WA Symphony Orchestra back to the Perth Concert Hall with Friday chamber music series Ensemble Editions

David CusworthThe West Australian
WA Symphony Orchestra’s horn section will play Hans Richter’s Wagneriana.
Camera IconWA Symphony Orchestra’s horn section will play Hans Richter’s Wagneriana. Credit: Nic Babic

WA Symphony Orchestra returns to the Perth Concert Hall stage from Friday, June 5 with a 7.30pm online series dubbed Ensemble Editions.

The concerts bring WASO musicians home after COVID-19 protocols closed the venue in March, with chamber music ensembles made up of the orchestra’s instrumental sections who have been rehearsing in small groups.

First up this Friday is the horn section with the mellow power of Hans Richter’s Wagneriana, a medley of Richard Wagner opera themes, rich and majestic.

That is followed by the string section and Felix Mendelssohn’s Octet, a lush Romantic work brimming with warmth and whimsy.

“The Ensemble Editions is our new series of online concerts that feature our own WASO musicians,” artistic planning manager Alan Tyrrell said.

“The music and the different ensembles were all selected from submissions from our musicians of the pieces that they most wanted to play.

“It’s great that we’re able to feature so many of our talented musicians and it’s a wonderful example of people coming together to create something special in difficult circumstances while our regular concerts are on hold due to COVID-19.”

Performances are scheduled for Fridays at 7.30pm through to July 24, with the program for each to be announced on the Saturday beforehand.

Concerts are free, with the opportunity to make a tax deductible donations - a valuable resource in the absence of ticket revenue. Visit https://www.waso.com.au/concerts-tickets/ensemble-editions/concerts

Over in Victoria, the Melbourne Digital Concert Hall is running the Aquilina Gala Series of concerts on Saturdays in June, with a traditional program of overture, concerto and symphony in a chamber music setting.

This Saturday features Haydn’s String Quartet No. 30, “The Joke”, played by the Quartz Quartet, Bach’sConcerto for two violins in D minor, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2 in D major.

Concerts are at 7.30pm and tickets are $34. melbournedigitalconcerthall.com.

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