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Perth Concert Hall is a leading music and performance venue, renowned for having the finest acoustics in the Southern Hemisphere. This classic ‘brutalist’ mid-century styled building, rich with musical history continues to host a number of diverse performances from comedy to contemporary and classical music all year round. Perth Concert Hall is also the proud home of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra (WASO).

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Architecture

Designed by architects Jeffery Howlett and Don Bailey, the Perth Concert Hall was the first concert hall to be built in Australia after World War II. Its construction and completion was carried out by Sabemo (WA) with its doors opening to the public on Australia Day (January 26) 1973.

Serving as a prime example of the ‘brutalist’ mid-century classical architecture, its exterior is characterised by an innovative use of white off-form concrete. Centred by a winding staircase, its interior is laid with a bold red carpet. The auditorium seats 1,729 people and houses a 3,000 pipe organ.

Noted as being a structure that was completely innovative for its time, it was recognised at the 2016 Australian Institute of Architects National Awards, and received the ‘Enduring Architecture Award’. The jury of the awards described the building to be “… hung from itself, creating enormous free spans and all from one beautifully poured material.”

In recent years, (2017 / 2018) improvements to the Perth Concert Hall have been implemented, including the lighting system which saw major upgrades to the auditorium and façade lighting.

Artists

Renowned for having one of the finest acoustics in the southern hemisphere, Perth Concert Hall has had many star studded performers set foot on its stage, from great classical ensembles The London, Chicago and Berlin Philharmonic Orchestras to some of the world’s best contemporary artists including; Ray Charles, PJ Harvey, Nina Simon, Sting, Tim Minchin, KD Lang and many more.

The venue continues to host a huge number of diverse performances and events all year round – including, but not limited to, popular music, comedy, classical music and talks. Currently the home of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra (WASO), Perth Concert Hall will host over 50 performances with the Orchestra in 2019.

What’s On at Perth Concert Hall

Guides


Dreams Of Place

Over 100 musicians join forces with local Noongar singers to deliver a concert exploding with evocative images of place.

  • Dates:Jul 23 & 25
  • Time(s):Fri 7:30pm & Sun 5:00pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:Perth Festival and WASO
  • Ticket Price:From $35
  • Type:Aboriginal Art & Events,Youth Art / Performance
  • Festivals:Perth Festival
  • Music:Classical,Orchestral
  • Produced By:Perth Festival,WASO: WA Symphony Orchestra
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Description

For thousands of years, music has been intrinsic to honouring country and ingraining a sense of place. Collaborating side-by-side the West Australian Symphony Orchestra and Western Australian Youth Orchestra will adventure across lands and through time, from Perth’s own spectacular Derbarl Yerrigan to Finland’s Kemijoki, the majestic Black Swan to the magical colours of the Firebird. 

With world premiere performances of works delivered by outstanding Noongar musicians and performers featuring the spellbinding Della Rae Morrison and Barry McGuire sitting alongside classics from Sibelius, Copland and Stravinsky, this magical night of orchestral colour, conducted by Thaddeus Huang, will bring you a renewed love for the sand beneath your feet.

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Program includes:
Jean Sibelius Finlandia
Aaron Copland The Tender Land – Suite
Igor Stravinsky The Firebird – Suite

Thaddeus Huang conductor
Barry McGuire & Della Rae Morrison vocals
West Australian Youth Orchestra
West Australian Symphony Orchestra

 

Music of the Spheres

Space: Our next frontier

  • Dates:Jul 31
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:West Coast Philharmonic Orchestra and WA Wind Symphony
  • Music:Orchestral
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Description

Join us on a musical adventure as we warp to the four corners of a galaxy, far fay away ... Prepare yourselves for a musical journey through the cosmos as we unleash the award-winning sounds of the WA Wind Symphony along with the vibrant West Coast Philharmonic at Perth Concert Hall. Featuring all of your space favourites from Star Wars, The Mandalorian, Star Trek, 2001: A Space Odyssey. Holst's The Planets and more ... This is the way.

