West Australian Symphony Orchestra
The West Australian Symphony Orchestra is Western Australia’s largest and busiest performing arts company. It plays a central role in the heart of musical life in Western Australia, performing over 130 concerts each year with some of the world’s most illustrious conductors and soloists to audiences in excess of 180,000.
The WASO has 83 full-time musicians performing at a number of venues including the Perth Concert Hall, The Perth Esplanade, Riverside Theatre, and Kings Park and Botanic Gardens. In addition to its own classical concerts, the WASO performs with the West Australian Opera, West Australian Ballet, with the Perth International Arts Festival, and in collaboration with a number of local performing arts companies including TURA New Music for the annual Totally Huge New Music Festival.
The West Australian Symphony Orchestra has an innovative approach to music programming, performing artistically vibrant classical music as well as original contemporary music. Through its Summer and Contempo Series, the WASO regularly joins forces with international and Australian pop musicians to create concerts that fuse popular contemporary artists with classical music.The West Australian Symphony Orchestra is also at the forefront of Australian orchestras in commissioning original works from the country’s leading composers.
WASO’s mission is – To touch souls and enrich lives through music.