Bohemian Rhapsodies


Friday 11 & Saturday 12 November 2022, 7.30pm

Perth Concert Hall

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Bohemian Rhapsodies

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART Symphony No.35 Haffner (17 mins)

Allegro con spirito
Menuetto – Trio
Finale (Presto)

Nigel WESTLAKE Trumpet Concerto (world premiere) (21 mins)


Interval (25 mins)

Bedřich SMETANA Má Vlast: Vltava (11 mins)

Leoš JANÁČEK Taras Bulba – Rhapsody for Orchestra (23 mins)

The Death of Andriy
The Death of Ostap
The Prophecy and Death of Taras Bulba

Johannes Fritzsch conductor
Brent Grapes

Brent Grapes is generously supported by a private, philanthropic partner through the Duet program.

Wesfarmers Arts Pre-concert Talk
Find out more about the music in the concert with this week’s speaker, Jen Winley. The Pre-concert Talk will take place at 6.45pm in the Terrace Level Foyer.

Wesfarmers Arts Meet the Musician (Friday only)
Join WASO’s Principal Trumpet, Brent Grapes and composer Nigel Westlake for a post-concert interview and Q&A. The Post-concert Talk will take place immediately following the Friday evening performance in the Terrace Level Foyer.

Listen to WASO
This performance is recorded for broadcast on ABC Classic. For further details visit

Did you know?

Mozart's Haffner symphony is the first symphony the composer completed after moving from Salzberg to Vienna in 1781.

Nigel Westlake wrote the opening movement of his Trumpet Concerto after attending the funeral of Paul Goodchild, former Principal Trumpet of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. A full brass section performed at the funeral, inspiring the dedication.

Smetana lost his hearing in 1874, curtailing his budding conducting career. Pivoting back to composing, Ma Vlast was one of the first works Smetana composed when deaf.

After the Nazis occupied Czechoslovakia in 1939, many Czech symphony orchestras started to play Smetana's ‘The Moldau’ as a sign of protest to the occupation. The Nazis subsequently banned the performance of the symphonic poem.

Janacek found fame as a composer later in life, at the age of 62. He composed nearly all the music on which his reputation rests in his sixties and seventies.

Janacek's Taras Bulba premiered on 13 January 1924. The concert was an early celebration of Janacek's 70th birthday and Smetana's centenary.

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Behind the Music: A rehearsal of Mahler’s Third Symphony
Wednesday 30 November, 5.45pm* & Thursday 1 December, 2.15pm*
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Mahler’s immense Third Symphony is almost a universe unto itself – a gigantic, wondrous hymn to love and nature that charts a progression towards the divine. Come behind the scenes for an exclusive preview of this visionary music of astonishing beauty and drama concluding in radiant finale.

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Wednesday 7 December, 5.30pm*
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A beloved tradition on the Giving Circle events calendar, ring the festive season in with the musicians as the sun sets overlooking the Swan River. Enjoy a preview of the 2022 Christmas Spectacular program featuring familiar strains of Christmas carols old and new.

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