MUSIC MOVES: The Perth Chamber Orchestra will give its first performance ‘in the round’ at the heritage-listed GPO building on April 10. Photo: Bohdan Warchomij

A symphony to stimulate the senses

THE state’s classical musicians are thinking outside the orchestra pit in an effort to take their art form to a new generation of admirers.

The recent success of the Symphony by the Lake concert, presented by the Perth Symphony Orchestra earlier this month, is a case in point. In a concert for all ages under the stars, the orchestra played music from the movies Love Actually, The Godfather, The Lion King and TV series Merlin, as well as Metallica’s Nothing Else Matters.

Perth Symphony Orchestra founding director Bourby Webster has recognised the demand for more dynamic and multi-dimensional entertainment, and in order to help meet this demand she has now also established the Perth Chamber Orchestra.

Due to launch on April 10 with its Heritage Concert Series, the Perth Chamber Orchestra will follow in the footsteps of the Symphony Orchestra in terms of presenting classical music in a contemporary way.

The first performance in the series will take place ‘in the round’ in Perth’s heritage-listed GPO building.

Audience members will be offered a 360-degree view of the performance with the chance to change their observation point throughout the many brief intervals.

Keeping the performances short and interspersed with breaks is one way the organisers hope to attract more people to the event.

To keep it family friendly, the performance will start at 6pm and finish at 8pm, allowing people to arrive straight from work.

Artist Phil Doncon will paint ‘live’ pieces during the performance, and food and wine - selected to complement the music - will be available.


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