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2017 SEASON CONCERT CALENDAR


“ Fisch and WASO could not be faulted. It was music mastery of high order.” The West Australian 2016

Asher Fisch Principal Conductor & Artistic Adviser Asher Fisch appears courtesy of Wesfarmers Arts

“... this was world-class playing from a band at the top of its game and conducting of a very special kind.” Limelight Magazine 2015


WELCOME Welcome to the West Australian Symphony Orchestra’s 2017 Season! As you flip through our 2017 Concert Calendar, we hope you find something to inspire, surprise and delight you. We’ve put together a varied selection of performances to tempt all musical tastes. From the well-versed classical music lovers to the pop/rockers, from the youngest audience members to the most experienced, from those who want to sit back and relax to those who want to be challenged and moved – we are your Orchestra. Join us in 2017 for your own musical adventure!


TICKET OPTIONS WASO offers affordable ticket options for many concerts. DISCOUNTS FOR UNDER 30s

CHOIR STALL SEATS FOR $32*

Substantial discounts on regular ticket prices are available for concert-goers aged 30 years or under. Prices are different for each concert, but start from as low as $19* for Choir Stalls and $21* for D Reserve (restricted viewing) seats for selected classical concerts. Proof of age is required when booking an under 30s ticket.

A seat in the choir stalls gives you a new and exciting perspective on the Orchestra! The choir stalls are the seats behind the Perth Concert Hall stage and allow you to see the conductor and musicians from a new angle. At $32* or less for most concerts, choir stall seats are an affordable way to experience WASO!^

WASO GIFT VOUCHERS A WASO gift voucher is the perfect present for the music lovers in your life! Our gift vouchers do not come in set amounts, and can suit any budget. Purchase your WASO gift voucher at waso.com.au or call the WASO Box Office on 08 9326 0000.

BUY A TICKET PACKAGE AND SAVE! Buy 3 or more concerts with our flexible ticket packages and save up to 20%. For more information visit waso.com.au/subscriptions * A one-off handling fee of $5.50 per transaction applies to all purchases on our website. A fee of $6.60 applies to phone and mail bookings. An additional fee of $4.40 per transaction applies for delivery via Registered Post. All ticket/item prices include GST, if applicable. ^ Not available for concerts in which the WASO Chorus are performing, screens are used or special events.

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Tickets for all concerts are sold via the Box Office at Perth Concert Hall unless otherwise stated.

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FE B R UA RY - MA R CH

WEST AUSTRALIAN OPERA PRESENTS CITY OF PERTH’S

PERTH INTERNATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL

SAT 4 FEB 8PM Supreme Court Gardens

FRI 10 & SAT 11 FEB 7.30PM Perth Concert Hall

50TH GALA CONCERT FREE

AUSTRALIAN EXCLUSIVE

For over two decades, the City of Perth has presented Opera in the Park as an annual gift to residents and visitors of Perth. In 2017 we celebrate West Australian Opera’s 50th Anniversary in a free gala concert in the beautiful Supreme Court Gardens. Bring a picnic and enjoy excerpts from your favourite operas under the stars.

Sublime singing, haunting visuals and Hans Zender’s startling orchestration combine for this stunning and contemporary musical theatre reworking of Schubert’s evocation of lost love. Schubert’s Die Winterreise is delivered by Ian Bostridge and features video and imagery by acclaimed opera director Netia Jones.

OPERA IN THE PARK

Brad Cohen conductor West Australian Opera Chorus West Australian Symphony Orchestra

THE DARK MIRROR: ZENDER’S WINTERREISE

Baldur Brönnimann conductor Ian Bostridge tenor West Australian Symphony Orchestra Book at perthconcerthall.com.au

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Sung in German with subtitles.

Supported by Lotterywest and Alcohol.Think Again

A Barbican London production with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra. Co-produced by Britten Sinfonia, Cal Performances at the University of California and National Taichung Theater.

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FEBRUARY – MARCH

JOSE CARRERAS: A LIFE IN MUSIC WED 22 FEB 8PM Perth Arena

Legendary tenor José Carreras performs his show A Life in Music with WASO as part of his final world tour. A Life In Music will reflect a very personal selection of music from the golden age of La Belle Epoque and will cover diverse song styles including opera, operetta and musicals. Performing with José will be renowned soprano Antoinette Halloran. José Carreras tenor Antoinette Halloran soprano West Australian Symphony Orchestra Book at ticketek.com.au

WASO IN THE COMMUNITY

WASO IN MANDURAH

SAT 4 MAR 8PM Mandurah Performing Arts Centre

Join WASO for an evening of music that captures the full force of nature. Beethoven’s Pastoral is one of the most beloved of all symphonies. Mendelssohn’s The Hebrides conjures images of rolling waves off the rugged islands of Scotland. WASO’s Principal Trumpet Brent Grapes features in Haydn’s delightful and ever-popular Trumpet Concerto. MENDELSSOHN The Hebrides – Overture (Fingal’s Cave) HAYDN Trumpet Concerto BEETHOVEN Symphony No.6 Pastoral Jon Tooby conductor Brent Grapes trumpet Book at manpac.com.au or call 9550 3900

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M A RC H

MASTERS SERIES

TRIFONOV PL AYS TCHAIKOVSKY

FRI 10 & SAT 11 MAR 7.30PM Perth Concert Hall

Phenomenal young Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov has been showered with praise from critics worldwide. He makes his eagerly-awaited WASO debut with Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto. LACHLAN SKIPWORTH New Work WORLD PREMIERE TCHAIKOVSKY Piano Concerto No.1 SIBELIUS Four Legends from the Kalevala Daniel Blendulf conductor Daniil Trifonov piano (pictured) WASO Composer in Residence Lachlan Skipworth is supported by the Simon Lee Foundation

