The West Australian Symphony Orchestra (WASO) is Western Australia’s largest and busiest performing arts organisation. WASO is a not for profit company, funded through the government, ticket revenue and the support of the community.
Based at Perth’s Concert Hall, WASO put on multiple performances during the year from concerts, regional tours, it’s partnerships with the West Australian Opera and the West Australian Ballet. Their year is jam-packed with performances, that there is something for everyone.
“WASO’s mission is to touch souls and enrich lives through music.”
WASO has an incredible season on the way, here is a short list of what to expect in the coming months.
Swing On This
Friday June 16 and Saturday June 17 at 8 p.m. at the Perth Concert Hall
Australia’s leading artists take on all time swing classics.
‘Swing On This’ features four of Australia’s leading stage and screen stars, Michael Falzon, Luke Kennedy, Rob Mills and Ben Mingay as they present a modern take on the swing classics from Sinatra, Bublè to Oasis and John Farnham.
Verbitsky and WASO – 30th Anniversary Celebration
Friday July 7 and Saturday July 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the Perth Concert Hall
A magnificent Russian performance to celebrate a unique musical partnership; Russian-born conductor Vladimir Verbitsky made his first guest appearance as a conductor with WASO in 1987. He has since become a much-beloved figure in Perth’s musical world and is returning to celebrate this 30-year partnership with a grand Russian Concert, Maestro Verbitsky is presenting Rachmaninov The Bells, Tchaikovsky Manfred Symphony with the WASO Chorus and Symphonic Chorus of UWA.
The Music of John Williams – The Original Movie Soundtracks
Friday July 28 and Saturday July 29 at 8 p.m. at the Perth Concert Hall
Winner of five Academy Awards and a record-breaking number of nominations John Williams has scored more than 100 films; it is highly improbable that you are unfamiliar with his work. Join WASO as they celebrate the legend that is John Williams and his infamous score. Conductor Guy Noble will lead the orchestra on a journey through a selection of epic soundtracks from iconic movies including Superman, E.T, and Star Wars.
Simone Young: 20 Years with WASO
Friday August 4 and Saturday August 5 at 7:30 p.m. at the Perth Concert Hall
One of Australia’s greatest conductors brings ‘something old, new and borrowed to this celebratory concert.’
To celebrate 20 years since Simone Young introduced herself to WASO audiences, she will be performing Haydn Symphony No. 99, Brahms Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Brahms Academic Festival Overture and the premiere performance of Australian composer Andrew Schultz’s Maali.
There is something here for everyone, so make sure you get your tickets early as these shows are sure to sell out.