Our 90th anniversary year is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate how far we have come, and to move forward as a strong, artistically excellent, community driven, world class orchestra.
WASO has been a part of the West Australian community for 90 years. It all began on 16 September 1928, with a performance at The Queens Hall on William Street, under the leadership of charismatic conductor Harold Newton. Thirty-two professional musicians presented a concert that included Perth’s first ever performance of Dvorák’s Symphony No.9 From the New World, which WASO will perform later this year as part of our 90 year celebrations. According to a review the following day in The West Australian, “the performance proved a surprisingly good one”, and so this was the conception for what would later become known as the West Australian Symphony Orchestra.
From small beginnings 90 years ago, WASO has steadily evolved to become a leading arts organisation, now employing 82 full-time professional musicians dedicated to enriching the lives of all West Australians through the many hundreds of programs presented each year. Artistically, and with Principal Conductor Asher Fisch at the helm, WASO is better than it has ever been and now you are more likely to quotes like this one by Clive Paget during our 2015 Brahms Festival, “The last time I heard Brahms’ Second Symphony it was care of an excellent Berlin Philharmonic – this was better.”
This is a time to celebrate achievements and, importantly, it is a time to acknowledge and thank the community of people who have helped build WASO. It is the values we espouse and the relationships we build with our community that, in the end, define who we are. We are very proud of the deep relationship we have with the West Australian community. Last year we performed 414 education and community engagement activities to over 30,000 people across the state.
It is our philanthropic family that helped build the WASO we hear and see today. Ongoing philanthropic support is paramount in maintaining a strong and vibrant orchestra that continues to contribute to its community. We invite you to join us this Month of Giving and become a part of the WASO family.
Our Patrons enjoy a special relationship with the Orchestra and receive unique access and exclusive opportunities to enrich their orchestral experience.
To make your gift this June, donate online here or contact Jacinta Sirr on 9326 0014 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or via EFT to BSB 086217, ACC 322210801
All donations over $2 are fully tax deductible.