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Classical Music in Perth and WA

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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WAAPA launches 2020 program in its 40th year

WAAPA launches 2020 program in its 40th year

Last Wednesday night in the Richard Gill Auditorium at Edith Cowan University’s Mount Lawley campus, WAAPA’s new Executive Dean, David...
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UK conductor Charles Hazlewood joins Perth Symphony Orchestra as Artistic Patron

UK conductor Charles Hazlewood joins Perth Symphony Orchestra as Artistic Patron

Perth Symphony Orchestra has announced that international conductor and self-proclaimed music revolutionary, Charles Hazlewood will step on board as ‘Artistic...
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WASO promises a bold 2020 program

WASO promises a bold 2020 program

The West Australian Symphony Orchestra has curated a momentous and eclectic line up for the new year. With over 80...
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Experience Mozart by Candlelight with Perth Symphony Orchestra

Experience Mozart by Candlelight with Perth Symphony Orchestra

Set in the stunning St George’s Cathedral, flooded by candlelight, Perth Symphony Orchestra will bring to life the music of...
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Piano Battle is heading to Perth Concert Hall

Piano Battle is heading to Perth Concert Hall

Piano Battle started more or less by accident – with only one concert slot left at the Hong Kong City...
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WASO presents a free evening of classical music at Claremont Park

WASO presents a free evening of classical music at Claremont Park

The Town of Claremont presents “A Night on Bay View”, a free performance on March 9th from 5pm – 8pm in...
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Award winning soloists join WACO for a night of classical favourites

Award winning soloists join WACO for a night of classical favourites

World-renowned soloists join the WA Charity Orchestra, under the direction of Samuel Parry, at Perth Concert Hall this Saturday, February...
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WASO Announces 2019 Program

WASO Announces 2019 Program

WASO has designed a program for 2019 that is bound to set your heart racing with extraordinary music and exhilarating...
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Guides


WASO's Summer Classics

WASO is taking the temperature up a notch! Conductor Benjamin Northey brings the sunny, unstoppable good vibes to lead WASO and special guests through a concert program bursting with classical hits.

  • Dates:Jan 31 & Feb 2
  • Time(s):7:30pm, Friday 31 January & 2pm, Sunday 2 February
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:West Australian Symphony Orchestra
  • Venue Address:5 St Georges Terrace, Perth WA 6000
  • Ticket Price FROM:$30
  • Ticket price TO:$104
  • Type:Classical Music
  • Produced By:WASO: WA Symphony Orchestra
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Music:Classical
  • SCOOP ADMIN ONLY:WASO Special event
  • Audience:Adults

Description

You can smell the coconut oil, taste the salty air, and feel the sand between your toes.

But before the Freo Doctor comes in, WASO is taking the temperature up a notch! Conductor Benjamin Northey brings the sunny, unstoppable good vibes to lead WASO and special guests through a concert program bursting with classical hits.

From Vivaldi to Gershwin and Ravel, we’ve pulled out all the stops, so come on down, grab a drink and relax with the perfect addition to your summer soundtrack.

A Sea Symphony - Western Australian Charity Orchestra

The Western Australian Charity Orchestra invites you to set sail on a musical journey over the seas!

  • Dates:Feb 1
  • Time(s):7:30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:Perth Concert Hall and the Western Australian Charity Orchestra
  • Venue Address:5 St Georges Terrace, Perth WA 6000
  • Ticket Price FROM:$10
  • Ticket price TO:$324.50
  • Type:Classical Music
  • Audience:Family-Friendly
  • Produced By:WACO: Western Australian Charity Orchestra
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Music:Classical,Concerto,Orchestral

Description

Experience an evening of wondrous music inspired by the world’s oceans, waves, ships and those who journey on them.

 

PROGRAM:

The Little Mermaid Suite Menken

La Mer Debussy

A Sea Symphony Vaughan Williams

 

ARTISTS:

Katja Webb Soprano

Kristin Bowtell Baritone

Western Australian Charity Orchestra and Choir directed by Samuel Parry

A Night On Bay View

A romantic evening under the stars with a special concert of songs and symphony performed by the West Australian Symphony Orchestra!

