WASO announces massive 2018 season to celebrate 90th anniversary


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

WEST Australian Symphony Orchestra celebrates 90 years in 2018 and an impressive program has been announced to mark the milestone.

There will be 75 performances ranging from Richard Wagner’s groundbreaking opera Tristan und Isolde to the Festival of Chamber Music comprising 12 concerts over two days at Perth Concert Hall.

Principal conductor Asher Fisch (whose contract has been extended until 2023) has programmed the season to begin a month earlier than usual, beginning in February with WASO’s Favourites, a special concert featuring the ever-popular Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony and a host of the orchestra’s favourite WA artists.

Invited guest artists across the year will include French talents, cellist Gautier Capucon and pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet, who will perform together in a world premier, pianists Cedric Tiberghien and Ingrid Fliter, cellist Pablo Ferrandez and violinist Veronika Eberle.

Special event concerts on the program are collaborations with Eskimo Joe and Katie Noonan, Star Wars: A New Hope – In Concert, A Symphonic Tribute to Comic-Con, Last Night at the Proms and Handel’s Messiah.

WASO’s Pops Series continues with performances by Circus Oz and Australian jazz royalty James Morrison while family audiences will enjoy Carnival of the Animals, presented with Spare Parts Puppet Theatre.

Program and ticketing options at www.waso.com.au.

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