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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.

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Celebrate! WAAPA Salutes ECU's 30th Anniversary

WAAPA proudly celebrates the 30th anniversary of Edith Cowan University with a showcase of the incredible talents and creativity of WAAPA's students, staff and alumni

  • Dates:Jul 30
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Ticket Price:$43-50
  • Music:Other Music
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Performing Arts:Dance,Theatre
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Description

WAAPA proudly celebrates the 30th anniversary of Edith Cowan University in a spectacular gala concert at the Perth Concert Hall. Showcasing the incredible talents and creativity of WAAPA’s students, staff and alumni, this performance extravaganza takes audiences on a rich and diverse journey through music, theatre and dance – with some very special guests and a few extra surprises along the way! Join us for an amazing party, as WAAPA celebrates 30 wonderful years at ECU and we look towards an exciting and inspiring future. Don’t miss this incredibly special event! Performed by: WAAPA students, staff, alumni and special guests

Italian Baroque

The new music of 17th century Italy – opera, sonatas, cantatas and oratorios – called upon singers and players to move the emotions of the audience.

  • Dates:Aug 12
  • Time(s):7:30pm
  • Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium

Details

  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Ticket Price:$23 - 30
  • Type:Youth Art / Performance
  • Music:Classical,Opera
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Event Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium

Description

With fire, virtuosity and passion, we present a glimpse of some of the finest music of that age. Excerpts from Monteverdi’s l’Orfeo and Carissimi’s oratorio Jepthe will be heard alongside instrumental music by Corelli and Uccellini. Music Director: Stewart Smith Performed by: Classical Music students and staff

Miraculous Mozart

Join us for an exhilarating exercise in musical time travel.

  • Dates:Aug 15
  • Time(s):3.00pm
  • Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium

Details

  • Ticket Price:$25-32
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Music:Classical
  • Event Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium

Description

Enjoy Mozart at his finest as Geoffrey Lancaster on fortepiano and Oscar’s Wild Quokkas – Helen Kruger (violin), Paul Wright (viola) and Noeleen Wright (cello) – present the Fortepiano Sonata in C major KV 330, the Piano Quartet No. 2 in E-flat major KV 493, and the premiere performance in Perth of Mozart’s Piano Quartet No. 3 in E-flat major KV 452. Performed by: Geoffrey Lancaster with Oscar's Wild Quokkas

Morning Melodies: Cool Classics

This spectacular seven-piece band of WAAPA graduates takes you back in time with vibrant pop hits from the 60s and 70s!

  • Dates:Aug 18
  • Time(s):11am
  • Venue:His Majesty's Theatre

Details

  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Ticket Price:$24-30
  • Type:Youth Art / Performance
  • Music:R&B,Pop
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Event Venue:His Majesty's Theatre

Description

Enjoy all-time favourite songs from a diverse range of genres, such as Joni Mitchell's Big Yellow Taxi, The Supremes' You Can't Hurry Love, Aretha Franklin's Natural Woman, and Simon and Garfunkel's Bridge Over Troubled Water, as well as hits from Carol King, David Bowie and The Beatles. Cool Classics is sure to get your feet tapping!

Music Director: Matt Allen

Performed by: Contemporary Music alumni

Journey in Swing

Join us for big band classics, vocal classics, and modern interpretations of some of the world’s most famous songs all in one entertaining performance.

  • Dates:Aug 19
  • Time(s):7:30pm
  • Venue:The Edith, Spiegeltent

Details

  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Ticket Price:$13 - $20
  • Music:Jazz
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Event Venue:The Edith Spiegeltent

Description

The WAAPA Big band is an 18-piece group that embraces the best music that big band has to offer. Music Director: Jeremy Greig Performed by: WAAPA Big Band Bookings open: 20th Jul - Friends 27th Jul - Public

Michael Goldschlager: The Cello Show

Internationally-renowned cello soloist Michael Goldschlager explores the gems of the solo cello repertoire, including works by JS Bach and others, in an audience-friendly presentation of masterworks.

  • Dates:Aug 20
  • Time(s):7:30pm
  • Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium

Details

  • Music:Classical
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Ticket Price:$23 - $30
  • Other:Lectures & Talks
  • Event Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium

Description

Goldschlager infuses the evening with stories, anecdotes and fascinating little-known information about the cello, and performs on his own magnificent instrument – made in France in 1780 for the court of Louis XVI.

Performed by: Michael Goldschlager

Bookings open: 20th Jul - Friends 27th Jul - Public

Generator 2021

See what's cooking in the next generation of performance makers at WAAPA in this evening of new works from the creative minds of our 2nd Year Performance Making students.

  • Dates:Aug 26-28
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:The Edith Spielgeltent

Details

  • Ticket Price:$20
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Event Venue:The Edith Spiegeltent
  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Performing Arts:Theatre

Description

There will be drama, politics and heart in this showcase of courageous and original devised performance. Devised and performed by: 2nd Year Performance Making Students

Music for 18 Musicians

Smashing musical boundaries, Steve Reich’s iconic Music for 18 Musicians is one of the defining works of the 20th century.

  • Dates:Aug 26 & 27
  • Time(s):7:30pm
  • Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium

Details

  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Ticket Price:$30
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Event Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium
  • Music:Classical,Other Music

Description

Bringing together Reich’s loves of classical music, African drumming, jazz and pop, 18 had an instant and overwhelming effect at its premiere. Its shimmering and rippling musical tapestry continues to have an appeal and significance that mesmerises audiences, transcends boundaries and defines ‘timeless’. Bookings open July 27.

Directed by: Tim White 
Performed by: Indian Ocean Ensemble

Radio Active Albany

Radio Active is a special, one-off performance presented at the beautiful Albany Entertainment Centre by the students of Albany Senior High School, Great Southern Grammar and WAAPA Contemporary Music.

