Perth Symphony Orchestra brings new spin for REAF

The string section of the Perth Symphony Orchestra will be a Red Earth Arts Festival highlight when they perform in Karratha for the first time later this month.

The ensemble will put an orchestral twist on contemporary favourites such as Coldplay, Queen and Led Zeppelin in a free performance at The Quarter presented by the City of Karratha and Rio Tinto.

City of Karratha Mayor said the City was thrilled to host the orchestra and welcomed everyone to come along and attend the concert.

“This is the first time we have welcomed the Perth Symphony Orchestra to Karratha and we are very much looking forward to them performing an incredible repertoire of music right in our city-centre,” Cr Long said.

“Initially this event was booked out but we’ve decided to close off parts of Sharpe Avenue and Warambie Road so that more people can come along and take in this special night of free entertainment,” he said.

Rio Tinto general manager Communities Linda Dawson said this event provides a perfect mix of classical and contemporary, with the experience at the newly-opened Karratha Quarter to be one of a kind.

“Rio Tinto is pleased to see the continued development of creative cultural events like the Perth Symphony Orchestra evening under the stars,” Ms Dawson said.

“It’s positive to see events not typically delivered in regional areas being brought to the Pilbara to enable the community to have experiences of our metro counterparts, but with the beautiful climate and scenery of the Pilbara.”

Perth Symphony Orchestra Executive Director Bourby Webster said the ensemble was delighted to reach a new community.

“Thanks to the vision of the City of Karratha, and the sponsors of REAF, we are able to bring a new element to the Festival program by having our string section perform a program of contemporary music, re-worked for classical musicians. We have a passion for finding ways to engage new audiences with the sound of an orchestra, and we hope more than 1000 community members will experience a live string section in concert for the first time.”

REAF Orchestra begins at 6pm on Saturday 24 September and is free to attend. For more information visit

Those who have secured tickets for the lawn area should still bring these as this space will be reserved. Tickets are not required for other event areas.

This year’s festival is proudly presented by the City of Karratha alongside principal partner Rio Tinto with support from Pilbara Ports Authority, The Events Division of Tourism WA, Healthway, Act-Belong-Commit, Cleanaway, Ibis Styles, Kennard Hire and The Quarter.