A 100-piece Western Australian Youth Orchestra is excited to welcome back Russian maestro Vladimir Verbitsky to guide the orchestra through come exciting orchestral works as part of WAYO's International Conductor season. Maestro Verbitsky last conducted the orchestra as visiting conductor in 2010. This year also marks Verbitsky's 25th year of touring to Perth, a city of which he has become very fond.
Maestro states: "I always enjoy working with young musicians as I like vividness of their reaction to the musical and stylistic ideas of different composers - they play with open minds and hearts... I feel deep satisfaction from sharing my experiences with new generation of musicians. Each time when I start rehearsals with the WAYO I see new faces, but but their genuine engagement with the music and the sincerity and freshness of their performance remains constant throughout, which is extremely rewarding for me and, I am sure, for the audience as well."
Sergei Rachmaninov composed Symphonic Dances, the final work of his career, at an estate near Huntington, New York, overlooking Long Island Sound. As he composed, he poured out his yearning for his Russian homeland and life's musical wisdom into creating a wonderful kaleidoscope of instrumental colours, lush melodies and energetic rhythms.
WAYO will also be joined by Ukranian-born Perth soloist Anna Sleptsova performing Liszt's shimmering Piano Concerto No.1. Anna settled in Australia in 1995 and is now regarded as one of the country's finest professional pianists and a respected teacher, being a faculty member at the Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts.
The WA Youth Orchestra is proud to be a partner of the City of Perth Winter Arts Season.
The WA Youth Orchestra's July season is proudly supported by its principal partner, Woodside.
LISZT, Orpheus Symphonic Poem No.4
LISZT, Piano Concerto No.1
RACHMANINOV, Symphonic Dances
On sale now from the WAYO office on 9328 9859