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Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra entertains regional WA through live simulcast

06 Sep 2011
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

The State Government will support a live simulcast to regional Western Australia of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra’s September performance at Perth Concert Hall.

The Perth Theatre Trust has contributed $150,000 to bring the orchestra to WA, while $250,000 was provided through Royalties for Regions for regional simulcasts.

Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls said regional communities would be able to enjoy this world-class concert, free of charge, at one of 12 venues across the State via the Westlink network, using high quality video and audio technology.

"The broadcast will be run in real time so patrons viewing the performance in the regions enjoy the full concert experience including the orchestra arriving on stage and being able to purchase programs, food and beverages at their venue,” Mr Grylls said.

“Westlink subscribers with access to satellite decoding equipment will be able to enjoy the concert from the privacy of their own home.”

Royalties for Regions funding is supporting the simulcast which will be held at:

  • Albany Entertainment Centre
  • Goldfields Arts Centre - Kalgoorlie- Boulder
  • Esperance Civic Centre
  • Cummins Theatre - Merredin
  • Queens Park Theatre - Geraldton
  • Broome Outdoor Movie Theatre
  • Camel Lane Theatre - Carnarvon
  • Novotel Ningaloo Resort - Exmouth
  • Moora Performing Arts Centre
  • New Lyric Theatre - Bunbury
  • Margaret River Cultural Centre
  • Matt Dann Cultural Centre - Port Hedland

Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said the State Government was proud to partner with the Perth Theatre Trust and the Perth Concert Hall to support the orchestra’s visit.

“To have this famous orchestra performing in Perth will undoubtedly be a highlight of WA’s cultural calendar,” Mr Day said.

“I am extremely pleased that the State Government is also giving people in regional areas the opportunity to see this world-class performance, following the successful Berliner Philharmoniker simulcast, enjoyed by more than 3,000.”

Under the baton of celebrated conductor Christoph Eschenbach, the orchestra will perform Schubert’s unfinished symphony; Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn featuring Baritone Matthias Goerne; and Beethoven’s Symphony No.8. 

The regional simulcast is a free event, but people wishing to attend will need to book tickets from the relevant venues’ ticketing agency prior to the date of the performance. There will be a limit of four tickets per person. 

Tickets will be available from Monday August 29. The performance will be at 7.40pm on Friday September 30 and broadcast simultaneously into the regions.

The first Western Australian performance of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra is on Thursday September 29 at the Perth Concert Hall. Tickets for both Perth performances are available through BOCS Ticketing.