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2020 Ascot Racing Carnival


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Whether you’re a track regular or new to the sport, the 2020 Ascot Racing Carnival has something for everyone. Beginning with the Crown Perth Opening Day on October 10, the carnival runs all the way through to the TABtouch Perth Cup on January 2, 2021. With 10 key race days featuring world-class horse racing, each Carnival day has a specific theme allowing to select your ultimate race day experience.

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Celebrate with the gals on Champion Fillies Day, experience the trackside fashion on Melbourne Cup Day, or watch the finest thoroughbreds at their most powerful in thrilling races at the TABtouch Masters. 

The TABtouch Masters is like no other – three spectacular racedays across three weeks comprising of the Railway Stakes, Winterbottom Stakes and the Kingston Town Classic. 2020 marks the fifth edition of the world’s only single-track racing festival featuring a Group One race worth at least $1,000,000 on three consecutive Saturdays, showcasing national and international stars, complete with entertainment throughout the venue.

The Carnival with finish off with classy horseplay reimagined at the TABtouch Perth Cup Day, which will see the return of the Champagne Oasis, all-day canapes, pop-up food stations and their ultimate throwback festival event Tentland, featuring live entertainment, food, summer drinks and an epic Perth Cup atmosphere.

Your Guide to the Festival

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WAAPA Sax Festival

Celebrating 10 years of the Massed Sax Project, 2022 sees the launch of the inaugural WAAPA Saxophone Festival.

  • Dates:May 28 -29
  • Time(s):Vary
  • Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium

Details

  • Music:Jazz
  • Type:Festivals
  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Ticket Price:$13 - $20
  • Produced By:WAAPA

Description

Led by saxophone maestros Matt Styles and Jamie Oehlers with The ‘Phone Co., the WAAPA Sax Orchestra and special guests, this weekend event showcases the very best in all things ‘saxophone’. Players of all ages are invited to join the one-and-only Massed Sax Orchestra for not one, but two afternoons of collaborative music-making, culminating in a Sunday evening concert for family and friends. Open to anyone who has been playing the saxophone for 2 years or more, this is the only sax orchestra of its kind in Australia. Participants will play crazy-fun music, get tips from WAAPA’s best, and check out the latest in saxophones from the big sax brands. # Free Events Sat 2.30pm-5.30pm, Sun 1.00pm-5.30pm • Performances by WAAPA’s elite sax students 7.00pm • Workshops and masterclasses with Matt Styles, Jamie Oehlers and special guests • Professional Development education workshops • Massed Sax Orchestra rehearsals for registered participants # Ticket Events Sax Festival Gala Concert - 28 May - Experience astounding performances from WAAPA's saxophone staff and students. Marvel at the incredible virtuosity of Jamie Oehlers, Matt Styles and special guests as they present a gala concert featuring The ‘Phone Co. and the mighty combined WAAPA Sax Studio ensemble. Massed Sax Concert - 29 May - The WAAPA Saxophone Festival culminates in a fabulous concert featuring the mighty Massed Sax Orchestra with Matt Styles, Jamie Oehlers and The ‘Phone Co. Bringing together jazz, classical, contemporary and world music, this unique performance celebrates the power, versatility and sheer joy that only the saxophone can bring. Massed Sax Orchestra registration: https://www.trybooking.com/BWDBM

Caress/Ache

3rd Year Acting students performing the award-winning Australian playwright Suzie Miller’s Caress/Ache at Roundhouse Theatre.

  • Dates:Jun 9 - 11, 13 - 15
  • Time(s):7.30pm, Sat Jun 11, 2.00pm
  • Venue:Roundhouse Theatre

Details

  • Event Venue:Roundhouse Theatre
  • Performing Arts:Theatre
  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Ticket Price:$30 - $37
  • Produced By:WAAPA

Description

To touch or not to touch. A brilliant surgeon can no longer bear to touch the living. Two voices connect fleetingly over the phone. A desperate mother begs to embrace her son one last time. A young woman seeks atonement. Disparate lives interweave, intersect, collide and connect in the most unexpected of ways in award-winning Australian playwright Suzie Miller’s ode to human contact. “A compelling, fascinating and troubling work...” – Stage Noise Written by: Suzie Miller Directed by: Sandie Eldridge Performed by: 3rd Year Acting students Contains: Adult themes and violence; ages 15+

Mack & Mabel

Based on an idea by Leonard Spigelgass Book by Michael Stewart, WAAPA Music Theatre and Music students are taking the stage.

