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The Music Scene in Perth & WA

While some capital cities are struggling, WA’s live music and musician scene is booming, as evidenced by the hundreds of thriving live-music venues running across the state. National and international tours plus week-end long festivals in Perth and the Southwest attract big crowds from the east coast as well as locals and expats musicians from South East Asia. WASO leads myriad classical music companies and jazz continues to thrive.

Also, check out our Gig Guide

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Reimagining classic tunes with WAAPA’s music artists

Reimagining classic tunes with WAAPA’s music artists

WAAPA’s Music Artists present original works alongside reimagined classics from the popular music cannon in an annual showcase called Songbook...
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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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Perth’s musical star Tim Minchin is BACK in 2020

Perth’s musical star Tim Minchin is BACK in 2020

Perth-raised musical star Tim Minchin returns to his hometown next March as part of an Australia-wide tour. Performing at Crown...
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International artists performing in Perth this winter

International artists performing in Perth this winter

There will be no shortage of music entertainment in Perth this winter as a colossal lineup of international artists take...
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Gigs to attend this long weekend

Gigs to attend this long weekend

If you’re looking to check out local artists this Easter long weekend, you’re in luck! There are a bunch of...
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A guide to this weekend’s top gigs

A guide to this weekend’s top gigs

From album releases to hometown returns, there is no better time to catch some of WA’s most acclaimed and eclectic...
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The music scene in Perth & WA

The music scene in Perth & WA

While some capital cities are struggling, WA’s live music scene is booming, as evidenced by the hundreds of thriving live-music...
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Guides


Madrigal Mystery Tour

Join Concordia Vocalis – the UWA Conservatorium's premier vocal ensemble – as they perform masterpieces from the Renaissance madrigal repertoire.

  • Dates:Sep 19
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:Callaway Auditorium

Details

  • Hosted By:UWA Conservatorium of Music
  • Venue Address:Callaway Auditorium, UWA, 35 Stirling Hwy, Crawley WA 6009
  • Ticket Price:$10
  • Type:Music,University
  • Audience:Adults,For teens 13-17,Wheelchair Access
  • Produced By:UWA: University of Western Australia
  • Event Venue:UWA
  • Music:Choral

Description

A jam-packed program of stimulating performances and events in 2019 showcases the immense talent of UWA’s young emerging artists and their mentors, the celebrated alumni, and nationally and internationally recognised guest artists.

From masterclasses and workshops to intimate chamber performances and large- scale collaborations, there’s something for everyone to enjoy, so come along to be inspired and entertained.
 

Liam Gallagher | Fremantle 2nd Show

2ND SHOW ANNOUNCED - Voted by Q Magazine readers as the “greatest front man of all time”, living legend Liam Gallagher will return in December to celebrates the release of his second solo record.

  • Dates:Dec 18
  • Time(s):Opens 6.00pm
  • Venue:Fremantle Arts Centre

Details

  • Venue Address:1 Finnerty St, Fremantle WA 6160
  • Ticket Price:$109.90
  • Type:Music
  • Audience:Adults
  • Music:Concert Tours,Gig Guide

Description

Shows in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Auckland will give Australasian audiences a chance to revel in tracks from Gallagher’s untouchable back catalogue as well as taking in newer cuts from his more recent output.

We all know the Oasis story by now: Manc lads discover the magic formula, pump out several anthems for a generation, release some of the highest selling (and most loved) albums of all time, define British guitar music, burn out in a blaze of glory...

Now, as we hurtle towards 2020, it’s a sheer delight to hear the unmistakable voice of Liam Gallagher producing music just as timeless as he did at the peak of Britpop’s heyday.

Free Lunchtime Concerts | UWA Conservatorium

Be transported from the everyday by our free lunchtime concert series, featuring the best musical talent from within the UWA Conservatorium of Music and around the world.

