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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.

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Ben Folds with WASO (SOLD OUT)

The piano pop maverick returns with all his hits!

  • Dates:Thu 28 & Fri 29 Jan 2021
  • Time(s):7:30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:West Australian Symphony Orchestra
  • Produced By:WASO: WA Symphony Orchestra
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Music:Classical,Orchestral,Pop,Gig Guide

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!

Cygnus Arioso Chamber Music Weekend

Featuring Perth’s finest soloists alongside an exciting set of rising stars, this two-day, four-concert series encompasses both beloved gems and rare treats of the repertoire.

  • Dates:Jan 30 & 31
  • Time(s):3pm & 5pm, High Tea 4pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:Cygnus Arioso
  • Music:Classical
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Description

Standout works include Ravel’s Introduction and Allegro for seven instruments, Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio No. 1, Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet, and works by Grieg, Schubert, Debussy, and local composer Lachlan Skipworth. Join Andrew Nicholson (flute), Ashley Smith (clarinet), Yi-Yun Loei (harp) and Akiko Miyazawa (violin), as they usher in a new year and a new generation of Perth talent in what promises to be an unforgettable experience.

Dreams Of Place

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

  • Dates:Feb 5 & 7
  • 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.

Tickets on sale now!

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

 

A Day Of Ideas: Beneath The Surface

Come and listen to captivating and unique storytellers, artists, Elders, scientists, musicians, and philosophers, as they talk about the city of Perth, its river and the people who live here.

  • Dates:Feb 13
  • Time(s):10am
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:Perth Concert Hall
  • Ticket Price:$25 - $39
  • Other:Lectures & Talks,History,Symposia
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Type:Aboriginal Art & Events
  • Festivals:Perth Festival
  • Produced By:Perth Festival

Description

RIVER'S MOUTH: DAA
Questions remain about the social costs of the building of Fremantle Harbour on local Noongar communities. Join Viv Hansen, Richard Walley and others for a conversation about the history of the river and mouth.

THE GUTS OF THE RIVER: KORBAL
Dr. Noel Nannup discusses the ecological richness of the river and the ways it has been changed by those who settled its shores. 

UPRIVER: YIRANGINY
The environment along the river has a large impact on the health and wellbeing of our children. Colin Pettit, WA Commissioner for Children and Young People, looks at the people who live along its edges and hoe they are faring. 

THE RIVER: BILYA
The day ends with a conversation amongst women; those who serve as the umbilical cord and connect the water to community. Led by Roma Winmar an inter-generational panel of leaders tells tales of water, life and refrigeration.  

REQUIEM: Love and Loss

In this musical tribute to some of humanity’s greatest experiences, REQUIEM: Love and Loss showcases the astounding ability for music to uplift, heal and inspire us all.

  • Dates:Feb 20
  • Time(s):7:30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:Western Australian Charity Orchestra
  • Music:Classical,Orchestral
  • Produced By:WACO: Western Australian Charity Orchestra
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Description

Join the award-winning WA Wind Symphony and the West Coast Philharmonic Orchestra & Chorus in this gripping journey through the power of love, the tragedy of loss and ultimately, the joy of life. Featuring James Barnes’ monumental Third Symphony for wind ensemble, British composer Rebecca Dale’s Materna Requiem for orchestra and chorus (Australian Premiere), Dolly Parton’s Light of a Clear Blue Morning and conductor Samuel Parry’s My River, this concert is sure to both pull at your heartstrings and leave you feeling a sense of blissful calm and joy!

Romance and Mystery

One of the greatest of all English orchestral works, Elgar’s captivating Enigma Variations is a tender and nostalgic musical depiction of friends and family.

  • Dates:Mar 5 & 6
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

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

Description

The breathtaking pianist Konstantin Shamray joins the talented WASO and Asher Fisch to take on possibly the greatest of all piano concertos, Rachmaninov’s stormy and romantic Second. The concert is opened with the shimmering atmospherics of Olivia Davies’ new work Stratus.

Archie Roach 'Tell Me Why' The Final Round: 1990-2020

Legendary songwriter and ‘voice of the Stolen Generations’, Archie Roach AM, brings his life story to the stage in his final tour ever Tell Me Why.

