The Rusty Orchestra
Sunday 29 May 2022, 5.00pm
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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I am pleased to welcome you to this year’s Rusty Orchestra concert.
The Rusty Orchestra is one of the highlights of our Community Engagement Program, providing an opportunity for non-professional musicians to experience what it is like to be a WASO musician and perform in a large professional orchestra.
From the rigour of individual preparation, refining their craft with their WASO mentor in sectional rehearsal sessions through to the full orchestral rehearsal and the Perth Concert Hall main stage performance, it is a unique and rewarding experience for all participants.
The Rusty Orchestra is just one of a suite of community programs WASO provides to the West Australian community each year.
Our WASO small ensembles perform in a range of community settings, including aged care, education support centres, schools and hospitals, bringing the joy of music to people all over the State. In addition to our community work, we take great pride in developing and nurturing the next generation of artists. Whether it’s emerging musicians, composers or conductors there is a WASO program in place to support WA talent, often drawing on international expertise to complement our WASO resources.
After several months’ development under the direction of James Ledger and a number of workshops with our Assistant Conductor Jen Winley, four emerging composers had their works performed by WASO earlier this week as part of our Composition Project. The winner will now compose a new piece of music for WASO’s mainstage education concert in 2023.
Tonight though, is about our Rusty Orchestra, and particularly the Rusties, those joining us to sit side-by-side with our WASO musicians for a magnificent shared experience both on and off the stage. This year we are particularly thrilled to welcome 33 new participants for their Rusty Orchestra debut under the baton of the wonderful Peter Moore.
We would like to thank all participants for their dedication, participation and enthusiasm and wish them the very best for the performance.
We hope you enjoy tonight’s concert.
Executive Manager, Community Engagement & Education
The Rusty Orchestra
Hector BERLIOZ Symphonie Fantastique: March of the Scaffold
Antonín DVORAK Symphony No.9 From the New World: Third and Fourth Movements
Allegro con fuoco
Pietro MASCAGNI Cavalleria Rusticana: Intermezzo
Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No.4: Third and Fourth Movements
Scherzo: Pizzicato ostinato
Finale: Allegro con fuoco
Aram KHACHATURIAN Suite No.3 Sabre Dance
Peter Moore conductor
This concert does not contain an interval.
Rusties On Stage
Sonia Barea Castillo
WASO On Stage
Assistant Principal 2nd Violin
Bao Di Tang
• Tokyo Gas
★ Rod & Margaret Marston
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.
About the Conductor
Peter MoorePeter has entertained young audiences in Asia and Australia with concerts designed to introduce young people to the delights and excitement of classical music. The highly successful Babies Proms Concerts with Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Western Australian Youth Orchestra and Penang Philharmonic are now in their 14th, 30th and 3rd year respectively.
He is a frequent guest Conductor/Presenter with West Australian Symphony Orchestra and is delighted to be invited as conductor for ‘The Rusty Orchestra’ for the sixth year. Peter has also had a distinguished career as a professional bassoonist, having been a member of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, West Australian Symphony Orchestra and for 13 years, Principal Bassoon with the Australian Chamber Orchestra. He has also played as guest Principal Bassoon with the Sydney Symphony and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras. From 2004 – 2016 Peter was Principal Baroque and Classical Bassoon with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra.
For 20 years Peter was an Associate Professor and Head of Wind Studies/Conducting at The University of Western Australia, and is regularly invited to conduct the WAAPA Symphony Orchestra.
Currently Peter is Musical Director and Conductor for Western Australian Youth Orchestra Association, a position he has held since 1988.
About The Rusty Orchestra
Community musicians aged 25 years+ from all over Western Australia sit side-by-side with WASO musicians to create The Rusty Orchestra.
Since its inception in 2014, The Rusty Orchestra has given selected community musicians the opportunity to sit alongside WASO musicians in a performance for the general public at Perth Concert Hall.
'I knew Rusty Orchestra would be good but I didn’t think it would be this much fun. It was an absolute treat for me to play with WASO … I loved every minute of it. It was a such highlight of the year!' – The Rusty Orchestra Participant, 2021
Applications will be opening soon for The 2023 Rusty Orchestra.
Learn from the best as you play in your state orchestra with world renowned WASO musicians.
We accept applications for the following instruments: Flute/Piccolo, Oboe/Cor Anglais, Clarinet/Bass Clarinet, Bassoon, French Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba, Percussion, Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass
The cost for participating in the program is $130 and will be payable upon acceptance of your position. Applicants must be active community musicians.
Keep an eye on our website to submit your application.
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.
Conversation with a Rusty
2022 marks the sixth year participating in The Rusty Orchestra for community cellist Alison Mayne. Last year we spoke with Alison after the 2021 performance to recap and find out what keeps her coming back.
How did the performance go?
It was magical! A fantastic concert and the audience was loving every minute of it with thunderous applause. We could have played all night, feeding off the excitement from the audience and the fantastic enthusiasm from our conductor Peter Moore who made the night even more enjoyable. What a privilege it was to be sitting next to WASO’s Principal Cellist Rod McGrath. A moment in my life I will never forget.
2021 was your fifth year successfully applying and then performing in The Rusty Orchestra. What advice would you give to other amateur musicians looking to apply?
Do it! Do not hesitate to apply regardless of your perceived level of musicianship. This opportunity is what dreams are made of for an amateur musician. I took the plunge thinking I would never be chosen but I was! Whilst there is no pressure from WASO or the musicians themselves, you want to do yourself proud and your other Rusty participants so be prepared to give it your all and put in the practice because once you walk out on stage it truly is the most incredible experience and makes all those hours of practice (and nerves!) 100% worth it.
Looking back on the years, what has been your biggest takeaway or lesson learnt from Rusty?
I have watched the amazing WASO musicians and ‘studied’ their performance, their technique and their on-stage etiquette each year. I have since been able to put that into practice in my own community orchestras. I have pretty high standards now!
Like many of the Rusty participants, you picked up music later in life, after not having played since your childhood years. What would you say to those considering picking up an instrument for the first time, or those looking to dust one off after a few years’ hiatus?
Getting back into playing from such a long time away from it is like learning to ride a bicycle again. Once you’re on, you’re away! The great thing about learning music later on in life is that you can go at your own speed. Make it about the love of the instrument and not because you must learn out of obligation. Set dedicated time each week to learn your instrument and you’ll be wanting to play every day before you know it.
Image: Alison Mayne (centre) performs in The Rusty Orchestra in 2019. Photo: Linda Dunjey.