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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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Classical Music Accolades

A night of celebration and achievement as WAAPA's music prizewinners showcase their extraordinary skills

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

Details

  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Ticket Price:$25 - $30
  • Music:Classical
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Event Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium
  • Type:Youth Art / Performance

Description

Every year, WAAPA's top classical musicians vie for a glittering series of performance prizes and scholarships. Tonight, the recipients dazzle you with their award-winning virtuosity.

Music Director: Tim White
Performed by: 2021 Music Prizewinners

Bookings open:
7th Sep - Friends
14th Sep - Public

Spooktacular!

This popular annual event celebrates Halloween, Christmas and the end of the year in one, fun-filled concert!

  • Dates:Oct 29
  • Time(s):7:30pm
  • Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium

Details

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

Description

It's the Symphonic Wind Orchestra in top musical form and crazy costumes as they play Johan de Meij’s modern classic Symphony No 1: Lord of the Rings, and a selection of seasonal favourites. Plus this year, for the first time ever, the winning composition from the SWE Overture Competition will be performed. Join in for a fabulous night of music, dress up in costume and win some prizes! Music Director: Phillip Everall, Performed by: Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Bookings open: 7th Sep - Friends, 14th Sep - Public

There'll Always be an England

Join Geoffrey Lancaster and James Huntingford as they play music by Haydn and Jan Landislav Dussek composed for the English-style piano

  • Dates:Oct 31
  • Time(s):3.00pm
  • Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium

Details

  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Ticket Price:$27 - $32
  • Music:Classical
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Event Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium

Description

This concert celebrates the return to WAAPA, following restoration, of a grand piano made by the English firm Broadwood & Sons in 1824 for the flautist in Haydn's London orchestra, Andrew Ashe. The program concludes with Carl Czerny's monumental arrangement for piano four hands of Beethoven's 5th Symphony.

 

Bookings open

7th Sep - Friends
14th Sep - Public

Landscape and Wonder

Music to touch your soul- Finnish conductor Dalia Stasevska conducts Sibelius’ Fifth Symphony.

  • Dates:Nov 5
  • Time(s):Opens 7:30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:WASO (Western Australia Symphony Orchestra)
  • Ticket Price:$30-$95
  • Music:Classical,Orchestral
  • Produced By:WASO: WA Symphony Orchestra
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Description

Finnish conductor Dalia Stasevska has rocketed to prominence in recent years, with her brilliant talent hailed worldwide. For her WASO debut, she conducts Sibelius’ Fifth Symphony, a work of unbridled orchestral ecstasy inspired by swans in flight and infused with lustrous images of the expansive Finnish landscape. Osvaldo Golijov’s Three Songs are also deeply emotional and poetic, filled with intimacy, intensity, and imagination. When performed by one of Australia’s finest singers, Sara Macliver, these sublime pieces will touch your soul.

Sergei PROKOFIEV Symphony No.1 Classical

Osvaldo GOLIJOV Three Songs for Soprano and Orchestra

Jean SIBELIUS Symphony No.5

Dalia Stasevska conductor Sara Macliver soprano

Chopin’s Piano with Aura Go

History comes to life as a cast of historical characters tell the tale of Chopin’s piano, their words set amongst a complete performance of his beloved Preludes.

  • Dates:Nov 8
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:Musica Viva
  • Ticket Price:$56 - $106
  • Music:Classical,Concert Tours,Orchestral
  • Produced By:Musica Viva
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Description

In the winter of 1838-9 Frédéric Chopin – along with his lover, the brilliant and pioneering writer George Sand – hunkered down in a former monastery in Majorca, determined to complete the set of 24 Preludes he had picked away at since 1836. 

The story of the primitive local instrument on which Chopin completed this great monument of the Romantic piano literature is key to this unique collaboration between director Richard Pyros, a yet to be announced actor, and pianist Aura Go – a Musica Viva FutureMaker, equipped with an astonishing palette and imagination. Drawing on an inspiring cast of real-life characters set amongst a complete performance of the Preludes, these three artists trace the rich history and ultimate fate of the Majorcan piano, in a dramatic mix of words and music, adapted from Paul Kildea’s book Chopin’s Piano. Their performance underlines the sheer originality of the Preludes, the enduring power of Chopin, and the changing nature of his music over time.

Artists:

AURA GO PIANO
TBC ACTOR
RICHARD PYROS DIRECTOR AND CO-ADAPTOR

PROGRAM –

CHOPIN 24 Preludes, Op. 28  (1835-39)

Last Night of the Proms: A Classical Spectacular

Bring your best voice and party spirit as WASO raises the roof at Perth Concert Hall with WASO’s annual barnstorm of flag-waving favourites.