  • Dates:Jun 10, 11, 13, 14, 15 & 16
  • Time(s):7.30pm, Sat matinee 2.00pm, Wed matinee 2.00pm
  • Venue:His Majesty's Theatre

Details

  • Event Venue:His Majesty's Theatre
  • Performing Arts:Theatre
  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Ticket Price:$69 - $76
  • Produced By:WAAPA

Description

Jerry Herman, the award-winning composer and lyricist of Broadway hits Hello, Dolly!, Mame and La Cage aux Folles, takes the tumultuous real-life relationship between Hollywood silent movie director Mack Sennett and his star Mabel Normand and turns it into a classic musical studded with brilliant songs such as Time Heals Everything, I Won’t Send Roses, Wherever He Ain’t and Look What Happened to Mabel. Director: Crispin Taylor Music Director: Tim Cunniffe Choreographer: Jayne Smeulders Performed by: Music Theatre and Music students “A fascinating true story set in a rich milieu, a bounty of complicated characters, and a score that is among the best in musical theatre history.” – Stage Left *Contains: Mild adult themes; ages 12+

Rise

Spectacular ballets and contemporay dance performances from WAAPA students are taking the stage of Geoff Gibbs Theatre.

  • Dates:Jun 10, 11, 13, 14, 15 & 16
  • Time(s):7.30 pm, Sat Jun 11, 2.00pm
  • Venue:Geoff Gibbs Theatre

Details

  • Event Venue:Geoff Gibbs Theatre
  • Performing Arts:Dance,Ballet
  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Ticket Price:$23- $30
  • Produced By:WAAPA

Description

WAAPA's Head of Classical Dance Kim McCarthy combines forces with visiting artist Leanne Stojmenov, former Australian Ballet principal, to create A Peasant Suite, a delightful showcase of student skills that brings together the moments of heart and soul of some of your favourite ballets. Jenni Large, collaborative artist and former Dance North ensemble member, and Australian Dance Award winner Laura Boynes bring their considerable contemporary dance credits back to their alma mater to create two dynamic new works on the Contemporary Dance students. Choreographed by: Jenni Large, Laura Boynes and Kim McCarthy with Leanne Stojmenov Performed by: 2nd and 3rd Year Dance students

Starstruck 22

Starstruck this year presents the creative Music Artist students and their originals songs, arrangements and other acoustic music.

  • Dates:Jun 16
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:Rosemount Hotel

Details

  • Music:Pop,Jazz,Rock,Electronic,Country & Folk
  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Ticket Price:$15 online; $20 at door
  • Produced By:WAAPA

Description

Starstruck 2022 features WAAPA’s fabulously creative Music Artist students performing original songs, classic arrangements and a combo of acoustic and band-driven entertainment. The concert features Diploma and Advanced Diploma students presenting their creative collaborations which highlight their Music Artist journey. Music Director - Vinnie Crea Performed by Music Artist students # Booking - Friends booking open on 13 Apr - Public booking open on 20 Apr

The Space Inside

Vanessa Tomlinson - a sound artist, musician, composer and educator explores listening, space, density and beauty through the known and unknown.

  • Dates:Jul 28
  • Time(s):7.30
  • Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium

Details

  • Music:Other Music
  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Ticket Price:$23 - $30
  • Produced By:WAAPA

Description

Vanessa Tomlinson is a percussive artist dedicated to exploring how sound shapes our lives. She is an improviser, sound artist, musician, composer and educator, and the inaugural Director of Griffith University’s Creative Arts Research Institute. In this extraordinary performance, Tomlinson explores listening, spacialisation, density and beauty through the known and unknown, in works featuring text, percussion, paper and more! Performed by Vanessa Tomlinson (percussion) # Booking - Friends booking open on - Public booking open on

A Summit of Energies

A performance to celebrate the restoration of the legendary 1824 Broadwood & Sons grand piano.

