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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

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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’.

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.

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

Otto Tausk Conducts Prokofiev – Morning

Morning Symphony Series presents Morning by conductor Otto Tausk.

  • Dates:Sep 1
  • Time(s):11.00am
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:WASO
  • Ticket Price:$30- $60
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Produced By:West Australian Symphony Orchestra

Description

Prokofiev’s Fifth Symphony is an uplifting and powerful testament to the human spirit, one the composer created as a song of praise for a ‘free and happy mankind’ in response to the turmoil of World War II. As one of the greatest melodists of his time, Prokofiev’s Fifth is full of uniquely beautiful moments. A surging upward figure in the basses and cellos leads to a soft, contrasting second theme in the flute and oboe, followed by a skittering figure in the strings. The contrasting powerful movements will be led by conductor Otto Tausk.

Beethoven & Prokofiev

Noble Power and Poetry

  • Dates:Sep 2-3rd
  • Time(s):7:30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

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

Description

Some of the most soulful of all Beethoven’s music is found in his ever-popular piano concertos. With great beauty and harmony, classical music’s most famous radical delivers an elegant contrast of power and poetry in his Third Piano Concerto. We are thrilled to welcome back the exceptional pianist Behzod Abduraimov to perform this perennial favourite. Prokofiev's Symphony No.5 is full of uniquely beautiful melodies, with contrasting powerful movements led by conductor Otto Tausk.

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

Maksim

The world-renowned Classical Crossover pianist MAKSIM is returning to AUSTRALIA after three years!

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

Details

  • Music:World,Other Music,Concert Tours
  • Hosted By:Perth Concert Hall
  • Ticket Price:$79 - $229
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Description

After three years of waiting, the ground-breaking MAKSIM one of the biggest selling crossover pianists in the world is coming to perform at The Perth Concert Hall on September 7th. He is known worldwide for his classic Flight of the Bumblebee, Croatian Rhapsody, and Mission Impossible and has experimented with a fusion of musical styles. He has won numerous awards, including the MTV music award for Asia's best debutant of the year. With the dazzling audio-visual stage effects, this is a show you don't want to miss!

Eumeralla, A War Requiem For Peace presented by WASO and Short Black Opera

Presented by WASO and Short Black Opera, Eumeralla combines moving poetry, two choirs, orchestra and the platform of the Requiem mass.

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

Details

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

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.

WASO’s Fairytale Ball

Witches, Wizards, Princes, Fairies – rejoice!

  • Dates:Oct 1
  • Time(s):10:00am
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Music:Orchestral
  • Type:Kids
  • Hosted By:WASO
  • Ticket Price:$35.00 - $40.00
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Produced By:West Australian Symphony Orchestra

Description

Once upon a time, magical creatures of all sorts gathered together for a Fairytale Ball. Now princes, princesses and the whole family are invited to join WASO for a marvelous musical adventure! Conductor Jessica Gethin will read from an enchanted storybook and take the orchestra through fantasy favourites for the whole family. Don your dress-ups and dance along to spellbinding scores in this storybook spectacular. Magical moments for families with children aged 3-11 years.

Avi Avital & Giovanni Sollima

Presented by Musica Viva Australia, take an intriguing musical journey around the Mediterranean, with a brilliant mandolinist and a spectacular cellist as your guides.

  • Venue:TBD
  • Dates:Oct 2
  • Time(s):6.30pm

Details

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

Description

Take an intriguing musical journey around the Mediterranean, with the brilliant Israeli mandolist Avi Avital and the spectacular Italian cellist Giovanni Sollima as your guides! Touring for Musica Viva Australia, this concert is your passport to a rich musical landscape, covering four centuries of culture from opposite sides of the sea. These good mates will use words and music to share traditional Salento, Bulgarian, Turkish, Sephardic and Macedonian works. They’ll also forge new traditions when Giovanni plays one of his own improvisations, followed by Tarantella orientale from composer Eliodoro Sollima. Nestled between these experiences will be a couple of Baroque sonatas (enter Italian legends Scarlatti and Castello), and a 17th-century canzona from Frescobaldi. So come along. Listen to music with world roots brought to local stages. Be part of a musical community as diverse as Australia.