  • Dates:Mar 8
  • Time(s):7:30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Ticket Price:Standard Tickets from $70
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Music:Country & Folk,Gig Guide
  • Type:Aboriginal Art & Events

Description

From stolen child and teenage alcoholic to musical icon, social activist and First Nations leader, Archie Roach’s compelling story is an extraordinary odyssey through love and heartbreak, family and community, survival and renewal – and a testament to the healing power of music.

30 years after the release of his two-time ARIA Award winning album Charcoal Lane (1990), Tell Me Why is an intimate and moving musical journey through Roach’s life. The work features seminal songs from his back catalogue, influential music from his youth and three new autobiographical songs.

Roach will be joined onstage by his five-piece band, including award-winning jazz composer and improviser Paul Grabowsky and special guest Emma Donovan.

Don’t miss this spectacular concert celebrating Roach’s eponymous memoir and latest album. 

Diana Doherty & Streeton Trio

Famously expressive, delightfully engaging: legendary oboist Diana Doherty joins her friends in the award-winning Streeton Trio for an unforgettable concert of favourites and rarities.

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

Details

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

Description

Acclaimed worldwide for her unparalleled command of a famously tricky instrument, Sydney oboist Diana Doherty makes a rare national tour in 2021. Diana’s delicious, eyes-alight style of performance finds a joyous match with her friends, the Streeton Trio, performing with Diana and alone in masterpieces of the repertory.

Chamber music for oboe quartet is relatively rare, so this is a unique opportunity to experience this appealing combination in two works. The first is by Martinu, a genial, airy piece, deceptively well-crafted, hinting at his habit of composing while out for a walk. The second is a world premiere by Western Australia’s Lachlan Skipworth, described by The Australian as possessing a ‘rare gift as a melodist’. His new Oboe Quartet is a musical portrait of the couple in whose memory it was commissioned. It reflects their shared love of Bach, their hobbies, and characters, in its vibrant colours, interlaced lines and lively textures. Anne and Alan Blanckensee are part of Musica Viva’s history and it is a joy to bring this work to the stage.

An American in Paris

The West Australian Symphony Orchestra presents An American in Paris, conducted by Asher Fisch and featuring WASO's own trumpet superstar Brent Grapes

  • Dates:Mar 12 - 13
  • Time(s):7.30pm - 9.30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

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

Description

Helicopters cut through the mist in Platoon and Gene Kelly steams up your glasses in An American in Paris – we begin and end with music that defined two iconic Hollywood blockbusters. Kurt Weill’s Symphony No.2 is an absolute gem, embracing both wry satire of relentless energy and the sound of his popular Broadway works. WASO’s own trumpet superstar Brent Grapes will dazzle you with Henri Tomasi’s virtuosic Trumpet Concerto, which traverses an enthralling musical landscape from Hollywood noir, to French impressionism and jazz.

The Best of Rodgers and Hammerstein

When Broadway was the pulse of mainstream culture and musicals provided the popular music of the day, Rodgers and Hammerstein would win multiple prestigious awards, and the hearts of millions.

  • Dates:Mar 19
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:West Australian Symphony Orchestra
  • Ticket Price:From $30
  • Music:Classical,Orchestral
  • Produced By:WASO: WA Symphony Orchestra
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Performing Arts:Musicals

Description

One of the world’s most successful Broadway writing teams with two of the brightest shining stars in music theatre today will be performing at Perth Concert Hall, backed by WASO. The crowd will find themselves sing along to all the hits including ‘Climb Ev’ry Mountain’ from The Sound of Music and ‘Shall We Dance?’ from The King and I, plus ‘Some Enchanted Evening’ from South Pacific, ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ from Carousel, and much more!

25th Performing Arts Perspectives

Celebrating its 25th Anniversary, this event is an inspiring display of talent, showcasing a selection of the highest standard of year 11 and 12 student performance.

  • Dates:Mar 22
  • Time(s):7:30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Ticket Price:$22
  • Type:Youth Art / Performance
  • Performing Arts:Dance,Theatre
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Music:Classical

Description

The Performing Arts Perspectives is an important educational event on the annual calendar of Year 11 and 12 Performing Arts students.

The event provides benchmarks of excellence in Dance, Drama and Music for students and teachers from the Public, Independent and Catholic education sector.