  • Dates:Fridays, Aug 2 - Oct 25
  • Time(s):1-1.45pm
  • Venue:Callaway Auditorium

Details

  • Hosted By:UWA Conservatorium of Music
  • Venue Address:Callaway Auditorium, UWA, 35 Stirling Hwy, Crawley WA 6009
  • Ticket Price:Free
  • Type:Free,Music,University
  • Audience:Adults,For teens 13-17,Wheelchair Access
  • Produced By:UWA: University of Western Australia
  • Event Venue:UWA
  • Music:Choral,Opera,Orchestral,String Quartet

Description

Semester Two Program

2 Aug - Lina Andonovska, Ashley Smith and Gladys Chua

9 Aug - Christmas Comes Early!

16 Aug - UWA Guitar Studio

23 Aug - Irwin Street Collective and UWA Voice Students: Handel's German Arias

30 Aug - The Winthrop Singers

6 Sep - UWA Composition

13 Sep - UWA Winds

20 Sep - UWA Brass

27 Sep - Irwin Street Collective: Beethoven Sonata Project

11 Oct - UWA Voice

18 Oct - Music Students Society (MSS) takeover: Furniture Movers

25 Oct - End of year celebration

The Darlington Ensemble and UWA Strings

The cream of Perth’s chamber music scene, Semra Lee-Smith, Zak Rowntree, Sally Boud and Jon Tooby, work closely with UWA String students in this side-by-side performance of the Dvorák Bass Quintet.

  • Dates:Sep 27
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:Callaway Auditorium

Details

  • Hosted By:UWA Conservatorium of Music
  • Venue Address:Callaway Auditorium, UWA, 35 Stirling Hwy, Crawley WA 6009
  • Ticket Price:$10
  • Type:Music,University
  • Audience:Adults,For teens 13-17,Wheelchair Access
  • Produced By:UWA: University of Western Australia
  • Event Venue:UWA
  • Music:String Quartet

Description

A jam-packed program of stimulating performances and events in 2019 showcases the immense talent of UWA’s young emerging artists and their mentors, the celebrated alumni, and nationally and internationally recognised guest artists.

From masterclasses and workshops to intimate chamber performances and large- scale collaborations, there’s something for everyone to enjoy, so come along to be inspired and entertained.
 

Passionate Strings

Enjoy a night of soaring in the skies of string music, a performance that will keep you on your toes.

  • Dates:Sep 27
  • Time(s):7:30 pm
  • Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium

Details

  • Venue Address:1.110, 2 Bradford St, Mount Lawley WA 6050
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Type:Music,Classical Music
  • Audience:Family-Friendly
  • Music:Classical
  • Ticket Price FROM:$24
  • Ticket price TO:$29
  • Event Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium

Description

Music Director: Paul Wright
Performed by: String Camerata and Paul Wright

A night of romance and passion, as Paul Wright directs WAAPA's String Camerata in a ravishing program of music for strings. From the dynamic sounds of the Baroque through to the magical world of high romance, the String Camerata transports you to a place of dreams, centred around the rich melodic tapestry of Joseph Suk's masterpiece, Serenade for Strings in E- at major. Be swept away by a night of soaring string music!


Performance dates
27th Sep 7:30pm

Ticketing information
$29 - Full
$24 - Concession/Friends

Bookings open
23rd Jul - Friends
30th Jul - Public

Marvels And Curiosities

This innovative performance by WAAPA staff and students will transport the listeners to exotic and astonishing places through the sound of various instruments.

  • Dates:Sep 28
  • Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium
  • Time(s):3 pm

Details

  • Ticket Price:$26 Concession/Friends, $32 General
  • Venue Address:1.110, 2 Bradford St, Mount Lawley WA 6050
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Type:Classical Music,Music
  • Audience:Family-Friendly
  • Music:Classical
  • Event Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium

Description

Music Director: Geoffrey Lancaster
Performed by: Piano students and Geoffrey Lancaster

WAAPA staff and students introduce and play instruments from WAAPA's astonishing collection of Historical Keyboard Instruments. Square pianos, grands of varying ages and nationalities, harpsichord, clavichord, harmonium and antique synthesisers – this is a concert to fire the imagination, move the heart and to delight the ear.


