Music of Ecstasy


Friday 10 & Saturday 11 March 2023, 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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Music of Ecstasy

Carl Maria von WEBER Oberon: Overture (10 mins)

Johannes BRAHMS Concerto for Violin and Cello (31 mins)

Vivace non troppo

Interval (25 mins)

Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks (16 mins)

Alexander SCRIABIN The Poem of Ecstasy (22 mins)

Asher Fisch
Laurence Jackson
Rod McGrath

Asher Fisch appears courtesy of Wesfarmers Arts.

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

Wesfarmers Arts Meet the Artists (Saturday only)
Join WASO’s Concertmaster, Laurence Jackson and Principal Cello, Rod McGrath for a post-concert interview and learn more about tonight’s performance and life as a WASO musician. The Post-concert Talk will take place immediately following the Saturday evening performance in the Terrace Level Foyer.

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Did you know?

Carl Maria von Weber was one of the first conductors to use a baton.

Brahms' Double Concerto was written in part as a peace offering to the composer's friend, violinist Joseph Joachim. The two musicians suffered a four-year rift in their friendship after Brahms' took the side of Joachim's wife in Joachim's divorce proceedings.

Brahms' Double Concerto was the composer's final composition for orchestra.

Till Eulenspiegel is one of the most colourful figures in German folklore; a rogue, prankster and impudent mocker of authority. Strauss' musical portrait of the mythical figure was largely responsible for spreading the legend of the trickster.

Scriabin saw musical tones as colors, a condition known as synesthesia.

Scriabin originally set out to write a poem called "Orgiastic Poem," centered on physical ecstasy, but later decided to alter the title to something more ambiguous — which thankfully allowed his work to gain a more universal audience.

Laurence and Rod chat Brahms' Double Concerto

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