Let It Be

Following two sold-out tours of The Beatles’ Abbey Road live in 2019/20, Antipodean Rock Collective (ARC) is returning in 2021 to present the final Beatles album in all its glory – Let It Be

  • Dates:Jul 22
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:Perth Concert Hall
  • Ticket Price:From $64.90
  • Music:Rock,Tribute Band
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Description

ARC members Kram (Spiderbait), Darren Middleton (Powderfinger), Mark Wilson (JET), and Davey Lane (You AM I, The Wrights, and more) are self-confessed Beatles tragics. As they did with Abbey Road Live (2019 show), the band will once again walk the tightrope to faithfully and lovingly bring another brilliant Beatles creation to life on stage – Let It Be from start to finish – followed by a second set playing a selection of favourites spanning the breadth of The Beatles’ catalogue.

Celebrate! WAAPA Salutes ECU's 30th Anniversary

WAAPA proudly celebrates the 30th anniversary of Edith Cowan University with a showcase of the incredible talents and creativity of WAAPA's students, staff and alumni

  • Dates:Jul 30
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Ticket Price:$43-50
  • Music:Other Music
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Performing Arts:Dance,Theatre
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Description

WAAPA proudly celebrates the 30th anniversary of Edith Cowan University in a spectacular gala concert at the Perth Concert Hall. Showcasing the incredible talents and creativity of WAAPA’s students, staff and alumni, this performance extravaganza takes audiences on a rich and diverse journey through music, theatre and dance – with some very special guests and a few extra surprises along the way! Join us for an amazing party, as WAAPA celebrates 30 wonderful years at ECU and we look towards an exciting and inspiring future. Don’t miss this incredibly special event! Performed by: WAAPA students, staff, alumni and special guests

Ensemble Q

A collection of celebrated Australian soloists, Ensemble Q light up the stage with this colourful mix of woodwind classics and newer works with cello.

  • Dates:Aug 10
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

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

Description

Every so often a new work comes along that makes us all sit up and take notice, startled as we do so; Paul Dean’s concerto for cello and wind quintet is such a piece. It is gritty, lyrical, compelling, and in Trish Dean has a phenomenal advocate. She is well matched by Paul and the other members of Ensemble Q, a sharp-shooting group of renowned wind soloists in Brisbane, brought together out of the desire to create a collection of ‘exceptional players and wonderful people’.

This program demands much from each player, perfectly framed by the different ways in which composers since Beethoven have thought about wind instruments. It’s funny to think of the Ligeti and Barber works being composed within two years of each other, for they could not be more different – Barber an exponent of mid-century American lyricism, Ligeti an uncompromising modernist. They nonetheless rub shoulders most happily in this program, a snapshot of virtuosic wind writing.

Artists:

PAUL DEAN CLARINET AND ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
TRISH DEAN CELLO AND ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
VIRGINIA TAYLOR FLUTE
HUW JONES OBOE
PETER LUFF HORN
DAVID MITCHELL BASSOON 

Programs

BRITTEN Ciaccona from Second Suite for Cello, Op. 80 (1967)
LIGETI Six Bagatelles for wind quintet (1953)
DEBUSSY Syrinx (1913)
BEETHOVEN Variations on ‘La Ci Darem’ (1795)
BARBER Summer Music, Op. 31 (1955)
DEAN Concerto for Cello and Wind Quintet (2018)

Star Navigator (IhITAI ‘AVEI’A)

Based on the true story of Tupaia, a Tahitian star navigator who sailed with James Cook on the Endeavour, this landmark event will be presented in concert with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra

  • Dates:Aug 13
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:West Australian Opera
  • Music:Opera,Orchestral
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Description

Based on the true story of Tupaia, a Tahitian star navigator who sailed with James Cook on the Endeavour, this beautiful and haunting work explores the 1769 meeting of two master mariners, each from a vastly different place and culture, both proud of their knowledge and unwavering in their ambition.

 

The opera delves into the minds of these two navigators of genius and the gulf of belief that, despite their common love of the sea and thirst for exploration, stops them from finding their way into each other's world. Set sail on this journey and let the music lift you up to the stars.

 

Star Navigator is a new work composed by Tim Finn with Tahitian monologues by Celestine Vaite. Originally commissioned by West Australian Opera, New Zealand Opera and Victorian Opera and supported by the state government of Western Australia.

Sibelius and Brahms

Drama and lyricism by two of the greats.