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“What makes Trifonov such a phenomenon is the ecstatic quality he brings to his performances… Small wonder every western capital is in thrall to him.” Financial Times


MARCH

MORNING SYMPHONY SERIES

MACA LIMITED CLASSICS SERIES

THURS 16 MAR 11AM Perth Concert Hall

FRI 17 & SAT 18 MAR 7.30PM Perth Concert Hall

The Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture is one of Tchaikovsky’s most popular works, full of sweeping drama and sublime, passion-drenched melodies. Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony is a joyous whirlwind of sound and rhythm.

Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony is a joyous whirlwind of energetic sound and rhythm culminating in an exhilarating finale. Yu-Chien (Benny) Tseng, winner of the 2015 Singapore Violin Competition, performs Bruch’s ever popular Scottish Fantasy.

BEETHOVEN 7

TCHAIKOVSKY Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture BEETHOVEN Symphony No.7 Daniel Cohen conductor (pictured)

BEETHOVEN 7

TCHAIKOVSKY Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture BRUCH Scottish Fantasy BEETHOVEN Symphony No.7 Daniel Cohen conductor Yu-Chien (Benny) Tseng violin (pictured)

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M A RC H – A PR IL

WEST AUSTRALIAN OPERA PRESENTS

SPECIAL EVENT

28, 30 MAR & 1, 4, 6, 8 APR His Majesty’s Theatre

FRI 31 MAR 8PM Perth Concert Hall

Puccini explores themes of defiance, sacrifice and betrayal in Tosca. Each of the characters must choose honour or betrayal and face the consequences unflinchingly. This traditional production from New Zealand Opera is directed by Stuart Maunder and stars Antoinette Halloran as Tosca, Paul O’Neill as Cavaradossi and Teddy Tahu Rhodes as Scarpia.

Classically trained singer and Australian theatre and pop star Kate Miller-Heidke performs her Helpmann Award® winning show with visuals from Amy Gebhardt, including popular hits O Vertigo!, Last Day on Earth and Sarah, songs from her opera The Rabbits, covers and brand new songs in her first collaboration with WASO.

TOSCA

Brad Cohen conductor West Australian Opera Chorus West Australian Symphony Orchestra For more info visit waopera.asn.au Book at ticketek.com.au Sung in Italian with English surtitles

KATE MILLER-HEIDKE WITH WASO

“Miller-Heidke combines the control and evenness of an operatically trained voice with the melismatic soaring of pop.” – The Sydney Morning

Herald

Kate Miller-Heidke vocals (pictured) Keir Nuttall guitar Benjamin Northey conductor This performance contains some nudity in the visuals

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MARCH – APRIL

SPECIAL EVENT

RULE, BRITANNIA: THE BEST OF BRITISH

FRI 7 APR 8PM Perth Concert Hall

WASO and the WASO Chorus celebrate the very best of all things British including Edward Elgar, The Beatles, The Royal Family and even James Bond! Bring your best voice to raise the roof with a flag-waving ‘Hurrah’ for this fun-filled evening of classical favourites, popular songs and, of course, Pomp and Circumstance. Guy Noble conductor WASO Chorus

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A P R I L - M AY

MORNING SYMPHONY SERIES

MACA LIMITED CLASSICS SERIES

THURS 20 APRIL 11AM Perth Concert Hall

FRI 21 & SAT 22 APR 7.30PM Perth Concert Hall

Sibelius’ Second Symphony is a stirring masterpiece that evokes the expansive, glacial landscape of Finland. WASO’s Concertmaster Laurence Jackson takes centre stage for a rare Perth performance of Stravinsky’s sparkling Violin Concerto.

WASO’s Concertmaster, Laurence Jackson, takes centre stage for a rare Perth performance of Stravinsky’s Violin Concerto. Sibelius’ stirring Second Symphony evokes the expansive, glacial landscape of Finland in this concert conducted by Principal Conductor Asher Fisch.

ASHER FISCH CONDUCTS SIBELIUS

STRAVINSKY Violin Concerto
 SIBELIUS Symphony No.2 Asher Fisch conductor Laurence Jackson violin (pictured) Asher Fisch appears courtesy of Wesfarmers Arts

ASHER FISCH CONDUCTS SIBELIUS

MOZART Symphony No.29 STRAVINSKY Violin Concerto
 SIBELIUS Symphony No.2 Asher Fisch conductor Laurence Jackson violin (pictured) Asher Fisch appears courtesy of Wesfarmers Arts

“Jackson could not be faulted. A deluge of applause from both audience and Orchestra was warm and protracted - and thoroughly deserved.” The West Australian 2016

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APRIL – MAY

MASTERS SERIES

ASHER FISCH & THE ZUKERMAN TRIO

THE MUSIC HOUSE PRESENTS

THE WHITL AMS

25TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR

FRI 28 & SAT 29 APR 7.30PM Perth Concert Hall

WED 3 MAY 8PM Perth Concert Hall

Popular violinist Pinchas Zukerman returns to WASO with his charismatic trio to perform Beethoven’s delightful Triple Concerto. As a special treat, Zukerman performs Berg’s nostalgic Violin Concerto. Conducted by Asher Fisch.

