Classical music fans, make sure you spend a Friday or Saturday evening in Perth enjoying the sounds of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra. And if you think Bach or Beethoven aren’t quite your thing, I still encourage you to try out an evening at the orchestra – and here’s how.
For nearly all of the concerts given by WASO, there’s an option to buy choir stalls seats. These cost A$25 (or just A$15 if you can prove you’re a student and under 30), and that’s really just a handful of change compared to the performances you’ll get to see. Buying a choir stalls seat means you’ll actually be sitting above the stage, looking down over the orchestra from just behind them (or to the side of them if you sit a little further around). You can see the conductor face on, and you can get a really close-up view of everything the musicians are doing. In short, I think they’re the best seats in the house, not just the cheapest!
Check the WASO website for concert details that coincide with your visit and you can book your tickets online too. Most performances are held at the Perth Concert Hall in the centre of the city, although they do have special concerts at other venues – if you can time your visit to coincide with any held in Kings Park then you’re really on a winner. In the past, WASO has played joint concerts with pop artists like Ben Folds and these are really special events.
[Photo of the Perth Concert Hall courtesy of Wyrmworld]