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Brahms Festival

 

BRAHMS' CONCERTOS & SYMPHONIES | 2 WEEKENDS | 20 - 29 AUGUST 2015

Featuring Pinchas Zukerman, Garrick Ohlsson, Amanda Forsyth and Asher Fisch.

Join WASO, Principal Conductor Asher Fisch and internationally acclaimed guest artists for an unforgettable celebration of Brahms' greatest works over two majestic weekends.

Hailed as Beethoven's successor, Johannes Brahms combined his musical heritage with his romantic outlook to write music of immense expressive power and emotional depth.

Download the Brahms Festival program here

DISCOVER BRAHMS

6.30pm, Thursday 20 August

Perth Concert Hall

Brahms started his musical life as a pianist in the brothels of Hamburg’s port. He matured to be primarily a composer of piano and chamber music, songs and choral works. He ended his life in Vienna as Europe’s most celebrated symphonist after Beethoven. This long and tormented journey to the symphony is the topic of Asher Fisch's ‘Discover Brahms’ talk, in preparation for WASO’s complete symphonic cycle.

To book your FREE ticket call WASO on 9326 0000.

PINCHAS ZUKERMAN PLAYS BRAHMS

7.30PM, FRIDAY 21 AUGUST
PERTH CONCERT HALL

One of the world's greatest violinists returns to WASO!

Brahms' Violin Concerto is impassioned, noble and deeply expressive - a perfect vehicle for the superlative musicianship of Pinchas Zukerman.

It took Brahms over 20 years to compose his First Symphony, but when it premieredin 1876 it was hailed a masterpiece. From its pounding timpani introduction through to the blazing conclusion, it is truly one of the greatest 'Firsts'.

BRAHMS' DOUBLE CONCERTO

7.30PM, SATURDAY 22 AUGUST
PERTH CONCERT HALL

A musical marriage and a radiant symphony.

Husband and wife soloists, Pinchas Zukerman and Amanda Forsyth, bring an intimate warmth to Brahms' glorious Double Concerto.

Composing his Second Symphony in an idyllic seaside village, Brahms wrote "the melodies flow so freely that one must be careful not to trample them." Lyrical, pastoral and concluding with a glorious burst of orchestral sunlight, the Second remains one of his most popular symphonies.

GARRICK OHLSSON PLAYS BRAHMS' FIRST

7.30PM, FRIDAY 28 AUGUST
PERTH CONCERT HALL

Dramatic and intimate - Brahms' most personal orchestral works.

Brahms' might First Piano Concerto was conceived during a period of youthful emotional turmoil. Uncompromising and dynamic, its dramatic opening launches a titanic struggle between piano and orchestra.

In contrast, the poetic Third Symphony was written at the height of Brahms' career. Filled with expansive melodies, its joyous longings and brooding dramas lead to a hushed and bittersweet resolution.

GARRICK OHLSSON PLAYS BRAHMS' SECOND

7.30PM, SATURDAY 29 AUGUST
PERTH CONCERT HALL

A truly grand concerto and an epic symphony.

There is no piano concerto grander than Brahms' Second. Dramatic, rapturous, buoyant and embracing, it demands an interpretation that is both virtuosic and poetic. WASO is delighted to welcome acclaimed American pianist Garrick Ohlsson to perform this much-loved masterpiece.

The extraordinary finale of the Fourth Symphony is a thrilling yet tragic conclusion to an epic work of concentrated expression, and a powerful conclusion to our celebration of the music of Brahms.

 

 

 

2015 BRAHMS Festival Calendar of events

 

THURSDAY 20 AUGUST

Discover Brahms
With Asher Fisch
6.30pm - 7.30pm
Auditorium, Perth Concert Hall

To book your FREE ticket call WASO on 9326 0000.

FRIDAY 21 AUGUST

Pre-concert Talk
With Prue Ashurst
6.45pm
Terrace Level, Perth Concert Hall

 

Pinchas Zukerman Plays Brahms

7.30pm
Perth Concert Hall

 

Post-concert Conversation
With Asher Fisch, Pinchas Zukerman & Alan Dodge AM
Terrace Level, Perth Concert Hall

SATURDAY 22 AUGUST

Pre-concert Talk
With Dr. Alan Lourens
6.45pm
Terrace Level, Perth Concert Hall

 

BRAHMS' DOUBLE CONCERTO

7.30pm
Perth Concert Hall

 

Post-concert Conversation
With Pinchas Zukerman, Amanda Forsyth and Alan Dodge AM
Terrace Level, Perth Concert Hall

FRIDAY 28 AUGUST

Pre-concert Talk
With Christopher van Tuinen
6.45pm
Terrace Level, Perth Concert Hall

 

Garrick Ohlsson Plays Brahms' First

7.30pm
Perth Concert Hall

 

Post-concert Conversation
With Garrick Ohlsson and WASO Board Member Mark Coughlan
Terrace Level, Perth Concert Hall

SATURDAY 29 AUGUST

Pre-concert Talk
With James Ledger
6.45pm
Terrace Level, Perth Concert Hall

 

Garrick Ohlsson Plays Brahms' Second

7.30pm
Perth Concert Hall

 

Post-concert Conversation
With Asher Fisch, Garrick Ohlsson and WASO Board Member Mark Coughlan
Terrace Level, Perth Concert Hall