Orches­tra’s CALM con­cert for rush hour

Joondalup Times - - FRONT PAGE - Tanya MacNaughton

Sym­phony Orches­tra is on a mis­sion to help peo­ple break away from their rush hour rou­tine by pre­sent­ing C.A.L.M. Con­cert (Come and Lis­ten to Mu­sic) at Perth Town Hall at 6pm on Thurs­day, Au­gust 16.

The 40-minute event will fea­ture a per­for­mance of Mozart’s Jupiter Sym­phony (Sym­phony No 41) and breath­ing ex­er­cises with yoga in­struc­tor Stephanie John­son.

Artis­tic di­rec­tor and chief con­duc­tor Jessica Gethin, of Hil­larys, said the con­cept was de­vel­oped to take peo­ple away from the hec­tic pace of their day and pro­vide some respite from the con­stant pres­sures through the power of mu­sic.

“We thought it would be ideal for those work­ing in the CBD to fin­ish their day lis­ten­ing to a live sym­phony and re­turn home re­freshed and in­vig­o­rated, rather than strug­gling through peak hour traf­fic and re­turn­ing home fraz­zled,” Gethin said.

“We first worked with Stephanie at our in­au­gu­ral

C.A.L.M Con­cert in 2017. We were look­ing for a way to ex­pand the ex­pe­ri­ence be­yond au­ral and vis­ual and thought hav­ing a yoga in­struc­tor would be a great way to com­ple­ment the mu­sic, al­low­ing peo­ple to move and stretch while we play.

“We are so thrilled she has come on board for this con­cert again and look for­ward to what she will bring to the ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Gethin said rather than select­ing a more re­lax­ing piece of mu­sic, she chose Mozart’s Jupiter Sym­phony for its abil­ity to up­lift and re­fresh.

“Mozart came to mind as the per­fect work for this,” she said.

“The ef­fect of Mozart on peo­ple has been known to reg­u­late the body, lower the heart rate, boost cre­ativ­ity and clar­ity, calm the sys­tem and re­lieve stress.

“We hope it will be­come a more reg­u­lar event. I en­cour­age ev­ery­one to give it go; you don't have to be in to yoga or a reg­u­lar lover of clas­si­cal mu­sic at all.”

Tick­ets at www.perth­sym­phony.com.

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Artis­tic di­rec­tor and con­duc­tor Jessica Gethin, yoga in­struc­tor Stephanie John­son and vi­ola player Alix Hamil­ton will be bring­ing their stress-bust­ing for­mula of mu­sic and yoga to the Perth Town Hall. Pic­ture: Matt Jelonek

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