Friday 26 & Saturday 27 August 2022, 7.30pm

Perth Concert Hall

West Australian Symphony Orchestra respectfully acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and Elders of Country throughout Western Australia, and the Whadjuk Noongar people on whose lands we work and share music.

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Nigel WESTLAKE Flying Dream - Suite for Symphony Orchestra (10 mins)

Erich Wolfgang KORNGOLD Violin Concerto No.4 (24 mins)

Allegro nobile
Romance: Andante
Finale: Allegro assai vivace

Interval (25 mins)

Richard STRAUSS Also sprach Zarathustra (32 mins)

Introduction: Sunrise –
Of the Back-worlds-men –
Of the Great Longing –
Of Joys and Passions –
The Funeral Song –
Of Science –
The Convalescent –
The Dance Song –
Night Wanderer’s Song

Benjamin Northey conductor
Baiba Skride

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

Wesfarmers Arts Meet the Musician (Saturday only)
Join soloist, Baiba Skride for a post-concert interview immediately following the Saturday evening performance in the Terrace Level Foyer. Uncover more about the music and hear insights into the performance experience.

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

Did you know?

The Australian 3D children's film, Paper Planes that features Nigel Westlake's score was filmed in Western Australia.

Korngold started out as a composer for film, however in 1947 he retired from film composing, dedicating the last 10 years of his life to composing concert hall pieces following the success of his Violin Concerto.

Season 4 of Netflix’s Stranger Things, released earlier this year, included Korngold’s Violin Concerto as the theme for Suzie’s house.

Strauss' work was inspired by the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche's novel Thus Spoke Zarathustra: A Book for All and None.

Elvis Presley used the opening fanfare of Also sprach Zarathustra as the opening piece of his concerts from 1971-77.

2001: A Space Odyssey rocketed Strauss' Also sprach Zarathustra to fame, cementing the work in pop culture history.

Thus Spake Zarathustra: Listening Guide with Ben Northey

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Upcoming Giving Circle Events

Behind-the-Music: A rehearsal of Sibelius’ Second Symphony
Tuesday 4 October, 9am* and Wednesday 5 October, 12.30pm*
Perth Concert Hall

Composed in a time of oppression, the stirring melodies and triumphant conclusion of Sibelius’ Second Symphony made it a symbol of freedom and liberation. Enjoy an exclusive sneak peek of this popular symphony, under the baton of Finnish conductor Pietari Inkinen.

* Ticket costs apply

Legacy Luncheon
Wednesday 26 October, 12noon
Perth Concert Hall

An annual tradition celebrating those who have made a commitment to our Endowment fund by remembering WASO in their will or by making a capital gift to shape and secure our future.

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