  • Dates:Feb 15
  • Time(s):7pm - 9pm
  • Venue:Claremont Park

Details

  • Hosted By:Town of Claremont
  • Venue Address:Claremont Park, Claremont WA 6010
  • Ticket Price:FREE
  • Type:Classical Music,Free,Music
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly,For seniors
  • Produced By:WASO: WA Symphony Orchestra
  • Music:Classical,Free

Description

Join us for a romantic evening under the stars with a very special concert of songs and symphony performed by the West Australian Symphony Orchestra (WASO).

Inspired by love, WASO will take to the stage with a rousing program of music from some of the most loved composers of all time, including Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Mendelssohn and Dvorak.

The full force of WASO will be joined by jazz vocalist Ali Bodycoat and up-and-coming young cellist Max Wung.

This promises to be a truly stunning evening, and a rare opportunity to see WASO play a free outdoor concert, so make sure you’re there!

Food trucks and picnicking open at 6pm, with the concert starting at 7pm.

Claremont Park is on a number of bus routes and only a short walk from Claremont train station, so we encourage you to walk, cycle, or use public transport if you can. If you do need to drive, parking is available in the Claremont Town Centre.

This is a free event for the whole community.

Past, Present & Future

With a repertoire spanning centuries, continents and genres, Slava and Leonard Grigoryan are justifiably regarded as Australia’s finest classical guitarists.

  • Dates:Feb 15
  • Time(s):3pm | Duration 60 mins
  • Venue:Winthrop Hall
  • Festivals:Perth Festival 2020

Details

  • Hosted By:Perth Festival
  • Venue Address:Winthrop Hall, 35 Stirling Hwy, Crawley WA 6009
  • Ticket Price:$39
  • Type:Music
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly,For seniors,Wheelchair Access
  • Event Venue:Winthrop Hall
  • Music:Classical

Description

Their musical telepathy is legendary, as is their ability to draw emotion from every note. In a Festival focussed on honouring traditions, the Grigoryans pay homage to the influences that have shaped them - from Bach to Handel to Towner and their father Edward.

Quartet & Country

In this special series of four concerts, the Australian String Quartet (ASQ) perform all six of Beethoven’s effervescent Op 18 quartets and match them with works from Australian Indigenous composers.

  • Dates:Feb 15 - 16
  • Time(s):Sat 11am ASQ with Lou Bennett | Sat 5pm ASQ with William Barton | Sun 12pm ASQ with Stephen Pigram | Sun 4pm ASQ with Roma Winmar | Duration 60 – 70mins
  • Venue:Winthrop Hall
  • Festivals:Perth Festival 2020

Details

  • Hosted By:Perth Festival
  • Venue Address:Winthrop Hall, 35 Stirling Hwy, Crawley WA 6009
  • Ticket Price:$39
  • Type:Music
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly,For seniors,Wheelchair Access
  • Event Venue:Winthrop Hall
  • Music:Classical,String Quartet

Description

In a project called Quartet & Country, the composers and quartet have collaborated to bring the songlines and stories of this vast country into conversation with the masterworks of the European musical canon. Singer Dr Lou Bennett AM, didgeridoo master William Barton, Broome music icon Stephen Pigram and Noongar elder Roma 'Yibiyung' Winmar bring stories from the four corners of this continent and in doing so, ground the great European string quartet tradition in this country. The works have been rapturously received whenever performed and are the centrepiece of the Chamber Music Weekend.

And Outside...

In the convivial moments between concerts, enjoy music throughout the gardens and foyers of the Chamber Music Weekend precinct.

  • Dates:Feb 15 & 16
  • Time(s):Sat 15 Feb 10am – 5pm | Sun 16 Feb 11am – 4pm
  • Venue:Tropical Grove and Surrounds
  • Festivals:Perth Festival 2020

Details

  • Hosted By:Perth Festival
  • Venue Address:Tropical Grove, 35 Stirling Highway, Crawley, WA 6009 Australia
  • Ticket Price:Free
  • Type:Free,Music
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly,For seniors
  • Event Venue:UWA
  • Music:Classical,Free

Description

Nestled amongst the trees of the Tropical Grove, experience a serene escape as you're serenaded by every slow movement of every Beethoven Piano Sonata. Performed by some of Perth’s finest pianists, the gently echoing piano sounds will mix with local birdsong in a free offering that brings together the pastoral themes in Beethoven’s work and the beauty of the natural environment on Noongar Boodjar. Other free highlights include Voyces lighting up the foyer of Winthrop Hall, relaxed jazz at the end of each day and William Barton performing with a Bavarian brass band!

