Symphonic Titans


Friday 2 & Saturday 3 June 2023, 7.30pm

Perth Concert Hall

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Symphonic Titans

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART Masonic Funeral Music (7 mins)

Andrew SCHULTZ Bassoon Concerto (21 mins) (World Premiere)

Exquisite Aeon
Sable Island Gallop

Interval (25 mins)

Gustav MAHLER Symphony No.1 Titan (56 mins)

Langsam, schleppend – Im Anfang sehr gemächlich
Kräftig bewegt, doch nicht zu schnell
Feierlich und gemessen, ohne zu schleppen
Stürmisch bewegt

Asher Fisch
Jane Kircher-Lindner

Asher Fisch appears courtesy of Wesfarmers Arts.

Jane's chair is supported by Meg O'Neill, Chase Hayes & Vicky Hayes through the Duet program.

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.

Wesfarmers Arts Meet the Musician (Saturday only)
Join tonight’s soloist, Jane Kircher-Lindner 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.

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Did you know?

It is well-known that Mozart was a Freemason. Masonic symbolism appears in many of Mozart's works, and there are LOTS of theories about it. According to one expert, the number of flats in the music's key signature corresponded to the degree of initiation into the Masonic order!

Spoiler alert! Mozart's Masonic Funeral Music ends with one of Mozart's favourite tricks: the whole piece is in a minor key but the final chord is major, an unexpected ray of hope.

Andrew Schultz's Bassoon Concerto marked a first for soloist Jane Kircher-Lindner - this was her first time collaborating with a composer to craft a new work.

Mahler conducted more performances of his First Symphony than any of his other, later works.

Mahler's First Symphony features in the fifth season of Star Trek: Voyager.

Watch the size of the orchestra swell tonight - we open with Mozart's Masonic Funeral Music, featuring 39 performers, and end with Mahler's colossal First Symphony, featuring 97 people on stage!

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About the Artist

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Andrew Schultz - Bassoon Concerto

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