  • Dates:Aug 20 - 21
  • 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

Sibelius’ concerto begins with one of the most captivating openings in the repertoire. In the hands of one of Australia’s finest young violinists, Grace Clifford, a beguiling calmness and energetic virtuosity will shine a new light on this mighty concerto. Then prepare for an edge of your seat symphony with Brahms’ First. From its pounding timpani introduction to a blazing conclusion, this is one of the greatest ‘firsts’ made unforgettable under the baton of Asher Fisch. Gabriel FAURÉ Pavane Jean SIBELIUS Violin Concerto Johannes BRAHMS Symphony No.1 Asher Fisch conductor Grace Clifford violin

Asher Fisch conducts The Planets

Richard Wagner’s thrilling overture sets the scene for this side-by-side spectacular with ANAM and WASO.

  • Dates:Aug 27 & 28
  • Time(s):Opens 7:30
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:WASO
  • Ticket Price:$30-95
  • Type:Youth Art / Performance
  • Music:Classical,Orchestral
  • Produced By:WASO: WA Symphony Orchestra
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Description

Alban Berg’s extravagant Three Pieces for Orchestra is a constantly unfolding kaleidoscope of colours and textures that stretch expressive boundaries. From menacing Mars to jolly Jupiter and the ethereal beauty of Neptune, Holst’s enduringly popular masterpiece The Planets is a thrilling musical journey that vividly traverses the mysteries and magnificence of our Solar System.

Richard WAGNER The Flying Dutchman: Overture
Alban BERG Three Pieces for Orchestra
Gustav HOLST The Planets

Asher Fisch conductor (pictured)
Musicians of the Australian National Academy of Music
WASO Chorus

Music For Healing

The meditative nature of music helps us repair and renew by heightening our awareness, invigorating our senses and revealing the truth of our feelings.

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

Details

  • Hosted By:Perth Concert Hall
  • Ticket Price:From $25.00
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Music:Classical

Description

That is at the heart of Peteris Vasks’ Vox amoris which is a journey through love and the full range of human expression. Just as Vox amoris explores the depth of human experience, this concert examines our emotions and the fragility of mental health. Drawing from the experience of two friends dealing with difficult personal periods, Iain Grandage’s Black Dogs confronts uncertainty and darkness, before building into an almost funk-like affirmation of survival. Black Dogs features guitarist Slava Grigoryan who will also perform Albéniz’s famous Asturias in a special arrangement for guitar and string orchestra, before Pink Floyd’s Shine On You Crazy Diamond returns us to the delicate balance between inner and outer health, and the trust in light emerging from darkness. Director: Richard Tognetti Guitar: Slava Grigoryan Australian Chamber Orchestra

Power and Passion – Shostakovich and Mozart

Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.21 is instantly recognisable. This sublime concerto is brought to life by one of Australia’s finest pianists, Jayson Gillham.

  • Dates:Sep 11
  • Time(s):Opens 7:30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

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

Description

Immortalised in the 1967 film Elvira Madigan, it’s a showcase of the composer’s skill at weaving a supremely lyrical melody into a full-bodied sound world. Shostakovich’s Fifth is one of the most dramatic and thrilling symphonies of the 20th century. Composed under acute political pressure during Stalin’s regime, Shostakovich may have veiled his symphony’s true meaning, but let nothing suppress its devastating musical power.

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART Piano Concerto No.21 “Elvira Madigan”
Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No.5

Mark Wigglesworth conductor
Jayson Gillham piano

Paul Dyer’s Baroque Favourites

Paul Dyer returns to WASO with a program of joyous baroque favourites, showcasing the incredible talents of WASO’s musicians.

  • Dates:Oct 2
  • Time(s):Opens 7:30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

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

Description

Paul Dyer’s on-stage charisma is legendary, his enthusiasm infectious, his charm, undeniable. For more than 30 years he has spearheaded the historically informed performance practice revolution in Australia with his own acclaimed ensemble, the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra.

Giovanni GREGORI Concerto Grosso Op. 2 No.2 Tomaso ALBINONI Sonata II a 5 Op. 2 No.3

Tomaso ALBINONI Concerto for Oboe and Strings Op.9 No.2

Georg Philipp TELEMANN Concerto for Three Trumpets and Strings

Antonio VIVALDI Sinfonia in C major from L’Olimpiade

Antonio VIVALDI Concerto for Flute La Notte Johann Sebastian BACH Orchestral Suite No.3

Paul Dyer director/harpsichord Andrew Nicholson flute Liz Chee oboe

Goldner String Quartet & Piers Lane

Legends of Australian chamber music, the Goldner Quartet and Piers Lane show their polished expertise in magnificent works for piano and strings, glowing with warmth and melody.

