The West Australian Symphony Orchestra and Principal Conductor Paul Daniel have announced their 2011 season, featuring a host of acclaimed, young artists, well-loved favourites from the classical repertoire and exciting new additions to the program.
WASO's concert hall season begins with a performance to celebrate the 50th birthday of Australian composer Brett Dean. The concert will feature Dean's work Amphitheatre
, a performance from Dean's brother, clarinettist Paul Dean and WASO's Associate Concertmaster Margie Blades performing a new piece by Ross Edwards, specially commissioned for the WASO Song Book.
WASO will launch a new chamber series in the glorious surrounds of the recently renovated St Mary's Cathedral. The series will include three one-hour afternoon concerts, featuring music from Vivaldi to Grieg and Mozart to Corelli.
Another new addition to WASO's program is the Bonus Track series which will intrigue and enlighten audiences with an unexpected and often unknown piece of music at the end of four of the Masters and Classics concerts.
One of many season highlights in 2011 is the special Gala event - A Night at the Proms. Conducted by Paul Daniel this gala concert will celebrate the very best of British music in all its majesty and splendour and will feature the combined voices of the WASO and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra Choruses.
WASO's Family and Summer Series will feature concerts with some very special guest performers including world renowned soprano Dame Kiri Te Kenawa, and the wonderful children's entertainer Justine Clarke who will join WASO at Perth Zoo for the first time.
The ever popular Contempo series will include a return visit from trumpet lenged Janes Morrison in a Louis Armstrong tribute concert, a debut by Australian singing legend Tina Arena and comedy rock superstar Tim Minchin will take on the Orchestra in Kings Park.
Debut soloists include cellists Sol Gabetta, Alban Gerhardt and Alisa Weilerstein and pianists Ingrid Fliter, Olli Mustonen and Ronald Brautigam. Slava Grigoryan and Henning Kraggerud make a welcome return to WASO in 2011. Conductors Giancarlo Guerrero, Bramwell Tovey and Mario Venzago make their debut with WASO and will be joined by returning conductors Stefan Asbury, Brad Cohen, Asher Fisch, Simone Young, Roy Goodman and Vladimir Verbitsky.
Principal Conductor Paul Daniel returns for his third season with WASO. He will visit Perth three times during the Orchestra's 2011 season - in March, August and November/December. In November he will conduct A Night in Vienna featuring a stellar cast of singers including Cheryl Baker and Sara Macliver.
"2011 will be a year of unforgettable experiences," said Paul Daniel. "I look forward to leading the Orchestra as we continue on our journey to touch souls and enrich lives through music."