Performance dates
28th Sep 3:00pm

Ticketing information
$32 - Full
$26 - Concession/Friends

Bookings open
23rd Jul - Friends
30th Jul - Public

The Planets

Experience the spectrum of orchestral sounds and unforgettable musical imagery in a dazzling program reaching celestial heights.

  • Dates:Sep 29
  • Time(s):5:00pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:WA Youth Orchestras
  • Venue Address:5 St Georges Terrace, Perth
  • Ticket Price:Standard $35 / Concession $25 / Student $20 (18yrs and under)
  • Type:Classical Music
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Music:Orchestral
  • Audience:Adults,For seniors,Wheelchair Access

Description

Immerse yourself in extraordinary music!

Experience the spectrum of orchestral sounds and unforgettable musical imagery, as the Western Australian Youth Orchestra presents a dazzling program of celestial proportions. From the irresistible and quintessentially American classic Appalachian Spring to Holst's magnificent astrological musical portraits of our solar system in The Planets.

PROGRAM & ARTISTS

DULCIE HOLLAND Festival Flourish
AARON COPLAND Appalachian Spring, Suite for full orchestra
GUSTAV HOLST The Planets

Western Australian Youth Orchestra
Conductor Peter Moore OAM
Conductor Jen Winley

Proudly presented by Woodside Principal Partner

Morning Symphony: Symphonie Fantastique

Inspired by unrequited romantic love, Berlioz’s radical masterpiece Symphonie Fantastique is full of passions, dreams and phantoms.

  • Dates:Oct 3
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:WASO
  • Venue Address:5 St Georges Terrace Perth
  • Produced By:WASO: WA Symphony Orchestra
  • Type:Classical Music
  • Audience:Adults,For seniors,Wheelchair Access
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Music:Orchestral

Description

Revolutionary at its premiere in 1830, it remains breathtaking nearly 200 years later.

Fabien Gabel, one of the stars of the new generation opens this concert with the concentrated atmospherics of Florent Schmitt’s Rêves – a West Australian premiere.

Symphonie Fantastique

Two dream-filled French works frame a world premiere conducted by one of the stars of the new generation, Fabien Gabel

  • Dates:Oct 4 - 5
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:WASO
  • Venue Address:5 St Georges Terrace, Perth WA 6000
  • Type:Classical Music
  • Audience:Wheelchair Access
  • Produced By:WASO: WA Symphony Orchestra
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Music:Orchestral
  • SCOOP ADMIN ONLY:WASO Morning Symphony Series

Description

Dreams, Witches and Visions.

Inspired by unrequited romantic love, Berlioz’s radical masterpiece Symphonie fantastique is full of passions, dreams and phantoms – a lovesick musician’s hallucinatory fantasies. Astonishingly modern and revolutionary at its premiere in 1830, it is still breathtaking nearly 200 years later. Multi award-winner James Ledger is one of Australia’s finest composers. His new Viola Concerto is his 11th work to be premiered by WASO and was composed especially for one of Australia’s greatest musicians, Brett Dean, himself an acclaimed composer, soloist and former member of the Berlin Philharmonic.

Glenn Miller Orchestra

It is with great pleasure we announce that the Glenn Miller Orchestra returns by popular demand!

  • Dates:Oct 6
  • Time(s):3.00pm - 5.30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:ATA Allstar Artists
  • Venue Address:5 St Georges Terrace, Perth
  • Ticket Price FROM:$39.90
  • Ticket price TO:$89.90
  • Type:Music,Performing Arts
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Performing Arts:Dance,Musicals
  • Music:Popular Music

Description

Featuring a brand new programme of wonderful 1940’s music as well as your favourite Glenn Miller hits - Chattanooga Choo Choo, In the Mood, Tuxedo Junction, A String of Pearls, Moonlight Serenade and Pennsylvania 6-5000.

