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From Shubert to Star Wars, Mozart and Metallica, WA’s orchestras offer diverse year-round programs to delight young and old in traditional as well as 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, while WA Charity Orchestra is made up of more than 200 volunteers who aim to change lives through music.

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Musica Viva: Reconnect | Sara Macliver, St George's Cathedral Consort and Joseph Nolan

The acclaimed soprano Sara Macliver, organist Joseph Nolan and St George’s Cathedral Consort perform favourites by Handel and the Baroque masters that inspire for Musica Viva Australia.

  • Dates:Nov 23
  • Time(s):7:30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:Musica Viva
  • Venue Address:5 St George's Terrace
  • Ticket Price FROM:$40
  • Ticket price TO:$120
  • Produced By:Musica Viva
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Music:Classical,Choral

Description

Praised by ABC Classic for possessing a ‘pure, pitch perfect, silvery soprano’ that’s ‘instantly recognisable’, acclaimed soprano Sara Mcliver will return to the Perth stage for Musica Viva. Alongside her in this Baroque spectacle is renowned organist and director Joseph Nolan, the St George’s Cathedral Consort, and trumpeter Jenny Coleman.

British-Australian organist and choral conductor Nolan opens the programme with Bach’s virtuosic organ showpiece ‘Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV565’. Praised by Gramophone magazine for his ‘towering technique, vivid virtuosity and inspired interpretive insight’, he’s built a formidable reputation as a recording artist, producing over ten solo discs for Signum Records. Acclaimed Soprano Sara Mcliver will then join the stage for a range of vocal showpieces, demonstrating why she’s earned a reputation as one of the leading exponents of Baroque performance. Both will be supported by the St George’s Cathedral Consort, recognised as Western Australia’s premier mixed-voice choir.

Since Handel’s music was embraced by the upper echelons of British society in the eighteenth century, his music has scored the grandest celebrations, unifying audiences in its power to elevate and inspire. Among a rich catalogue of masterpieces, his ‘Eternal Source of Light Divine’ is regarded as one of his most inspired works, with its pristine vocal melody, accompanying sustained chords, and glistening trumpet obbligato creating a moment of ravishing beauty. Paired with the power of Bach, and serene selections from Renaissance masters, we welcome you to reconnect with live chamber music, in a programme of music that will inspire and uplift.

Scheherazade And Other Tales

Let the West Coast Philharmonic Orchestra take you on a magical ride through time, land and adventure in their debut performance at the Government House Ballroom.

  • Dates:Nov 28
  • Time(s):2pm & 7pm
  • Venue:Government House Ballroom

Details

  • Hosted By:West Coast Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Venue Address:13 St Georges Terrace, Perth, WA 6000
  • Ticket Price FROM:$15
  • Ticket price TO:$40
  • Music:Classical,Orchestral
  • Produced By:WACO: Western Australian Charity Orchestra
  • Event Venue:Government House Ballroom

Description

Come and experience some of Western Art music's finest compositions, introducing rising star soprano Bonnie de la Hunty and directed by Samuel Parry.
Wild Swans Suite -- Kats-Chernin
Scheherezade -- Rimsky-Korsakov
William Tell Overture -- Rossini

Christmas with HIP Company

Perth's exciting new Baroque ensemble, HIP Company, presents an evening of Early Music for Christmas time, in their first concert since their critically acclaimed launch.

  • Dates:Dec 4
  • Time(s):7:00pm
  • Venue:Christ Church Claremont

Details

  • Hosted By:HIP Company
  • Venue Address:Cnr Queenslea Dve & Stirling Hwy, Claremont WA 6010
  • Ticket Price:$50 (adult), $35 (concession), $25 (up to age 17)
  • Music:Classical

Description

An elegant evening of Early Music for the festive season.

HIP Company is an exciting collective of young professional musicians from Perth, Western Australia, who specialise in the performance of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century music on historical instruments.

'They are young, personable, and they make beautiful sounds...this is a very suave outfit that has arrived on the Perth stage.' (Seesaw Magazine)

Bonnie de la Hunty (soprano)
Sarah Papadopoulos (violin)
Krista Low (cello and viola da gamba)

Featuring special guest artists Aidan Deasy (lute) and Eliza McCracken (violin)

Join us as we journey through the Christmas story with festive trio sonatas by Corelli and Handel, brand new arrangement of favourite traditional carols, and some lesser known gems of the Baroque era.

Post-concert refreshments include wines from our Sponsorship Partner, Howard Park Wines.

 

Carols by Candlelight

It's just not Christmas without Carols by Candlelight!

  • Dates:Dec 5-6
  • Time(s):7:30pm
  • Venue:Redemptorist Monastery Church

Details

  • Hosted By:Perth Symphonic Chorus
  • Venue Address:190 Vincent St North Perth
  • Ticket Price FROM:$10
  • Ticket price TO:$39
  • Music:Choral,Classical,Other Music

Description

Gather your friends and family and please join us for Carols by Candlelight at the Redemptorist Monastery in North Perth. Experience the magic of Christmas with beautiful choral Christmas music sung by Perth Symphonic Chorus, community carols accompanied by a spectacular brass quintet, and children reading heart-warming Australian Christmas stories and poems.

