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Sat 1 March 2014

A Symphony For Perth

By Tod Machover and the people of Western Australia
Performed by the West Australian Symphony Orchestra 
Conducted by Carolyn Kuan

Our most precious creative resource is utopian minded geniuses like Machover who believe there are better and more fun ways to make music than sitting alone in a room. TORONTO LIFE

In a fitting Festival finale we present an epic, interactive musical feast.

What does Perth sound like? What are those quintessential noises that link you to this city? Is it the toll of the Bell Tower? The laughter of your kids running through the sprinkler? The crash of the sea?

In the months leading up to the Festival we invite you to send us your recordings and ideas of our city in sound. From this starting point Tod Machover, composer and professor at MIT’s Media Lab (it was his students who were inspired to create Guitar Hero), will craft a symphony tailor-made for Perth, to be played live for the first time by the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Carolyn Kuan, one of the most innovative and outstanding conductors of her generation.

In the first half of the concert hear some of the most exciting and dynamic music being written today, from the surprising and sophisticated world of gaming. Games, like films, are underscored by rich symphonic suites which can shift the mood in a moment, sweeping from exultation to sorrow, from fear to victory faster than you can shout Wii.

Uniting the console and the concert hall, WASO perform the live soundtrack to some of the greatest games, which are projected larger than life above them.

Visit the Media Lab for more information. To submit stories, descriptions of sounds, recordings, and questions email [email protected] or you can head to SoundCloud to listen and upload. Thanks to Telstra's COSI, text your sounds from your smart phone, to 0498 500 100.

The games music is as follows:

1.  Edmonson and Rizzo “Nate’s Theme” (Uncharted 2 & 3) 
2. Edmonson, Ali and Bajakian “Atlantis of the Sands” (Uncharted 3)
3. McConnell “Grim Fandango : Suite” World Premiere
4. Schyman “Bioshock 1,2 & Infinite : Suite”  World Premiere
5. Wintory  “Woven Variations” (Journey Cello Suite)

Artist Talk: Sat 1 March, pre-show on stage at 6.30pm

Show duration: 1hr 50min with interval


Sat 1 March 2014
Perth Concert Hall

Sat 1 March, 7:30pm


Premium $75.00
Premium - Friends $68.00
A Reserve $49.50
A Reserve - Friends/Conc $44.50
B Reserve $37.50
B Reserve - FT Student (U30) $25.00

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