LOVERS and families can listen to romantic tunes by the Perth Symphony Orchestra while stargazing on a Morley rugby field ahead of Valentine’s Day.
The orchestra will be playing at the City of Bayswater’s free Romance Under the Stars event at Pat O’Hara Reserve – the home of Perth-Bayswater Rugby Union Club – on February 2 at 7.30pm.
In its first performance in the City, the orchestra will bring an ensemble of 15 musicians who have prepared a contemporary program for the night.
Double bassist Libby Browning, of Bayswater, said outdoor community concerts always had a “great vibe” and attracted a lot of families.
“I have been performing professionally for over 20 years but I haven’t actually performed on my home turf,” she said.
“It will be really nice to bring music to the local community.”
Perth Symphony Orchestra founder and chief executive Bourby Webster said the orchestra was excited to perform in the City as many local musicians would be performing for their neighbours, families and friends.
“We made it our mission when we created the orchestra seven years ago to perform for the community where they live, so to come to Bayswater for the first time means we are reaching our goals and hopefully reaching more people who’ve never heard an orchestra live in concert before,” she said.
“There will be moments to dance such as during the song Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, moments to sing such as INXS’s Never Tear Us Apart and moments where you may just take the hand of the person next to you and hold on tight – such as when we perform City of Stars from the movie La La Land.”
She hoped to see more than 1500 people attend and aimed to make the event a “tradition” in years to come.
Deputy Mayor Chris Cornish said the orchestra was known as “the orchestra that broke the rules”.
“Without doubt Romance Under the Stars will be one of the biggest and most exciting events we’ve held in Morley,” he said.
“It will also be an ideal evening to visit one of the many fantastic local restaurants at Coventry Village and surrounds.”
The City encourages people to walk, ride or catch public transport to the event as there is very limited parking available on the oval.
For information, visit the City’s Facebook page.