Steampunk Mozart: Perth Chamber Orchestra plays the master’s works at industrial Midland setting

Perth Chamber Concert musicians Wendy Tait, Sophie Curtis, Pascale Whiting, Bourby Webster and Jo Littlely.
Perth Chamber Concert musicians Wendy Tait, Sophie Curtis, Pascale Whiting, Bourby Webster and Jo Littlely.

MACHINES will meet Mozart next Wednesday when the Perth Chamber Orchestra (PCO) stages a Steampunk concert at the Midland Railway Workshops. .

Musicians dressed in period costumes will perform works by the master amid machinery, equipment and rail tracks of yesteryear at the industrial setting.

Orchestra founder Bourby Webster and co-artistic directors Jessica Gethin and Paul Wright invite the audience to a ‘unique steampunk experience’ in what is believed to be the first concert inside the historic buildings.

Major pieces will include the slow movement from Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto performed by Catherine Cahill, Perth Symphony Orchestra’s principal clarinettist, and Schnittke Moz-Art  a la Haydn inspired by Mozart himself, featuring soloists’ concertmaster Paul Wright and associate concertmaster Lucas O’Brien.

Ms Webster said in true PCO style, the audience could expect the unexpected in a magnificent performance space.

“Steampunk Mozart brings to life the stories of the industrial heritage of the Midland Railway Workshops through the music of Mozart,” she said.

“It is a 360-degree experience for concertgoers who will step back in time with us into something edgy, provocative, unexpected yet moving. I don’t think people will have experienced anything like this concert in Perth before.”

The steampunk theme draws on a costume and design movement inspired by steam-powered machinery of the 19th century.

Ms Webster said the full skirts and corsets worn in Mozart’s day linked to the Viennese music and industrial heritage theme of the concert, supported by a backdrop of sets designed by John Curtin College of the Arts.

Perth Chamber Orchestra launched in 2013 as the younger sister of Perth Symphony Orchestra to present multi-sensory concert experiences.

Performance partners Multiple Sclerosis WA (MSWA) Hewshott International, Academy Cafe and Barton Jones Wines are supporting the new series event.

What: Steampunk Mozart
When: Wednesday June 14, doors open 6pm
Where: Midland Railway Workshops, B Block, Midland
Tickets: From $85 through

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