As a special treat, our chamber choir will be singing Britten’s exquisite Ceremony of Carols, accompanied by talented harpist Eliza Bourgault.

Join us at interval for drinks and Christmas nibbles in the historic ambience of the wonderful heritage listed Redemptorist Monastery.

Saturday 5th December 2020 at 7:30pm
Sunday 6th December 2020 at 7:30pm

Redemptorist Monastery Church,190 Vincent St, North Perth
Tickets $10-$39 at trybooking.com/BMMYP

 

Brass On The Grass 2020

Established in 1898, enjoy the smooth sounds of the historic City of Perth Band as it performs Christmas concerts amidst balmy Perth evenings.

  • Dates:Dec 9
  • Time(s):5pm
  • Venue:Victoria Gardens

Details

  • Hosted By:City of Perth and East Perth Community Group
  • Venue Address:10 Royal St, Perth
  • Ticket Price:Free
  • Type:Community,Free
  • Music:Classical,Jazz

Description

On 9 December, don’t miss a special Brass on the Grass hosted by the City of Perth and East Perth Community Group.

Handel's Messiah

It's just not Christmas without Handel's Messiah!

  • Dates:Dec 19
  • Time(s):7:30pm to 10:10pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:Perth Concert Hall
  • Venue Address:5 St Georges Terrace Perth WA 6000
  • Ticket Price FROM:$20
  • Ticket price TO:$95
  • Music:Choral,Classical
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Description

For many concert-goers Christmas is not complete without hearing a performance of Handel’s Messiah.  Directed by Perth’s pre-eminent choral director Dr Margaret Pride OAM, acclaimed WA soloists, Sara Macliver, Fiona Campbell, Paul O’Neill and James Clayton will bring this work to life with outstanding virtuosity and musicianship.  

Handel’s real genius, however, is revealed in the great and exhilarating choruses sung to perfection by the Perth Symphonic Chorus and accompanied by the nationally recognised Perth Baroque Orchestra led by virtuoso violinist Paul Wright.

The sombre and hushed beauty of choruses like Since By Man Came Death are juxtaposed with the grandeur and impact of the climactic moments in the Hallelujah chorus and the final extended and thrilling Amen chorus.  

It is without doubt one of the greatest oratorios ever written.

Saturday 19th December 2020 at 7:30 - 10:10pm at Perth Concert Hall

Tickets: $20-$95 at https://www.perthconcerthall.com.au or call 08 9231 9999

Ben Folds with WASO

The piano pop maverick returns with all his hits!

  • Dates:Thu 28 & Fri 29 Jan 2021
  • Time(s):7:30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:West Australian Symphony Orchestra
  • Venue Address:5 St Georges Terrace, Perth WA 6000
  • Produced By:WASO: WA Symphony Orchestra
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Music:Classical,Orchestral,Pop,Gig Guide
  • SCOOP ADMIN ONLY:WASO Special event

Description

One of the major music influencers of his generation, piano pop sensation Ben Folds delivers a cavalcade of hits, like 'Landed', 'Capable of Anything', and 'Luckiest' fifteen years after his first ever orchestral concert right here in Perth.

The multi-platinum-selling artist has since released numerous collaboration records, and created music for film, TV and a Billboard chart-topping piano concerto. Folds, who currently serves as the first ever Artistic Advisor to the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, just recently released his first book, a memoir entitled 'A Dream About Lightning Bugs', described as a collection of interrelated essays and anecdotes about art, life, and music. He’s also currently touring Australia on a book promotion tour.

But there is no better way to experience one of the modern world’s most distinctive singer-songwriters than with the full power of WASO!

Sheku Kanneh-Mason & The Kanneh-Mason Family

See Sheku Kanneh-Mason and family live in Perth, following his mesmerising performance at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in 2018!

  • Dates:Aug 15 2021
  • Time(s):2pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:AMCK Fine Entertainment
  • Venue Address:5 St Georges Terrace, Perth, WA, 6000
  • Ticket Price FROM:$59
  • Ticket price TO:$119
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Music:Classical

Description

The winner of the BBC Young Musician award in 2016, and now one of the brightest stars in classical music, the brilliant cellist is also one of seven siblings, all instrumentalists, who have been described by Simon Cowell as the world’s most talented family.

On this, the first Australian tour by Sheku and the Kanneh-Masons, he will be joined by his sister Isata, now one of Britain’s leading young pianists, in a performance of greatly loved sonatas for cello and piano, and by the entire family in a programme of works by Chopin, Mozart, Saint Saëns, Fauré, Elgar and other popular composers.

The Kanneh-Masons are Isata, 23 (piano), Braimah, 21 (violin), Sheku, 20 (cello), Konya, 18 (piano and violin), Jeneba, 16 (piano and cello), Aminita, 13 (violin and piano), and Mariatu, 9 (cello and piano).