String sec­tion’s fes­ti­val twist

Pilbara News - - News -

The string sec­tion of the Perth Sym­phony Orches­tra will be a Red Earth Arts Fes­ti­val high­light when they per­form in Kar­ratha for the first time later this month.

The en­sem­ble will put an or­ches­tral twist on con­tem­po­rary favourites such as Cold­play, Queen and Led Zep­pelin in a free per­for­mance at The Quar­ter pre­sented by the City of Kar­ratha and Rio Tinto.

Kar­ratha Mayor Peter Long said the City was thrilled to host the orches­tra and wel­comed ev­ery­one to come along and at­tend the con­cert.

“This is the first time we have wel­comed the Perth Sym­phony Orches­tra to Kar­ratha and we are very much look­ing for­ward to them per­form­ing an in­cred­i­ble reper­toire of mu­sic right in our city cen­tre,” he said.

“Ini­tially, this event was booked out but we’ve de­cided to close off parts of Sharpe Av­enue and Waram­bie Road so that more peo­ple can come along and take in this spe­cial night of free en­ter­tain­ment.”

Rio Tinto Com­mu­ni­ties gen­eral man­ager Linda Daw­son said the con­cert pro­vided a mix of clas­si­cal and con­tem­po­rary, with the ex­pe­ri­ence at the newly opened Kar­ratha Quar­ter to be one of a kind.

“Rio Tinto is pleased to see the con­tin­ued de­vel­op­ment of cre­ative cul­tural events like the Perth Sym­phony Orches­tra evening un­der the stars,” she said.

“It’s pos­i­tive to see events not typ­i­cally de­liv­ered in re­gional ar­eas be­ing brought to the Pil­bara to en­able the com­mu­nity to have ex­pe­ri­ences of our metropoli­tan coun­ter­parts but with the beau­ti­ful cli­mate and scenery of the Pil­bara.”

Perth Sym­phony Orches­tra ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor Bourby Web­ster said the en­sem­ble was de­lighted to reach a new com­mu­nity.

“We have a pas­sion for find­ing ways to en­gage new au­di­ences with the sound of an orches­tra, and we hope more than 1000 com­mu­nity mem­bers will ex­pe­ri­ence a live string sec­tion in con­cert for the first time,” he said.

REAF Orches­tra be­gins at 6pm on Satur­day, Septem­ber 24.

Those who have se­cured tickets for the lawn area should still bring these be­cause this space will be re­served. Tickets are not re­quired for other event ar­eas.

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