Wangaratta Symphony Orchestra to perform at Benalla Town hall

Talented: The Wangaratta Symphony Orchestra is headed for Benalla in July. Photo by Contributed

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

This concert will feature works from Dvorak, Strauss, Wagner, Puccini, Elgar, Bizet and Brahms, along with several other well-known and recognised works.

WSO secretary Chloe Stone said this was a fantastic opportunity to see an amazing, local orchestra.

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

“The orchestra currently has a guest conductor Peter Lewis who will be conducting four pieces for the upcoming Benalla concert.

“Peter... has had a career as a secondary music teacher with the department of education.

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

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

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

“Under Peter’s direction the school’s senior orchestra undertook a tour to China where they performed in Shanghai, Xian, Huaibei and Beijing.

“He also took music ensembles on tour to Malaysia, California and various locations in Australia. Peter is now retired from teaching and is volunteering for the Salvation Army... in Wangaratta.”

Musical director Pastor Aaron Wardle will step away from conducting this show in order to play in the orchestra itself.

“It’s 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 playing and it's great to have the opportunity to perform amongst an orchestra again.”

Ms Stone said the entire orchestra was looking forward to performing in the Rose City.

“We are excited to be... in Benalla and performing some new works with an afternoon of music at the Town Hall,” she said.

WSO vice-president Sally Ross said having only formed in early 2021, the group initially had to work through the hurdles that COVID-19 brought.

“We are still growing in numbers and do encourage local orchestral instrumentalists to come along to rehearsals and help further grow our symphony orchestra,” Ms Ross said.

If you would like to join you can come along to rehearsals on Tuesday evenings at 1 Sisley Ave, Wangaratta, from 7.30pm to 9.30pm.

Alternatively you can email for more information.

All ages will enjoy this delightful afternoon of music.

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

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The concert will be held at Benalla Town Hall from 2.30pm to 4.30pm. Doors open at 2pm.