Sym­phony of to­geth­er­ness

Cockburn Gazette - - MUSIC -

WASO chief ex­ec­u­tive Craig White­head will farewell the or­ches­tra af­ter a decade in the role on De­cem­ber 15, cel­e­brat­ing with his wife, sons, WASO and 30,000 of their clos­est friends at Lan­g­ley Park.

“My last duty is at our Christ­mas Sym­phony con­cert,” Mr White­head, of Wem­b­ley, said.

“There is great syn­ergy with it be­ing the last per­for­mance of the year for the or­ches­tra, be­ing the last event I do.

“Sym­phony in the City has been very spe­cial to my fam­ily and is the one thing that re­li­giously my wife and our two boys have at­tended ev­ery year, so they were keen for it to be our fam­ily swan­song as well.”

The White­head fam­ily will re­turn to Bris­bane, where he will take on the role of Queens­land Sym­phony Or­ches­tra’s CEO.

Mr White­head said he was leav­ing WASO as a more united com­pany than when he started, as a world-class or­ches­tra led by prin­ci­pal con­duc­tor Asher Fisch and as an or­ches­tra en­gaged with the WA com­mu­nity.

The com­mu­nity en­gage­ment ex­tended to WASO invit­ing Va­ri­ety WA to com­bine the Sym­phony in the City con­cert with Va­ri­ety’s can­celled Car­ols by Can­dle­light to cre­ate Christ­mas Sym­phony.

“For us it was a no­brainer to join forces with them and cre­ate per­haps some­thing big­ger than the sum of its two parts,” Mr White­head said.

“What we’re re­ally hope­ful for, and what we be­lieve we’ve achieved, is to cap­ture the best el­e­ments of our Sym­phony in the City con­cert as well as the best of the Car­ols by Can­dle­light con­cert.

“So yes, there will be a lit­tle less of our clas­si­cal mu­sic, but those things peo­ple have come to ex­pect and love from our Sym­phony in the City con­cert will still be very much there.

“And Va­ri­ety’s in­volve­ment with car­ols and in­tro­duc­tion to the Christ­mas sea­son that Car­ols has pro­vided over a num­ber of years will be there as well.

“Our mu­si­cians un­der­stand that WASO op­er­ates with a so­cial li­cence from the com­mu­nity and that it’s im­por­tant for us as an or­gan­i­sa­tion to be giv­ing back to the com­mu­nity.”

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