Cockburn Gazette - - LIFESTYLE - Tanya MacNaughto­n

ASHER Fisch may have taken over the po­si­tion as WA Symphony Orchestra prin­ci­pal con­duc­tor in 2014, but this Satur­day will be his first WASO Symphony in the City.

The Is­raeli-born con­duc­tor and pi­anist, who is based near Mu­nich with wife Stephanie and young daugh­ter Olivia, is in Perth for a month and was glad there were no sched­ul­ing con­flicts this year.

Now in its ninth year, Symphony in the City will be WASO’s big­gest event of the year.

The free out­door con­cert be­gins at Lan­g­ley Park at 7.30pm, with pre-con­cert ac­tiv­i­ties from 5pm.

It will be hosted by Aus­tralian ac­tor Stephen Curry and broad­cast to re­gional ar­eas, screened at North­bridge Pi­azza and we­b­cast live on

“The rest of the world is heav­ily into sum­mer fes­ti­vals, pic­nick­ing and mix­ing con­certs with broad­casts,” Fisch said.

“This is the new trend and I like to go with it.

“I’ve prob­a­bly put a few things in the pro­gram which haven’t been there be­fore. There’s a big cho­rus num­ber from a Wag­ner opera which I think is su­per-ex­cit­ing and I don’t think it’s ever been per­formed in Perth.”

The pro­gram will fea­ture high­lights from WASO’s 2016 sea­son, in­clud­ing Gus­tav Holst’s Mars from The Plan­ets, Lac­rimosa from Mozart’s Re­quiem, and John Wil­liams’ mu­sic from Raiders of the Lost Ark and E.T. the Ex­tra-- Ter­res­trial. Fisch said there were “tonnes” of achieve­ments he was proud of since be­gin­ning his ten­ure at WASO, from the Beethoven and Brahms cy­cles to the strength­en­ing of the com­pany’s sub­scrip­tion base.

“We’re play­ing more con­certs and go­ing to China next year,” he said.

“We man­aged to bring a won­der­ful ros­ter of 15 soloists this year who were all so happy with the ex­pe­ri­ence they want to come back.”­mu­ni­ d447260

Asher Fisch. Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie

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