The Whitlams are renowned for their unique brand of piano-driven indie rock honest, well crafted and absolutely wonderful live in concert. They are joining forces with WASO - for one night only - to mark 25 years since the band launched onto the Australian music scene.

BEETHOVEN Egmont: Overture BERG Violin Concerto To the Memory of an Angel BEETHOVEN Concerto for violin, cello and piano (Triple Concerto) Asher Fisch conductor Pinchas Zukerman violin (pictured) Amanda Forsyth cello (pictured) Angela Cheng piano (pictured) Asher Fisch appears courtesy of Wesfarmers Arts

“When musicians of this calibre take the stage live, you remember why you go to see live music.” – The AU Review, 2016 Tim Freedman piano & vocals Jak Housden guitar Warwick Hornby bass guitar Terepai Richmond drums Guy Noble conductor West Australian Symphony Orchestra Book at perthconcerthall.com.au

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M AY

SPECIAL EVENT

HARRY POTTER AND THE PHILOSOPHER’S STONE™ IN CONCERT FRI 5 MAY 7.30PM SAT 6 MAY 1.30PM & 7.30PM Riverside Theatre, Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre

The Harry PotterTM film series is a cultural phenomena that continues to delight millions of fans around the world. In this special concert, audiences will relive the magic of the film in high-definition on a giant screen while the Orchestra perform John Williams’ unforgettable score. Book at
ticketek.com.au This performance features subtitles on the screen. HARRY POTTER characters, names and related indicia are © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Harry Potter Publishing Rights © JKR. (s16)

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MAY

WEST AUSTRALIAN BALLET PRESENTS

WASO CHORUS SINGS

11 – 27 MAY His Majesty’s Theatre

SUN 28 MAY 2PM MATINEE St Mary’s Cathedral, Perth

Originally created by the greatest of all ballet masters, Marius Petipa, Don Quixote follows the delusional character on an adventure to find his imaginary lost love Dulcinea. Stunning sets and costumes by Australian designer Allan Lees bring the production to life, with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra performing Ludwig Minkus’ lively score.

Sacred music of inspired simplicity features in this heavenly concert with the WASO Chorus. Intimate and consoling, Fauré’s timeless Requiem is a tender and serene celebration of life and love. Duruflé’s Four Motets on Gregorian Themes combine the supple rhythms of ancient Gregorian chant with sophisticated elegance and subtle harmony.

DON QUIXOTE

Lucette Aldous after Marius Petipa choreographer Judith Yan conductor West Australian Symphony Orchestra For more info visit waballet.com.au Book at ticketek.com.au

FAURE’S REQUIEM

DURUFLE Four Motets on Gregorian Themes FAURE Requiem Christopher van Tuinen conductor Paull-Anthony Keightley baritone WASO Chorus

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JUNE

MORNING SYMPHONY SERIES

MASTERS SERIES

THURS 1 JUNE 11AM Perth Concert Hall

FRI 2 & SAT 3 JUNE 7.30PM Perth Concert Hall

Stravinsky’s richly folkloric ballet suite The Firebird is preceded by Sibelius’ expressive tone poem and Debussy’s languid and impressionistic Prélude in a program full of stunning orchestral colour and dazzling instrumental virtuosity.

Sibelius’ multi-faceted, expressive tone poem and Stravinsky’s richly folkloric ballet suite sit perfectly alongside Debussy’s dreamlike and seductive Prelude to the Afternoon of a faun.

STRAVINSKY’S FIREBIRD

SIBELIUS En Saga DEBUSSY Prélude à ‘L’après-midi d’un faune’ STRAVINSKY The Firebird – Suite [1945 version] Martyn Brabbins conductor (pictured)

STRAVINSKY’S FIREBIRD

SIBELIUS En Saga DEBUSSY Prélude à ‘L’après-midi d’un faune’ STRAVINSKY The Firebird – Suite [1945 version] Martyn Brabbins conductor (pictured) To be confirmed piano

“With the supremely-authoritative Martyn Brabbins at the helm there was sheer, heady fun to be had…” Herald Scotland 2016

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JUNE

MACA LIMITED CLASSICS SERIES

POPS SERIES

FRI 9 & SAT 10 JUNE 7.30PM Perth Concert Hall

FRI 16 & SAT 17 JUNE 8PM Perth Concert Hall

Hailed by the New York Chronicle as “the king of his instrument”, Berlin Philharmonic Principal Horn Stefan Dohr makes his WASO debut with Strauss’ blazing Second Horn Concerto. Elgar’s Second Symphony, with its astonishing orchestral colours and sheer power, is one of the twentieth-century’s greatest works.

Stars of Australia’s screen and stage will bring the house down with their modern and audacious take on all-time swing classics from Sinatra to Bublé, and well-swung interpretations of hits from Oasis, John Farnham and The Proclaimers.

