WA Symphony Orchestra Ensemble Edition celebrates Spirit of America on Independence Day at the Perth Concert Hall

WASO goes American on the eve of Independence Day, Friday July 3, with the latest in its Ensemble Edition series being broadcast live from the Perth Concert Hall stage.

Dvorak’s No. 12 String Quartet The American features violinists Kathryn Lee and Kate Sullivan, Alex Brogan on viola and Eve Silver on cello.

Camera iconKate Sullivan plays Dvorak for the WA Symphony Orchestra’s Ensemble Edition concert, The Spirit of America.

The theme continues with Bartók’s Contrasts for Violin, Clarinet and Piano, written for the great jazz clarinetist Benny Goodman.

Allan Meyer on clarinet, Semra Lee-Smith on violin and pianist Gladys Chua will explore contrasts.

The live stream is at 7:30 p.m. on Friday via waso.com.au, with the option to donate: a great resource in the absence of ticket revenue.

WASO has canceled or postponed live performances until September, but will be relaunching its season this month, with programming until the end of the year.

Also on Friday, the Melbourne Digital Concert Hall celebrates its 100th livestream with Schubert’s Winterreise song cycle, featuring Michelle Wood on cello and Stefan Cassomenos on piano, at 5 p.m. Perth time.

Then at 6.30 p.m., Kristian Chong on piano, Sophie Rowell on violin, cellist Josephine Vains and clarinetist Philip Arkinstall present the Messiaen Quartet for the End of Time.

The series airs from the Melbourne Athenaeum stage and has raised $ 400,000 for artists since closing.

Each show is 60 minutes long, with tickets $ 24 each from melbournedigitalconcerthall.com.

And on Saturday at 7:30 p.m., WA Opera will continue its Ghost Light series with soprano Emma Matthews, mezzo soprano Fiona Campbell, tenor Paul O’Neill and baritone James Clayton taking turns performing a single tune each week, accompanied by Tommaso. Pollio.

Visit www.waopera.asn.au/show/ghost-light-opera/.

Perth’s Government House will once again serve as the satellite venue for the Melbourne Digital Concert Hall on Wednesday, July 8, when soprano Amy Manford, mezzo soprano Ashlyn Tymms and pianist Tommaso Pollio present When Two Worlds Collide, comparing and contrasting works by opera and musical theater.

The show is 60 minutes long, with tickets for $ 24 each from melbournedigitalconcerthall.com.

Government House was also offered to Perth artists who lost their work and rehearsal space during the pandemic, with DivaLicious-Opera Rock taking the stage to a live audience on July 18 at 7:30 p.m. and July 19 at 4 p.m. Tickets cost $ 45 and a concession $ 35 at www.trybooking.com/BKABA. For more information: www.divalicious.net.au.

And on August 1 at 7 p.m. and August 2 at 2:30 p.m., Freeze Frame Opera presents Handel in the House, a magnificent selection of baroque opera, featuring sopranos Sarah Macliver and Bonnie de la Hunty, accompanied by Stewart Smith (harpsichord) , Sarah Papadopoulos (violin) and Krista Low (cello). Tickets from $ 70 (child $ 35) on www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=633948&

Then, August 7-15, Freeze Frame presents Opera Truck-O-Rama from Claremont Showground, sharing music from across Europe featuring the Bedford Truck the band used as a stage for Street Serenades during the shutdown. Tickets $ 65 (child / student $ 25, seniors $ 60) at www.trybooking.com/book/sessions?eid=633906&ses=1911930

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