The assortment of performers for inclusion in the programme are carefully made to reflect both the most skillful performances and the breadth of work covered in each subject discipline. The highest scoring students are invited to audition and from these, exceptional performers are chosen by a panel made up of representatives from the relevant professional arts area and education sector.

 

Bach's Easter Oratorio

WA's first professional performance of an Easter classic! Dr Joseph Nolan directs West Australian Symphony Orchestra through the sublime sorrow of Duruflé's Requiem to the jubilance of the Oratorio.

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

Details

  • Hosted By:St George's Cathedral and West Australian Symphony Orchestra
  • Ticket Price:Standard $75, Under 30s $30
  • Music:Choral,Classical,Orchestral
  • Produced By:WASO: WA Symphony Orchestra
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Description

In their second co-production, St George's Cathedral and the West Australian Symphony Orchestra (WASO) will present an Easter concert never performed before in Perth. Duruflé's Requiem and Bach's Easter Oratorio will come together to create "a sonic picture of the joy of Easter", in the words of Joseph Nolan, St George's Concert Series Artistic Director. The concert tells the Easter story through the exquisite sounds of two extraordinary composers. Beginning with the solemn serenity of Duruflé's Requiem, the second half brings the jubilance of the resurrection through Bach's Oratorio. Featuring Soprano Sara Macliver, Mezzo Fiona Campbell, Tenor Paul McMahon and Baritone James Clayton with St George's Cathedral Consort.

Ben Elton Live 2021

Ben Elton, stand-up comic, author, playwright, actor and director, will be hitting the Perth Concert Hall stage April 2021!

  • Dates:Apr 3
  • Time(s):7:30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:Perth Concert Hall
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Performing Arts:Comedy
  • Other:Literature

Description

Ben Elton exploded onto the comedy scene over 30 years ago, hosting Channel 4’s groundbreaking Saturday Live. Since then Elton has achieved huge success as a stand-up comic, author, playwright, actor and director. He's written television shows such as The Young Ones, Blackadder 2, Blackadder The Third, Blackadder Goes Forth, The Thin Blue Line and many more, as well writing and directing two feature films. He has published 16 best-selling novels, three smash hit West End plays and the global phenomenon We Will Rock You based on the music of British rock legends, Queen.

A serial award winner, he has won three BAFTAs, two Laurence Olivier Awards, The Royal Television Society Writer’s Award, The Golden Dagger UK Crime Writer of the Year Award, The Critics Circle Award for Best Musical and the Eurovision Golden Rose D’Or Lifetime Achievement Award.

See Ben Elton at the Perth Concert Hall in April next year as he returns to Australia after 14 years.

Konstantin Shamray

The beauty and emotional intensity of Russian music lies at the heart of this deeply moving program, brought to life by pianist Konstantin Shamray and the ANAM Orchestra led by Sophie Rowell.

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

Details

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

Description

As a 15-year-old student nearing the end of his first year at the Vienna Conservatory, Gustav Mahler composed one movement of a piano quartet, a work that always gives the impression that something bigger is struggling to emerge. Following Mahler’s own tradition of enlarging certain chamber pieces, this program includes an orchestration of the quartet, made by the outstanding violinist Harry Ward: an ANAM alumnus and a Musica Viva FutureMaker.

Alfred Schnittke was keenly aware of his Soviet/German musical heritage, even as he stomped on it in heavy boots. Yet his piano concerto is a touching affirmation of his artistic roots, and his affection for Tchaikovsky makes the two Russians good bedfellows, the elder’s Serenade here prefaced by Estonian composer Mihkel Kerem’s Lamento, a work of searing beauty.

ANAM’s ensemble of wonderful young string players is directed with equal verve by the terrific Sophie Rowell, one of Australia’s most admired instrumentalists. They are joined onstage by Adelaide’s brilliant, Russian-trained Konstantin Shamray.

Apia Good Times Tour 2021

We're hitting the road with our biggest line-up yet!

  • Dates:May 14
  • Time(s):7:30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:Apia
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Music:Gig Guide,Rock

Description

The good times are back with the Apia Good Times Tour 2021 hitting the road! It's a night of non-stop hits with eight legendary acts playing all their classics. You don't want to miss this one. The Apia Good Times Tour 2021 is coming to a venue near you from May through until June. Let the good times roll!