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Hooked on classics
Deep Blue Orchestra. Picture: AEC.

Regional touring specialists the DeepBlue Orchestra pride themselves on finding new ways to bring classical music to new audiences.

Touring WA until September 14, the Brisbane group of 16 players shuffle the likes of Radiohead, Queen, Corelli, Gotye and their own original music with lush strings and circus antics.

The ensemble formed through a 2005 Queensland University of Technology research project to reinvent the orchestra for the 21st century.

In each town DeepBlue visits, they run extensive community programs, including workshops, choral training, busking sessions and audience input into what they should play.

Young local musicians are sent music to learn so that they can particpate in the show, DeepBlue violinist Greta Kelly says.

"It's a way to connect to the audience and we also show a lot of young kids that there are different ways to approach music and have fun," Kelly says.

DeepBlue are part of an extensive line-up of music, theatre, comedy, visual art and other diversions in the three-week Red Earth Arts Festival, which opens today in Karratha and venues in the four other towns that comprise the Pilbara's Shire of Roebourne.

For the first time, the Fringe World Spiegeltent heads north to host Fringe on the Road, three nights of cabaret, comedy and burlesque on the closing weekend of REAF.

The Red Earth Arts Festival runs from today until September 24. Details:

The West Australian

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