  • Dates:Oct 3
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

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

Description

Dvorák had the most marvellous and engaging response to the USA he encountered in the 1890s. Dvorák composed this quartet in an astonishingly productive couple of weeks, reacting with childlike enthusiasm to the sounds he encountered on a rare family holiday in the countryside.

How fitting to see this programmed alongside two distinctive and original masterpieces for piano quintet – and throwing into relief the mature and individual voice of young Australian composer Jakub Jankowski. And how brilliant to have them performed by the Goldner Quartet and Piers Lane – long-time friends, colleagues, collaborators – who for so long have championed the old and the new with utter commitment.

Artists:

DENE OLDING VIOLIN
DIMITY HALL VIOLIN
IRINA MOROZOVA VIOLA
JULIAN SMILES CELLO

PIERS LANE PIANO

Program:

JANKOWSKI String Quartet No.1 ‘Kairos’ (2020)*
DVORÁK String Quartet No. 12 in F, Op. 96 ‘American’ (1893)
ELGAR Piano Quintet in A minor, Op. 84 (1918-19)

*Commissioned for Musica Viva by the Adelaide Commissioning Circle. World premiere performances.

John Williamson: My Australian Stories

This year, John Williamson will take audiences on a special journey to places that have inspired his extraordinary career with his My Australian Stories tour.

  • Dates:Oct 5
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Ticket Price:$49.90-119.90
  • Music:Country & Folk
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Description

There are few places in his fifty-one-year career that John Williamson hasn’t visited or performed in. He’s pulled up to have a yarn with farmers, miners, station owners and everyday folk who have stories to share. He’s as familiar sitting around a stock camp under the Milky Way as he is sitting on his well-travelled stool on stage. With 500 songs, twenty-seven Golden Guitars and countless accolades under his belt, Williamson is not one to rest on his laurels. Audiences can expect to hear his greatest hits (plus some surprise tracks!) and to laugh and cry as he takes them on a journey around his beloved Australia. Williamson’s passion for this country is second to none; you will walk away from this moving concert feeling as proud to be an Australian as he is. Presented by Regional Touring

Eumeralla, A War Requiem For Peace

Combining moving poetry, two choirs, orchestra and the platform of the Requiem mass, a history of heartbreak and horror is revealed in this monumental new work.

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

Details

  • Hosted By:WASO
  • Produced By:WASO: WA Symphony Orchestra
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Music:Choral,Orchestral

Description

The Eumeralla river flows through Gunditjmara country in southwest Victoria. It was here, 180 years ago, that war broke out between traditional owners and those who sought to dispossess them of their land.

Combining moving poetry, two choirs, orchestra and the platform of the Requiem mass, a history of heartbreak and horror is revealed in this monumental new work. With a fusion of Western classical tradition and First Nations culture, Eumeralla soars with resilience and reconciliation.

Sung in dialects of the Gunditjmara people of southwestern Victoria. Eumeralla, a war requiem for peace is presented in Perth with support from the Bendat Family Foundation. The Gunditjmara translation was the work of senior Gunditjmara language custodian Vicki Couzens and linguist Travers Eira.

WASO’s Indigenous Creative Collaborations are supported by Bendat Family Foundation.

UWA Conservatorium of Music Presents: Unheard

174 years after its composition, Louise Farrenc’s Third Symphony receives its Australian premiere with the UWA Symphony Orchestra.

  • Dates:Oct 17
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:Perth Concert Hall
  • Ticket Price:From $25.00
  • Music:Orchestral,Concerto,Classical
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Produced By:UWA: University of Western Australia

Description

Three outstanding young performers will also debut as soloists with the UWA Symphony Orchestra, as grand finalists in the Vose Concerto Competition. Prior to the concert, discover new and unheard voices with Dr. Cecilia Sun in a roundtable discussion on the undiscovered contributions of women to the artform. Conductor: Prof. Alan Lourens UWA Symphony Orchestra