The concert will also feature special guest singers and sensational dance routines by the Broadway Swing Dancers. Don’t miss this world famous Orchestra in what will be an entertaining and memorable concert of big band music!??

"An evening of nostalgia…..unforgettable music……an absolutely brilliant concert……” ?- The Australian Stage

Alice Giles: Harp Celebration

Join us for a celebration of the relaxing beauty of the harp, performed by the talented soloist Alice Giles.

  • Dates:Oct 6
  • Time(s):2 pm
  • Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium

Details

  • Ticket Price:$20 concession/ friends, $30 general
  • Venue Address:1.110, 2 Bradford St, Mount Lawley WA 6050
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Type:Classical Music,Music
  • Audience:Family-Friendly
  • Music:Classical
  • Event Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium

Description

Music Director: Alice Giles
Performed by: Alice Giles and stars of the Perth Harp Festival

In the hands of the brilliant Alice Giles AM, the sound of the harp ignites the imagination and transports listeners to places of exotic beauty. One of the world's leading harp soloists, the Australian-born musician leads the Perth Harp Festival in a celebration of exquisite harp music showcasing the talents of Perth's harpists.

Tickets are available from The Harp Society of WA.


Performance dates
6th Oct 2:00pm

Ticketing information
$30 - Full
$20 - Concession/Friends

Bookings open
23rd Jul - Friends
23rd Jul - Public
 

Soup Nights 3: GreyWing – [ text ]

The 3rd instalment of Tura's monthly serving of new sounds presents GreyWing - [ text ]

  • Dates:Oct 8
  • Time(s):7 - 10pm
  • Venue:The Sewing Room

Details

  • Hosted By:The Sewing Room & Tura New Music
  • Venue Address:317 Murray Street, (Basement) Wolf Lane, Perth WA 6000
  • Ticket Price FROM:$5
  • Ticket price TO:$15
  • Type:Classical Music,Music
  • Audience:Adults
  • Produced By:Tura New Music
  • Music:Classical,Gig Guide,Other Music

Description

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Arguments, babble, comments, dialogue, expressions: its only talk. Words have often driven music and this concert brings together recent local and international examples of “text in music”. European sensations Jennifer Walshe and Cathy van Eck highlight the surreal possibilities of observation and declamation, Brisbane-based Vanessa Tomlinson and Eric Griswold explore memory and anticipation, while locals Annika Moses and Lindsay Vickery bring the personal and the political dimensions of words. The concert also features a new work by mercurial Paris/Perth performance artist Emmanuelle Zagoria.

Tura Soup Nights are a new monthly serving of sound. On the second Tuesday of each month starting in August, The Sewing Room will be the home of new sounds from sonic artists from both near and far. They are a platform for new curators and new cross-disciplinary collaborations. A place for artists from different backgrounds and art forms to meet, share ideas and make new connections.

Time: 7-10pm
Tickets: $5 – $15 at the door
Venue: The Sewing Room, 317 Murray Street, (Basement) Wolf Lane, Perth

Beethoven's Eroica

Inspired by the ideals of the French revolution, this work is a triumph of artistic will over tragic adversity.

  • Dates:Oct 11 - 12
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:WASO
  • Venue Address:5 St Georges Terrace Perth WA 6000
  • Type:Classical Music,Music
  • Audience:Adults,For teens 13-17,For seniors
  • Produced By:WASO: WA Symphony Orchestra
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Music:Classical
  • SCOOP ADMIN ONLY:WASO Classic Series

Description

Inspired by the ideals of the French revolution and the German Enlightenment, Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony is also a deeply personal statement. 

Vaughan Williams drew inspiration from the musical glories of Tudor England in his Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, a sublime fusion of sacred music and folksong.

Iain Grandage is one of Australia’s most exciting, creative and collaborative composers, and his new Concerto is written especially for longtime colleague and friend, WASO’s Principal Cor anglais, Leanne Glover.

Conductor: Douglas Boyd 
Cor anglai: Leanne Glover 

Ice Land: A Hip h’Opera

Fractured like shards, Cole, Carly and Joy must fight the demons of their past to reclaim their future, but it's not easy to leave behind the crystal meth plains of Ice Land.

