‘Mozart by Candlelight’ Program 2020

Enter the iconic Perth Concert Hall, flooded in candlelight.
Perth Symphony Orchestra welcomes you to our ever popular Candlelight series.

The program includes an Australian premiere performance of Caroline Shaw’s Is a Rose, made famous by the Mozart in the Jungle television show and performed by the talented Helen Shanahan; along with Australian premiere of Michael Nyman’s Drowning by Numbers: Trysting Fields with soloists Paul Wright and Kathy Potter.

Acclaimed virtuoso violinist and ensemble leader Paul Wright will be making his Perth Symphony debut on the viola in the Mozart Sinfonia Concertante  as well as solos by horn player Julian Leslie, violist Katie McKay and oboist Stephanie Nicholls.

Expect to hear the music of Mozart like never before, as Perth Symphony takes its audience beyond the powdered wigs and silken undergarments of one of classical music’s most revered figures.


MOZART – Horn Concerto in D, K.412
Rondo: Allegro

MUHLY –  Etude No. 3

SHAW – Is A Rose
2. And So

MOZART – Oboe Quartet in F, K.370

NYMAN – Drowning by Numbers: Trysting Fields

MOZART – Sinfonia Concertante in E Flat, K.364
Allegro Maestoso

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Meet The Artists


Ensemble Leader: Paul Wright

Paul Wright   Sophie Curtis 
Pascale Whiting  Catherine Tabi 
Adrian Biemmi  Krista Low 
Beverly Kwan  BASS 
Helen Kruger  Libby Browning 
Jasmine Skinner  OBOE 
Louise May  Stephanie Nicholls 
Olivia Bartlett  Alexandra Allen 
Rachael Aquilina  BASSOON 
Sara Duhig  Joanne Littlely 
Susannah Williams  Kate Pitcher 
Teresa Vinci   HORN 
VIOLA  Julian Leslie 
Kathy Potter  Doree Dixon 
Christian Read  GUEST SOLOIST 
Katie McKay  Shaun LeeChen (Violin) 

*Principal player


Perth Concert Hall features two bars, one in the Wardle Room off the Ground Floor Foyer (Level 1), and the Corner Bar on the St Georges Terrace side on the Terrace Level (Level 2).

Grab and go stations will also be available at these locations for those wanting to purchase food throughout the evening.
For more information please visit, here.

Meet the Composers

Everyone has heard of Mozart, his name and music is recognised worldwide!
But, have you heard of these composers, alive today, whose works are featured in tonight’s concert?


Caroline Shaw is a New York-based musician—vocalist, violinist, composer, and producer—who performs in solo and collaborative projects. She was the youngest recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 2013 for Partita for 8 Voices, written for the Grammy-winning Roomful of Teeth, of which she is a member.
She appears as herself in the fourth season of “Mozart”: Ms. Kirke’s character, who leads an ensemble devoted to works by women, serenades Ms. Shaw outside her apartment and gets permission to premiere this piece, “Hi,” in a conducting competition. (Ms. Shaw conducts it here.)


Michael Nyman is a composer, pianist, librettist, writer, musicologist, photographer and film-maker whose work encompasses opera, concert music and film soundtracks of which The Draughtsman’s Contract and The Piano are the best-known. Since founding the Michael Nyman Band in 1977, which tours the world, he has worked with leading film directors and has collaborated with artists such as Mary Kelly, Damon Albarn, Carsten Nicolai and the Oscar-winning Man on Wire star Phillippe Petit.


Nico Muhly (b.1981) is an American composer and sought-after collaborator whose influences range from American minimalism to the Anglican choral tradition. The recipient of commissions from The Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Tallis Scholars and St. John’s College, Cambridge and others, he has written more than 100 works for the concert stage, including the opera Marnie (2017), which premiered at the English National Opera and was staged by the Metropolitan Opera in the fall of 2018.

We would like to thank Concert Partner, Wright Burt Foundation and Government Partners, Lotterywest and the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.
As always, a special thanks also to Foundation Partner AHG and Sustainability Partners Minderoo Foundation and Tim Roberts Giving.

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