Classic Adventures: Outer Space
Saturday 14 October 2023, 2pm & 3.30pm
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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Welcome earthlings! I’m so excited you are joining us today. Our intergalactic musicians are all set to take you on a whirlwind tour of the cosmos. Have you ever wondered what life on other planets might sound like? Today will introduce you to the sounds of extraterrestrial life, and you might just find yourself dancing like a Martian or grooving like a Venusian!
From the music of E.T., to the sounds of Star Wars, we’re going to explore the vast universe together through the magic of music. So, fasten your seatbelts space cadets, and prepare for an unforgettable journey through the musical wonders of the universe.
About the Artists
Jen Winley is WASO’s 2022-2023 Assistant Conductor. Jen began her career in percussion/ timpani working principally with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (MSO) and regularly with Orchestra Victoria and the West Australian Symphony Orchestra (WASO). She then spent several years as a classroom music educator and loves being able to combine her passions for music and education when working with young people.
Jen made her professional conducting debut in 2020 with several orchestras in Perth including WASO and Perth Symphony Orchestra. 2021 saw repeat engagements including her film conducting debut of Home Alone with WASO. Jen is a highly versatile conductor and 2022 saw her conduct WASO in mainstage concerts, Family, Education and Outreach projects, regional tours, and contemporary and recording projects. Jen is also proud to have conducted the WA Youth Orchestra since 2019.
In 2023, Jen will make her debut as conductor with West Australian Opera, Queensland Symphony Orchestra and MSO, in addition to continued conducting engagements with WASO.
Image credit: Andrew Clarke
About the Artists
Adam Mitchell is an award-winning stage director known for his inventive theatre, music theatre and opera productions.
He was the Associate Director for Black Swan State Theatre Company and has directed twenty productions for the company including recent production, Oil.
Other highlight works include Every Brilliant Thing, Next to Normal, The Snow (Barking Gecko Theatre Company); independent work La Fanciulla del West (FFO); and commercial production Fame - The Musical (Crown).
He regularly directs theatre, opera and music theatre for The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), has worked with West Australian Opera, The National Institute Dramatic Arts (NIDA), Victoria College of the Arts, West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Playwriting Australia, Sydney and Melbourne Theatre Companies, Barking Gecko Theatre Co. and The Australian Theatre for Young People, and is a member of the Lincoln Centre Theater Directors Lab (New York).
He is a 40 Under 40 Award winner and has received Equity Guild Awards, Blue Room Theatre Awards, PAWA Awards and the Martin Sims and The West Australian Arts Editor Award.
WASO On Stage
Acting Principal 1st Violin
• Rosalind & Lyndsay Potts
Principal 2nd Violin
Assoc Principal 2nd Violin
• The Baker family
• Dale & Michael Kitney
• Philip &
Frances Chadwick and
Jim & Freda Irenic
• The Baker family
• Unnamed (2)
• M & D Forrest and
• The Gregg family
• Janet Holmes à
Court AC &
• Ruth E. Thorn and
Michael & Helen Tuite
• Leanne & Sam Walsh
• Meg O’Neill, Chase Hayes & Vicky Hayes
• Stelios Jewellers
★ Rod &
Principal 3rd Horn
Francesco Lo Surdo
• John & Nita Walshe
• Dr Glenda
Dr Ken Evans AM
• Jean & Peter Stokes
Percussion & Timpani
★ Section supported through the Duet program by
• Chair supported through the Duet program by
* Instruments used by these musicians are on loan from Janet Holmes à Court AC.
Richard STRAUSS Also sprach Zarathustra: Sunrise (excerpt)
John WILLIAMS ET: Flying Theme
Randy NEWMAN Toy Story Suite: Infinity and Beyond (excerpt)
Gustav HOLST The Planets: Jupiter
Jessica WELLS Emu in the Sky: for chamber orchestra
John WILLIAMS Superman: March
Michael GIACCHINO Star Trek Into Darkness: The San Fran Hustle (excerpt)
John WILLIAMS Star Wars: Main Title
Jen Winley conductor
Adam Mitchell presenter
This concert does not contain an interval.
WASO Assistant Conductor, Jen Winley is supported by the Simon Lee Foundation.
Lucy, Scruffy and Rocket provided courtesy of our friends at Scitech.
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.