Last Night of the Proms: A Classical Spectacular
Friday 12 & Saturday 13 November 2021, 7:30pm
Perth Concert Hall
West Australian Symphony Orchestra respectfully acknowledges the Traditional Owners, Custodians and Elders of the Indigenous Nations across Western Australia and on whose Lands we work.
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• For the enjoyment of all, please mute videos whilst in the Auditorium.
• Your mobile phone must be switched to silent throughout the performance.
• Photography, sound and video recordings are only permitted prior to the start of the performance, or after the musicians have bowed at the end.
• For more information, see Your Concert Experience.
Welcome from Guy Noble
Welcome to the 2021 Last Night of The Proms! Unfortunately, I will not be able to join you and wave my arms in front of the magnificent WASO, as I happen to come from Sydney, the Pestilential Capital of NSW. If only I worked in a mine or drove a truck I might be able to enter the state. In fact, as I write this I am wearing a low-vis vest just to remind myself of how unimportant I am.
In better news, WASO was able to get Dane Lam to come and conduct tonight’s performance. This is excellent news as he is such a fine performer, known in the industry with much affection as The Great Dane. I’m sure he will do a wonderful job, but perhaps not too wonderful, as I hope in the future to get out of my pyjamas, find my baton under the couch where it rolled 5 months ago, dust it off, pack my set of Tails and once again be able to lead the crowd in feisty renditions of Rule Britannia with my favourite band, the wonderful West Australian Symphony Orchestra.
Last Night of the Proms
Franz von SUPPÉ Light Cavalry Overture
Gaetano DONIZETTI La fille du Regiment: Salut a la France
Franz LISZT arr. MULLER-BERGHAUS Hungarian Rhapsody No.2
Giuseppe VERDI Aida: Triumphal March & Chorus
Vincenzo BELLINI Norma: Casta Diva
Aram KHATCHATURIAN Gayane: Sabre Dance
Interval (25 mins)
Richard WAGNER arr. HUTSCHENRUYTER Die Walkürie: Ride of the Valkyries
Bedřich SMETANA The Bartered Bride, Act I Chorus
Leonard BERNSTEIN Candide: Glitter and be Gay
Henry WOOD Fantasy on British Sea Songs
arr. SARGENT Rule, Britannia
Hubert PARRY Jerusalem
Edward ELGAR Pomp and Circumstance No.1 ‘Land of Hope and Glory’
Dane Lam conductor
Rachelle Durkin soprano
WASO On Stage
Principal 2nd Violin
Assoc Principal 2nd Violin
Bao Di Tang
• Tokyo Gas
• Pamela & Josh Pitt
Assoc Principal Oboe
• Sam & Leanne Walsh
• Stelios Jewellers
★ Margaret & Rod Marston
Principal 3rd Horn
Francesco Lo Surdo
• Dr Ken Evans AM & Dr Glenda Campbell-Evans
• Peter & Jean Stokes
Assoc Principal Percussion & Timpani
★ Section partnered by
• Chair partnered by
* Instruments used by these musicians are on loan from Janet Holmes à Court AC.
The WASO Chorus was formed in 1988 and consists of around 100 volunteer choristers who represent the finest form of community music making, bringing together singers from all walks of life. They regularly feature in the WASO annual concert season, and are directed by Andrew Foote.
The Chorus has built an international reputation for its high standards and diverse range of repertoire. While its main role is to perform with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra the Chorus also maintains a profile of solo concerts, tours and community engagements.
The Chorus sings with the finest conductors and soloists including Asher Fisch, Simone Young, Stephen Layton and Paul Daniel. Recent highlights have included Brahms’ German Requiem, Mahler’s Second Symphony and Verdi’s Requiem. In 2019 the Chorus performed at the Denmark Festival of Voice and in 2018 toured China with performances of Orff’s Carmina Burana. In 2020 they performed two Gala events on the Kalbarri Skywalk.
Charmaine de Witt
About the Artists
Australian-Chinese conductor, Dane Lam, is Principal Conductor of the Xi’an Symphony Orchestra. He was recently appointed Resident Conductor and Associate Music Director of Opera Queensland.
Dane made his debut, aged eighteen, with the Sydney Symphony and has since conducted: Münchner Rundfunkorchester, City of London Sinfonia, Manchester Camerata, Liverpool Philharmonic Ensemble 10/10, RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Beethoven Orchester Bonn, Verbier Festival Orchestra and all the major Australasian symphony orchestras.
Recent engagements include La bohéme and Don Giovanni at Opera Australia, L’arlesiana and Così fan tutte for Opera Holland Park, Orfeo ed Euridice for Opera Queensland and The Rake’s Progress and La traviata for Scottish Opera.
In 2021, Dane Lam will lead seasons of Le nozze di Figaro in Brisbane, La clemenza di Tito and La rondine in Canberra and will conduct the Sydney, Melbourne, Queensland and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras.