  • Dates:Nov 12-13
  • Time(s):Opens 7:30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:WASO (Western Australia Symphony Orchestra)
  • Ticket Price:$30-$105
  • Music:Classical,Choral,Orchestral
  • Produced By:WASO: WA Symphony Orchestra
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Description

Join conductor Guy Noble, the WASO Chorus and special guests as we whip up a spectacular musical feast, complete with a cavalcade of classical hits and patriotic anthems. As always the concert comes to an unmissable end with the traditional ‘Last Night of the Proms’ sing-a-long including Jerusalem and Rule, Britannia.

Henry WOOD Fantasy on British Sea Songs arr.

Malcolm SARGENT Rule,

Britannia Hubert PARRY Jerusalem

Edward ELGAR Pomp and Circumstance No.1

Guy Noble conductor WASO Chorus

The Four Seasons: The Australian Chamber Orchestra

A sensory exploration of Vivaldi and the Middle East.

  • Dates:Nov 24
  • Time(s):7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:Perth Concert Hall
  • Ticket Price:$24 to $134
  • Music:Classical,Concerto
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Description

Each day that Vivaldi walked the streets of traversed the canals of Venice, a key port and global trade centre, it brought him into contact with a flurry of sounds, smells, languages and thought that were like no other in Europe. From the Otomman Empire and the vast depths of Arabic intellectual and cultural life, through to North Africa and what would become India, Venice was a community where design, food religion and the arts didn't just mingle, they absorbed and integrated. Vivaldi's much-loved bastion of western music, The Four Seasons, could only have emerged from the melting pot.

Caretaker of Lost Selves & View from the Magpie's Nest

Caretaker of Lost Selves & View from the Magpie's Nest ~ a double bill of music, dance & storytelling.

  • Dates:Friday 26 November
  • Time(s):4pm & 7:30pm
  • Venue:Albany Entertainment Centre

Details

  • Hosted By:Breaksea
  • Ticket Price:$39 Adults $34 Concession $16 Junior
  • Type:Community
  • Music:Choral,Classical
  • Performing Arts:Dance
  • Event Venue:Albany Entertainment Centre

Description

Commencing with welcome to country from Menang Noongar Elder Aunty Eliza Woods and Breaksea original 'Horizon' together with the children of the Mount Barker Community College Choir, Breaksea presents its double bill Caretaker of Lost Selves & View from the Magpie's Nest. View from the Magpie's Nest ~ an immersive movement piece choreographed by Emily O'Brien with beautiful narration by Naomi Lake performed by "Let's Shine" a performing group for people living with a disability. Caretaker of Lost Selves ~ a magical multi-arts experience where true stories weave a mysterious tapestry. A play with musical interludes, movement and projected visual art promises a feast for the eyes and the soul! With newly composed music performed live from Breaksea's Jonathan Brain featuring a huge and talented cast including Soprano Pia Adriana Harris, Tim Dunn, Rachael Colmer, Rita Cobussen & Great Southern community participants. Come and experience the power of Breaksea music, theatre and storytelling directed by Artistic Director Matt Reuben James Ward.

Miracles and Triumphs

Beethoven’s most popular symphony plus WASO’s blazing horns.

  • Dates:Nov 26 - 27
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:West Australian Symphony Orchestra
  • Ticket Price:$30 - $75
  • Produced By:WASO: WA Symphony Orchestra
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Music:Classical,Orchestral

Description

If Haydn was acclaimed as ‘the father of the symphony’, it is surely his most illustrious student, Beethoven, who thrust the symphony into the popular consciousness. The famous opening four notes of Beethoven’s Fifth launches an epic symphonic journey from tension to exuberant triumph. Schumann composed his Konzertstuck in 1849, one of the most blazingly creative and happy years of his life, and a sense of joyous euphoria infuses this super virtuosic showpiece.Joseph HAYDN Symphony No.96 The Miracle

Robert SCHUMANN Konzertstuck for Four Horns and Orchestra

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN Symphony No.5

Asher Fisch conductor

David Evans horn

Julia Brooke horn

Robert Gladstones horn

Francesco Lo Surdo horn

PRIMORDIAL - Gabriella Smart

Primordial is a unique merging of science and sound – a visceral listening experience that re-enacts the shifting of tectonic plates to form the Flinders Ranges.

  • Dates:November 26
  • Time(s):7.30pm - 8.30pm
  • Venue:WA Museum

Details

  • Hosted By:Tura & WA Museum
  • Ticket Price:$15 to $30 + BF
  • Music:Classical,Other Music,Concert Tours
  • Other:Museum events,Science
  • Event Venue:WA Museum Boola Bardip

Description

Presented by Tura New Music & WA Museum Boola Bardip Primordial is a unique merging of science and sound – a visceral listening experience that re-enacts the shifting of tectonic plates to form the Flinders Ranges. It's a journey through time to the first sign of life on earth with the appearance of the Ediacara fossils. The sonic world of PRIMORDIAL reflects the immense landscape of the Ediacara Fossil field on the edge of the Australian desert. Composer Constantine Koukias imagines the sound of shifting tectonic plates through manipulated piano preparations and electronics to create cascading waves of sound. The piano as we know it is reinvented, its resonance reflecting a haunting, fragile sound world. Gabriella Smart pounds and caresses the piano, cajoling beautiful and extraordinary prepared sounds that are symbiotic with Koukias' electronic score. ""Koukias' sharp and at times fragile music miraculously re?ected this vast landscape on the edge of the Australian desert" — Thomas Tamvakos, Archive of Greek Composers [2020] Piano: Gabriella Smart Music: Constantine Koukias (AUS/NETH) Tape Sound Design: Mischa Duncan te Pas Lighting Design: Jason James Event image: Ben D Woods

Mozart and Bruckner

Experience exquisite lyricism and raw power.

