Fremantle: musician Dominic Perissinotto to let organ ‘off the leash’ in concert

Dominic Perissinotto is preparing for an Easter Organ concert. Photographer: Jon Hewson
Dominic Perissinotto is preparing for an Easter Organ concert. Photographer: Jon Hewson

FOLLOWING on from his father’s love of music, Dominic Perissinotto is directing and playing in the Pipe Organ Plus Concert Series at The Basilica of St Patrick on Monday in the lead-up to Easter celebrations.

The Palmyra musician said he began playing when he was 11.

“The teacher was initially reluctant to take me on but quickly turned to excitement when she realised I was serious and the rest as they say is history,” he said.

“My grandparents bought a small organ for my father where he was self taught, he wanted to pursue playing but in post World War II life in Italy, it wasn’t possible.

“I loved the organ and I have been fortunate to make it my life.”

Mr Perissinotto said the beauty of a concert was that there was usually less restrictions compared to a weekend mass.

“In a mass you have to be considerate of the style of worship, time limits to keep the liturgy moving thus exploiting a fraction of the full resources of the organ,” he said.

“Concerts are where the instrument can be ‘let off the leash’ showing the complete range of beautiful sounds.

“The first concert for 2018 we can perform a number of pieces written specifically for the theme of Easter.

“I am heading to venues both around Australia, as well as internationally to perform.

“Fremantle and St Patrick’s are both very special places.”

The concert is in its 18th year and the musician said he created the series to showcase both himself as an organist and the pipe organs around Perth.

“I approach a variety of people to come up with ideas which keeps me always exploring new music,” he said.

“This provides great variety for the audience who are always open to hearing new things, especially when they alongside well-known pieces of music.”

THE ESSENTIALS:

What: Pipe Organ Plus Concert Series 2018 – Concert 1 – Easter

When: Monday March 26 at 7pm

Where: The Basilica of St Patrick, corner of Parry and Adelaide Streets Fremantle)

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