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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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Z.E.N. Trio

Fiery passion, heart-wrenching emotion: three intensely expressive musicians come together for a rare and unforgettable performance for Musica Viva Australia.

  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Dates:Aug 15
  • Time(s):7.30pm

Details

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

Description

With fiery passion and heart-wrenching emotion, the intensely expressive musicians in Z.E.N. Trio come together for a rare and unforgettable tour with Musica Viva Australia. Comprised of three internationally acclaimed soloists, the Z.E.N. Trio have made their name through the BBC New Generation scheme, a Deutsche Grammophon recording, and countless Embarking on their first national tour, the Trio premiere a new work from Musica Viva Australia FutureMaker, Matt Laing, a composer of great virtuosity and originality. Alongside this work is Arno Babajanian’s thrilling trio, and Dvorák’s intoxicating ‘Dumky’.

Bembina Ensemble Presents Egyptian Nights: Astor's Alchemy

Fiery tango of Piazzolla meets Egyptian Maquam in this melting pot of musical cultures.

  • Dates:Aug 14
  • Time(s):6.00pm & 8.00pm
  • Venue:Kidogo Arthouse

Details

  • Music:Chamber Music,Classical,World,Other Music,Latin
  • Type:Community
  • Hosted By:Bembina Ensemble
  • Ticket Price:$45 general, $30 under 30 years

Description

After a sold-out debut season in 2021, Bembina Ensemble is excited to present a brand new concert program! Egyptian Nights: Astor's Alchemy combines Astor Piazzolla's fiery tango with Egyptian Maquam in a melting pot of musical cultures. This compelling program, curated and directed by Julia Watson, will be performed with gusto by a handpicked ensemble of Perth's finest multidisciplinary musicians within the intimate surrounds of Kidogo Arthouse. Musicians: Julia Watson, violin + artistic direction Sarah Saunders, piano Danilo da Paz, accordion Michael Edelby, oud Saeed Danesh, tombak + daf Alix Hamilton, viola Teresa Vinci, violin Miranda Murray-Yong, cello Kirsty Collins, bass

Peter & the Wolf - WA Youth Orchestra

WA Youth Orchestra brings Prokofiev's timeless classic to life - a tale which entertains and provides a fascinating introduction to music and the instruments of the orchestra.

  • Dates:Sat 13 & Sun 14 August
  • Time(s):Sat & Sun - 10am & 11:30am
  • Venue:Judith Cottier Theatre, Perth College

Details

  • Music:Orchestral,Classical
  • Type:Community,Kids
  • Accessibility:Wheelchair Access
  • Hosted By:WA Youth Orchestras
  • Ticket Price:$15

Description

Saturday 13 & Sunday 14 August - Shows at 10am & 11:30am Judith Cottier Theatre, Perth College $15 per person (unallocated seating) No booking or processing fee! Peter Moore OAM, presenter I Joel Bass, conductor Returning by popular demand, WA Youth Orchestra brings Prokofiev's timeless classic to life - a tale which entertains and provides a fascinating introduction to music and the instruments of the orchestra. Families will be spellbound by the story of a young boy's adventures with his grandfather, a sly cat, a silly duck and of course - a wolf! With a live full orchestra, a special introduction to the instruments of the orchestra - all in the comfort of a wonderful theatre, it's a family event not to be missed. proudly presented by St John of God Health Care

Britten’s War Requiem

Most successful Brittisch modern-time composer Benjamin Britten's one of the most performed piece on WASO performed by conductor Asher Fisch.

  • Dates:Aug 19 - 20
  • Time(s):7.30pm Fri 19 Aug, 7.30pm Sat 20 Aug
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Music:Orchestral,Classical
  • Hosted By:WASO
  • Ticket Price:$30- $98
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Produced By:West Australian Symphony Orchestra

Description

Furious, tender, harrowing and harmonious, Britten’s anti-war anthem decries the senselessness of the battlefield. Interweaving the poignant words of celebrated war poet Wilfred Owen with the Latin text of the Requiem mass, Britten laments the collective bloodshed and sorrow with a vital and visceral oratorio on the hell of war.

Warana Prize and the Moldau

Paul Wright, the Internationally-renowned Head of Strings leads the WAAPA Symphony Orchestra performing the masterworks "The Moldau and The High Castle" by Czech composer Bedrich Smetana.

