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Classical Music in Perth 


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From Schubert to Star Wars, Mozart to Metallica and Bach to Bowie, WA’s orchestras and classical ensembles offer diverse programs year-round, delighting both young and old in traditional and unexpected settings state-wide. The West Australian Symphony Orchestra is WA’s largest and busiest performing arts organisation comprising a resident company of full-time, professional musicians, Perth Symphony Orchestra challenges traditional ideas of classical performance, whilst the WA Charity Orchestra is made up of more than 200 volunteers who aim to change lives through music.

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WA also boasts a talented choral music scene, featuring a selection of high quality choirs including the St George’s Cathedral Consort, Voyces and the Giovanni Consort. Emerging artists and composers are trained at one of two top institutions, the WA Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) and the UWA Conservatorium of Music. These institutions present an array of concerts and performances each year, and represent the up-and-coming talent the state has to offer.

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Konstantin Shamray

The beauty and emotional intensity of Russian music lies at the heart of this deeply moving program, brought to life by pianist Konstantin Shamray and the ANAM Orchestra led by Sophie Rowell.

  • Dates:May 3
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:Musica Viva
  • Music:Classical
  • Produced By:Musica Viva
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Description

As a 15-year-old student nearing the end of his first year at the Vienna Conservatory, Gustav Mahler composed one movement of a piano quartet, a work that always gives the impression that something bigger is struggling to emerge. Following Mahler’s own tradition of enlarging certain chamber pieces, this program includes an orchestration of the quartet, made by the outstanding violinist Harry Ward: an ANAM alumnus and a Musica Viva FutureMaker.

Alfred Schnittke was keenly aware of his Soviet/German musical heritage, even as he stomped on it in heavy boots. Yet his piano concerto is a touching affirmation of his artistic roots, and his affection for Tchaikovsky makes the two Russians good bedfellows, the elder’s Serenade here prefaced by Estonian composer Mihkel Kerem’s Lamento, a work of searing beauty.

ANAM’s ensemble of wonderful young string players is directed with equal verve by the terrific Sophie Rowell, one of Australia’s most admired instrumentalists. They are joined onstage by Adelaide’s brilliant, Russian-trained Konstantin Shamray.

Sound Spectrum 2021.1

Composition and Music Technology's mini-festival of new sounds showcases students and staff in five nights of original music.

  • Dates:May 3, 4, 5 & 7
  • Time(s):7:30pm
  • Venue:ECU's Spectrum Project Space

Details

  • Music:Classical,Other Music,Electronic
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Type:Youth Art / Performance
  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Ticket Price:$23 - $30

Description

Hear experimental acoustic and electronic music performances, installations, audio visual works, DJ artists and world premieres from the West Australian Laptop Orchestra, ECUatorial, Listener Ensemble, Shock Of The New and more. Music Director: Lindsay Vickery Performed by: Composition and Music Technology students and staff

The Warana Prize & Romeo & Juliet

A night of drama and superb musicianship as each student performs their favourite concerto movement and battle it out in the final of the prestigious 2021 Warana Prize

  • Dates:May 7 & 8
  • Time(s):7:30
  • Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium

Details

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

Description

WAAPA’s three leading instrumentalists join the WAAPA Symphony Orchestra to fight for the Warana Prize. Internationally-renowned conductor Peter Moore OAM also leads the orchestra through Elena Kats-Chernin's ravishing Wild Swans Suite and Sergei Prokofiev's thrilling music for Romeo and Juliet, an extraordinary musical tale of doomed love. A wonderful evening of orchestral music at its best. Bookings open now. 

Music Director: Peter Moore OAM
Performed by: WAAPA Symphony Orchestra and Warana Prize finalists

Let Us Dance

HIP Company presents an exciting and immersive concert experience exploring the centrality of dance in Baroque music.

  • Dates:Apr 24
  • Time(s):7:30pm
  • Venue:Montgomery Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:HIP Company
  • Ticket Price:$45-$60
  • Music:Classical
  • Performing Arts:Dance

Description

The music will be complimented by a re-imagining of historical dances by Perth-based choreographer Andries Weidemann. HIP Company is Bonnie de la Hunty (soprano), Sarah Papadopoulos (violin) and Krista Low ('cello). Guest artists: Stewart Smith (harpsichord), Andrew Skinner (flute) and Jet Kye Chong (percussion). Post-concert refreshments sponsored by Howard Park Wines. Made possible by the generous support of the Department of Local Government, Sports and Culture of Western Australia.

Rossini's Perfect Pairing

Immerse yourself in Perth’s most unique foodie experience! Rossini’s Perfect Pairing at Brookfield Place brings together some of Perth’s most creative culinary talent with the West Australian Opera.