PASSIONS & CONTRASTS

DEBUSSY Printemps – Symphonic Suite STRAUSS, R. Horn Concerto No.2 ELGAR Symphony No.2

SWING ON THIS

Michael Falzon vocalist (pictured) Luke Kennedy vocalist (pictured) Rob Mills vocalist (pictured) Ben Mingay vocalist (pictured) Vanessa Scammell conductor Presented with Good Egg Creative and Asia Theatricals

Johannes Debus conductor Stefan Dohr horn (pictured)

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JUNE

WASO EDUCATION WEEK + MON 19 - MON 26 JUNE Perth Concert Hall

WASO shines the spotlight on the variety of its Community Engagement & Education portfolio, presenting a selection of programs for students of all ages, including free performances for the general public. Award-winning British composer and music educator Paul Rissmann joins WASO for an amazing week-long adventure. For WASO’s Education Week program details visit waso.com.au/education YOUNG AND EMERGING ARTISTS

EDUCATION CHAMBER ORCHESTRA

MON 19 JUNE 6.30PM John Inverarity Music & Drama Centre, Hale School

SAT 24 JUNE 9.45AM & 11.15AM Wardle Room, Perth Concert Hall

COMPOSITION PROJECT

Working with renowned composer and mentor James Ledger, the Composition Project provides emerging composers with the opportunity to write an original composition for a WASO chamber ensemble. This performance is the final presentation of pieces. Call 9326 0022 after 1 June 2017 to book your FREE ticket to the public performance.

KIDS’ CUSHION CONCERTS

EChO 11 MEETS PAUL RISSMANN

Join us for a special 11-piece Education Chamber Orchestra performance of The Lion Who Loved with special guest composer and presenter Paul Rissmann. This will be a truly uplifting concert combining music and storytelling, lots of audience participation and projected images from the book by award-winning author Giles Andreae and illustrated by David Wojtowycz. Suitable for 0 – 6 year olds. Kids’ Cushion Concerts are supported by Water Corporation.

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JUNE

WASO IN THE COMMUNITY

FAMILY SERIES

SAT 24 JUNE 7.30PM Perth Concert Hall

SUN 25 JUNE 11AM & 1PM Perth Concert Hall

A highlight in Education Week, active community musicians from all over Western Australia sit side-by-side WASO musicians to create a larger than life symphony orchestra, performing excerpts from well-known repertoire in a free 50-minute concert for the general public.

Award-winning British composer and music educator Paul Rissmann joins WASO for an interactive musical adventure based on the book Stan and Mabel by Jason Chapman. We follow a music-loving dog and cat on a journey to find the Greatest Orchestra in the World through an exciting mix of music, illustrated projections and audience participation.

THE RUST Y ORCHESTRA

Peter Moore conductor Cost $120 per participant. Registration forms and more information available at waso.com.au/education Call 9326 0000 after 1 May 2017 to book your FREE ticket to the public performance.

THE BEAT OF YOUR FEET

Paul Rissmann presenter/ composer Benjamin Northey conductor With illustrated projections onto a big screen above the stage and audience participation

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J U N E - JU LY

MACA LIMITED CLASSICS SERIES

LOUIS LORTIE PL AYS CHOPIN

FRI 30 JUNE & SAT 1 JULY 7.30PM Perth Concert Hall

Experience the artistry of one of the world’s most poetic pianists, French-Canadian Louis Lortie. Lortie performs with elegant subtlety, sophistication and spontaneity - perfect qualities for Chopin’s lyrical First Piano Concerto. DVORAK The Water Goblin CHOPIN Piano Concerto No.1 DVORAK Symphony No.7 Christoph König conductor Louis Lortie piano (pictured) 20

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JUNE – JULY

MORNING SYMPHONY SERIES

MASTERS SERIES

VERBITSKY & WASO: 30TH ANNIVERSARY

VERBITSKY & WASO: 30TH ANNIVERSARY

THURS 6 JULY 11AM Perth Concert Hall

FRI 7 & SAT 8 JULY 7.30PM Perth Concert Hall

To celebrate much-loved conductor Vladimir Verbitsky’s 30 years with WASO, he leads the Orchestra in a performance of Tchaikovsky’s Manfred Symphony, a dramatic work that takes us through mountains, encounters with Alpine fairies and a brush with mortality.

Since his first appearance as guest conductor of WASO in 1987, Russian-born Vladimir Verbitsky has become a much-loved figure in Perth’s musical world. To celebrate, he leads WASO and the WASO Chorus in two dramatic Russian masterpieces: Rachmaninov’s massive choral symphony The Bells and Tchaikovsky’s Manfred Symphony.

TCHAIKOVSKY Manfred Symphony Vladimir Verbitsky conductor (pictured)

RACHMANINOV The Bells TCHAIKOVSKY Manfred Symphony Vladimir Verbitsky conductor (pictured) Antoinette Halloran soprano Bradley Daley tenor Warwick Fyfe bass WASO Chorus Symphonic Chorus of UWA

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J U LY - AU G US T

EDUCATION CHAMBER ORCHESTRA

KIDS’ CUSHION CONCERTS

9.45AM & 11.15AM WED 12 JULY Wardle Room, Perth Concert Hall THURS 13 JULY Midland Town Hall FRI 14 JULY South Perth Community Centre SAT 15 JULY Wardle Room, Perth Concert Hall

Our 15-piece Education Chamber Orchestra perform fun 50-minute shows introducing children to the instruments of the symphony orchestra. Expect lots of dancing, clapping and singing! Meet the musicians after the performance and try our child-sized instruments. Suitable for 0 – 6 year olds. Kids’ Cushion Concerts are supported by Water Corporation.