  • Dates:Aug 27
  • Time(s):7:30pm
  • Venue:Albany Entertainment Centre

Details

  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Type:Youth Art / Performance
  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Ticket Price:$30 - $35
  • Music:Pop,Rock,R&B,Soul & Gospel
  • Event Venue:Albany Entertainment Centre

Description

It is the culmination of a series of workshops run over a week by the WAAPA Contemporary Music staff combining secondary and tertiary students, who present in one of WA's finest theatres. The performance covers a wide musical base from pop to rock, R'n'B to soul and funk classics in a spectacularly produced concert with a huge cast of talented young musicians and singers. Music Directors: Matt Allen and Ric Eastman Performed by: Contemporary Music students with Albany Senior High School and Great Southern Grammar students Bookings open: 20th Jul - Friends 20th Jul - Public

Chamber Music Spectacular

An enchanting evening of chamber music at its best!

  • Dates:Sep 2 & 3
  • Time(s):7:30pm
  • Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium

Details

  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Ticket Price:$23 - $30
  • Type:Youth Art / Performance
  • Music:Classical,Chamber Music
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Event Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium

Description

WAAPA’s leading instrumentalists join the Indian Ocean Ensemble to perform their favourite music – from the masterworks of JS Bach and Mozart through to sparkling new works filled with excitement and imagination. It’s a chamber music experience to warm the heart and delight the soul.

Music Directors: Paul Wright and Tim White

Performed by: Indian Ocean Ensemble

Bookings open: 20th Jul - Friends 27th Jul - Public

The Mingus Dynasty

WAAPA's Jazz students play a selection on Mingus' most famous works, tinged with soul, hard bop, gospel, free jazz and classical music, in an uplifting tribute concert to this American jazz legend.

  • Dates:Sep 2
  • Time(s):7:30pm
  • Venue:The Edith Spiegeltent

Details

  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Type:Youth Art / Performance
  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Ticket Price:$13 - $20
  • Music:Jazz
  • Event Venue:The Edith Spiegeltent

Description

Charles Mingus was a firebrand bandleader, virtuoso jazz musician and prolific composer. His music, with its rapid shifts in mood and tempo, blurred the boundaries between improvisation and composition. It is still very much alive and well today, influencing music artists all over the world.

Music Director: Pete Jeavons

Performed by: Mingus Ensemble

Bookings open: 20th Jul - Friends, 27th Jul - Public

Human Cannon

In the village of Estaroban during the Spanish Civil War, Agustina prepares to bury her dead baby.

  • Dates:Sep 9 - 11,13 - 15
  • Time(s):7.30pm; Sep 11 2.00pm
  • Venue:Enright Studio

Details

  • Ticket Price:$23-30
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Event Venue:Enright Studio
  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Performing Arts:Theatre

Description

As the violence around her escalates, Agustina takes the war into her own hands, and ends by herself becoming the most effective weapon in the armoury of revolution. *Content warning: contains violence, nudity, adult themes. Written by: Edward Bond Directed by: Lawrie Cullen-Tait Performed by: 2nd Year Acting Students

Torn Edge

Whether you listen to classical orchestras, jazz, pop, rock or Eastern-European folk music, this show will spin, twist and fuse the music you love to create an extraordinary palette of musical worlds

  • Dates:Sep 9
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium

Details

  • Hosted By:WAAPA ECU Mount Lawley
  • Ticket Price:$25 - $30
  • Music:Other Music,Classical,Jazz
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Event Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium

Description

Co-directed by PhD student Jazmin Ealden and inspired by WAAPA saxophone graduate Sean Hayes, this concert invites you to challenge your senses, broaden your musical horizons, and discover music you'll want to hear again and again!

Music Directors: Matt Styles and Jazmin Ealden
Performed by: Matt Styles with Classical, Jazz and Contemporary Music students, featuring The 'Phone Co. and The Sax Studio

Bookings open:
20th Jul - Friends
27th Jul - Public

Cabaret

Winner of multiple awards including 8 Oscars, 7 BAFTAs and 13 Tonys, Cabaret is one of the all-time greats of musical theatre.

  • Dates:Sep 10- 16
  • Time(s):2pm (matinee) or 7:30pm
  • Venue:WAAPA

Details

  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Ticket Price:$43-$50
  • Type:Youth Art / Performance
  • Performing Arts:Cabaret
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Event Venue:Roundhouse Theatre

Description

Welcome to the Kit Kat Klub, a seedy nightclub in 1930s Berlin, where the flamboyant Master of Ceremonies commands the action and singer Sally Bowles performs against a backdrop of rising Nazism and her own complicated love life. Book by: Joe Masteroff Music by: John Kander Lyrics by: Fred Ebb Director: Tamara Cook Music Director: David King Choreographer: Natalie Allen Performed by: 3rd Year Music Theatre and Music students

The Pirates of Penzance

Presented by the Classical Voice students, join us for a rollicking evening of toe-tapping operetta delight.

  • Dates:Sep 10 - 11, 13 - 16
  • Time(s):7:30pm
  • Venue:Geoff Gibbs Theatre

Details

  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Type:Youth Art / Performance
  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Ticket Price:$43 - $50
  • Music:Opera,Classical
  • Event Venue:Geoff Gibbs Theatre

Description

Confounding conundrums and perplexing paradoxes, this is the very model of the modern major musical! Gilbert and Sullivan’s most loved musical treasure is a rapturous tale of time-vexed lovers and pirates both of the land and sea.

Director: Brendan Hanson

Music Director: Burhan Güner

Performed by: Classical Voice students with the WAAPA Symphony Orchestra

Bookings open: 20th Jul - Friends 27th Jul - Public