The Lark Ascending


Friday 1 & Saturday 2 July 2022, 7.30pm

Perth Concert Hall

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The Lark Ascending

Camille PÉPIN Laniakea (Australian Premiere) (13 mins)

Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS The Lark Ascending (13 mins)

Interval (25 mins)

Camille SAINT-SAËNS Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso (9 mins)

Johannes BRAHMS Symphony No.3 (33 mins)

Allegro con brio
Poco allegretto

Fabien Gabel conductor
Emma McGrath violin

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

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

Wesfarmers Arts Meet the Artist (Saturday only)
Join conductor, Fabien Gabel 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.

Did you know?

'Lanaikea' means "immeasurable celestial paradise" in Hawaiian and is the name of a supercluster of galaxies that inspired Pépin's work.

Vaugh Williams got arrested when he first wrote The Lark Ascending. Whilst furiously scribbling down the first notes in a spark of inspiration, a passer-by thought Vaugh Williams was an enemy spy in war-time Britain, and reported him to police!

The Lark Ascending frequently tops polls as the most popular piece of classical music.

Saint-Saëns is regarded as a musical prodigy. He demonstrated perfect pitch at age two, started performing at age five and made his concert debut at age 10.

Symphony No.3 is considered a cornerstone of Brahms' catalogue of works, written at the height of his career. WASO last performed the Symphony in 2015 as part of our Brahms Festival.

Brahms' Symphony No.3 has been borrowed by artists ranging from Frank Sinatra (for song 'Take My Love') to Santana (for 'Love of my Life'). The famous third movement, Poco allegretto, has inspired tributes and been used in popular culture across movies, TV shows and more!

Interview with Emma McGrath

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