Garrick Ohlsson

A man, a piano, and you. Garrick Ohlsson is a revered American pianist, a master of the intimate art of the solo recital.

  • Dates:Feb 16
  • Time(s):6.30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Festivals:Perth Festival 2020

Details

  • Hosted By:Music Viva Australia
  • Venue Address:Perth Concert Hall, 5 St Georges Terrace Perth WA 6000
  • Ticket Price FROM:$59
  • Ticket price TO:$112
  • Type:Classical Music,Music
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly,Wheelchair Access,For seniors
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Music:Classical

Description

His commanding presence – very tall, and with one of the largest hand-spans of any pianist – is at odds with the delicacy and finesse for which he’s famous. Half a tonne of glossy black wood and gleaming metal becomes a time machine, allowing the music of his favourite composers to speak to us with uncluttered immediacy. If you just want to hear good music beautifully performed, this is an ideal opportunity.

"Ohlsson is one of the great American pianists" - The Washington Post 

Beethoven’s Archduke

‘The sense of joy in music making is a hallmark of Seraphim Trio’s playing.’ - CLASSIC MELBOURNE

  • Dates:Feb 16
  • Time(s):2pm | Duration 60 mins
  • Venue:Winthrop Hall
  • Festivals:Perth Festival 2020

Details

  • Hosted By:Perth Festival
  • Venue Address:Winthrop Hall, 35 Stirling Hwy, Crawley WA 6009
  • Ticket Price:$39
  • Type:Music
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly,For seniors,Wheelchair Access
  • Event Venue:Winthrop Hall
  • Music:Classical

Description

This concert continues the Festival’s celebration of 250 years since the birth of the great iconoclast Beethoven. The Seraphim Trio are one of Australia’s finest classical ensembles and their program features Beethoven’s monumental Piano Trio Op 97. The Archduke, paired with Richard Mills’ beautifully evocative Portraits & Memories.

Beethoven's Fidelio

Beethoven's only opera blazes with heroism.

  • Dates:Feb 28 & Mar 1
  • Time(s):28 Feb 7.00pm | 1 Mar 2.00pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Festivals:Perth Festival 2020

Details

  • Hosted By:West Australian Symphony Orchestra and Perth Festival commission presented in association with West Australian Opera
  • Venue Address:Perth Concert Hall, 5 St Georges Terrace, Perth WA 6000
  • Ticket Price FROM:$30
  • Ticket price TO:$175
  • Type:Classical Music,Music
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly,For teens 13-17,For seniors
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Music:Classical
  • Produced By:WASO: WA Symphony Orchestra

Description

Chained in a secret dungeon, an innocent man awaits certain death. But in Beethoven’s ode to love, risk and triumph, there is one prison guard who holds the key to his fate. Fidelio is the uplifting tale of Leonore, a heroic woman who creates a daring plan to free her husband from wrongful imprisonment, and the tyranny that put him there.

Under the direction of Asher Fisch, Beethoven’s score blazes with soul-stirring emotion in this concert production of a work rarely performed in Perth. German soprano Christiane Libor delivers a mighty, no-holds-barred performance as Leonore, leading one of the finest casts ever assembled in Australia.

Celebrating the 250th anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven’s birth, Fidelio is presented as a hallmark work of the 2020 Perth Festival. Featuring the full force of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, the West Australian Opera Chorus and WASO Chorus with narrator Eryn Jean Norvill, this once in a generation retelling of one of the most inspiring stories ever set to music is completely unmissable.

Opera in concert sung in German with English subtitles

Ben Folds with WASO

The piano pop maverick returns with all his hits!

  • Dates:Mar 16 & 17
  • Time(s):7:30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

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

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!

Naked Classics: Playing With Fire

Feel the burn as part of WASO's Naked Classics series

  • Dates:April 23
  • Time(s):6:30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:West Australian Symphony Orchestra
  • Venue Address:5 St Georges Terrace, Perth WA 6000
  • Ticket Price:Based on age
  • Ticket Price FROM:$30
  • Ticket price TO:$55
  • Type:Classical Music
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly,For seniors,Wheelchair Access
  • Produced By:WASO: WA Symphony Orchestra
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Music:Classical

Description

Living, breathing, and dangerous, fire is an element of nature we sometimes cannot control. It's a symbol of passion, destruction and wonder. Conductor and presenter extraordinaire Guy Noble will ignite this red hot program that expresses through music the awesome power of fire to destroy, create or illuminate a night sky in dazzling technicolour bursts.

