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Luke Pownall
Public Relations Manager
West Australian Symphony Orchestra
Tel: (08) 9326 0061 Mob: 0400 748 552



Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban™ in Concert
16 November, 2017

The Harry Potter Film Concert Series returns to Riverside Theatre, Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre with Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in Concert, the third film in the Harry Potter series. On 4 & 5 May, 2018, The West Australian Symphony Orchestra will perform the magical score live from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban while the entire film plays in high-definition on a 40-foot screen. The Harry Potter Film Concert Series, which is another magical experience from J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, kicked off in June 2016 with Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in Concert and is scheduled to include hundreds of performances across more than 35 countries around the world through 2018. Read more

Lotterywest Symphony in the City
13 November, 2017

Lotterywest Symphony in the City is a free outdoor concert at Langley Park, featuring the West Australian Symphony Orchestra (WASO) and Chorus, and broadcast live to regional venues and gatherings across Western Australia, on Saturday 16 December at 7.30pm. This community event attracts over 20,000 picnic-goers to the open-air setting in Perth, where they can enjoy well-known classics, film music and an explosive finale of fireworks. Read more



Christmas with The Idea of North & WASO
5 November, 2017

Australia’s leading vocal quartet, The Idea of North, will perform their first concert with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra. Christmas with The Idea of North & WASO will present a collection of Christmas songs and holiday tunes from around the world. Enjoy the sophisticated harmonies and good old-fashioned fun that these superbly talented singers bring to the stage as they and WASO usher in the holiday season. Read more





Asher Fisch Conducts Strauss’ A Hero’s Life
31 October, 2017

The West Australian Symphony Orchestra is gearing-up for a colossal last concert at Perth Concert Hall for 2017. Principal Conductor Asher Fisch will lead an enormous orchestra through the music of his heartland – lush, bold, Germanic repertoire from the late 19th century. The centrepiece of the performance is Richard Strauss’ epic tone poem Ein Heldenleben (A Hero’s Life) requiring 98 musicians. The WASO Chorus will join in the action for two of Brahms’ choral masterpieces, Schicksalslied (Song of Destiny) and Gesang der Parzen (Song of the Fates). To set the scene, the concert will open with a contemporary composition, After Brahms by Israeli Avner Dorman. Drawing material from Brahms’ late piano works, the piece explores the great composer’s style, and is the perfect gateway between our world and that of Brahms. Read more



Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto
25 October, 2017

Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto is a ravishing masterpiece, overflowing with lush, rich melodies that live long in the memory. Acclaimed pianist Alexander Gavrylyuk will join the West Australian Symphony Orchestra for two concerts on November 24 and 25. Gavrylyuk is renowned worldwide for thrilling performances of this ever-popular concerto. Read more


Asher Fisch Conducts Schumann
13 October, 2017

Joshua Davis is Principal Trombone of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra and will step up as soloist with WASO for a world premiere, Trombone Concerto, by award-winning Australian composer Paul Stanhope. Led by Principal Conductor Asher Fisch, the concert will feature Schumann’s Fourth (and final) Symphony. Having explored the previous three symphonies with WASO over the past five years, Schumann’s compact and powerful masterpiece will be a thrilling finale. Read more




WASO join Team MACA in pedalling a good cause
11 October, 2017

The West Australian Symphony Orchestra is teaming up with one of its major corporate partners, MACA Limited, for the MACA Ride to Conquer Cancer® on 21-22 October. The event is a two-day, 200km cycling event through WA’s scenic countryside to raise vital funds for the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research. All funds raised will enable the research team to acquire new equipment, retain experts and fund new research to better diagnose and treat the deadliest forms of cancer. WASO riders include Chief Executive Craig Whitehead and Associate Principal Double Bass Joan Wright, who will ride tandem with her husband Jim Mann (retired Principal Trombone at WASO). They will join over 200 riders from Team MACA, who are collectively on target to raise almost one million dollars. Read more


Lah Lah and Buzz Meet WASO
6 October, 2017

Lah Lah and Buzz, the popular stars of ABC KIDS will perform an educational and fun musical show for the family, with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra. The concert will be a mixture of popular classics and songs by Lah Lah and Buzz. Audiences will sing, dance and meet the instruments of the orchestra, as Lah-Lah and Buzz introduce Lola the Dancing Double Bass to the fascinating families within the orchestra. Lola is a bit of a shy double bass, but it doesn’t take long for her to warm up to her brothers and sisters in the string family, who then help her join the party with the woodwind, brass and percussion families for some seriously noisy musical fun! Read more