  • Dates:Jul 31
  • Time(s):3pm
  • Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium

Details

  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Ticket Price:$25 - $32
  • Produced By:WAAPA

Description

The Broadwood grand returns to WAAPA! This concert celebrates the completed restoration of WAAPA’s 1824 Broadwood & Sons grand piano (an instrument once owned by Andrew Ashe, the flautist in Haydn's London orchestra). After two years of expert restoration in Belgium, this priceless instrument makes a triumphant return to the stage. Joseph Haydn's Sonata No. 51 in D major is heard alongside Jan Ladislav Dussek's Sonata in G major Op. 39 and Muzio Clementi's Capriccio in A major Op. 34, works written for the captivating sound of pianos made by Broadwood. The program concludes with Carl Czerny's monumental arrangement for piano four hands of Beethoven's Eroica Symphony, No. 3 in E-flat major, Op. 55. Performed by Geoffrey Lancaster and James Huntingford (fortepianos) # Booking - Friends booking open on 13 Apr - Public booking open on 20 Apr

The Music of the Bachs

Classical students and staff at ECU perform the masterpieces of Bach

  • Dates:Aug 4
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium

Details

  • Music:Classical
  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Ticket Price:$23 - $30
  • Produced By:WAAPA

Description

Of all the musical lineages, the Bachs of Thuringia are surely the most exceptional. From the sublime music of Johann Sebastian Bach himself to the highly fashionable ‘London Bach’ (Johann Christian), the wild ‘Berlin Bach’ (Carl Philipp Emanuel), and the music of JS Bach’s cousin, Johann Bernhard, this concert provides a sonic snapshot of an exceptional body of European music. Music Director - Stewart Smith Performed by Classical Music students and staff # Booking - Friends booking open on 20 Jul - Public booking open on 27 Jul

The Sky is the Limit

Daniel Susnjar, a multi award-winning drummer/composer leads the WAAPA Afro-Peruvian Ensemble bringing you the fusion of Afro-Peruvian music and contemporary jazz.

  • Dates:Aug 11
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:The Edith Spiegeltent

Details

  • Music:Jazz,World
  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Ticket Price:$13 - $ 20
  • Produced By:WAAPA

Description

With multi award-winning drummer/composer Daniel Susnjar at the helm, the WAAPA Afro-Peruvian Ensemble presents the joyous intersection of Afro-Peruvian music and contemporary jazz in a performance of thrilling cohesion, infectious rhythms and inspired original music. Music Director - Daniel Susnjar Performed by WAAPA Afro-Peruvian Ensemble # Booking - Friends booking open on 20 Jul - Public booking open on 27 Jul

Timothy Constable: Percussion Virtuoso

Timothy Constable from Sydney Symphony Orchestra takes you on a journey in sound, from Bach on marimba to Korean drumming and more.

  • Dates:Aug 11
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium

Details

  • Music:Classical
  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Ticket Price:$23 - $30
  • Produced By:WAAPA

Description

Percussion wizard Timothy Constable (Sydney Symphony Orchestra) astonishes audiences around the globe. As a solo performer, composer, and artistic director of Synergy Percussion, Constable’s bewitching performances are legendary. Join Constable on a thrilling journey in sound, from the beauty of JS Bach’s music played on marimba, to Korean drumming, and the untamed rhythmic power of Iannis Xenakis. Performed by Timothy Constable (percussion) # Booking - Friends booking open on 20 Jul - Public booking open on 27 Jul

The Inaugural Taryn Fiebig Award

The concert is showcased by the six finalists in the inaugural Taryn Fiebig Award