  • Dates:Aug 20
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:The Ballroom - Government House

Details

  • Music:Classical
  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Ticket Price:$23 - $30
  • Produced By:Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA)

Description

In a night of drama and superb musicianship, WAAPA’s three leading instrumentalists join the orchestra to battle it out in the final of the prestigious 2022 Warana Prize, with each student performing their favourite concerto movement. Internationally-renowned Head of Strings Paul Wright inspires the WAAPA Symphony Orchestra in Czech composer Bedrich Smetana's masterworks The Moldau and The High Castle. Music Directors - Peter Moore OAM & Paul Wright Performed by WAAPA Symphony Orchestra and soloists # Booking - Friends booking open on 20 Jul - Public booking open on 27 Jul

Sublime String Quintets

Chimera Ensemble presents string quintets by Onslow and Dvorak

  • Dates:August 21
  • Time(s):2.30pm - 4pm
  • Venue:St Mary’s Anglican Church, 9 Ridge St, South Perth.

Details

  • Music:Chamber Music,Classical
  • Accessibility:Wheelchair accessible, unisex disabled toilet and baby change facilities available. 4 ACROD bays at the main entrance to the Church, free street parking within 2 -3 minute walk from the venue, and paid parking on Angelo St.
  • Hosted By:Chimera Ensemble
  • Ticket Price:Adult - $38; Concession - $28; Student (10 years +) - $20; Child (under 10) - free.
  • Type:Seniors

Description

Join violinist Rebecca Glorie, violinist Andrea Mendham, violist Daniel Schmitt, cellist Melinda Forsythe, and double bassist Giovanni Vinci for ravishingly beautiful music for string quartet and double bass: Dvorak’s sublime String Quintet no 2, and Onslow's String Quintet no 20. This concert is sure to be a feast for your ears. DVORAK: String Quintet no.2 in G minor, op.77 (B.49) Due to COVID restrictons online bookings are preferred, tickets are limited and proof of vaccination (or exemption) for people aged 16 and over is required. The 2022 chamber music concert season is proudly supported by Forgotten Books (www.forgottenbooks.com)

Dangerous Liaisons

WAAPA’s elite Indian Ocean Ensemble collaborate with The ‘Phone Co. and the Seven Seas Ensemble, bringing a unique new sounds and dynamic fusion.

  • Dates:Aug 25
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium

Details

  • Music:Chamber Music,Classical
  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Ticket Price:$23 - $30
  • Produced By:Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA)

Description

Chamber music at its best! WAAPA’s elite Indian Ocean Ensemble teams up with The ‘Phone Co. and the Seven Seas Ensemble to create outstanding new sounds and explore dynamic new collaborations. Michael Torke’s pieces May and Four Proverbs feature in a night of chamber music overflowing with energy, passion and creativity. Dangerous liaisons indeed! Music Directors - Matt Styles & Tim White OAM Performed by Indian Ocean Ensemble, The ‘Phone Co. and Seven Seas Ensemble # Booking - Friends booking open on 20 Jul - Public booking open on 27 Jul

Cinematic

Join WASO for epic soundtracks of the silver screen with conductor Benjamin Northey and violinist Baiba Skride violin.

  • Dates:Aug 26- 27
  • Time(s):7.30pm Fri 26 Aug, 7.30pm Sat 27 Aug
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Music:Orchestral,Classical
  • Hosted By:WASO
  • Ticket Price:$30- $98
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Produced By:West Australian Symphony Orchestra

Description

There is nothing quite like the power of a full live orchestra to transport us across space and time via Hollywood. From 2001: A Space Odyssey through to The Prince and the Pauper and Australian film Paper Planes, we explore the extraordinary sophistication and romantic energy of music made for the screen. Let your curiosity run wild, as you hit the red carpet of Perth Concert Hall. Nigel WESTLAKE Flying Dream: Suite for orchestra from the movie Paper Planes Erich Wolfgang KORNGOLD Violin Concerto Richard STRAUSS Also sprach Zarathustra

Babies Proms with the Philharmonic Orchestra

The Babies Proms offer children aged 2 - 8 the wonderful opportunity to experience live music with a full 70-piece symphony orchestra

  • Dates:Aug 27, 28
  • Time(s):10am & 11:30am
  • Venue:Judith Cottier Theatre, Perth College

