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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's Arena Christmas Spectacular

Our annual free end of year concert is reconceived in 2020 as an RAC Arena spectacular.

  • Dates:Dec 12
  • Time(s):7.00pm
  • Venue:RAC Arena

Details

  • Hosted By:WASO
  • Venue Address:700 Wellington Street, 6000
  • Produced By:WASO: WA Symphony Orchestra
  • Music:Orchestral,Classical
  • Type:Free
  • Ticket Price:Free
  • Event Venue:RAC Arena

Description

Presented by West Australian Symphony Orchestra with the support of Lotterywest and City of Perth, no other show in the City this year will feature such a magnificent combination of sing-along Christmas hits and dazzling special effects, totally free and COVID-safe for the whole family. 

Western Australia’s favourite leading lady, Lucy Durack, will be our host while your West Australian Symphony Orchestra and special guests perform a much-loved program of Christmas classics. Families can sing-along to Baby, It’s Cold OutsideWhat A Wonderful World and Santa Claus is Coming to Town while also enjoying favourites from The Nutcracker and Home Alone.

This magical production will feature more than 130 West Australian performers on stage including the Orchestra and WASO Chorus led by Perth’s rising star conductor Jen Winley. They will be joined by international musical theatre star Amy Manford, and acclaimed soprano Samantha Clarke, with more special guests including the one and only, Santa.

While the event remains free for all the family, tickets will need to be secured via Ticketek with contact details required at booking.

Birds Of Tokyo In Concert

Perth band Birds of Tokyo returns home to perform with WASO!

  • Dates:Jan 14, 15 and 16, 2021
  • Time(s):7:30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:WASO & Perth Concert Hall
  • Venue Address:5 St Georges Terrace, Perth WA 6000
  • Other:Music
  • Produced By:WASO: WA Symphony Orchestra
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Music:Concert Tours,Pop,Gig Guide
  • Ticket Price FROM:$30
  • Ticket price TO:$95

Description

With their brand new string-laden single 'Two Of Us' in the iTunes top 5, WASO is excited to announce a special concert with Birds of Tokyo. The five piece will be joined by WASO for an evening that showcases brand new music as well as reinterpretations of some signature Birds Of Tokyo classics. Appropriately the tour will commence in Perth, where the band was founded over 15 years ago.

Birds Of Tokyo are Australia’s most successful contemporary rock band. Since forming in Perth over 15 years ago they have enjoyed chart topping albums and had eleven singles make Triple J’s prestigious 'Hottest 100'. They have won APRA’s songwriting award for 'Rock Work Of The Year' an extraordinary six times since 2012.

Tickets available to the General Public from Thursday 20 February, 10am

Ben Folds with WASO

The piano pop maverick returns with all his hits!

  • Dates:Thu 28 & Fri 29 Jan 2021
  • Time(s):7:30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:West Australian Symphony Orchestra
  • Venue Address:5 St Georges Terrace, Perth WA 6000
  • Produced By:WASO: WA Symphony Orchestra
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Music:Classical,Orchestral,Pop,Gig Guide
  • SCOOP ADMIN ONLY:WASO Special event

Description

One of the major music influencers of his generation, piano pop sensation Ben Folds delivers a cavalcade of hits, like 'Landed', 'Capable of Anything', and 'Luckiest' fifteen years after his first ever orchestral concert right here in Perth.

The multi-platinum-selling artist has since released numerous collaboration records, and created music for film, TV and a Billboard chart-topping piano concerto. Folds, who currently serves as the first ever Artistic Advisor to the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, just recently released his first book, a memoir entitled 'A Dream About Lightning Bugs', described as a collection of interrelated essays and anecdotes about art, life, and music. He’s also currently touring Australia on a book promotion tour.

But there is no better way to experience one of the modern world’s most distinctive singer-songwriters than with the full power of WASO!

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:Mar 26 & 27, 2021
  • 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
  • Event Venue:Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre
  • Music:Orchestral,Concerto
  • Other:Music

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!

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
  • Venue Address:21 Mounts Bay Rd, Perth WA 6000
  • Ticket Price FROM:$51.00
  • Ticket price TO:$112.15
  • Produced By:WASO: WA Symphony Orchestra
  • Event Venue:Riverside Theatre
  • 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, 2021
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:WASO
  • Venue Address:5 St Georges Terrace, Perth WA 6000
  • Ticket Price FROM:$30
  • Ticket price TO:$74
  • Other:Music
  • 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.