  • Dates:Aug 12
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium

Details

  • Music:Opera
  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Ticket Price:$23 - $30
  • Produced By:WAAPA

Description

Perth-born Taryn Fiebig was one of Australia’s leading sopranos, famed for her dazzling voice, versatility, charisma and radiant stage presence. This new award celebrates Taryn’s memory and legacy by supporting rising stars who combine singing and drama to create magical theatre. This concert showcases six magnificent finalists who compete for the inaugural Taryn Fiebig Award. Performed by Finalists of the 2022 Taryn Fiebig Award # Booking - Friends booking open on 20 Jul - Public booking open on 27 Jul

Warana Prize and the Moldau

Paul Wright, the Internationally-renowned Head of Strings leads the WAAPA Symphony Orchestra performing the masterworks "The Moldau and The High Castle" by Czech composer Bedrich Smetana.

  • Dates:Aug 20
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:The Ballroom - Government House

Details

  • Music:Classical
  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Ticket Price:$23 - $30
  • Produced By:WAAPA

Description

In a night of drama and superb musicianship, WAAPA’s three leading instrumentalists join the orchestra to battle it out in the final of the prestigious 2022 Warana Prize, with each student performing their favourite concerto movement. Internationally-renowned Head of Strings Paul Wright inspires the WAAPA Symphony Orchestra in Czech composer Bedrich Smetana's masterworks The Moldau and The High Castle. Music Directors - Peter Moore OAM & Paul Wright Performed by WAAPA Symphony Orchestra and soloists # Booking - Friends booking open on 20 Jul - Public booking open on 27 Jul

Dangerous Liaisons

WAAPA’s elite Indian Ocean Ensemble collaborate with The ‘Phone Co. and the Seven Seas Ensemble, bringing a unique new sounds and dynamic fusion.

  • Dates:Aug 25
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium

Details

  • Music:Chamber Music,Classical
  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Ticket Price:$23 - $30
  • Produced By:WAAPA

Description

Chamber music at its best! WAAPA’s elite Indian Ocean Ensemble teams up with The ‘Phone Co. and the Seven Seas Ensemble to create outstanding new sounds and explore dynamic new collaborations. Michael Torke’s pieces May and Four Proverbs feature in a night of chamber music overflowing with energy, passion and creativity. Dangerous liaisons indeed! Music Directors - Matt Styles & Tim White OAM Performed by Indian Ocean Ensemble, The ‘Phone Co. and Seven Seas Ensemble # Booking - Friends booking open on 20 Jul - Public booking open on 27 Jul

The New Tradition

WAAPA New Orleans Ensemble will bring you a modern version of jazz music by Louis Armstrong, Jelly-Roll Morton, Bix Beiderbecke and more.

  • Dates:Aug 25
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:The Edith Spiegeltent

Details

  • Music:Jazz
  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Ticket Price:$13 - $20
  • Produced By:WAAPA

Description

The WAAPA New Orleans Ensemble takes a modern look at the music of Louis Armstrong, Jelly-Roll Morton, Bix Beiderbecke and other giants of the jazz world. This is high-energy music with a mix of blues, swing and ragtime flavours. Come and check out the next generation of jazz musicians paying homage to the roots of traditional jazz. Music Director - Ricki Malet Performed by WAAPA New Orleans Ensemble # Booking - Friends booking open on 20 Jul - Public booking open on 27 Jul

The Folk Song Project

WAAPA Voice and Guitar students explore the diversity of folk song in beautiful compositions and arrangements from across time and around the globe.

  • Dates:Aug 28
  • Time(s):3pm
  • Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium

Details

  • Music:Country & Folk
  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Ticket Price:$23 - $30
  • Produced By:WAAPA

Description

What lovelier folksong combination is there than the human voice and the intimate tones of the guitar? Folk song transports us to the past while remaining meaningful to the present, and has inspired some of the greatest musical works of all time. Music Directors - Jonathan Paget Emma Matthews Performed by Classical Guitar and Classical Voice students # Booking - Friends booking open on 20 Jul - Public booking open on 27 Jul