Hear Basil­ica’s mag­nif­i­cent pipe or­gan come to life

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Music - Jes­sica Nico

ASK some­one what they know about pipe or­gans and most will con­jure up an im­age from The Phantom of the Opera or al­most every bride-walks­down-the-aisle scene in the movies.

Un­like the gui­tar, drums or any ar­ray of brass or wind in­stru­ments, the pipe or­gan is not re­ally an in­stru­ment peo­ple will leave their homes to watch a mu­si­cian play.

But Do­minic Perissinotto has spent two decades try­ing to change that.

He re­turns to Fre­man­tle’s St Patrick’s Basil­ica next month for part three of the Pipe Or­gan Plus con­cert se­ries, bring­ing the grand or­gan’s four key­boards and 6000 pipes to life with a range of French-themed mu­sic.

Two cam­eras po­si­tioned in the or­gan loft will also give the au­di­ence a rare look at the mu­si­cian’s hands and feet at work from the com­fort of their seats.

Perissinotto said when he es­tab­lished the Pipe Or­gan Plus se­ries 17 years ago, he built it around the in­stru­ment he played every week.

“Some pipe or­gans are very spe­cific in what style of mu­sic they can play. Some­thing can sound truly wonderful, whereas an­other style just will not work,” he said.

“This is never the case in the Basil­ica as over the four key­boards and ped­als, with 87 dif­fer­ent stops (sounds), it is pos­si­ble to bring any style of mu­sic to life.

“The Grand Or­gan at the Basil­ica is one of the hid­den gems of Fre­man­tle.

“Most peo­ple are blown away by its grandeur and the enor­mous power held within the in­stru­ment, while also rev­el­ling in the myr­iad soft sounds also heard.

“Be­ing able to bring mu­sic to life to an au­di­ence who love to ex­plore new pieces, as well as re­visit well-known works, brings me great joy.”

Creator, con­cert three of Pipe Or­gan Plus 2017, is at St Patrick’s Basil­ica from 2.30pm ON Septem­ber 17.

Visit www.try­book­ing.com/oody for tick­ets.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d472854

Do­minic Perissinotto.

Rachelle Durkin.

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