It’s all about the kids this month and it’s not even school holidays!
On June 15th the WA Symphony Orchestra will perform the iconic sound track to Raiders of the Lost Ark with live screening at the Convention Centre. Introduce your kids to a cult movie and the music of John Williams, or just re-experience it yourself!
Then sign up for orchestral story-time with two of the greatest symphonic poems: Peter and the Wolf and Carnival of the Animals. On the 19th Music on the Terrace presents Saint-Saens’ Carnival of the Animals with violinist Paul Wright leading an orchestra of young musicians and on the 26th WASO will give Peter and the Wolf a modern remake with dancers, masks and colourful sets.
And lastly for the kids it’s party time on Saturday 25th at WASO’s Kids Cushion Concerts with the Echo Ensemble turning 21. There are two morning shows and one is already sold out so book fast.
Also on WASO’s music stands this month is Tchaikovsky’s dramatic 6th Symphony and Behzod Abduraimov playing his signature Prokofiev piano concerto on June 3rd. On the 10th WASO will perform Vivaldi’s Gloria with full chorus and soloists. The orchestra hit success last year with it’s Baroque programming – something I wasn’t expecting! Asher Fisch’s hard work with the orchestra is enabling them to excel beyond the standard romantic repertoire. On the 26th WASO’s popular Rusty Orchestra returns with a free concert given by community musicians having the time of their life sitting side-by-side with WASO players.
The long-weekend will include the opening of Grove Classics series (5th June) with violinst Ronald Thomas accompanied by David Wickham. And on the 6th you can take advantage of the public holiday with the Organ Society’s Country Organ Crawl! Join the tour of historic pipe organs in York and Northam. The tour includes lunch and refreshments.
A must-see this month is Decibel paying tribute to Roger Smalley in a concert of his works at the State Theatre Centre. The Intermodulations concert (part of the Scale Variable series) will be a landmark event for the Perth music scene and also internationally.
On June 18th Voyces choral group (directed by Dr Robert Braham) presents Spin. The concert promises an interesting experience of contemporary choral music with repertoire written in the past 15 years presented with lighting and choreography.