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WASO AND THE LORD OF THE RINGS:
THE TWO TOWERS
Over 4000 people experienced the start of the journey in 2013. Don’t miss The Lord
of the Rings: The Two Towers on the big screen with Howard Shore’s score performed
live by over 200 musicians. Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre, Jun 20-21.
PIXAR IN CONCERT
From the Toy Story trilogy
and Cars, to Finding Nemo
and Up, Pixar has given
audiences some of the
most beloved characters
and stories in cinematic
history. WASO will perform
memorable orchestral music
from the movies live in
concert, together with clips
from Pixar’s feature films.
Crown Theatre, Apr 26.
Legendary soprano Dame
Kiri Te Kanawa will be
performing as part of her
70th Birthday Gala Tour,
accompanied by renowned
pianist Terence Dennis.
With a career spanning
40 years, Dame Kiri is sure
to deliver yet another
Perth Concert Hall, May 13.
Fratres welcomes WASO
principal flautist Andrew
Nicholson and associate
principal cellist Louise
McKay. The spiritual
program will alternate
between the music of JS
Bach and contemporary
classical composer Arvo
Pärt. Basilica of St Patrick,
Fremantle, May 18.
A culinary classic
“Music is as important to me as food,” says cooking presenter Maggie Beer. This
goes some way to explaining why she and her co-host of the ABC TV show The
Cook and The Chef, Simon Bryant, have teamed up with the West Australian Symphony
Orchestra for their next tour. WASO, conducted by Guy Noble, will accompany the
duo’s live cooking demonstration and Maggie admits joining forces with an orchestra
was a natural decision. “It didn’t take much to convince me to be a part of something
like this,” she tells us. Maggie says cooking on stage with the orchestra is an exhilarating
experience. “The drama of the music is matched by the drama of the food. To be on
stage surrounded by such music is amazing, it drives us.” But she’s determined not to
give the whole plot away – Maggie suggests that there’s a surprise for the audience in
store. “My favourite part is a big secret at the end of the performance, but it will have
to stay a secret for now.” Riverside Theatre, PCEC, Jul 18.
Music for all ages
A cutting-edge collaboration between multi-award-
winning Australian electronic music duo The Presets,
and the Australian Chamber Orchestra promises to
treat concert-goers to a “highly provocative” musical
journey through history.
Timeline will trace the evolution of music across
42,000 years to a backdrop of stunning visual effects.
“The whole idea is it’s musical time travelling,”
says ACO artistic director Richard Tognetti.
The adventure will start with Aboriginal song
and lead through European classics by the likes of
Monteverdi, Vivaldi, and Mozart, before introducing
audiences to the more ‘challenging’ works of the 20th
century; arrangements by Bartók, Schoenberg, Reich,
Stravinsky, and Ligeti. The Presets’s Julian Hamilton
and Kim Moyes – whose sound is a fusion of dance
and techno music with a rock’n’roll energy – will
collaborate with Tognetti on the curation of the
20th and 21st century component of the concert.
“It will be shocking but also highly revealing,”
says Tognetti. Perth Concert Hall, June 4.
ADMISSION ONE SHILLING
This humorous and highly entertaining account of
one of the most remarkable musical achievements of
the 20th century is performed by Patricia Routledge
(best known as Hyacinth in Keeping Up Appearances),
and internationally renowned classical pianist Piers
Lane. His Majesty’s Theatre, May 29-31.
After Mozart’s death, Peter Lichtenthal distilled his idol’s Requiem into a wordless, pristine string quartet
masterwork, transforming it from profoundly religious into a beautiful, abstract work of art. It’s an unfinished
work that somehow feels as if nothing more could be said. Perth Concert Hall, May 23.
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