  • Dates:Apr 27 & 28
  • Time(s):6.30pm - 8.30pm
  • Venue:Multiple Brookfield Place Venues

Details

  • Hosted By:Brookfield Place
  • Ticket Price:$110 per person
  • Music:Classical,Opera
  • Food & Drink:Degustation,Restaurant Events

Description

A gastronomic journey inspired by the hilarity of The Barber of Seville, the night weaves a selection of exclusive performances from West Australian Opera with a progressive tasting through award-winning venues at Brookfield Place Perth. Taking creative cues from Rossini’s famed work, a tale of a “matchmaking barber with more skills than just cutting hair and pulling teeth,” our talented chefs and bartenders have a rich seam of inspiration from which to work. This exciting casual event moves through Bar Lafayette, Print Hall, The Heritage Wine Bar, W. Churchill and Bobeche. Each venue will serve up an inspired cocktail or wine offering with three of our venues also matching against an entrée course with an operatic twist and operatic performances. Food writer and critic, Max Brearley, returns as curator and host, following sell out progressive dining events over the past two years. Tickets are strictly limited and anticipated to sell out fast. Secure your tickets and book now. Session 1 Date: Tuesday 27 April 2021 Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm Tickets: $110 per person Meeting location: Bar Lafayette (meet at 6.15pm) Session 2 Date: Wednesday 28 April 2021 Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm Tickets: $110 per person Meeting location: Bar Lafayette (meet at 6.15pm)

Harmony of the Spheres - Space Music

Film. Music. Discovery. The final frontier...

  • Dates:Apr 29 & 30
  • Time(s):7.00pm
  • Venue:Girls School East Perth

Details

  • Hosted By:Australian Baroque
  • Type:Youth Art / Performance
  • Music:String Quartet,Orchestral,Classical,Concerto
  • Event Venue:Girls School

Description

The 'Harmony of the Spheres' was a concept very much alive in the early Baroque times and was a potent catalyst for creativity among musicians and astronomers alike. In this special presentation, made possible by the sponsorship of the City of Perth, multi-sensory celebration of space exploration is presented by English astrophysicist and planetary geologist, Dr Antony Brian, and paired with mind-blowing NASA images and music inspired by stars and space.

Diary of a Couch Diva

After a cancelled Fringe season due to the Covid-19 Lockdown, Diary of a Couch Diva is back with an extended show filled with smash hit opera tunes , music theatre and a bit of drama!

  • Time(s):Apr 30, May 1, 7 & 8: 7:30pm; May 2: 2:30pm
  • Venue:Camelot Theatre
  • Dates:Apr 30, May 1, 2, 7 & 8

Details

  • Ticket Price:A Reserve $58, B Reserve $48
  • Type:Youth Art / Performance
  • Music:Classical,Opera
  • Hosted By:Couch Opera

Description

Starring Magda Lisek and Yann Kee, as well as Jun Zhang and Matthew Dixon, Diary of a Couch Diva is sure to take you out of your Covid misery. Two divas with their bright futures planned for the year ahead find themselves sitting on their couch with their diaries empty due to Covid-19. But not all is as it seems. Find yourself transported to the world of opera and musical theatre as Couch Opera Live takes you on a journey through the Diary of A Couch Diva!

Written & Directed by Gregory Yurisich. Music Director Michael Schouten

Opera in the Pinnacles

West Australian Opera is proud to present Opera in the Pinnacles, in the iconic location of Nambung National Park.

  • Dates:May 1
  • Time(s):6pm
  • Venue:The Pinnacles Desert

Details

  • Hosted By:WA Opera
  • Ticket Price:$19 - 39
  • Music:Classical,Opera
  • Type:Community

Description

Be moved by the powerful voices of West Australian Opera artists in this immersive opera experience under the starry sky and on the deserts sands. Sing along to showstopping arias in a concert of well-known operatic hits. This is an event experience for the entire family to enjoy.

Let showstopping arias sweep you away in a concert of well-known operatic hits the entire family will enjoy. Opera in the Pinnacles is proudly supported by WAO Principal Partner Wesfarmers Arts, the Minderoo Foundation, Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development and the Shire of Dandaragan.

Date and running times 6.00pm Saturday 1 May 2021 6.00pm – Concert commences 6.50pm – Interval (30 minutes) 7.20pm – Concert resumes 8.00pm – Concert concludes Booking link www.waopera.asn.au/shows/events/opera-in-the-pinnacles/

 

Songs Among Friends

Join us for an evening of rare and stirring choral music, presented by and for friends.

  • Dates:May 1
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:St Andrew's Church

Details

  • Hosted By:Songs Among Friends
  • Ticket Price:$20
  • Music:Choral,Classical

Description

We are thrilled to invite you to an evening of rare and stirring choral music, presented by and for friends. The program includes striking works from the 20th and 21st centuries, including lesser known pieces by Edward Elgar, Herbert Howells, and Francis Poulenc, alongside contemporary works by women including Judith Weir, Sarah Quartel and Kerry Andrew. Join us for an intimate evening of choral music sung to the highest standard - we're looking forward to seeing you there!