Due to popular demand, WASO announcesA Third, MATINEE Concert
2 October, 2017

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets™ in Concert
Audiences will experience the second chapter of the Harry Potter Film Concert Series with WASO performing music from the film. Read more



Megan Washington to perform with WASO and unveil new album
2 October, 2017

Two-time ARIA Award winner and multi-platinum selling artist Megan Washington will join the West Australian Symphony Orchestra for an exclusive preview of her new album Sugardoom (scheduled for release in 2018) together with favourites from her repertoire. The performance will be a unique and exclusive opportunity to experience the album in full prior to its release, accompanied by WASO in the exceptional acoustics of Perth Concert Hall. Read more




French Connections
20 September, 2017

French Connections features an enchanting ballet, a virtuosic concerto and a serene symphony, with works by Ravel, Saint-Saëns, and English composer Vaughan Williams. Seemingly an outlier, Vaughan Williams spent three months studying with Ravel in France
during 1908, an experience that transformed his orchestral music. Vaughan Williams’ Symphony No.5 is imbued with the delicate handling of lyricism and orchestral colour evident in his teacher’s Mother Goose Suite. By contrast, musical prodigy Saint-Saëns’ 
stormy First Cello Concerto positively erupts with melodic invention. Chinese-born Australian cello virtuoso Li-Wei Qin and conductor Douglas Boyd make a welcome return to WASO, for these three performances on 12, 13 and 14 October. Read more




Connect puts access and wellbeing centre stage
18 September, 2017

CONNECT Open Rehearsals are a new initiative by the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, which provide registered community groups the opportunity to observe an orchestra and conductor putting the final touches on a concert performance. This program is specifically tailored to individuals who may be unable to attend a full symphony orchestra concert due to issues with access, and is presented by Healthway, promoting the Act-Belong-Commit positive mental health message. The next CONNECT is 9am Friday 13 October, 2017 at Perth Concert Hall. Participants will be provided with morning tea before the rehearsal, followed by a short welcome
and talk about the music before they enter the Auditorium. Read more


Free Concert for Kids in Kwinana
18 September, 2017

The West Australian Symphony Orchestra’s Education Chamber Orchestra (EChO) will be travelling to Kwinana to present a free 50 minute music concert at 9.45am on Wednesday 1 November, at the Darius Wells Library and Resource Centre. Designed for children aged 0-6 years, this fun and interactive concert will introduce them to the instruments and sounds of the orchestra, and provide an opportunity to have-a-go on the various instruments. Children and parents are encouraged to bring their own comfy cushion!
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WASO announces extended contract for Principal Conductor Asher Fisch until 2023
7 September, 2017

The West Australian Symphony Orchestra are proud to announce the continuation of their outstanding musical partnership with Principal Conductor Asher Fisch, whose contract has now been extended by a further four years until 2023. This extension will take Maestro Fisch’s tenure as Principal Conductor and Artistic Adviser of WASO, which began in 2014, to 10 years. In 2015 Asher extended his initial three-year contract through to the end of the 2019 season, and today’s announcement represents a further significant extension. Read more



 30 August, 2017

 In 2018 the West Australian Symphony Orchestra marks its 90th anniversary year. To celebrate this milestone WASO is pulling out  the stops to present a wonderful program with something for everyone. From superstar soloists to emerging new talents, and from the  greatest repertoire of all time to world premieres, WASO’s season will deliver 75 performances to delight every palette, including new  concert initiatives, exciting collaborations and some spectacular surprises. Read more



WASO in tune with students & the community

19 May, 2017

From June 19-25 the West Australian Symphony Orchestra will turn its focus to a week of education and community performances at Perth Concert Hall, and various venues in metropolitan Perth and Mandurah. WASO’s Education Week will present a selection of programs for students and music appreciators of all ages including free performances for the general public. Read more

WASO announces The return of the Harry Potter Film Concert Series with Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets™ in Concert

11 May, 2017

The Harry Potter Film Concert Series returns to the Riverside Theatre (PCEC) with Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, the second film in the Harry Potter series. Read more

Strauss, Debussy & Elgar: Passions & Contrasts

5 May, 2017

Stefan Dohr, Principal Horn with the Berlin Philharmonic and arguably the greatest horn player in the world will make his debut in Perth with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra. Read more


