WASO is the first Australian major performing arts company to tour to the United Arab Emirates, and Australia’s first representation at the prestigious Beijing Music Festival. The project involves a tour party of 107 people, including WASO’s Principal Conductor Asher Fisch, guest conductor Sir Richard Armstrong, pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet, tenor Simon O’Neill, and 89 WASO musicians.
The visit to China represents a key milestone in the Symphony Cultural Bridge Project– an historic three-way partnership between WASO, the China Philharmonic Orchestra (CPO) and Australia China Business Council (WA).
This is WASO’s first international tour in 10 years, and marks the first time WASO has toured in response to invitations to represent Australia at international music festivals. Beginning in Abu Dhabi, the orchestra has been invited to perform an all-Wagner program in the opening concert of the Abu Dhabi Classics Season.
In China, WASO is presenting two educational programs on the opening day of the Beijing Music Festival with the company’s Education Chamber Orchestra (EChO) and Brass Quintet performing for students at two leading Chinese schools in Beijing. In the final leg of the tour, WASO is performing in the Shanghai Symphony Concert Hall with a program including an iconic work of Australian music, Peter Sculthorpe’sKakadu.
WASO Chairman Janet Holmes à Court said, “This (tour) enables us to forge exciting new relationships in China and the United Arab Emirates that have broad implications for our nations. These alliances are significant, and we are proud they have been established and nurtured through an artistic connection.”
Further information here: WASO International Tour