Perth Symphony Orchestra C.A.L.M Concert combines Mozart and yoga

Artistic director and conductor Jessica Gethin (Hillarys), yoga instructor Stephanie Johnson (Subiaco) and viola player Alix Hamilton (South Perth).
Picture: Matt Jelonek, d485423
Artistic director and conductor Jessica Gethin (Hillarys), yoga instructor Stephanie Johnson (Subiaco) and viola player Alix Hamilton (South Perth). Picture: Matt Jelonek, d485423

PERTH Symphony Orchestra is on a mission to help people break away from their rush hour routine by presenting C.A.L.M. Concert (Come and Listen to Music) at Perth Town Hall at 6pm on Thursday, August 16.

The 40-minute event will feature a performance of Mozart’s Jupiter Symphony (Symphony No 41) and guided breathing exercises with yoga instructor Stephanie Johnson, who teaches at Tamara Yoga in Claremont.

Artistic director and chief conductor Jessica Gethin said the concept was developed to take people away from the hectic pace of their day and provide some respite from the constant pressures of schedules, deadlines and technology through the power of music.

“We thought it would be ideal for those working in the CBD to finish their day listening to a live symphony and return home refreshed and invigorated, rather than struggling through peak hour traffic and returning home frazzled,” Gethin said.

“We first worked with Stephanie at our inaugural C.A.L.M Concert in 2017. We were looking for a way to expand the experience beyond aural and visual and thought having a yoga instructor would be a great way to complement the music, allowing people to move and stretch while we play.

“We are so thrilled she has come on board for this concert again and look forward to what she will bring to the experience for our audience.”

Gethin said rather than selecting a more relaxing piece of music, she chose Mozart’s Jupiter Symphony for its ability to uplift and refresh.

“Mozart came to mind as the perfect work for this,” she said.

“The effect of Mozart on people has been known to regulate the body, lower the heart rate, boost creativity and clarity, calm the system and relieve stress.

“We hope it will become a more regular event. I encourage everyone to give it go; you don’t have to be in to yoga or a regular lover of classical music at all.”

Tickets at www.perthsymphony.com.