Music in a new light with WASO Discovery Concerts

WASO principal conductor Asher Fisch.
WASO principal conductor Asher Fisch.

POP culture unwittingly exposes us to the classical music genre.

It provides the soundscape to our lives, from film scores and commercials to video games and the opening of major sporting events.

However, classical music remains an art form considered by many to be formal or elitist, despite its versatility and accessibility.

WASO has taken up the challenge to change the stereotype with the introduction of its Discovery Concerts’ series, where principal conductor Asher Fisch will present the orchestra in a new light with excerpts, demonstrations and insights.

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WASO program manager Alan Tyrell said Fisch had been a long-time supporter of mixing up the formality of orchestral concert.

“The longstanding overture, concerto, symphony format of course still works and has its place,” Tyrell said.

“But we must also be open to adapting the format to develop new audiences and enhance and vary our existing patron’s concert experience.

“As is the case with every piece of music, if you have even a small amount of background information that you can listen out for or pick-up on, you can get so much more enjoyment from the work.

“In these new Discovery Concerts, audiences will also benefit from Asher Fisch’s incredible knowledge, as he not only communicates through his music making, but also engages with the audience, talking about the music and explaining its inner workings.”

Performed at the Perth Concert Hall, Discovery Concert: The Classical Symphony is on June 28 and 29, and Discovery Concert: The Art of Orchestration is on November 22 and 23.

Tickets at www.waso.com.au.

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