The Rusty Orchestra
Sunday 18 June 2023, 5pm
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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“Thrilling”, “Just amazing”, “The best night of my life”, ‘Unbelievable”.
These are a few of the comments from players who have braved The Rusty Orchestra over the past ten years.
Many Rusty players began their musical journey at school but pursued a different career. Some are teachers who still actively play; others may play less but still retain that burning desire to sit in the middle of a great symphony orchestra in full flight. Finding such an opportunity is almost impossible. However, combine Rusty players with professional musicians from WASO, and amazing things can happen in a matter of hours.
Everyone gets swept up in the drive and passion of a great piece of music. The WASO players are simply fantastic in the way they support their Rusty colleagues and help make the magic happen.
For some Rusty players, the experience can be the realisation of a dream; a moment later in life where the hopes and possibilities of younger years can be satisfied and savoured. Yet, that experience can also be nerve-wracking! Regardless of the nerves, I think that players and audiences alike can agree that ultimately, the Rusty Orchestra is a lot of fun, and I hope, a spark that continues a lifelong love of music.
I consider it a great honour to conduct this orchestra, and to share some magical musical moments with all of the players.
As this will be my last Rusty Orchestra concert, please allow me to sincerely thank every Rusty player for embracing the idea and making it such a memorable musical event. I would also like to thank WASO and the wonderful WASO musicians who always so generously support the Rusty players through personal encouragement and simply fabulous playing – thank you.
So tonight – clap with enthusiasm, bring your loudest cheers, and support your fellow music-lovers on stage as they brave the nerves and embrace this opportunity. Most important of all, enjoy a fantastic evening of music!
The Rusty Orchestra
Richard STRAUSS Also sprach Zarathustra - Introduction
Johannes BRAHMS Symphony No.4, mvt. 3
Aaron COPLAND Rodeo: Hoe-Down
Jean SIBELIUS Karella Suite: All Marcia
Edwards ELGAR Enigma Variations: Nimrod
Jacques OFFENBACH Orpheus in the Underworld: Can-Can
Michael HURST Swagman’s Promenade
Peter Moore conductor
This concert does not contain an interval.
Rusties On Stage
Nery Contti Neto
WASO On Stage
Acting Principal 1st Violin
Principal 2nd Violin
• Philip & Frances Chadwick and Jim & Freda Irenic
• The Gregg family
• Leanne & Sam Walsh AO
• Meg O’Neill, Chase Hayes & Vicky Hayes
• Stelios Jewellers
★ Rod & Margaret Marston
Principal 3rd Horn
Francesco Lo Surdo
• John & Nita Walshe
• Dr Glenda Campbell-Evans & Dr Ken Evans AM
• Dale & Greg Higham
• Peter & Jean Stokes
Assoc Principal 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.
About the Conductor
Peter Moore OAM
Peter 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 and Western Australian Youth Orchestra and have run for 15 and 35 years respectively.
He is a frequent Conductor/Presenter with West Australian Symphony Orchestra and is delighted to be invited as conductor for The Rusty Orchestra for the seventh 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 he is also regularly invited to conduct the WAAPA Symphony Orchestra.
Currently, Peter is Musical Director and Conductor for the 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.
"Sitting on stage surrounded by WASO first clarinet, oboe and flute was a unique amazing experience. The experience of playing with the WASO professional musicians was a bucket list life experience. Magical. I will never forget it!" -Rusty participant, 2022
Applications will be opening soon for The 2024 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.
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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.