The Wangaratta Symphony Orchestra will perform at the town hall of Benalla

Talented: The Wangaratta Symphony Orchestra goes to Benalla in July. Photo by contribution

On Sunday July 10, the Wangaratta Symphony Orchestra (WSO) will present A Sunday afternoon — his first concert in Benalla and second concert of 2022.

This concert will present works by Dvorak, Strauss, Wagner, Puccini, Elgar, Bizet and Brahms, as well as several other well-known and recognized works.

WSO Secretary Chloe Stone said it was a fantastic opportunity to see an amazing local orchestra.

“The lesser known 6th Symphony from Dvorak (East) a highlight of the second half of the concert, showcasing the range of wind, brass, percussion and string instruments that create the sound of the Wangaratta Symphony Orchestra,” Ms. Stone said.

“The orchestra currently has guest conductor Peter Lewis who will conduct four pieces for Benalla’s next concert.

“Peter… had a career as a high school music teacher with the Ministry of Education.

“He has solid experience as a conductor and ensemble leader.

“His last appointment was at Northcote High School where he was head of the music department.

“At Northcote…Peter led the senior orchestra, the junior stage band and the big band.

“Under Peter’s direction, the school’s main orchestra embarked on a tour of China, performing in Shanghai, Xian, Huaibei and Beijing.

“He has also taken musical ensembles on tour in Malaysia, California and various places in Australia. Peter is now retired from teaching and volunteers for the Salvation Army… in Wangaratta.

Music Director, Rev. Aaron Wardle, will be stepping down from directing this show to play in the orchestra himself.

“It has been a refreshing change to be able to play the French horn for a number of pieces with our orchestra,” Mr Wardle said.

“It’s been many, many years between gigs and it’s great to have the opportunity to play in an orchestra again.”

Ms Stone said the whole orchestra was looking forward to performing in the Pink City.

“We are delighted to be … in Benalla and playing new works with an afternoon of music at the town hall,” she said.

WSO Vice President Sally Ross said having been formed in early 2021, the group first had to overcome the hurdles that COVID-19 brought.

“We continue to grow in numbers and encourage local orchestral instrumentalists to come to rehearsals and help further develop our symphony orchestra,” Ms. Ross said.

If you would like to participate, you can attend rehearsals on Tuesday evenings at 1 Sisley Ave, Wangaratta, from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

You can also email [email protected] for more information.

All ages will enjoy this delightful afternoon of music.

Tickets are available online or at the door, cost $15 per person, children under 12 are free.

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The concert will take place at the town hall of Benalla from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Doors open at 2 p.m.

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