Our Restart the Arts initiative with Government House showcased two outstanding events over the weekend, with young WA talent leading the way.
LISZT BY CANDLELIGHT
A sell-out event, Liszt by Candlelight bedazzled the Government House Ballroom audience, with its four young West Australian Academy of Performing Arts pianists Hannah Th’ng, Nicholas Williams, Jordan Proctor and Izaac Masters presenting works that celebrated the life, works, and ideals of Hungarian Romantic composer Franz Liszt.
Resplendent in red the Government House Ballroom provided the perfect backdrop for a selection of works that reflected the composer’s tender and intimate side. Organiser Hannah Th’ng said the Restart the Arts with Government House initiative continued to provide some wonderful opportunities for young musicians to build their profile and their concert experience and they looked forward to more concerts in 2021.
Also wowing audiences with their first concert for 2021 was Opus WA, who also performed as part of the Restart the Arts initiative in the Government House Ballroom.
Opus WA is a re-emerging group that supports professional performers and new graduates, as well as the involvement of persons with disability in the performing arts.
Their weekend concert featured works from Mozart with Conductor Ian Westrip OAM, Vivaldi with Conductor Paul Wright, and Beethoven with Conductor Mark Coughlan from the Pianoforte.
Young soloists also featured when the chorale joined the orchestra on stage in a magical performance.