Sibelius' Second Symphony

A Confession of the Soul

  • Dates:Oct 6-8
  • Time(s):Morning show 11am, Evening shows 7:30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:WASO
  • Ticket Price:$30-$60
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Produced By:West Australian Symphony Orchestra

Description

The great Finnish master Jean Sibelius was one of the 20th century’s greatest symphonists. Composed in a time of oppression, the stirring melodies and triumphant conclusion of his Second Symphony made it a symbol of freedom and liberation, and Sibelius a national hero. This ever-popular symphony will be simply thrilling in the hands of Finnish conductor Pietari Inkinen.

UWA Music presents ASCENT

Youth, experience and excellence combine in an evening shared by three exceptional student musicians performing with the UWA Symphony Orchestra in the final of the VOSE Concerto Competition.

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

Details

  • Music:Concerto,Orchestral,Classical,Choral
  • Hosted By:UWA Conservatorium of Music
  • Ticket Price:$35 Standard, $25 Concessions
  • Accessibility:Wheelchair access
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Description

Youth, experience and excellence combine in an evening shared by three exceptional student musicians performing with the UWA Symphony Orchestra in the final of the VOSE Concerto Competition. After the interval, Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra will take you on an exciting musical journey showcasing the entire ensemble! Join us for an exciting evening of music in celebration of the exceptional ability of the UWA Conservatorium of Music’s young performers. PROGRAM VOSE Concerti BRITTEN The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra ... plus more to be announced! PERFORMERS UWA Symphony Orchestra Alan Lourens (Conductor) VOSE Soloists (to be confirmed) Guest Narrator

Jessica Mauboy Boss Lady Tour

Jessica is going bold, bringing her fierce voice to the stage as she hits the Perth Concert Hall with 'The Boss Lady Tour'.

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

Details

  • Music:Pop,Concert Tours
  • Type:Community,Youth
  • Hosted By:Perth Concert Hall
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Description

This exciting new tour`s tracklisting will read as an anthology of Jessica's global smash hits since her first solo album in 2008, elevating them to a new era of empowerment. As 'The Boss Lady' tour takes flight in 2022, all her plans in the lead up demonstrate Jessica Mauboy is exemplifying her new era of liberty, with more news around her tour imminent. Support Act: Caiti Baker.

Bohemian Rhapsodies

Evocative and dramatic

  • Dates:November 11-12th
  • Time(s):7:30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

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

Description

Rich with evocative landscapes and national celebrations, four works come together under the baton of Johannes Fritzsch. Mozart’s Haffner Symphony brings the festive streets of Salzburg to life, Vltava traces the journey of a river through the Czech countryside in Smetana’s heartfelt ode to his homeland, and Janácek’s Taras Bulba vividly depicts the lives and deaths of a heroic Cossack and his two sons. Topping off this round-the-world program, WASO’s homegrown Principal Trumpet Brent Grapes premieres Nigel Westlake’s Trumpet Concerto, bringing it all back to Perth.

Lucy Durack's ROM-COMCERT

Leading lady of stage, Lucy Durack is an unashamed fan of rom-coms and their delightful soundtracks. And now alongside Rob Mills and Bert LaBonté, Lucy is planning to perform these ballads.

  • Dates:Nov 13
  • Time(s):8:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Music:Pop,Other Music
  • Accessibility:Contact Venue for details on accessibility
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Description

Titled Lucy Durack’s ROM-COMCERT, this romantic musical extravaganza will tour Australia in November. One of Australia’s leading ladies of stage and screen, Lucy Durack shot to stardom as Glinda the Good Witch in the original Australian cast of Wicked. She has gone on to star in other musicals like Legally Blonde, Mamma Mia! and Shrek, and plays such as Private Lives and most recently Touching The Void for Melbourne Theatre Company. Rob Mills starred opposite Lucy as Fiyero on the original Australian cast of Wicked, and has gone on to perform in Grease, Ghost the Musical and Jesus Christ Superstar. Bert LaBonté has appeared in the musicals The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Dream Lover: The Bobby Darin Musical and An Officer and a Gentleman, for which he won a Helpmann and a Sydney Theatre Award. With glorious standards like ‘Come Away With Me’ (Maid In Manhattan), ‘Makin Whoopie’ (Sleepless In Seattle), ‘(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life’ (Dirty Dancing), ‘Love Is All Around’ (Four Weddings and a Funeral) and ‘My Heart Will Go On’ (Titanic), Lucy Durack’s ROM-COMCERT is a concert like no other, a night of unapologetic romance.