String section’s festival twist
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.