28 April, 2017

The West Australian Symphony Orchestra will showcase incredible colours of sound with works by four twentieth century masters: Sibelius, Bartók, Debussy and Stravinsky. Read more



12 April, 2017

Israeli violinist Pinchas Zukerman has a discography of over 100 titles, 2 Grammy Awards and 21 nominations, and on April 28 and 29 he will perform a double bill with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra at Perth Concert Hall. Read more


17 March, 2017

The West Australian Symphony Orchestra is optimistic about the future of its award-winning sponsorship program, despite a challenging economy. The company has maintained 97% of its 2016 partnerships – a record renewal rate for the organisation. Read more

WASO’s dream team set to dazzle

10 March 2017

Principal Conductor Asher Fisch will return to conduct the West Australian Symphony Orchestra for a concert of Mozart, Stravinsky and Sibelius, featuring the distinguished talents of WASO’s Concertmaster Laurence Jackson. Opening with Mozart’s sparkling and energetic Symphony No.29, Laurence Jackson will then take centre stage for an exceptional display of virtuosity, in Stravinsky’s Violin Concerto – a rare gem that hasn’t been performed by WASO in over 45 years. Read more

Kate Miller-Heidke with WASO

27 February 2017

Australian theatre and pop star performs her 2016 Helpmann Award®-winning show with WASO. Kate Miller-Heidke is a classically trained singer who traverses the worlds of contemporary pop, folk and opera. A versatile and gifted creator, her songs are stamped with witty humour and poignant insight. In her first collaboration with WASO, she performs her popular hits, favourites from recent albums, songs from her Helpmann Award®-winning opera The Rabbits, covers and brand new songs. Read more

A young virtuoso & Beethoven’s rhythmic powerhouse

13 February 2017

Beethoven’s Symphony No.7 was an instant success. Ambitious, beautiful, and relentlessly energetic – Beethoven himself called it "one of the happiest products of my poor talents." This powerhouse crowd-pleaser will be brought to life by the West Australian Symphony Orchestra. These concerts will also feature the blistering virtuosity of talented young violinist Yu-Chien (Benny) Tseng, performing Bruch’s passionate Scottish Fantasy. Read more



3 February, 2017

The West Australian Symphony Orchestra (WASO) has announced the debut of celebrated Japanese pianist Ayako Uehara in its 2017 season due to the withdrawal of pianist Hélène Grimaud. Grimaud has cancelled her appearances in Australia in 2017 for personal reasons. Ayako will make her WASO debut performing Bartók’s Piano Concerto No.3, in two concerts titled Stravinsky’s Firebird – Friday 2 and Saturday 3 June, 7.30pm at Perth Concert Hall. Read more


25 January, 2017

Described as “The finest young pianist in the world” (The London Times) and “Simply electrifying” (The New York Times), Daniil Trifonov is arguably the hottest property in the classical world right now. This young Russian superstar will bring the West Australian Symphony Orchestra’s 2017 season to an explosive start, performing Tchaikovsky’s ever-popular Piano Concerto No.1. Read more


21 December, 2016

“We’re passionate about nurturing the next generation of young and emerging artists”, said Craig Whitehead, Chief Executive of WASO. “Our own Principal Conductor was once the assistant of acclaimed conductor Daniel Barenboim, and it’s vital we perpetuate this mentoring tradition. This is a unique opportunity for a talented young conductor to be mentored by two highly experienced maestros.” Read more

Triumph: WASO return home from international tour

21 October, 2016

89 West Australian Symphony Orchestra musicians have returned to Perth following performances and ecstatic receptions in Abu Dhabi, Beijing and Shanghai. WASO is now Australia’s first major performing arts company to tour to the United Arab Emirates, where the Orchestra opened the 2016-17 Abu Dhabi Classics season. Read more


29 September, 2016

WASO will become the first Australian major performing arts company to tour to the United Arab Emirates, and Australia’s first representation at the prestigious Beijing Music Festival. Read more

WASO in 2017: Over 60 concerts, 22 artist debuts, and Asher Fisch to lead his Orchestra on their most important journey yet

24 August, 2016

In 2017 the West Australian Symphony Orchestra will present over 60 rich and diverse concerts, offering something for everyone. At the heart of the season, Principal Conductor Asher Fisch will lead WASO in nine handpicked programs, including a two-concert festival exploring arguably the most influential composer of all time, titled Wagner and Beyond. Read more

