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CLASSICAL MUSIC & OPERA
MOZART MEETS HAYDN
After growing up in Perth and studying music
at University of Western Australia, WASO’s
Principal Trumpet Brent Grapes impressively
completed his masters at Julliard in New
York, and joined the Auckland Symphony
Orchestra soon after. Now at WASO,
Brent will be performing Haydn’s trumpet
concerto in Mozart Meets Haydn, alongside
those who inspired him as a child. “Unlike
a football team, where your heroes are
retired by the time you play, the people I saw
on stage when I was ten years old are still
in the orchestra,” says Brent. “It’s a dream
come true.” Haydn’s 1796 concerto was the
first piece written in a middle register, as
trumpets before this had no valves. “In the
context of the time, this piece of music was
a revelation... it was the first time the trumpet
was unshackled and let free,” says Brent. The
trumpet player is expectedly nervous for his
solo, but also very much looking forward to
performing this special piece of music for
the audience. “It’s wonderful when you reach
that moment where you can just be happy to
share the music... I will just stand on stage,
play and enjoy it. In that moment, I’ll forget
it’s a scary situation.”
Perth Concert Hall, May 5-7.
ACO COLLECTIVE –
THE FOUR SEASONS
Through the works
of Vivaldi, Piazzolla
and Philip Glass,
Pekka Kuusisto leads
the ACO Collective to
Artistic director and co-founder of the
Australian Bradenburg Orchestra Paul Dyer
left a lasting impression in 2015 when he
delivered an all-baroque sold-out show of
Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. He’s back now with
a choral program, featuring Vivaldi’s Gloria.
Opening with Handel’s Music for the Royal
Fireworks and featuring Elena Kats-Chernin’s
Prelude and Cube, Paul’s charismatic directing
will impress once again.
Perth Concert Hall, June 10-11.
MIRUSIA – THIS
Australian soprano star Mirusia has
been on one heck of a ride. She’s
toured around the world for nine years
with Dutch violinist and conductor
André Rieu, and released five
successful solo albums. Nicknamed
‘The Unconventional Pop Star’, she
returns home for her first extensive
national tour, performing songs we
all know and love, and reminding us
of her exceptional talent.
Albany Entertainment Centre, June 11.
explore the seasons
around the world.
Various, April 29-May 8.
& KATIE NOONAN –
One of our most
Katie Noonan, joins
UK’s Brodsky Quartet
for a distinctive
performance of their
inspired by the poetry
of Judith Wright.
Centre, May 4; Perth
Concert Hall, May 5.
COSTA PLAYS BRUCH
WAAPA’s new Head
of Strings Alexandre
Da Costa brings Max
Bruch’s Violin Concerto
to the stage. The
violinist will be joined
by the Faith Court
Orchestra, who will
play Dvorák’s popular
New World Symphony
and Arturo Márquez’s
Danzon No. 2.
The WAAPA Symphonic
Wind Ensemble will
play works for the wind
orchestra, plus recent
Auditorium, May 19.
Schubert’s Fantasy in
F minor, and moving
such as Debussy,
Arensky and Milhaud,
WA A PA’s classical
piano students are set
to bring you magical
music for an evening.
Auditorium, May 26.
Art Song Perth,
WA A PA’s classical
their vocal chords,
ensembles from opera
Ballroom, May 29.
Starring four soloists,
WA A PA’s String
The Four Seasons.
Alexandre Da Costa
ends the show playing
Four Seasons of
Auditorium, June 2-3.
Uzbek pianist Behzod
Competition in 2009
and wowed WASO
audiences with his
in 2012. The pianist
returns for Prokofiev’s
Third Piano Concerto,
Perth Concert Hall,
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