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20 November 2018
Kwinana's school children have been treated to special workshops arranged by the City and the Perth Symphony Orchestra in the lead up to the Tianqi Lithium Symphony Spectacular, to be held on Saturday 1 December on Calista Oval.
The Perth Symphony Orchestra 'Play with Us' education program brings professional musicians in small ensembles to primary schools and introduces the students to instruments of the orchestra and different music styles.
Mayor Carol Adams said it was a great initiative and would surely spark a fire of enthusiasm in some of the local Kwinana children who may never have considered playing a musical instrument.
"Our children are getting the chance to meet with musicians, ask lots of questions, laugh, sing and dance to music," Mayor Adams said.
"What better way to develop a love of music than by hearing it live, played before your eyes."
High school students in the area were also involved with the Perth Symphony Orchestra's 'Share the Chair' program, where professional musicians attended ensemble rehearsals to play alongside music students.
"Playing next to an accomplished musician is quite a privilege for these young people," said Mayor Adams.
"I'm thrilled we were able to work with the Perth Symphony Orchestra to make this happen in Kwinana," she said.
Tianqi Lithium General Manager Phil Thick said the company was proud to be supporting the concert for a second year.
"Kwinana is our local community too and we are so pleased that we can help provide our neighbours with a free world-class concert right in their backyard," said Mr Thick.
"We loved what the Perth Symphony Orchestra did with the Act-Belong-Commit Rock Symphony last year and can't wait to see what they have in store for the people of Kwinana this year at the Tianqi Lithium Symphony Spectacular," he said.