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Perth Concert Hall

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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Guides


WASO's Summer Classics

WASO is taking the temperature up a notch! Conductor Benjamin Northey brings the sunny, unstoppable good vibes to lead WASO and special guests through a concert program bursting with classical hits.

  • Dates:Jan 31 & Feb 2
  • Time(s):7:30pm, Friday 31 January & 2pm, Sunday 2 February
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:West Australian Symphony Orchestra
  • Venue Address:5 St Georges Terrace, Perth WA 6000
  • Ticket Price FROM:$30
  • Ticket price TO:$104
  • Type:Classical Music
  • Produced By:WASO: WA Symphony Orchestra
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Music:Classical
  • SCOOP ADMIN ONLY:WASO Special event
  • Audience:Adults

Description

You can smell the coconut oil, taste the salty air, and feel the sand between your toes.

But before the Freo Doctor comes in, WASO is taking the temperature up a notch! Conductor Benjamin Northey brings the sunny, unstoppable good vibes to lead WASO and special guests through a concert program bursting with classical hits.

From Vivaldi to Gershwin and Ravel, we’ve pulled out all the stops, so come on down, grab a drink and relax with the perfect addition to your summer soundtrack.

A Sea Symphony - Western Australian Charity Orchestra

The Western Australian Charity Orchestra invites you to set sail on a musical journey over the seas!

  • Dates:Feb 1
  • Time(s):7:30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:Perth Concert Hall and the Western Australian Charity Orchestra
  • Venue Address:5 St Georges Terrace, Perth WA 6000
  • Ticket Price FROM:$10
  • Ticket price TO:$324.50
  • Type:Classical Music
  • Audience:Family-Friendly
  • Produced By:WACO: Western Australian Charity Orchestra
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Music:Classical,Concerto,Orchestral

Description

Experience an evening of wondrous music inspired by the world’s oceans, waves, ships and those who journey on them.

 

PROGRAM:

The Little Mermaid Suite Menken

La Mer Debussy

A Sea Symphony Vaughan Williams

 

ARTISTS:

Katja Webb Soprano

Kristin Bowtell Baritone

Western Australian Charity Orchestra and Choir directed by Samuel Parry

Bungul

A bungul is a ceremony, a meeting place of dance, song and ritual.

  • Dates:Feb 7, 8 & 9
  • Time(s):Feb 7 & 8 - 7pm | Feb 9 - 6.30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Festivals:Perth Festival 2020

Details

  • Hosted By:Perth Festival
  • Venue Address:Perth Concert Hall, 5 St Georges Terrace, Perth WA 6000
  • Ticket Price FROM:$39
  • Ticket price TO:$89
  • Type:Performing Arts
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Performing Arts:Dance,Theatre

Description

Created on country in North East Arnhem Land with the Yunupinu family, Bungul is a ceremonial celebration of one of the transcendent albums of our time. You are invited into an immersive experience of the dances, songs, country and paintings that inspired Gurrumul’s award-winning final album, Djarrimirri (Child of the Rainbow), in a live performance by Yolngu dancers, songmen and the  West Australian Symphony Orchestra.

Senior Yolngu Don Wininba Ganambarr and Nigel Jamieson direct this majestic union of two disparate worlds. Bungul offers a unique window into the extraordinary power, understanding and beauty of Yolngu culture.

Bunggul

Experience the ceremony Bunggul, where traditional dance, song, and rituals meet.

  • Dates:Feb 7 - 9
  • Time(s):Feb 7 & 8: 7:00pm; Feb 9: 6:30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Festivals:Perth Festival 2020

Details

  • Hosted By:Perth Concert Hall
  • Venue Address:5 St Georges Terrace, Perth WA 6000
  • Ticket Price FROM:$25
  • Ticket price TO:$99
  • Type:Aboriginal Art & Events,Music,Performing Arts
  • Audience:Family-Friendly
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Description

Yolngu don’t have books or computers. They carry it here (in the heart) in their song, their dance, their paintings.  – Don Wininba Ganambarr

A Bunggul is a ceremony, a gathering ground: A meeting place of dance, song and ritual.

