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  • A black and white photo of a woman with long hair in a pony tail and wearing a dark turtleneck sweater stands by a window An orchestra of her own
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    An orchestra of her own

    15 October 2021

    Olivia Bettina Davies has been appointed the first woman composer in residence with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra. She chats with Rosalind Appleby about the unexpected pleasure in “making stuff up”.

    Reading time • 10 minutesMusic
  • A conductor raises his hands above his head mid-performance Orchestral magnificence
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    Orchestral magnificence

    13 September 2021

    Asher Fisch and the West Australian Symphony Orchestra demonstrate the delicacy and power of symphonic music, says Rosalind Appleby.

    Reading time • 5 minutesMusic
  • A man in a grey shirt and a lady in a green shirt are smiling in front of a brightly striped wall From the conductor’s chair
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    From the conductor’s chair

    10 September 2021

    WASO’s Principal Conductor Asher Fisch chats with Rosalind Appleby about his personal insights into the 2022 program, his tips on surviving quarantine and why it is important for the orchestra to have a composer-in-residence.

    Reading time • 2 minutesMusic
  • Four orchestra musicians with their instruments in front of a white backdrop WASO’s bold new plans
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    WASO’s bold new plans

    10 September 2021

    The West Australian Symphony Orchestra have announced their 2022 program, including the return of international guest artists. Rosalind Appleby picks out the highlights.

    Reading time • 6 minutesMusic
  • A darkened hall with a large orchestra filling the stage, dressed in formal black and white concert attire On a grand scale
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    On a grand scale

    29 August 2021

    Principal Conductor Asher Fisch’s deft leadership guides the West Australian Symphony Orchestra (and the audience) through colossal and unpredictable soundscapes, writes Claire Coleman.

    Reading time • 6 minutesMusic
  • A conductor leans towards the cello section, his face animated with a smile Orchestra rises to utopian vision
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    Orchestra rises to utopian vision

    21 June 2021

    Willy Wonka takes a trip to utopia in a concert by the West Australian Symphony Orchestra that entrances both young and old, writes Rosalind Appleby.

    Reading time • 5 minutesMusic
  • A concert for these times
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    A concert for these times

    7 March 2021

    The West Australian Symphony Orchestra was reunited with principal conductor Asher Fisch for their 2021 season opener, and Rosalind Appleby says it was a performance that spoke of hope.

    Reading time • 6 minutesMusic
  • Bold new ‘Fidelio’ soars
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    Bold new ‘Fidelio’ soars

    29 February 2020

    Rosalind Appleby finds the contemporary themes of Alison Croggon’s new libretto sit comfortably in Beethoven’s opera, Fidelio.

    Reading time • 6 minutesPerth Festival

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