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WEST AUSTRALIAN OPERA AND ALCOHOL.THINK AGAIN PRESENT

THE MERRY WIDOW

15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22 JULY His Majesty’s Theatre

The Merry Widow was the runaway hit of its period, dealing with couples in love, misunderstandings, evasive declarations, and finally a happy ending. The beauty of the music, the glamour of the setting and the effortless charm of Lehár’s work combine in a seductive and charming operetta. Vanessa Scammell conductor West Australian Opera Chorus West Australian Symphony Orchestra For more info visit waopera.asn.au Book at ticketek.com.au Sung in English


JULY – AUGUST

POPS SERIES

THE MUSIC OF JOHN WILLIAMS:

THE ORIGINAL MOVIE SOUNDTRACKS FRI 28 & SAT 29 JULY 8PM Perth Concert Hall

Celebrate the music of the greatest film composer of all time, John Williams, as WASO performs a selection of epic soundtracks from iconic movies including Star Wars, Superman, Jurassic Park, E.T. and more. Guy Noble conductor

MORNING SYMPHONY SERIES

SIMONE YOUNG: 20 YEARS WITH WASO THURS 3 AUG 11AM Perth Concert Hall

One of Australia’s greatest conductors, Simone Young, celebrates two decades of performances with WASO with a work she first conducted 20 years ago with the Orchestra, Haydn’s Symphony No.99. The Financial Times puts it perfectly; “Like the best cooks, Young leaves us wanting more.” HAYDN Symphony No.99 BRAHMS Variations on a Theme by Haydn BRAHMS Academic Festival Overture Simone Young conductor (pictured)

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AUG U S T

MASTERS SERIES

MORNING SYMPHONY SERIES

FRI 4 & SAT 5 AUG 7.30PM Perth Concert Hall

THURS 17 AUG 11AM Perth Concert Hall

Simone Young takes us back to her first concert with WASO with Haydn’s Symphony No.99, before Brahms’ riotous medley of rowdy student songs, Academic Festival Overture.

Schumann described Schubert’s ‘Great’ C Major Symphony as the epitome of the Romantic symphony and praised its “heavenly length”. Taut and lithe, Schubert’s final symphony is an astonishing work of driving power, lyrical beauty and beguiling melodies.

SIMONE YOUNG: 20 YEARS WITH WASO

HAYDN Symphony No.99 ANDREW SCHULTZ Maali – Concerto for oboe, clarinet, horn and bassoon WORLD PREMIERE BRAHMS Variations on a Theme by Haydn BRAHMS Academic Festival Overture Simone Young conductor (pictured) Peter Facer oboe Allan Meyer clarinet Adam Mikulicz bassoon David Evans horn Andrew Schultz’s new work was commissioned for WASO by Geoff Stearn

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ASHER FISCH CONDUCTS SCHUBERT’S THE GREAT

SCHUBERT Symphony No.9 The Great Asher Fisch conductor (pictured) Asher Fisch appears courtesy of Wesfarmers Arts


AUGUST

MACA LIMITED CLASSICS SERIES

MASTERS SERIES

FRI 18 & SAT 19 AUG 7.30PM Perth Concert Hall

FRI 25 & SAT 26 AUG 7.30PM Perth Concert Hall

Schubert’s ‘Great’ C Major Symphony is justly considered his greatest symphonic achievement - an astonishing work of driving power and lyrical beauty. Impressive young Australian pianist Jayson Gillham makes his WASO debut with Schumann’s Piano Concerto.

Mahler’s awe-inspiring Sixth Symphony is sonically spectacular and vividly imaginative. Its legendary hammer blows are moments of raw brutality: theatrically exhilarating but emotionally devastating. Japanese-born American violinist Karen Gomyo performs Mozart’s exquisite Third Violin Concerto.

ASHER FISCH CONDUCTS SCHUBERT’S THE GREAT

SCHUMANN Genoveva: Overture SCHUMANN Piano Concerto SCHUBERT Symphony No.9 The Great Asher Fisch conductor Jayson Gillham piano (pictured)

ASHER FISCH CONDUCTS MAHLER 6

MOZART Violin Concerto No.3 MAHLER Symphony No.6
 Asher Fisch conductor Karen Gomyo violin (pictured) Asher Fisch appears courtesy of Wesfarmers Arts

Asher Fisch appears courtesy of Wesfarmers Arts

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SEPTEMBER

WAGNER & BEYOND Composer Richard Wagner is one of the most written about people in history. His work remains shrouded in controversy and polarises classical music and opera lovers the world over. Come on an adventure with WASO’s Principal Conductor and one of the world’s foremost Wagnerians, Asher Fisch, to find out more about this ambitious, innovative and provocative figure who changed the course of music forever. WAGNER & BEYOND

INSPIRING WAGNER WED 6 SEPT 7.30PM Perth Concert Hall

Wagner revolutionised music with his audacious harmonies, gargantuan orchestras and grandiose dramas. Asher Fisch leads us on an exhilarating journey through the music that inspired Wagner, his immense artistic achievement and mastery of orchestral writing as showcased in five orchestral extracts from his Ring Cycle. MARSCHNER The Vampire: Overture
 SCHUMANN Scenes from Goethe’s Faust: Overture LISZT Mazeppa (Symphonic Poem No.6) WAGNER Das Rheingold: Entrance of the Gods WAGNER Siegfried: Forest Murmurs WAGNER Götterdämmerung: Siegfried’s Rhine Journey WAGNER Götterdämmerung: Siegfried’s Funeral WAGNER Die Walküre: Ride of the Valkyries

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SEPTEMBER

WAGNER & BEYOND

WAGNER’S WORLD SAT 9 SEPT 7.30PM Perth Concert Hall

Asher Fisch explores Wagner’s musical legacy through the spacious grandeur of Bruckner’s Seventh Symphony and the overture from Chabrier’s opera Gwendoline. Acclaimed Australian bass-baritone Shane Lowrencev performs arias from Wagner’s Die Walküre and Die Meistersinger. WAGNER Tristan und Isolde: Prelude and Liebestod WAGNER Die Walküre: Wotan’s Farewell WAGNER Parsifal: Good Friday Spell WAGNER Die Meistersinger: Wahn! Wahn! BRUCKNER Symphony No.7 (second movement) CHABRIER Gwendoline: Overture STRAUSS, R. Don Juan Asher Fisch conductor Shane Lowrencev bass-baritone Asher Fisch appears courtesy of Wesfarmers Arts

NOT YOUR NORMAL CONCERT EXPERIENCE! Principal Conductor Asher Fisch will speak about the music during the concerts and the Orchestra will perform excerpts to illustrate his observations of Wagner’s revolutionary style.

