IN TUNE FOR CONCERT
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 www.livestream.com.
“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.”
Asher Fisch. Picture: Andrew Ritchie