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22 November 2017
The Kwinana community have been enjoying live performances in unexpected places this month as part of the Act-Belong-Commit Rock Symphony Pop Ups and School Program. Perth Symphony Orchestra have hit the streets of Kwinana with surprise performances at cafes, schools, markets and even the Edge Skatepark ahead of the Act-Belong-Commit Rock Symphony concert on 2 December.
Thanks to program sponsor Tianqi Lithium, diners and shoppers in Medina were treated to a string quartet Pop Up performance on Saturday morning 18 November. The crowd enjoyed iconic classical pieces combined with well-known upbeat pop and rock tunes. Perth Symphony then popped up at the Edge Skatepark Grand Opening along with a special guest rapper MC Brian Kruger. Pop Up performances at Wellard Square, Kwinana Marketplace and the Honeywood Farmers Markets will take place up until 26 November, with details announced on the City of Kwinana Facebook page.
City of Kwinana Mayor Carol Adams said the Pop Up performances were building excitement for the Act-Belong-Commit Rock Symphony.
“We’re thrilled to bring something completely different to Kwinana this year,” said Mayor Adams. “We’ve got such a diverse community here in Kwinana and it’s been great to see people of all ages jump on board and embrace this unique musical experience.”
Tianqi Lithium General Manager Phil Thick said the company was delighted to be supporting this new local initiative.
“We love the work Perth Symphony Orchestra does in the communities across WA, and to give this opportunity to a broad range of people across the Kwinana area to share this experience is exciting. We are very pleased we can help this to happen and continue to support these opportunities in our local area of business”, said Mr Thick.
The School Program sponsored by Alcoa has visited six schools in Kwinana with an interactive musical program designed to inspire and educate children who may not have experienced classical instruments before.
Perth Symphony Orchestra’s Bronwyn Ife said, “Perth Symphony Orchestra is currently engaged in an education program in primary schools in the Kwinana area. Thanks to the City of Kwinana and ALCOA, members of the orchestra are visiting primary schools with noisy, fun, incursions which give the children the opportunity to learn about different instruments in the orchestra, engage with our musicians and hear a huge variety of music (from classical to rock and movie tunes). These incursions are about offering the children of Kwinana more information about orchestral instruments, so rather than just listening to a concert, they get a chance to conduct, sing along and have fun.”