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WASO – Karijini Experience

Rod McGrath (cello), Zak Rowntree (violin), Ellie Lawrence (violin), Ben Caddy (viola). Nora Wompi Kunawarritji, artists country near Balgo, Great Sandy Desert, 2007 The Wesfarmers Collection, Perth. Photo Credit:  Luke Anderson

Rod McGrath (cello), Ellie Lawrence (violin), Zak Rowntree (violin), Ben Caddy (viola). Photo:  Luke Anderson

The West Australian Symphony Orchestra has been invited to participate for the first time in the Karijini Experience. Held over five days in April, Karijini Experience is an annual cultural event that encourages visitors to immerse themselves in the magnificence of the Karijini National Park. Held on the traditional lands of the Banjima people, the Karijini Experience is a celebration of environmental protection, connection and culture through music, songs, story, image and physical activities connecting people to the landscape and its people.

In the first WASO on the Road regional tour for 2017, WASO’s involvement in the Karijini Experience will consist of a string quartet that will embark on a series of exciting collaborations. A WASO String Quartet will perform with the all-Indigenous Wirlarra Ensemble on a spectacular natural stage within Kalamina Gorge, for Opera in the Gorge. In a collaboration with esteemed didgeridoo virtuoso Mark Atkins, the WASO String Quartet will present a spine-tingling performance as part of the Culinary Experience.  The String Quartet will also perform children’s programs and the Karijini Theatre event.