© Patrick Togher Artists’ Management 2021.
Guy Noble is unable to join us in person to perform this concert as originally scheduled, due to travel restrictions resulting from COVID-19. We are grateful to Dane Lam for joining us for this performance.
About the Artists
Rachelle Durkin’s most recent performances include soprano soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Detroit Symphony under Leonard Slatkin, Musetta (La bohème) and Helena (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) with Hawaii Opera Theatre, Adina (L’elisir d’amore) with West Australian Opera and Opera Australia, Rossini’s Stabat Mater with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra under Asher Fisch, Donna Anna (Don Giovanni) with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Norina (Don Pasquale) with Opera Australia and The Metropolitan Opera, New York and a Gala Concert with Bryn Terfel at Leeuwin Estate, Western Australia.
Other appearances have included Lisa in La Sonnambula, Clorinda in La Cenerentola and Miss Schlesen in Satyagraha at The Met and Violetta, Fiordiligi, The Countess, Armida (Rinaldo), Alcina and Tytania for Opera Australia.
In 2021, Rachelle sings Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the Adelaide Festival and makes a major role debut for State Opera of South Australia.
© Patrick Togher Artists’ Management 2021
Music: Hubert Parry (1848-1918)
Words: William Blake (1757-1827)
And did those feet in ancient time
Walk upon England’s mountains green?
And was the Holy Lamb of God
On England’s pleasant pastures seen?
And did the Countenance Divine
Shine forth upon our clouded hills?
And was Jerusalem builded here
Among these dark Satanic mills?
Bring me my bow of burning gold!
Bring me my arrows of desire!
Bring me my spear! O clouds, unfold!
Bring me my chariot of fire!
I will not cease from mental fight
Nor shall my sword sleep in my hand
Till we have built Jerusalem
In England’s green and pleasant land!
Pomp and Circumstance
March No.1 (Land of Hope and Glory)
Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
Land of Hope and Glory, Mother of the Free,
How shall we extol thee, who are born of thee?
Wider still and wider shall thy bounds be set;
God, who made thee mighty, make thee mightier yet,
God, who made thee mighty, make thee mightier yet.
Guy Noble sings remotely in 2020 (we miss you Guy!)
West Australian Symphony Orchestra (WASO) is a not-for-profit company that thrives on the enthusiasm, passion and support of our entire community. We harness this energy to create events and programs across the State to stimulate learning and participation in a vibrant cultural life.
We are both fierce advocates for our great classical musical heritage and passionate leaders in the commissioning and performance of new music by leading Australian and international composers. Every year we mobilise and nurture a new generation of young and emerging artists to help secure a bright future for music in Australia.
We create the spark that sets off a lifelong love of music because we believe it has the power to touch the soul and enrich lives.
Our resident company of full-time professional musicians are the beating heart of our organisation. They play a central role in the vibrancy of our creative state, performing to hundreds of thousands of people each year. Our Orchestra is supported by hundreds of visiting artists, alongside the volunteers of the WASO Chorus, to create an exceptional performance at every venue, every time.
We are proud to call Perth Concert Hall home.
Your Concert Experience
FOR THE ENJOYMENT OF ALL
When to applaud? Musicians love applause. Audience members normally applaud:
• When the conductor walks onto the stage
• After the completion of each piece and at the end of the performance
When you need to cough, try to do it discreetly. Cough lozenges are available from the WASO Ticket Collection Desk before each performance and at the interval.
Hearing aids that are incorrectly adjusted may disturb other patrons, please be mindful of those around you.
Mobile phones and other electronic devices need to be switched off or silenced throughout the performance.
Photography, sound and video recordings are permitted prior to the start of the performance.
Latecomers and patrons who leave the auditorium will be seated only after the completion of a work.
Moving to empty seats. Please do not move to empty seats prior to the performance as this may affect seating for latecomers when they are admitted during a suitable break.
FOOD & BEVERAGES
You are now able to take your cold drinks to your seat.
Foyer bars are open for drinks and coffee two hours before, during interval and after the concert. To save time we recommend you pre-order your interval drinks.
There are St John Ambulance officers present at every concert so please speak to them if you require any first aid assistance.
• A universal accessible toilet is available on the ground floor (Level 1).
• The Sennheiser MobileConnect Personal Hearing Assistance system is available for every seat in the auditorium. Visit perthconcerthall.com.au/your-visit/accessibility/ for further information.
WASO BOX OFFICE
Buy your WASO tickets and subscriptions, exchange tickets, or make a donation at the Box Office on the ground floor (Level 1) prior to each performance and at interval. Tickets for other performances at Perth Concert Hall will be available for purchase only at interval. Please note that 30 minutes prior to performance, the Box Office will only be available for sales to that night’s performance.
The Box Office is open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, and contactable on 9326 0000.