Details

  • Music:Orchestral,Classical
  • Type:Community,Kids,Youth
  • Accessibility:Wheelchair access
  • Hosted By:WA Youth Orchestras
  • Ticket Price:$15

Description

Babies Proms with the Philharmonic Orchestra Peter Moore OAM, presenter I Elise Chong, conductor Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 August - Shows at 10am & 11:30am $15 per person (unallocated seating) No booking or processing fee! The Babies Proms offer children aged 2 - 8 the wonderful opportunity to experience live music. With a full 70-piece symphony orchestra, learn about the instruments, be invited to conduct the orchestra in a fun, interactive musical program! Proudly presented by St John of God Health Care.

Let Us Dance

HIP Company's acclaimed 2021 production returns. 'Let Us Dance' is an exciting, immersive performance that reimagines the Baroque dance suite with a contemporary twist.

  • Dates:Aug 27
  • Time(s):7:30pm-9:00pm (drinks from 7pm)
  • Venue:Government House Ballroom

Details

  • Other:History
  • Event Venue:Government House, Western Australia
  • Music:Opera,Chamber Music,Classical
  • Performing Arts:Dance
  • Accessibility:Wheelchair access
  • Hosted By:HIP Company
  • Ticket Price:Adult $60, Concession $50, Child under 18 $25.

Description

Named as one of Seesaw Magazine’s top Western Australian productions of 2021, this “sublime sensory experience” now makes its way to Perth's Government House Ballroom. Directors Bonnie de la Hunty (soprano), Sarah Papadopoulos (violin), Krista Low (cello), will be joined by guest musicians James Huntingford (harpsichord), Jet Kye Chong (Baroque percussion), and Andrew Skinner (Baroque flute), some of Perth’s leading exponents of historically informed performance. The 17th and 18th century music will be complemented by a re-imagining of historical dances by four young dancers and rising stars, Ekaterini Alfred, Brent Rollins, Anneliese Faase and Elliot Dunn, and lighting by GSD Productions. Pre- and post-concert refreshments (from 7pm) sponsored by Howard Park Wines. Join us at the Ballroom in your 18th century finery, for a chance to win Best Dressed! The event is made possible by the ‘Restart the Arts’ initiative of The Honourable Kim Beazley AC, Governor of Western Australia.

Opera Under The Stars | 30th Anniversary Gala Broome

OPERA UNDER THE STARS is celebrating 30 years of stunning opera performances, under the twinkling Broome sky in Western Australia’s North West on Saturday 27th August.

  • Time(s):Doors 5.30pm. Show 8pm
  • Venue:Mangrove Hotel
  • Dates:Aug 27

Details

  • Music:Opera,Classical

Description

OPERA UNDER THE STARS is celebrating 30 years of stunning opera performances, under the twinkling Broome sky in Western Australia’s North West. The milestone will be marked by a 30th Anniversary Gala featuring music from master opera composers plus lighter songs to dazzle and delight audience members. OPERA UNDER THE STARS 30th Gala is designed to entertain, enthral and excite audiences of all ages. It’s an unforgettable night of glamour and music in a magical setting. Hosted in the lush gardens of Mangrove Hotel overlooking Broome’s majestic Roebuck Bay, OPERA UNDER THE STARS offers the exquisite pleasure being serenaded by a stellar cast of international stars The 30th Gala includes performances from Yorta Yorta Soprano & Composer, Deborah Cheetham AO, Soprano, Rachelle Durkin, Mezzo-Soprano, Caitlin Cassidy, and Tenor, Paul O’Neill, together with Pianist, Mark Coughlan. Don your silk and pearls, or dress Kimberley casual for a brilliant night out. Pre-Opera dining is available at the Mangrove Hotel. Bookings essential. Tickets and travel packages to the OPERA UNDER THE STARS 30th Anniversary Gala are on sale now from www.operaunderthestars.com.au

2022 Maksim Oceania Tour Perth

This September, '2022 Maksim Oceania Tour’ will be touring five metro cities - Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and Auckland.

