Perth Symphony Orchestra & Phil Walleystack will come to Albany next month performing a classical & contemporary concert

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Phil Walleystack and Perth Symphony Orchestra.
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Perth Symphony Orchestra is teaming up with Indigenous musician Phil Walleystack, hitting the road on a regional tour and heading to Albany on Friday, September 25.

The tour is a collaboration between Walleystack and an eight-piece PSO string section, with a specially curated concert designed to take the audience on a mesmerising journey.

“My job as an entertainer is to take audiences on a journey, even if it’s just for a moment, through music, lighting and visuals,” Walleystack said.

“The addition of the PSO musicians adds an element of cultural and classical fusion.”

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The musician said he hoped the tour would give locals a lift during the challenging days of the coronavirus crisis.

Walleystack had sold many tickets for a major WA tour, headlined by his new STORYTELLAH album, before the pandemic struck.

The tour had to be cancelled and tickets refunded. Walleystack was also working with the PSO on their Reconciliation Action Plan.

“(PSO chief executive) Bourby Webster asked me what I thought about the orchestra coming along to play with us and I thought ‘what a great idea’,” he said.

“It was a bit nerve-racking at first.

“I know my music off by heart and I was thinking the music was going to change a little bit, but getting it scored for an orchestra was exciting.”

Five years in the making, STORYTELLAH combines classical sounds with contemporary rock and rap to tell stories of hope.

“STORYTELLAH is about bringing together ideas and cultures, without preaching or messing around,” Walleystack said.

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