What is Naked Classics about?

Great music, a relaxed atmosphere, entertaining insights from our presenters, and the full force of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra - all in about an hour. Grab a drink, bring it to your seat, and embrace Thursday like it’s Friday with Naked Classics, our new stripped back social sessions. 6.30pm start, no interval, no worries. Bring your friends and colleagues.

Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony

Conducter Asher Fisch brings Beethoven's Pastoral symphony to Perth Concert Hall

  • Dates:Jun 5-6
  • Time(s):7:30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:West Australian Symphony Orchestra
  • Venue Address:5 St Georges Terrace, Perth, WA, 6000
  • Ticket Price FROM:$30
  • Ticket price TO:$94
  • Type:Music
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly
  • Produced By:WASO: WA Symphony Orchestra
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Music:Classical

Description

On World Environment Day, we participate in an international United Nations-led project to inspire everyone to take a stance on climate change. Beethoven’s Pastoral symphony is an evocative portrait of the harmonious and fragile unity between mankind and nature that blooms with rich detail in the hands of Asher Fisch.

Britten’s timeless Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra is endlessly entertaining. Iain Grandage will guide us on a journey of infectious discovery with one of the world’s most enduring classics. Bring the family. 

Orpheus In The Underworld

An epic performance of Offenbach's masterpiece Orpheus in the Underworld.

  • Dates:Sep 11, 12, 14, 15, 16 & 17
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:Geoff Gibbs Theatre

Details

  • Hosted By:Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts
  • Venue Address:2 Bradford St, Mount Lawley WA 6050
  • Ticket Price FROM:$43
  • Ticket price TO:$50
  • Type:Classical Music,Music
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly,For seniors,Wheelchair Access
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Event Venue:Geoff Gibbs Theatre
  • Music:Classical,Opera

Description

Paris, 1889... The perfect meeting point for high society and high fashion. The ideal rendezvous for God-like men and beautiful women. At a time when public opinion demands strict morals of all Parisians, how is it the artists of the Moulin Rouge can celebrate their liberte´, e´galite´ and fraternite´ with wild abandon? Come with us as we peel back the layers of French society and descend into the cabaret underworld of the 'city of love'.

Beethoven Celebration

Celebrated Perth violinist Paul Wright teams up with the WAAPA symphony orchestra for a 250th birthday celebration like no other!

  • Dates:Oct 16 -17
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium

Details

  • Hosted By:Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts
  • Venue Address:2 Bradford St, Mount Lawley WA 6050
  • Ticket Price FROM:$23
  • Ticket price TO:$30
  • Type:Classical Music,Music
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Event Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium
  • Music:Classical,Orchestral

Description

The WAAPA Symphony Orchestra celebrates the 250th anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven's birth in style, performing some of the most dynamic and beautiful music of all time. WAAPA's Head of Strings Paul Wright directs the orchestra in Beethoven's gorgeous Pastoral Symphony, inspired by the composer's legendary love of nature. You’ll also hear Mozart's exquisite Violin Concerto No 5 performed by Paul Wright. It’s a 250th birthday party like no other!

"I believe in God, Mozart and Beethoven." – Richard Wagner

"Paul Wright is a national treasure." – Neville Cohn The West Australian

The World Of Beethoven

A night showcasing the very finest of Beethoven’s piano repertoire in commemoration of his 250th birthday.

  • Dates:Oct 22
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium

Details

  • Hosted By:Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts
  • Venue Address:2 Bradford St, Mount Lawley WA 6050
  • Ticket Price FROM:$23
  • Ticket price TO:$30
  • Type:Classical Music,Music
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly,For seniors,Wheelchair Access
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Event Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium
  • Music:Classical

Description

From the light and playful to the passionate and dramatic, Ludwig van Beethoven’s piano music is beloved repertoire for performers and enduringly popular with audiences. Much of Beethoven’s piano music is expressed through his sonatas, with plenty of magnificent works that are timeless classics. To commemorate the 250th anniversary since this musical genius was born, WAAPA's piano students and staff invite you to immerse yourself in the world of Beethoven's magical piano music.

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