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Prominent cellist Alban
Gerhardt performs with the
West Australian Symphony
Orchestra on one of the top
five classic concertos, as
chosen by the ABC. Perth
Concert Hall, Aug 1-2 .
Australian tenor and WAAPA
graduate Alexander Lewis
performs a song program
influenced by great
paintings and, specifically,
the letters of artist Vincent
Van Gogh. Perth Town
Hall, Aug 3.
The West Australian
brings to life sounds of
the Romantic Era. Asher
Fisch conducts Schubert’s
unfinished Symphony B
and Schumann’s Symphony
No. 3 . Perth Concert
Hall, Aug 7.
Come and celebrate the
symphonies of Wolfgang
Amadeus Mozart, at
Music on the Terrace this
August, featuring guests
Sara Macliver and Andrew
House Ballroom, Aug 10.
The West Australian Youth
Orchestra presents four
pieces of legendary status
from America. The history-
rich performance includes
the work of John Adams,
George Gershwin, Aaron
Copland and Leonard
Bernstein. Perth Concert
Hall, Sep 20.
One of the world’s most
renowned tenors visits Perth
in September. The two-part
concert will include classical
opera as well as his signature
hits from his album Passione.
Perth Arena, Sep 24.
British pianist Stephen
Hough lends his skill for
the second time to the
West Australian Symphony
Orchestra, in the company
of Swiss conductor Baldur
Brönnimann. Expect a night
not only of Beethoven,
but also Debussy and
Ravel. Perth Concert
Hall, Sep 26-27.
CLASSICAL MUSIC VENUES
With soaring limestone walls, manicured lawn
terraces, and views across the city skyline, the Quarry
is renowned for its peaceful ambience, incredible
acoustics and magnificent natural bushland setting.
Reabold Hill, Oceanic Drive, City Beach.
Perth Concert Hall
Renowned as one of the finest acoustic venues in the
southern hemisphere, and recently having been voted
‘Best Acoustics in Australia’ by Limelight magazine, the
concert hall is home to WASO, and has played host
to many of the world’s best orchestras, including the
Berlin Philharmonic and London Symphony Orchestra.
5 St Georges Terrace, Perth.
St Georges Cathedral
Constructed of limestone, with marble floors and
lofty jarrah arches, the cathedral is an iconic venue
that houses the widely acclaimed Cathedral Choir.
38 St Georges Terrace, Perth.
MEET: ASHER FISCH
When internationally renowned principal conductor Asher Fisch tells people he is going to Perth to work with
WASO, he usually gets a perplexed look. “People know it exists but have no idea what kind of cultural life we have
down here,” the Israeli-born conductor explains. He believes this is something that must be changed, but it is
difficult if orchestras such as WASO are unable to undertake expensive tours abroad. “The first step we are taking
in order to spread the word about our orchestra is to try and bring first-rate soloists and conductors to perform in
Perth,” he tells us. “These musicians are the best vehicle to grow the reputation of the orchestra overseas.”
Asher argues that WASO is a fine-tuned orchestra that can play anything well and impresses guest conductors
and musicians. While other orchestras in the music scene today sound too similar to each other, he says WASO
should strive to make its mark. “The days when you could listen to a symphony on the radio and say, ‘Aha
– V ienna, or Chicago or the LSO,’ are sadly gone,” he says. “I would love for WASO to have a clear profile,
something in the way they play which will make them unique, recognisable.”
This year, Asher is excited about the Beethoven Festival he is working on with WASO for August. “It is
essential for our work together and it provides a rare opportunity for our audience to enjoy these masterworks
which are the cornerstone of the orchestral repertory in the 19th and 20th centuries.” To learn more about Asher
Fisch and the Beethoven Festival, visit waso.com.au.
Asher Fisch (photography
For two weekends in August, WASO and its principal
conductor, Asher Fisch, will present a Western
Australian first: Beethoven’s nine symphonies. The
festival boasts four performances (Beethoven’s
Fifth: Symphony No. 1, 2 and 5; Beethoven’s Eroica:
Symphony No. 3 Eroica and 4; Beethoven’s Pastoral:
Symphony No. 6 Pastoral and 7; and Beethoven’s
Ninth: Symphony No. 8 and 9 Choral) complete with
pre-concert talks and post-concert conversations with
the likes of ABC Classic FM’s Graham Abbott. Two
family events (Beethoven’s Big Day Out and Jam on
a Classic) make sure everyone gets in on the action.
Perth Concert Hall, Aug 21-31.
The Glenn Miller Orchestra.
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