  • Dates:Sep 7
  • Time(s):19:30
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Music:Classical,World,Other Music
  • Performing Arts:Other
  • Hosted By:Harmonie International
  • Ticket Price:79
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Description

About 2022 Maksim Oceania Tour He is back! The world-renowned Cross-over pianist Maksim is returning to Australia after 3 years! After 3 years of waiting, the first post-epidemic world tour project comes to Oceania. The ground-breaking Maksim is recognised as the world’s biggest-selling crossover pianist, who’s having sold over 4 million copies of his albums throughout 57 countries, and is returned back to Australia and New Zealand this September. Despite once living in difficult wartime, Maksim continually persists in his music career and has become one of the top pianists in the world. He is known worldwide for his classic 'Flight of the Bumblebee', ‘Croatian rhapsody’, and ‘Mission impossible’ and has experimented with the fusion of musical styles. He has won numerous awards including the MTV music award for the best debutant of the year in Asia. This September, '2022 Maksim Oceania Tour’ will be touring five metro cities - Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and Auckland. With the dazzling audio-visual stage effect, Maksim will bring the best music and the most comprehensive exposure channel to you! Presented by Harmonie International www.harmonie.com.au

Australian Chamber Orchestra's - ACO Collective concert

ACO Collective combines Australia’s most talented emerging string players with the professional musicians of the Australian Chamber Orchestra to create a high-energy 11-piece string orchestra.

  • Dates:Sep 16
  • Time(s):Doors and bar: 6.30pm | Performance: 7.30pm
  • Venue:Margaret River HEART

Details

  • Music:Orchestral,Classical
  • Accessibility:Wheelchair accessible. Please contact Arts Margaret River to book.
  • Hosted By:Arts Margaret River
  • Ticket Price:VIP $65, VIP member $56, Adult $52, Member $45, Youth $25, Family $120

Description

ACO Principal Violin Helena Rathbone leads this tour that sees vibrant works by beloved Australians Iain Grandage and Carl Vine join British legends William Walton, Benjamin Britten, and George Frideric Handel. Festivities get underway with Handel’s irresistible Concerto Grosso in D major. It is springy and vibrant and paves the way for Vine’s Smith’s Alchemy and Benjamin Britten’s delightful Simple Symphony, written when the composer was just 20 and thus a perfect fit for this ensemble. Walton’s moving Sonata for String Orchestra has an intriguing West Australian link that adds to its savour. The work was premiered at the 1972 Perth Festival, an event now directed by Grandage. It brings the program to a sublime and uplifting conclusion. Recommended for age 8+. A limited number of VIP tickets will be available which will include A Reserve seating and Clairault Wines pre-event and at intermission on the mezzanine level. Presented by Arts Margaret River. Tickets: VIP $65, VIP member $56, Adult $52, Member $45, Youth $25, Family $120 (2A + 2Y)

UWA Music presents On the Scales

UWA Symphony Orchestra present a celebration of oft overlooked juggernauts of the romantic era

  • Dates:Sep 16
  • Time(s):7pm
  • Venue:Government House Ballroom

Details

  • Event Venue:Government House, Western Australia
  • Music:Orchestral,Classical
  • Accessibility:Wheelchair access
  • Hosted By:UWA Conservatorium of Music
  • Ticket Price:$35 Standard, $25 Concessions, $20 Irwin Street Collector

Description

Join the UWA Conservatorium of Music's own national artist Cecilia Sun on piano with the UWA Symphony Orchestra, in a celebration of oft overlooked juggernauts of the romantic era including Clara Schumann, and Amy Beach, juxtaposed with the familiarity of Brahms. PROGRAM Johannes Brahms: Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80 Clara Schumann: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 7 SOLOIST: Cecilia Sun Amy Beach: Symphony in E minor (Gaelic Symphony), Op. 32 PERFORMERS UWA Symphony Orchestra Alan Lourens (Conductor) Cecilia Sun (Soloist)

A Tale of Three Keyboards

The students and the lecturers of WAAPA will take you to a journey through time with historical and contemporary keyboards.

  • Dates:Sep 18
  • Time(s):3.00 pm
  • Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium

Details

  • Event Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium
  • Music:Classical,Jazz
  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Ticket Price:$25 - $32
  • Produced By:Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA)

Description

From harpsichords through fortepianos to the modern piano, the history of keyboard instruments is long and fascinating. Students and lecturers introduce and perform on rare and important instruments from WAAPA's astonishing and extensive store of historical and contemporary keyboards, sharing insider knowledge and wondrous music with the audience. This is a concert to move the heart, delight the ear and fire the imagination. Performed by: Classical and Jazz Piano students and staff.