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S E P T E M B E R - O CTO BER

WEST AUSTRALIAN BALLET PRESENTS

WASO CHORUS SINGS

14 - 30 SEPT His Majesty’s Theatre

SUN 24 SEPT 2PM MATINEE St Mary’s Cathedral, Perth

Discover the heady, indulgent days of New York’s Long Island in the 1920s as West Australian Ballet brings F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel The Great Gatsby to the stage. Music by Academy Award® nominated and BAFTA winning composer Sir Richard Rodney Bennett CBE (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Murder on the Orient Express) will be played by the West Australian Symphony Orchestra.

Bach’s masterful Chorales are a joy to both perform and experience. These great works are framed by Barber’s sublime Agnus Dei and a new work by Lachlan Skipworth.

THE GREAT GATSBY

David Nixon OBE choreographer Myron Romanul conductor West Australian Symphony Orchestra For more info visit waballet.com.au Book at ticketek.com.au

LUX AETERNA

LIGETI Lux aeterna BACH, J.S. Wie sich ein Vater erbarmet, BWV 17 BARBER Agnus Dei (Adagio for Strings) BACH, J.S. Wie soll ich dich empfangen, BWV 248 LACHLAN SKIPWORTH New Work WORLD PREMIERE BACH, J.S. Kyrie! Gott Vater in Ewigkeit, BWV 371 MAHLER Adagietto from Symphony No.5 Christopher van Tuinen conductor WASO Chorus WASO Composer in Residence Lachlan Skipworth is supported by the Simon Lee Foundation

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SEPTEMBER – OCTOBER

WASO IN THE COMMUNITY

MACA LIMITED CLASSICS SERIES

THURS 28 & SAT 30 SEPT 9.45AM & 11.15AM Wardle Room, Perth Concert Hall

FRI 6 & SAT 7 OCT 7.30PM Perth Concert Hall

JUMP, JAM, JIGGLE!

In these 50-minute interactive workshop performances, children will enjoy a hands-on musical journey of instrument playing, song and dance inspired by the music of Holst’s The Planets. At the conclusion of the performance, children can “Meet the Musician” to learn more about the instruments of the orchestra and the people who play them. Kate Page workshop leader (pictured) Suitable for 3 – 7 year olds.

KARIN SCHAUPP PL AYS RODRIGO

In an exhilarating concert of fantastical tales and exotic colours, Karin Shaupp performs Rodrigo’s popular guitar concerto, described by the composer as capturing “the fragrance of magnolias, the singing of birds, and the gushing of fountains.” RAVEL Pavane pour une infante défunte RODRIGO Concierto de Aranjuez RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Scheherazade Christopher Dragon conductor Karin Schaupp guitar (pictured)

Presented as part of the 2017 AWESOME Festival.

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O C TO B E R

MORNING SYMPHONY SERIES

MASTERS SERIES

THURS 12 OCT 11AM Perth Concert Hall

FRI 13 & SAT 14 OCT 7.30PM Perth Concert Hall

Chinese-born Australian cello virtuoso Li-Wei Qin performs Saint-Saëns’ stormy, mercurial First Cello Concerto, a virtuosic showpiece that positively erupts with unique and imaginative melodies.

Vaughan Williams’ Fifth Symphony is imbued with delicate lyricism and orchestral colour. Saint-Saëns’ stormy First Cello Concerto erupts with unique and imaginative melodies and is performed by Li-Wei Qin.

LI-WEI QIN PL AYS SAINT-SAENS

SAINT-SAENS Cello Concerto No.1 VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Symphony No.5 Douglas Boyd conductor Li-Wei Qin cello (pictured)

FRENCH CONNECTIONS

RAVEL Ma Mère L’Oye (Mother Goose) – Suite SAINT-SAENS Cello Concerto No.1 VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Symphony No.5 Douglas Boyd conductor Li-Wei Qin cello (pictured)

“… a meltingly beautiful tone, flawless centered intonation and an ironclad technique.” New York Times

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OCTOBER

WEST AUSTRALIAN OPERA PRESENTS

EY PRESENTS

26, 28 OCT & 2, 4 NOV His Majesty’s Theatre

FRI 27 OCT 8PM Perth Concert Hall

A new generation of Australian singers led by Emma Pearson star in the opera which made Dame Joan Sutherland famous, in the production she made her own. Donizetti’s story is based around two feuding families with a traditional setting much loved by opera audiences.