WASO announces Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone™ Film Concert, May 2017

19 August, 2016

The West Australian Symphony Orchestra, in partnership with CineConcerts and Warner Bros. Consumer Products, is bringing the thrill and excitement of the Harry Potter Film Concert Series to Perth in 2017, with two screenings of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone™ on May 5 & 6, 2017, with the music performed live by WASO. Read more

Exceptional talent returns to perform Mozart 

8 August, 2016

Skride is a regular guest of the world’s leading orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic and London Philharmonic, and is artist-in-residence of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Her technical mastery and beauty of sound place her in high demand, but it’s her instinctual command of a composer’s idiom – her seemingly effortless affinity with everything – that sets her apart. Read more

WASO announce concerts with Kate Miller-Heidke & Megan Washington in 2017

1 August, 2016

Tickets for both concerts on sale 9am Wednesday 3 August 2016. Read more

Maestro Returns for Orchestra Showpiece

26 July, 2016

These performances mark the beginning of Asher Fisch’s second visit to WASO in 2016. “Asher is a force to be reckoned with,” said Evan Kennea, WASO’s Executive Manager, Artistic Planning. “His experience and understanding of orchestral music is formidable, and he demands a great deal from the orchestra. His leadership inspires our players to perform at their best and the result is exceptional concerts for our audiences. Read more

WASO announce second performance of David Bowie tribute

20 July, 2016

The West Australian Symphony Orchestra will team-up with big names from the Australian music industry to perform a special tribute concert celebrating the extraordinary legacy of David Bowie. Read more

Two Epic Masterpieces 

14 July, 2016

WASO is gearing-up to present two of the most unforgettable orchestral masterpieces of the twentieth-century – Gustav Holst’s The Planets and Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring.  Read more

Heroic Beethoven: landmark music for a revolution 

5 July, 2016

The years 1802-1805 were some of the most creative yet despairing of Beethoven’s life. While Napolean was conquering Europe, Beethoven was coming to terms with losing his hearing. From this context Beethoven produced revolutionary works – a piano concerto that stretched the instrument well beyond its known limit, and a symphony that dwarfed everything before it. On July 29 and 30, WASO will celebrate this musical watershed with a series of special concerts titled Heroic Beethoven, conducted by Simone Young at Perth Concert Hall. Read more

Sensory feast: Concert fuses circus artistry with live orchestral music

27 June, 2016

Acrobats, jugglers, strongmen, contortionists and high-flying aerialists from around the world will perform incredible acts in front of and above the West Australian Symphony Orchestra. Read more

Thrilling soloist returns to WASO

13 June, 2016

Hailed by critics and audiences around the world for her distinct voice, maturity, technical brilliance and heartfelt musicianship, Simone Lamsma is an exceptional talent in high demand across the globe. Read more

Bowie tribute concert: WASO and Australian music industry icons perform his greatest hits 

31 May, 2016

The West Australian Symphony Orchestra will team-up with big names from the Australian music industry to perform a special tribute concert celebrating the extraordinary legacy of David Bowie. Read more

WASO’s Education Week – Something for Everyone

20 May, 2016

In 2015 WASO focussed an entire week on education and community engagement activities, reaching over 5,000 people. This year WASO’s Education Week returns to deliver seven jam-packed days of music educational goodness for all ages! Read more

The Greatest Adventure Film, with Live Orchestra

6 May, 2016

To mark 35 years since the release of Indiana Jones, the original film will be presented in two very special screenings – with full symphony orchestra! Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark became an instant classic, topping 1981’s box office charts and claiming five Academy Awards. At 7.30pm on June 15 and 16, Stephen Spielberg’s original film will be screened at Riverside Theatre, Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, with the music performed live by the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, led by conductor Benjamin Northey.  Read more

Youthful and fiery: A young virtuoso in concert with WASO

29 April, 2016

By age 18, Behzod shot to international status after winning the grand prize at the 2009 London International Piano Competition. Seven years on, he is in high demand from the leading symphony orchestras across the planet, having already performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic and Tokyo Symphony among many others.
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Two exceptional soloists from within the WASO ranks

4 April, 2016

A graduate of the University of Western Australia, Brent cointinued his music studies in New York, winning first place in the Juilliard School Concerto Competition in 2007, and becoming the first person to win the US National Trumpet Competition (graduate division) for two consecutive years. Read more