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Calendar, Classical music, July 19, Music, Performing arts

Music: Shostakovich & Tchaikovsky

5 & 6 July @ Perth Concert Hall ·
Presented by West Australian Symphony Orchestra ·

A Russian spectacular.

Estonian-born Hendrik Vestmann makes his WASO debut with Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony. This irresistible work explores the agonies and ecstasies of fate, journeying from a bleak funeral march to a powerful conclusion. Hailed as “the real deal” and “nothing short of magnificent”, Armenian-born Narek Hakhnazaryan is already one of the finest cellists of his generation. He brings his formidable technical prowess to one of the most difficult works in the cellist’s repertoire, Shostakovich’s First Cello Concerto.

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Narek Hakhnazaryan – Shostakovich & Tchaikovsky

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April 19, Calendar, Classical music, Music, Performing arts

Music: Fascinating Firsts by Ravel, Shostakovich & Mendelssohn

14 April @ Dr Robert Braham Auditorium, Trinity College ·
Presented by Chimera Ensemble ·

Enjoy Chimera Ensemble’s first concert for 2019 in the fabulous Braham Auditorium at Trinity College, when violinist Rebecca Glorie, cellist Melinda Forsythe and pianist Lisa Rowntree present a fascinating program of ‘firsts’:

Ravel Sonata for Violin and Cello
Shostakovich Piano Trio No 1
Mendelssohn Piano Trio No 1

The performance will take place at 2.30pm at Dr Robert Braham Auditorium, Br O’Doherty Cultural Centre, Trinity College, Trinity Ave, East Perth. Light Refreshments are provided.

Door Sales Prices: Adults $30; Concession $25; Student $15.
Discount prices for online or phone purchases: Adults $25; Conc. $20; Student $10.

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Pictured: Melinda Forsythe, cello and Rebecca Glorie, violin

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WASO Side by Side
Calendar, Classical music, July 19, Music

Music: Side by Side

26 July @ Perth Concert Hall ·
Presented by West Australian Symphony Orchestra ·

NEW! West Australian Symphony Orchestra and the Australian National Academy of Music present Side by Side.

In the summer of 1941, when Shostakovich played the first two movements of his Seventh Symphony to friends, German forces besieged Leningrad. In an extraordinary work that echoes the sounds of war, and explores heroism and humanity at its core, WASO is joined on stage by some of Australia’s most talented young & emerging artists from the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) to bring Shostakovich’s massive score to life. Written for an orchestra that includes eight horns, six trombones, two harps, a piano, and a full complement of percussion instruments, Simone Young joins us to conduct this special side by side program.

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Pictured: Side by Side

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Karina Canellakis
Calendar, Classical music, Music, November 18, Performing arts

Music: Karina Canellakis & Ning Feng: Russian Masterworks

23 & 24 November @ Perth Concert Hall ·
Presented by West Australian Symphony Orchestra ·

The most profound of Shostakovich’s ‘War Symphonies’ echoes the suffering of 1943 on a tremendous scale, ferocious and harrowing. A statement of personal grief amid mass devastation, the poignant ending yearns not for heroic victory, but for peace.

Prokofiev was on the verge of returning to Russia after decades in the West when he wrote his bittersweet Second Violin Concerto. Ning Feng returns to astonish WASO audiences with his effortless, soaring virtuosity.

“Ning Feng demonstrated the form that places him well to the forefront of violin virtuosi… he wooed and won the heart of every listener.” – The West Australian

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Pictured: Karina Canellakis & Ning Feng: Russian Masterworks

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Steven Isserlis
Calendar, Classical music, Featured, June 18, Music, Performing arts

Music: Steven Isserlis Plays Shostakovich

27 June @ Perth Concert Hall ·
Presented by Australian Chamber Orchestra ·

Legendary cellist Steven Isserlis joins Richard Tognetti and the ACO for Shostakovich’s monumental First Cello Concerto along with Haydn’s ‘London’ Symphony.

“Isserlis flings himself into music… he’s utterly committed to every moment” – The Washington Post

When Steven Isserlis and Richard Tognetti get together, you know there are going to be fireworks when their ideas ignite. Friends for over 20 years, their concert holds a special place in the ACO’s 2018 Season.

Shostakovich’s monumental first cello concerto sees Isserlis at his sublime best, while Haydn’s ‘London’ symphony – arguably the pinnacle of his compositional achievement – lies at the very heart of the ACO’s repertoire.

Adding to this special program are two world premieres – one by Australian composer Elena Kats-Chernin, whose colourful and expressive style makes a welcome return to the ACO, and a modern retelling of the concerto grosso by Samuel Adams, one of the most original compositional voices in the world today.

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