Two-time ARIA Award winner and multi-platinum album selling artist Megan Washington joins WASO to perform new songs and favourite hits from her three studio albums including How to Tame Lions, Consolation Prize and One For Sorrow. Don’t miss one of Australia’s finest singer-songwriters in this special concert with WASO. “The heart and soul with which Washington told her stories melodically was astounding and heartbreaking to watch.” – The AU Review

LUCIA DI L AMMERMOOR

Brad Cohen conductor West Australian Opera Chorus West Australian Symphony Orchestra For more info visit waopera.asn.au Book at ticketek.com.au Sung in Italian with English surtitles

MEGAN WASHINGTON WITH WASO

Megan Washington vocals (pictured) Benjamin Northey conductor

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OCTOBER - NOVEMBER

ABSTRACT ENTERTAINMENT PRESENTS

FAMILY SERIES

FRI 27 OCT 8PM Riverside Theatre, Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre

SUN 5 NOV 11AM & 1PM Perth Concert Hall

THE BOOTLEG BEATLES

Formed from the West End cast of the Broadway musical Beatlemania, The Bootleg Beatles are the world’s premier Beatles show. In an illustrious career they have played the main stage at Glastonbury, supported Oasis and performed for the Queen at Buckingham Palace. By popular demand they are bringing their amazing multi-media production back to Australia, accompanied by the West Australian Symphony Orchestra. “Sheer technical perfection.” – The Evening Standard

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L AH-L AH AND BUZZ MEET WASO

Popular stars of ABC KIDS Lah-Lah and Buzz present an educational and interactive musical show with lots of singing and dancing! Meet some new instrument friends as they introduce Lola the Dancing Double Bass in a fun and engaging concert. Lah-Lah and Buzz (pictured) Jon Tooby conductor The performance features Lah-Lah and Buzz performing with members of WASO. Suitable for 3-7 year olds. All live action is projected onto a big screen above the stage.


OCTOBER – NOVEMBER

MORNING SYMPHONY SERIES

MACA LIMITED CLASSICS SERIES

THURS 16 NOV 11AM Perth Concert Hall

FRI 17 & SAT 18 NOV 7.30PM Perth Concert Hall

Asher Fisch brings his rare affinity for Schumann’s work to this performance of the composer’s compact and powerful Fourth Symphony. Szymanowski’s Concert Overture is lush, radiant and full of soaring melodies.

Schumann’s compact and powerful Fourth Symphony is conducted by the exceptional Asher Fisch. WASO’s Principal Trombone Joshua Davis premieres acclaimed Australian composer Paul Stanhope’s Trombone Concerto.

ASHER FISCH CONDUCTS SCHUMANN

SZYMANOWSKI Concert Overture SCHUMANN Symphony No.4 Asher Fisch conductor (pictured) Asher Fisch appears courtesy of Wesfarmers Arts

ASHER FISCH CONDUCTS SCHUMANN

SZYMANOWSKI Concert Overture PAUL STANHOPE Trombone Concerto WORLD PREMIERE SCHUMANN Symphony No.4 Asher Fisch conductor Joshua Davis trombone (pictured) Asher Fisch appears courtesy of Wesfarmers Arts

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NOVEMBER - DECEMBER

MASTERS SERIES

MACA LIMITED CLASSICS SERIES

FRI 24 & SAT 25 NOV 7.30PM Perth Concert Hall

FRI 1 DEC 7.30PM SAT 2 DEC 2PM MATINEE Perth Concert Hall

RACHMANINOV’S 2ND PIANO CONCERTO

Pianist Alexander Gavrylyuk is acclaimed worldwide for thrilling performances of Rachmaninov’s ever-popular Second Piano Concerto, a ravishing masterpiece overflowing with lush, rich melodies. “Every time (Gavrylyuk) enchants the public with his incredible virtuosity and thought-provoking playing.” – De Telegraaf (The Netherlands) RACHMANINOV Piano Concerto No.2 SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No.10 Asher Fisch conductor Alexander Gavrylyuk piano (pictured) Asher Fisch appears courtesy of Wesfarmers Arts

ASHER FISCH & WASO: DESTINY, FATE AND HEROES

Avner Dorman’s introspective, explosive After Brahms provides the perfect gateway between our world and that of Brahms, whose poetic works for choir and orchestra themselves pave the way for Richard Strauss’ autobiographical tone poem, Ein Heldenleben (A Hero’s Life). AVNER DORMAN After Brahms BRAHMS Schicksalslied (Song of Destiny) BRAHMS Gesang der Parzen (Song of the Fates) STRAUSS, R. Ein Heldenleben (A Hero’s Life) Asher Fisch conductor (pictured) WASO Chorus Asher Fisch appears courtesy of Wesfarmers Arts

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NOVEMBER – DECEMBER

SPECIAL EVENT

COMMUNITY EVENT

FRI 8 DEC 8PM Perth Concert Hall

SAT 16 DEC 7.30PM Langley Park, Perth FREE

Multi ARIA Award winners The Idea of North are renowned for their distinct vocal sound and style that crosses musical genres from jazz to folk, gospel, pop and classical. In their first concert with WASO they perform Christmas songs and music from around the world including your favourite holiday tunes! “The Idea of North are one of Australia’s brightest cultural treasures. Go and see for yourself what the international fuss is about.” – The Sydney

Symphony in the City is Perth’s largest free outdoor classical music concert and a summer tradition for thousands. Join the Orchestra, WASO Chorus and special guest soloists for a magical night under the stars featuring your favourite classics and film music scores. The concert will conclude with Tchaikovsky’s famous 1812 Overture accompanied by an explosive pyrotechnics display.

CHRISTMAS WITH THE IDEA OF NORTH & WASO

SYMPHONY IN THE CIT Y

WASO Chorus For more info visit waso.com.au

Morning Herald The Idea of North vocals (pictured) Benjamin Northey conductor

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YOUR WASO EXPERIENCE WHAT TO WEAR

Although the Orchestra often dresses in formal attire, audience members wear anything from formal suits to jeans. The most important thing is that you feel comfortable when attending a concert.

