Wagner's Birthday Concert.
On Wednesday 22 May 2019, we celebrated Wagner's 206th birthday with a concert conceived by internationally acclaimed organist Alesanndro Pittorino. Held at the acousticall gorgeous St Mary's Church in South Perth, the concert featured organ transcriptions played by Alessandro as well as featuring Harriet Marshall, soprano and Bells Up Horn Quartet. The evening finished off with supper and a magnificent birthday cake.
WASO 90th Anniversary Dinner
Connie Chapman with WASO's Principal Conductor & Artistic Adviser, Asher Fisch, Board Director, Janet Holmes á Court AC and Chairman, Richard Goyder AO at WASO's 90th Anniversary Dinner on 15 November 2018. (image courtesy of Nik Babic).
The Richard Wagner Society of Western Australia and the WASO-Wagner Project In keeping with its purpose of promoting the music of Richard Wagner, the Society supported West Australian Symphony Orchestra's Wagner and Beyond programme by becoming a Silver Circle patron for the 2 year programme. WASO was performing two concerts in 2017, Inspiring Wagner and Wagner's World, and a concert performance of Tristan und Isolde in 2018. The concert performance of Tristan und Isolde on 16th and 19th August 2018 was the highlight of its celebration of WASO's 90th anniversary.
With Wagnerites from across Australia visiting Perth for the performances of Tristan und Isolde, the Society, with WASO, held an evening reception for members and guests on 17th August in the Perth Concert Hall. Guests included Wagner Society members from Victoria and New South Wales, WASO Board members and other sponsors of the WASO-Wagner project. The enjoyment of the reception was fuelled by the great success of the first Tristan performance and the anticipation of the second performance, which proved to be another triumph. Five-star reviews were published in The Australian, Limelight Magazine, Australian Book Review, The West Australian and many other media.
A highlight of the reception was Maestro Asher Fisch's conversation with WASO's Evan Kennea, Executive Manager, Artistic Planning. Asher spoke about the development of the performance and surprised everyone by bringing out and assembling - and attempting to play - the wooden Wagner trumpet which he had commissioned from the Thein Brass Music instrument company in Bremen, where it was handmade. Asher answered many questions from the audience, including noting that he would like to include more Wagner in WASO's future programme, which was very well-received. Both Asher and Heldentenor, Stuart Skelton, stayed for the duration of the reception, engaging with guests and posing for many photographs. The Society was very fortunate to have the support of WASO and the expertise of the WASO Philanthropy team led by Alecia Benzie in arranging and managing the reception.
Stuart Skelton (Tenor), Evan Kennea (WASO Artistic Director) and Maestro Asher Fisch