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Elgar's Cello Concerto. A section of the orchestra. The only musician playing is a man with a cello in the centre of the image A lament for two outsiders
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A lament for two outsiders

11 June 2022

WASO’s double bill of Elgar and Bruckner is the ideal escape on a rainy Perth night, writes Varnya Bromilow.

Reading time • 6 minutesMusic
Reading time • 7 minutesMusic
A darkened hall with a large orchestra filling the stage, dressed in formal black and white concert attire How to listen to an orchestra
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How to listen to an orchestra

11 April 2022

Are you put off by the idea of classical music as high-brow and inaccessible? Bourby Webster has 10 tips to help you have the experience of your life at an orchestral concert.

Reading time • 10 minutesMusic
Asher Fisch and WASO March 2022 A man wearing a black suit stands on a stage with his hand in his pocket, facing the audience. Behind him are seated the members of the orchestra. WASO’s show must go on
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WASO’s show must go on

23 March 2022

How do you keep an orchestra on stage during a pandemic, when a sforzando from a trumpet player could potentially put the entire ensemble in isolation? Rosalind Appleby discovers the extraordinary efforts being made by the West Australian Symphony Orchestra to keep the orchestra playing.

Reading time • 9 minutesMusic
WASO plays a symphony for tumultuous times
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WASO plays a symphony for tumultuous times

21 March 2022

Tchaikovsky’s ‘Sixth Symphony’, or the ‘Pathetique’, has always carried a sense of darkness, which makes WASO’s performance of the composer’s final work perfect for these uncertain times, writes Rosalind Appleby.

Reading time • 5 minutesMusic
A concert hall stage is full of musicians from WASO and the WA Youth Orchestra wearing black clothes with a conductor on the podium. They play together for the show 'Become Ocean'. ‘Become Ocean’ – marine motions in music
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‘Become Ocean’ – marine motions in music

7 March 2022

In Become Ocean, WASO and WAYO offer two new works that tinker at the conceptual boundaries of Perth Festival’s theme “Wardan” (ocean), writes Claire Coleman.

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Maniya Amin Dehghan, Harry Hamzat, Satchen Lucido and Happyness Yasini. Presented by Perth Festival and co-produced by Performing Lines WA and Encounter. Four young people of colour stand on stage. At the front one young woman points hopefully at something out of shot. The set is the deck of a boat. Cream of the crop 2021
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Cream of the crop 2021

15 December 2021

Which shows were Seesaw Mag’s favourites this year? We ask our writers to reflect on the year that was… and the year that will be.

Reading time • 10 minutesMulti-arts
A small child stands in a dark room looking up at rings of yellow light, while other children run past Summer 2022 gig guide for kids
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Summer 2022 gig guide for kids

9 December 2021

Looking for family fun this summer? Read on for Seesaw’s curated list of Christmas and festival shows to find something that will suit your crew.

Reading time • 5 minutesMulti-arts
A young conductor with dark hair is conducting a group of string players Musical fireworks
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Musical fireworks

8 November 2021

Remarkable performances by soprano Sara Macliver and conductor Dane Lam light up this concert by the WA Symphony Orchestra, reports Sandra Bowdler.

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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 is the first woman composer in residence with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra. Her new work ‘In Waves’ will be premiered on 5 March and she chats with Rosalind Appleby about the unexpected pleasure in “making stuff up”.

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