WASO's Fairytale Ball
Saturday 1 October 2022, 10.00am
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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Welcome to WASO’s Fairytale Ball! This concert was inspired by the many nights spent reading bedtime stories to my children when they were little, exploring the beloved tales that took us to imaginary lands; from the clouds in the The Magic Faraway Tree to falling down the rabbit hole in Alice in Wonderland and later, on an extended journey with Harry through Hogwarts! I have always believed in the immense power of storytelling through music, and this concert celebrates this marriage, creating a space of escape and wonderment as we journey through different fairy tale lands, performed by the orchestra.
Music for this concert has been carefully selected to excite, educate, uplift and inspire as well highlighting the majesty of the symphony orchestra in full flight. There are no rules for this concert, we encourage our young audiences to experience an hour of pure wonder, fun and incredible music without hesitation.
So jump on board, it’s time for the Fairytale Ball!
Conductor / Presenter
WASO's Fairytale Ball
Modest MUSSORGSKY arr. Rimsky-Korsakov Night on Bald Mountain (excerpt)
Claude DEBUSSY Prelude a l’apres midi d’un faune (excerpt)
Engelbert HUMPERDINK Hansel and Gretel: The Witches Ride
Sergei PROKOFIEV Romeo and Juliet: Dance of the Knights
John WILLIAMS Hedwig’s Theme from Harry Potter
Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY The Nutcracker: Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy
Nigel WESTLAKE Flying Dream: Suite for Orchestra (excerpt)
Edvard GRIEG In the Hall of the Mountain King
Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY Waltz from Sleeping Beauty
Igor STRAVINSKY The Firebird: Finale
This concert does not contain an interval.
Jessica Gethin conductor/presenter
Melissa McCabe dancer
Presented in association with the 2022 AWESOME Festival.
Conceived by Jessica Gethin in association with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
Graphics and scenic design wizard: Pip Bartlett
WASO On Stage
Acting Principal 1st Violin
Principal 2nd Violin
Assoc Principal 2nd Violin
Assistant Principal 2nd Violin
Bao Di Tang
Acting Assoc Principal
• Sam & Leanne Walsh
Geoffrey Bourgault du Coudray^
• Stelios Jewellers
★ Rod & Margaret Marston
Principal 3rd Horn
Francesco Lo Surdo
• John & Nita Walshe
• Dr Ken Evans AM & Dr Glenda Campbell-Evans
• Peter & Jean Stokes
Assoc Principal Percussion & Timpani
★ Section partnered by
• Musician partnered by
* Instruments used by these musicians are on loan from Janet Holmes à Court AC.
About the Conductor
Conductor / Presenter
Hailed as ‘exuberant’ and a ‘force to be reckoned with’, acclaimed Australian conductor Jessica Gethin has been praised by audiences and critics alike for her stellar musicianship, vibrant energy and charismatic stage presence.
Moving seamlessly between core symphonic repertoire to opera, ballet, film and contemporary, Jessica’s international roster includes guest conducting engagements throughout the United States, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, with collaborations including the Dallas Opera, Opera Queensland, West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Perth Symphony, Canberra Symphony Orchestra, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonic and Macao Orchestra as well as regular seasons with the West Australian Ballet.
Since receiving an inaugural Fellowship at the Hart Institute of Women Conductors with the Dallas Opera in 2015, Jessica has been listed in Limelight Australia’s Top 20 Australian Artists and Australian Financial Review’s 100 Most Influential Women, won the Brian Stacey Emerging Australian Conductor Award, received a Churchill Fellowship and was a finalist in the West Australian of the Year Awards. Jessica’s dedication to champion new music along with a natural flair for communicating with audiences and a commitment to foster the next generation of emerging conductors, has contributed to her rapidly growing profile as a leader in the arts both on and off the podium.
Engage | Excite | Experience | Educate
From the centre of Perth to the furthest corners of the state, we have provided the soundtrack to life in WA since 1928.
As the State Orchestra, Perth’s first and finest, WASO is the largest employer of performing artists in Western Australia and reaches two million people with musical experiences each year on stage, in our community, and online.
From concert halls to classrooms, hospitals to aged care, we bring joy, inspire learning, and nurture participation in our community, because everybody deserves the opportunity to experience live music. Every year, through community and leading industry partnerships, we engage a new generation of young and emerging artists to help secure a bright future for music in Australia.
We celebrate our rich classical music heritage with great artists from all over the world and commission and perform new repertoire to renew and expand it. The Orchestra collaborates widely with major arts companies and independent artists, performing opera to ballet, movies to musicals, jazz to rock. We champion the diversity of music in all its forms, with a team of talented and passionate people who create unforgettable experiences for all West Australians to enjoy.
Asher Fisch is Principal Conductor and Artistic Adviser of our Orchestra and we are proud to call Perth Concert Hall home.