Phantoms, passions and love-sick fantasies.
Two dream-filled French works frame a world premiere conducted by one of the stars of the new generation, Fabien Gabel. Inspired by unrequited romantic love, Berlioz’s radical masterpiece Symphonie fantastique is full of passions, dreams and phantoms – a lovesick musician’s hallucinatory fantasies. Astonishingly modern and revolutionary at its premiere in 1830, it is still breathtaking nearly 200 years later. Multi award-winner James Ledger is one of Australia’s finest composers. His new Viola Concerto is his 11th work to be premiered by WASO and was composed especially for one of Australia’s greatest musicians, Brett Dean, himself an acclaimed composer, soloist and former member of the Berlin Philharmonic.
JAMES LEDGER Viola Concerto
BERLIOZ Symphonie fantastique
Fabien Gabel conductor
Brett Dean viola
Join Prue Ashurst from 6:45-7:10pm at the Terrace Level Corner Stage prior to the concert. All concert-goers are welcome.
Wesfarmers Arts Meet the Artist - Saturday 5 October only
Join special guest artists Fabien Gabel, Brett Dean & James Ledger after the concert for an informal interview. Discover more about the music and gain insight into the life of an artist. All concert-goers are welcome.
James Ledger’s Viola Concerto was commissioned for the West Australian Symphony Orchestra by Geoff Stearn