  • Dates:Dec 3-4
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:WASO
  • Ticket Price:From $30
  • Music:Classical
  • Produced By:WASO: WA Symphony Orchestra
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Description

We begin with Mozart’s much-loved Sinfonia Concertante for violin and viola. Together WASO Assistant Concertmaster Semra Lee-Smith and Principal Viola Daniel Schmitt will reveal this magical work’s beauty, poetry and brilliance.Bruckner said that his first symphony came to him in a dream, played by an angel. A breathtaking memorial to his idol, Richard Wagner, the Seventh is an emotional odyssey that scales triumphant peaks and plummets to dark valleys of sorrow. In the hands of maestro Johannes Fritzsch, this symphony will astonish you with its richness and raw power.

Handel's Messiah

The wonders of Handel’s Messiah are made almost endless when directed by Perth’s own brilliant choral director Dr Margaret Pride OAM and performed by Perth Symphonic Chorus and Perth Baroque Orchestra

  • Dates:Dec 18
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:Perth Concert Hall
  • Ticket Price:From $20.00
  • Music:Orchestral,Classical,Choral
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Description

Beginning with the evocative overture, the work progresses through three parts similar to an opera, the Nativity, Crucifixion and Redemption. Exquisite arias such as I Know That My Redeemer Liveth and Rejoice! are contrasted with majestic arias of enduring splendour such as The Trumpet Shall Sound and Thus Saith the Lord. Acclaimed WA soloists will bring these movements to life with outstanding virtuosity and musicianship. The real genius of this work, however, is revealed in the great and exhilarating choruses sung to perfection by the Perth Symphonic Chorus. 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. Without doubt one of the greatest oratorios ever written, the magnificence of Handel’s inspired writing is always uplifting and is a unique and wonderful gift for the Christmas Season 2021.

Conductor: Dr Margaret Pride OAM

Violin: Paul Wright

Perth Symphonic Chorus

Perth Baroque Orchestra

Inner Cities - Gabriella Smart

A five hour piano cycle for solo piano composed by Alvin Curran and performed by Gabriella Smart

  • Dates:Jan 22
  • Time(s):10am to 4pm
  • Venue:WA Museum

Details

  • Hosted By:Tura & WA Museum
  • Ticket Price:Free event
  • Type:Free
  • Music:Classical
  • Other:Museum events
  • Event Venue:WA Museum Boola Bardip

Description

Presented by Tura New Music & WA Museum Boola Bardip A slow listening experience... Come and go as you wish. Described by Alex Ross of the New Yorker as "vast and all-consuming", Inner Cities celebrates the great cities Alvin Curran has inhabited over a 20-year period. During the performance you're free to wander, absorbing the different architectural and acoustic perspectives of the Museum's space. People have been known to meditate, bring their yoga mat, or sit or lie down – you control your engagement with the artistic experience. Expectation of the formal tradition of concert-going is suspended, with a five-hour celebration of space, light, meditation, and transcendence of time beyond our normal conception. To be performed in a yet to be be revealed location within the walls of the new WA Museum Boola Bardip, you will be able to take time to listen and take in the buildings architecture. Saturday 22 January, 10am to 3pm WA Museum Boola Bardip, Perth Cultural Centre No registration required

Rite & Revolution - WA Youth Orchestra

The WA Youth Orchestra led by Benjamin Northey joins forces with celebrated Perth Choreographer Scott Elstermann in a symbiotic exploration of movement and sonority.

  • Dates:Saturday 22 January 2022
  • Time(s):7:30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:WA Youth Orchestras
  • Ticket Price:Standard $35 / Concession $25 (concession & senior card holders) / School Student $20 (18yrs & under)
  • Music:Classical,Orchestral
  • Type:Youth Art / Performance,Community
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Description

Rites, rituals & revolutions. Uniting movement and music in an empowering collaboration, and the first of its kind, the WA Youth Orchestra led by Benjamin Northey joins forces with celebrated Perth Choreographer Scott Elstermann in a symbiotic exploration of movement and sonority. A choreographed dance troupe will bring to life Stravinsky’s masterwork the The Rite of Spring and accomplished Western Australian composer Rebecca Erin Smith’s Foreigner or Foreigner. The concert will also feature Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet and Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Hiawatha Overture, Op.30

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 4, 2022
  • Time(s):2pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:AMCK Fine Entertainment
  • 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).