FREE CONCERT PROGRAMS

Free printed programs are available at most concerts, or are available to download from our website before the concert.

PRE-CONCERT TALKS

Free Pre-Concert Talks take place in the Terrace Level foyer of Perth Concert Hall at 6.45pm before each Masters and Classics concert. For Wagner & Beyond concerts the talks begin at 6.30pm. For Morning Symphony concerts the talks take place at 9.40am inside the Perth Concert Hall auditorium. Pre-Concert Talks are supported by Wesfarmers Arts

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CONCERT ETIQUETTE

• We encourage you to show your appreciation as you wish, but at most classical concerts audience members refrain from clapping between movements of a piece. If you are unsure, simply follow your fellow audience members. • While coughing is unavoidable, there are ways to minimise the disturbance of the musicians, conductor and your fellow audience members. Cough lozenges are available free of charge from the WASO Ticket Collection Desk at Perth Concert Hall before each performance and during the interval. • Photography, sound and video recordings are only permitted prior to the start of the performance. • Mobile phones and alarm watches must be switched off during a performance. Concerts are recorded for broadcast on ABC Radio and these noise disturbances are picked up. • All West Australian Symphony Orchestra venues are smoke-free. • We make every effort to start each performance at the advertised time. Unfortunately, we are unable to seat latecomers until the first interval or a suitable break in the program.


YOUR WASO EXPERIENCE

POST-CONCERT TALKS

Free Meet the Artist and Meet the Musician talks commence in the Terrace Level foyer of Perth Concert Hall, directly after select performances. Discover more about the music and gain an insight into the life of an artist. Laurence Jackson, concertmaster Saturday 22 April Stefan Dohr, horn Friday 9 June Louis Lortie, piano Saturday 1 July Nellie & Vladimir Verbitsky, conductor Saturday 8 July Simone Young, conductor Saturday 5 August Jayson Gillham, piano Friday 18 August Brian Maloney, percussion Friday 25 August Douglas Boyd, conductor Friday 13 October Joshua Davis, trombone Saturday 18 November Asher Fisch, conductor Saturday 25 November Meet the Artist and Meet the Musician Talks are supported by Wesfarmers Arts

CONCERT BROADCASTS

Selected performances are recorded by ABC Classic FM for broadcast. For further details go to abc.net.au/classic

CONNECT WITH WASO

VISIT WASO.COM.AU

Buy tickets, listen to playlists, view concert programs, learn about our education and philanthropy programs and plan your visit at waso.com.au.

WASO E-NEWS Subscribe to our regular e-newsletter, SymphonE-News, on our website. WASO ON THE GO WASO’s free mobile app allows you to buy concert tickets, access information about upcoming concerts, listen to music excerpts and watch videos from your iPhone or Android smartphone. Download the free app via iTunes or Google Play.

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PERTH CONCERT HALL

Renowned for having the finest acoustics in Australia, Perth Concert Hall is the performance home of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra. LEVELS OF PERTH CONCERT HALL AUDITORIUM

Choir Stalls Stalls Rear Stalls Lower Gallery Upper Gallery

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PERTH CONCERT HALL

DINING

Please visit the Perth Concert Hall website perthconcerthall.com.au for full information on food and beverage offerings at the venue, including café, buffet and graband-go options.

PARKING

The City of Perth administers the parking underneath Perth Concert Hall, with the main entry via Terrace Road. The upper level of the undercover car park is serviced by a lift that provides direct access to the foyer of the Concert Hall. Open-air parking is also available adjacent to the venue on Terrace Road. Further parking information is available by calling City of Perth Parking on 1300 889 613 or visit cityofperthparking.com.au

ACCESSIBILITY

Perth Concert Hall is equipped to assist people with disabilities. To ensure we are able to accommodate special requirements, please state your needs when you book. • Universal access is available via the ramp at the St Georges Terrace entrance. • A universal accessible toilet is available on the ground floor. • Lift access to foyers is available from the upper level of the Concert Hall car park. • Special seating is allocated in the auditorium. Please specify requirements when booking. • The Sennheiser MobileConnect Personal Hearing Assistance system is available in the auditorium. Visit perthconcerthall.com.au for further information. • ACROD parking is available in the Concert Hall car park (access off Terrace Road).

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WASO PHIL ANTHROPY

Donations have become vital to our mission to touch souls and enrich lives through music. Please consider joining our philanthropic community. Did you know that WASO is a not-for-profit organisation and your gifts are tax deductible? We’d be delighted to talk with you about different ways you can support your Orchestra. Please contact Alecia Benzie, Executive Manager, Philanthropy on 9326 0020 or benziea@waso.com.au For further information go to waso.com.au/supportus

CAN’T ATTEND A CONCERT? DONATE YOUR TICKETS! Demand for great seats at WASO performances is high. If you cannot attend a concert, please consider donating your ticket for resale. We will send you a tax deductible receipt and you will be giving the opportunity for another music lover to see the performance. To donate your tickets, please contact the WASO Box Office on 08 9326 0000. Tickets must be received by the WASO Box Office at least two business days prior to the performance. Please post your tickets to: WASO, PO Box 3041, East Perth WA 6892. Only applies to tickets sold by WASO. Transaction fees are not eligible for inclusion in the donation.

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Cover: Cellist Li-Wei Qin

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