Clas­si­cal sounds steam into mod­ern age

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Music - By LYNN GRI­ER­SON

SWAN­BOURNE-BASED Perth Cham­ber Or­ches­tra is rein­vent­ing the clas­si­cal mu­sic ex­pe­ri­ence by ap­peal­ing to a wider au­di­ence with a string of un­usu­ally themed con­certs per­formed in un­ex­pected places.

The in­au­gu­ral Steam­punk Mozart con­cert at the Mid­land Rail­way Work­shops on Wed­nes­day de­liv­ered on a prom­ise the 18th cen­tury mae­stro would have been proud to wit­ness.

Early ar­rivals queued out­side the venue to be met by a ‘bouncer’ in the guise of a life-sized Dalek whose role was to seek out in­ter­lop­ers.

The quirky idea was a novel in­tro­duc­tion to a fam­ily night of cham­ber mu­sic in­ter­spersed with anec­dotes and a lit­tle his­tory of life at the old work­shops.

Per­form­ing in the at­mo­spheric space was no mean feat for the mu­si­cians un­der the artis­tic di­rec­tion of con­duc­tor Jes­sica Gethin and virtuoso vi­o­lin­ist Paul Wright.

Steam­punk fash­ion was born from a mash-up of Vic­to­ri­ana in­flu­ences laced with bur­lesque, a theme that turned tra­di­tional orches­tral wear on its head as mu­si­cians rocked the stage adorned in buck­les, corsets, gog­gles and leather.

There were great mo­ments on the night, with a stand-out per­for­mance by clar­inet­tist Catherine Cahill, whose soulful sounds soothed as she ef­fort­lessly played Mozart’s Clar­inet Con­certo in A Ma­jor, K622 - Ada­gio.

The per­for­mance was met with rap­tur­ous ap­plause from a crowd of more than 200 ap­pre­cia­tive lis­ten­ers.

Teresa Vinci and Jared Yapp raised the bar for young mu­si­cians when they left the stage and per­formed Mozart’s Duo for Vi­o­lin and Vi­ola in G Ma­jor, K423 - Al­le­gro amid the au­di­ence.

One of the best-known pieces played on the night was the neo­baroque com­po­si­tion Ada­gio for Strings in G Mi­nor by Mozart’s con­tem­po­raries Remo Gi­a­zotto and To­maso Al­bi­noni, a com­po­si­tion pop­u­larised by tele­vi­sion and used in films in­clud­ing Flash­dance.

Up­com­ing per­for­mances by the Perth Cham­ber Or­ches­tra in­clude Ser­e­nades in the City, a mu­si­cal cham­pagne brunch on July 30 at Govern­ment House ball­room.

The or­ches­tra’s big sis­ter Perth Sym­phony Or­ches­tra will per­form mu­sic by the late Ge­orge Michael and fea­ture WAAPA Gospel Choir in Faith and Free­dom on June 27 at As­tor Theatre.

For de­tails of all per­for­mances, visit perth­sym­

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