around?Toy Story answers that question with a fantastic fun-filled journey, viewed mostly through the eyes of two rival toys – Woody, the lanky, likable cowboy, and Buzz Lightyear, the fearless space ranger. Led by Woody, Andy`s toys live happily in his room until Andy`s birthday brings Buzz Lightyear onto the scene. Afraid of losing his place in Andy`s heart, Woody plots against Buzz. But when circumstances separate Buzz and Woody from their owner, the comically-mismatched duo eventually learn to put aside their differences, and they find themselves on a hilarious adventure-filled mission where the only way they can survive is to form an uneasy alliance.