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Fact: the Enigma Variations
are 14 musical sketches of
composer Elgar’s closest
friends. Here, the WA
Youth Orchestra tackles
them, along with a Britten
piece, and a percussion
concerto by Australian
composer Elena Kats-
Chernin. Perth Concert
Hall, May 30, 9231 9900.
STEVEN ISSERLIS WITH
Acclaimed cellist Isserlis
calls the finale of this
concert the hardest piece
he’s ever learned. See
what he’s up against in this
compelling show, which
highlights technical mastery
in French compositions.
Perth Concert Hall, Jun 8,
EGARR & THE
This unique concert will
take you back through
time – pianist Richard Egarr
will use 17th and 18th
century instruments to play
a repertoire of classic pieces
THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO
Girls dressed as boys, people hiding in cupboards, mistaken identity – it sounds more like the hijinks by last season’s
Big Brother cast than the plot of a significant piece of music. But actually, it’s one of Mozart’s most famous operas,
The Marriage of Figaro, which the WA Opera will perform this season at His Majesty’s Theatre. “It’s still one of the
most regularly performed operas in the world,” says WA Opera general manager Carolyn Chard. But don’t think
that means their show will be run of the mill – on the contrary, Carolyn describes the cast as “extraordinary”, and
says the company is excited to bring in special guest Antony Walker from the Pittsburgh Opera to work with them
for the first time. There will also be a free talk before each performance, so you can find out more about the show.
So, with all that, what can audiences expect? “An awesome night at the opera,” Carolyn says simply. His Majesty’s
Theatre, Jul 14-25, 9278 8999.
JOSH PYKE WITH WASO
“It’s all songs from his albums, and the cool thing
is that he’s trying to get the composers who are
arranging it for the orchestra to put their own spin
on it,” says Chris Dragon, who is conducting WASO
for its collaboration with Josh Pyke. Chris predicts
good things of the show, which features favourite
tunes like Middle of the Hill and Lighthouse Song
re-imagined for an orchestra. “It’s not necessarily
what you’d expect those pieces to be.” Things like
time signatures and structures have been altered –
with Josh’s approval, but making space for a lot of
creative leeway for the composers – to completely
revamp the tunes. We have word it’ll be different, but
a lot of fun. Perth Concert Hall, Jul 24, 9231 9900.
by Bach, Haydn, Lawes and
Purcell. Perth Concert Hall,
Jun 17, 9231 9900.
2015 WA OPERA
Opera’s new season,
enjoy a collection of opera
favourites presented by
company members in
a relaxed, informal
setting. His Majesty’s
Theatre, Jun 17, 9278 8999.
The homegrown tenor
returns to Perth to support
his new album – the
fourth in his prolific career.
Mandurah Performing Arts
Centre, Jun 23, 9550 3900.
THE MAGIC FLUTE
It’s another famous Mozart
opera, but this is a better
choice for newbies than
Figaro (above) – it’s in
English, and its classic
tale of love and conflict
will resonate with more
than a few people. His
Jul 15-26 , 9278 8999.
The biggest French
celebration we regularly
have is slapping some
cheese onto a baguette,
but we’d willingly go
deeper with this very
personal concert by
Susan Graham. Perth
Concert Hall, Jul 22,
This exciting English
a cappella group that
specialises in Renaissance
and contemporary music
is making its Australian
debut with a national
tour. Their repertoire
includes a new piece
that was penned for
them especially by
Andrew Schultz. Perth
Concert Hall, Aug 3,
WASO EDUCATION WEEK
Contrary to popular belief, Mozart didn’t write Twinkle
Twinkle Little Star as a five-year-old. That said, he was
still an intimidatingly accomplished child musician,
and Googling him has left us feeling a little deficient.
Fortunately, the folk at the WA Symphony Orchestra
are rolling out their first-ever Education Week, which
is packed full of events for musos of all skill levels.
“We’ll provide opportunities for people of all ages and
abilities to participate, observe, listen and enjoy music-
making at its finest,” says Cassandra Lake, WASO’s
executive manager of community engagement.
She’s looking for audiences to be entertained and
informed by the program, which includes kids’ events,
composition competitions (say that five times fast)
and opportunities for people to play along with the
orchestra. We’re looking forward to the free Open
Day that ends the week, with artist talks, venue tours,
and a concert by that amateur-enhanced orchestra.
“We’re highlighting the work we do in the community
to educate, inspire, mentor, and enjoy music-making,”
Cassandra says. “We invite our audiences to join in
the fun. ” Perth Concert Hall, Jun 22-28 , 9231 9900.
Steven Isserlis and Connie Shih.
Sara Macliver, Luke Gabbedy and Zoe Kikiros
in the WA Opera’s 2009 staging of The Marriage
of Figaro (photography James Rogers).
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