Australian String Quartet: Close Quarters

Come and burn the midnight oil (a few hours before midnight) in the charming 1884 heritage-listed Old Kerosene Store that is now the Kidogo Arthouse.

  • Dates:May 5
  • Time(s):5.30pm; 7.30pm
  • Venue:Kidogo Arthouse

Details

  • Ticket Price:$25
  • Hosted By:Australian String Quartet
  • Music:Classical,String Quartet

Description

The Close Quarters series takes chamber music out of the concert hall and into smaller, charming, and intimate spaces. Get up close to us and the music, as we play movements, excerpts and selections of music that is currently under our fingers. It’s a varied and unpredictable musical journey that can shift and change on the whim of the Fremantle Doctor!

Tsitsanis, Hatzidakis, Xarchakos & Theodorakis: Celebrating 200 Years of Greek Independence

Songs of revolution, liberation and empowerment, featuring international artist Dimitris Basis, a Greek band, and a symphony orchestra and choir, conducted by George Ellis.

  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Dates:May 7
  • Time(s):7:30pm

Details

  • Music:World,Classical,Orchestral
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Hosted By:NK Entertainment Pty Ltd
  • Ticket Price:$49 - $110

Description

Two hundred years ago, in 1821, Greeks rose in revolt against the mighty Ottoman Empire, which had dominated their land for centuries. The Revolution of 1821 led to the establishment of an independent, internationally recognised Greek kingdom in 1832. Always, from before the Revolution to the present day, music and song have inspired Greek people to struggle for a better world and to honour those who have given their lives for the cause. To mark the 200th anniversary of the beginning of the Greek War of Independence, we bring you a concert with songs of revolution, liberation and empowerment created over several decades by four great composers of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries: Vassilis Tsitsanis, Manos Hatzidakis, Stavros Xarchakos and Mikis Theodorakis. The concert will feature international artist Dimitris Basis, together with a Greek band and a symphony orchestra, under the direction of conductor George Ellis.

Massed Sax

The biggest saxophone event of its kind in Australia. Saxophone players from every corner of Western Australia and beyond to join in a celebration of the world’s most versatile instrument.

  • Dates:May 9
  • Time(s):7pm
  • Venue:Geoff Gibbs Theatre

Details

  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Ticket Price:$30
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Event Venue:Geoff Gibbs Theatre
  • Music:Classical,Jazz

Description

The Massed Sax project returns to WAAPA in 2021! Led by WAAPA saxophone lecturer Matt Styles and The 'Phone Co., this is an event where the saxophone brings together jazz, classical, contemporary and world music. Bookings open now.

Sax players are invited to register as a participant of the event. All-day workshops for participants are also available. To register your interest as a participant, please contact Elly Welch at [email protected]

Music Director: Matt Styles
Performed by: Matt Styles, The 'Phone Co., and the Massed Sax Orchestra

Super Nova

An electrifying celebration of the art of percussion!

  • Dates:May 13-15
  • 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,World

Description

Mercurial composer, performer and conductor David Pye has transformed the art of percussion in WA. Sparks fly as Pye leads Defying Gravity into a magical world of sound, rhythm and groove – using marimbas, vibraphones and a kaleidoscope of exotic percussion instruments. You’ll also hear percussion masterworks by Edgard Varèse and Iannis Xenakis, plus Brazilian samba. Bookings open April 20.

Directed by: Tim White 
Performed by: Defying Gravity with David Pye

Earth, Sea and Sky: Australian Guitar

Combining performances of new and recent Australian guitar works with readings of poems by acclaimed poet Glen Phillips

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

Details

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

Description

The creative vision of new Australian music for the guitar is one that is expansive and poetic, adapting to the inspiring vistas of our picturesque landscapes and the oddities of our unique natural environment. This event combines performances of new and recent Australian guitar works with readings of poems by acclaimed poet Glen Phillips – a poet renowned for his expressive depictions of uniquely Western Australian settings. Works include guitar solos and chamber works performed by WAAPA students, staff and selected special guest artists. Music Director: Jonathan Paget Performed by: Guitar students and staff with Glen Philips and guest artists

American Beauty

A program of sensational string chamber music, directed by Paul Wright and headlined by Aaron Copland’s thrilling Clarinet Concerto performed by WAAPA’s Head of Woodwind, Philip Everall.

  • Dates:May 21
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium

Details

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

Description

Composed for the renowned jazz clarinettist Benny Goodman, the work showcases Latin-American rhythms and a virtuosic cadenza. This modern American beauty complements Tchaikovsky’s romantic String Sextet ‘Souvenir de Florence’, written as a tribute to the composer’s favourite European city, plus other string chamber gems. Music Director: Paul Wright Performed by: String Camerata with Philip Everall