Western Australia Premier Colin Barnett
Western Australia Minister for Culture & Arts John Day
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra Makes History in WA
Victor P Taffa
Up to 10,000 West Australians will be part of history this weekend when they enjoy World-Class Performances by the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.
The Performance is the World Renowned Orchestra’s first ever in Australia and will be simulcast live from the Perth Concert Hall by the State Government’s Westlink Network to Eight Regional Locations.
Premier Colin Barnett said he was delighted the State Government had supported the orchestra’s first visit to Australia and that West Australians had responded so enthusiastically to the opportunity.
“Performances at several venues across the State, including the Concert Hall, have sold out or will be near capacity as people take advantage of this unique opportunity to see one of the world’s greatest orchestras.” Premier Barnett said.
“We are proud to have partnered with the Perth Theatre Trust and the Perth Concert Hall to support the orchestra’s inaugural visit to Perth.”
“I’m sure the audience at yesterday’s performance and those who attend tonight’s sell-out concert will be thrilled to have witnessed this world-famous orchestra perform live in Perth.”
The orchestra’s 120 musicians will be led by Chief Conductor and Artistic Director Sir Simon Rattle, one of the most revered and dynamic conductors of our time who has played with the great ensembles of the world including the Boston Symphony, Vienna Philharmonic and Philadelphia Orchestra.
Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said the extraordinary success of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra could be traced back to 1887, when Berlin Concert Agent Hermann Wolff took over Management of an ensemble of young musicians and set out to find the very best Conductors to lead the ensemble.
“These humble beginnings gave birth to the Berliner Philharmoniker, now widely regarded as the world’s best orchestra.” Mr. Day said.
“To have this world famous orchestra performing in Perth will undoubtedly be a highlight of WA’s Cultural Calendar.”
“Under the baton of their renowned and celebrated chief conductor, Sir Simon Rattle, the orchestra will perform Rachmaninov’s ‘Symphonic Dances’ and Mahler’s Masterful ‘Symphony No 1 in D Major’ two seminal works in their Repertoire.” Mr. Day said.
The Premier said more than 7,000 regional West Australians were expected to watch the event in Regional Locations, in the largest live simulcast of its kind ever to be held in the State.
“The State Government’s Royalties for Regions scheme has enabled the orchestra’s performance to be simulcast into venues in Albany, Bunbury, Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Esperance, Merredin, Geraldton, Karratha and Broome, where audiences will be watching free-of-charge.” Premier Barnett said.
“This is the first time a simulcast of this scale has been undertaken in WA and communities across the State have reacted enthusiastically with all tickets to the Albany Entertainment Centre simulcast being allocated less than an hour after they became available.”
“There will also be many people watching the simulcast at community resource centres throughout the State, as well as those tuning in to the performance at home, through the Westlink Network.” Mr. Barnett said.
The equipment provided to the Regional Centres through this funding will allow other events to broadcast into the Country in the future.
The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra’s Perth visit had also provided Educational Opportunities for WA Students.
“I’m pleased the Government has offered discounted tickets to music students from a range of schools including Perth Modern School, Applecross Senior High School, Mt. Lawley Senior High School, John Curtin College of the Arts and Rossmoyne Senior High School.” the Premier said.
“The Orchestra has also opened its rehearsals to approximately 300 local Music Students.”
The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra will hold two performances in Sydney to conclude its Australian Tour.