  • Dates:Oct 15 – 26
  • Time(s):Evening shows 7.30pm; Sat matinee 2pm
  • Venue:Subiaco Arts Centre

Details

  • Hosted By:Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company
  • Venue Address:180 Hamersley Road, Subiaco WA 6008
  • Ticket Price:$30
  • Type:Aboriginal Art / Performance,Performing Arts
  • Audience:Adults,Wheelchair Access
  • Performing Arts:Theatre
  • Music:Other Music
  • Produced By:Yirra Yaakin

Description

With the flow of jazz, the soul of blues, the energy of electro and the power of funk, Ice Land: A Hip h’Opera uses the language of hip hop to tackle a tough issue currently affecting our society – the plague of methamphetamine use.

Meth has torn apart many areas of our community without prejudice towards gender, age, race, class, income status or religion. Yirra Yaakin has gathered powerful testimonials from users, carers, family members and many others to piece together a full-length contemporary theatre performance using hip hop as the key musical and philosophical drive. Join us as we explore the journey of Ice addiction in all its states, including happiness, invincibility and clarity, through to despair, fear, psychosis and, ultimately, the breakdown of our communities – their ruin.

Alongside a team that boasts some of Western Australia’s best artists, including Australian hip hop kings Downsyde, WA hip hop queen Layla, multi-disciplinary performer, musician and singer Moana Mayatrix of MOANA, and solo hip hop maestro TROOTH, we explore a very timely subject and ultimately ask the question: if meth use continues to escalate within our communities, what is going to happen to our society as a whole?

This production contains coarse language, drug references and adult themes. It is recommended for patrons aged 16+.

Mozart By Candlelight: A Modern Twist to Mozart Classics

Perth Symphony Orchestra’s ever popular Candlelight series is back after a year’s hiatus, to celebrate and reimagine the music of none other than Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

  • Dates:16 October 2019
  • Venue:St. George’s Cathedral, Perth

Details

  • Hosted By:Perth Symphony Orchestra
  • Venue Address:38 St Georges Terrace, Perth WA
  • Ticket Price FROM:35
  • Ticket price TO:90
  • Type:Classical Music,Music,Performing Arts
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly,For toddlers 0-3,For kids 4-12,For teens 13-17,For seniors,Wheelchair Access
  • Music:Classical

Description

Perth Symphony Orchestra’s ever popular Candlelight series is back after a year’s hiatus, to celebrate and reimagine the music of none other than Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, including a brand new commission by Australian composer Joe Chindamo.

Enjoy a complimentary glass of Silverstream wine as you enter the stunning St. George’s Cathedral, flooded by candlelight and prepare for an uplifting night of music by one of the world’s greatest composers, juxtaposed with works by living composers Joe Chindamo (AUS) and  Jonathan Dove (UK) drawing inspiration from Mozart’s musical legacy.

Inspired by Dove’s ‘An Airmail Letter to Mozart’, the program is woven together with letters written by Mozart himself, giving a unique insight into the mind of one of the most famous composers throughout his lifetime.

TIME: Doors and bar from 5.30pm, Concert from 6.30pm

Plus! Join us in the Burt Hall for a pre-concert talk and drink with composer Joe Chindamo (Melbourne) from 5.45pm – 6pm.

DATE: Wednesday 16th October

WHERE: St. George’s Cathedral, Perth (38 St Georges Terrace, Perth WA 6000)

TICKETS: On sale 10am Tuesday 3rd August

$90* Premium seating | $60* General Admission | $35 Kids (17 and under, seating within the General Admission area)

* tickets include a glass of wine

This concert is made possible thanks to funding from the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, and support from Silverstream Wines and generous donations. Special thanks to Sustainability Partners Minderoo Foundation and Tim Roberts Giving, and Foundation Partner AHG.

 

More info can be found at https://perthsymphony.com/pso_event/mozart-by-candlelight/

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