WA Symphony Orchestra performs magical music for the whole family!

By Marnie Adams, Contributor @ Kids In Perth | Created in collaboration with WA Symphony Orchestra (WASO) 15 May 2022

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The magical story of Leon and the Place Between explodes onto the Perth Concert Hall stage with a thrilling musical setting from Paul Rissmann, backed by 80 musicians from the West Australian Symphony Orchestra.

Perfect for the whole family, Leon’s adventure begins when he volunteers at a magic show and is whizzed away to the Place Between – a mysterious world filled with all sorts of weird and wonderful things.

Join Leon’s journey, as well as, enjoy bite-sized musical favourites from John Williams, Brahms and Rimsky-Korsakov.


Preview | What to expect ...

Bring the whole family, with family tickets for this amazing experience starting from $25.

The Perth Concert Hall comes to life for this adventure-filled family concert, so arrive early and join in the fun of face painting, a carnival atmosphere and plenty of magical experiences!

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We asked presenter Paul Rissmann a few questions to learn more about what to expect from this exciting performance!

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Q&A |Meet the Composer

How would you describe the experience of watching a live orchestra to someone who is new to classical music?

Without a doubt, the orchestra is best experienced live in concert.

Sure, recordings are great, but sitting in an amazing hall (like Perth Concert Hall) and watching a brilliant band (like WASO) is just wonderful. I love getting lost in the sound and letting the music work its magic.

There is something very special about a huge orchestra coming together, to create a completely unique performance for their audience.

Is it true that classical music helps children with numeracy and literacy?

Absolutely. Music can help young people (and also not so young people) achieve things that could otherwise be perceived as difficult or complicated.

There are many studies that highlight that, but I’ve been lucky enough to witness those benefits first-hand.

It's so impressive when a school chooses to weave music throughout its entire curriculum, and from what I’ve seen, pretty much every subject area can benefit.

If you had to pick your favourite instrument, what would it be?

Easy - as long as can I pick three: cello (for its expressiveness), bass clarinet (for its depth and warmth) and marimba (because I adore its sound). You will hear all three of them featured (a lot) in Leon!

What can families expect from this concert?

Our concert will be fun and interactive with a great selection of music played by the fabulous musicians of WASO. We have a brilliant story, beautiful images projected above the orchestra and there’s an open invitation for everyone to make music together. Make sure you bring your best singing voice!

What’s your favourite thing to do when you visit Perth?

I love Perth. I’ve been lucky to enough work with WASO many times now, so I feel I know the city really well. My absolute favourite thing to do is to swim outdoors at Scarborough Beach Pool. We have nothing quite like it back home in London - and we certainly don’t have the weather!

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Event Information

Leon and the Place Between presented by WASO

Sat 28 May 10:00am
Perth Concert Hall | On Sale

A magical adventure for the whole family

Jen Winley conductor
Paul Rissmann presenter
Libby Hammer vocalist

Leon is a dreamer, a budding magician, and he’s about to take you on a mysterious adventure.

The pages of Angela McAllister’s magical story explode onto the stage with a thrilling musical setting from Paul Rissmann that also brings Grahame Baker-Smith’s breathtaking illustrations to life on screen.

This dynamic concert for the whole family features Leon’s adventure alongside other bite-sized pieces of magical music from Coleridge-Taylor, Rimsky-Korsakov, John Williams and Brahms.


Recommended for families with children aged 6-12 years.


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Ticket Prices

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Family Package (min. 4 tickets)^$25 each

^Must purchase minimum of 4 tickets in one transaction
Please note Standard and Concession prices are the same for this event.

Recommended for families with children aged 6-12 years.

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After the show...

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The Island Brew House
The 90 year old heritage-listed Florence Hummerston Kiosk is home to the Island Brew House. We couldn't think of a more lovely setting for a family lunch after a WASO experience.

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Gusto Gelato
Delicious handcrafted, small-batch gelato made using artisan techniques learned in the Northern Italian town of Bologna.

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Perth's Carousel

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Passion project of local jeweller, Rohan Milne, the traditional Venetian Carousel was commissioned to share the experience with others in the community. Open weekends, weather permitting, best to message ahead.


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