Created on country in North East Arnhem Land with the Yunupingu family, Bunggul is a ceremonial celebration of one of the transcendent albums of our time. A production of immense Yolngu spirit, it invites us to experience the traditional songs, dances and paintings that inspired Gurrumul’s final album, Djarrimirri (Child of the Rainbow), in a live performance by Yolngu dancers, Songmen and the West Australian Symphony Orchestra.

Just as Gurrumul’s music opened a doorway into Yolngu culture, Bunggul is an invitation to further experience the depth, strength, beauty of his world.

Thirteen Ways To Look At Birds

Music legend Paul Kelly and Western Australia's leading composer James Ledger are joined on stage by singer-songwriter Alice Keath and Seraphim Trio, for an evocative song cycle inspired by birds.

  • Dates:Feb 15
  • Time(s):Sat 7.30pm | Duration 85mins
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Festivals:Perth Festival 2020

Details

  • Hosted By:Perth Festival
  • Venue Address:Perth Concert Hall, 5 St Georges Terrace, Perth WA 6000
  • Ticket Price FROM:$39
  • Ticket price TO:$79
  • Type:Literature,Music
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly,For seniors,Wheelchair Access
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Music:Other Music

Description

Birds have fascinated poets for centuries, not just for their song and flight but as symbols of hope, freedom, love, communication, peace, luck and migration. What better way to honour them than by sending songs out into the air?

Using the words of John Keats, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Emily Dickinson, Judith Wright, Thomas Hardy and others, each of these 13 new songs and soundscapes is its own world – delicate and intimate at times, colossal and soaring at others.

Garrick Ohlsson

A man, a piano, and you. Garrick Ohlsson is a revered American pianist, a master of the intimate art of the solo recital.

  • Dates:Feb 16
  • Time(s):6.30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Festivals:Perth Festival 2020

Details

  • Hosted By:Music Viva Australia
  • Venue Address:Perth Concert Hall, 5 St Georges Terrace Perth WA 6000
  • Ticket Price FROM:$59
  • Ticket price TO:$112
  • Type:Classical Music,Music
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly,Wheelchair Access,For seniors
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Music:Classical

Description

His commanding presence – very tall, and with one of the largest hand-spans of any pianist – is at odds with the delicacy and finesse for which he’s famous. Half a tonne of glossy black wood and gleaming metal becomes a time machine, allowing the music of his favourite composers to speak to us with uncluttered immediacy. If you just want to hear good music beautifully performed, this is an ideal opportunity.

"Ohlsson is one of the great American pianists" - The Washington Post 

Meow Meow - Pandemonium

Prepare yourself for night chock full of fun, music and sexual temptation as cabaret diva Melissa Madden Gray showcases her incredible talent and original performance.

  • Dates:Feb 20 - 22
  • Time(s):Opens 7:30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Festivals:Perth Festival 2020

Details

  • Hosted By:Perth Festival
  • Venue Address:5 St Georges Terrace, Perth WA 6000
  • Ticket Price FROM:$39
  • Ticket price TO:$89
  • Type:Music
  • Audience:Adults,For teens 13-17,For seniors,Wheelchair Access
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Performing Arts:Cabaret

Description

International siren and comedienne extraordinaire Meow Meow opens our Kabarett Haus accompanied by the full force of West Australian Symphony Orchestra with Pink Martini's Thomas M Lauderdale on keys.

Join the spectacular queen of song for an unforgettable evening of exquisite music and much mayhem. Prepare for Piazzolla tangos, Weill, Brecht, Brel – even Radiohead – alongside original chansons by Meow Meow, as this postpost-modern diva showcases her glorious brand of subversive and sublime entertainment.

Amanda Palmer - There Will Be No Intermission

Direct from the USA, Amanda Palmer is bringing her sumptuous, personal and emotional music to the 2020 Perth Festival for one very special show.

  • Dates:Feb 22
  • Time(s):Opens 7:00pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Festivals:Perth Festival 2020

Details

  • Hosted By:Perth Festival
  • Venue Address:5 St Georges Terrace, Perth WA 6000
  • Ticket Price FROM:$39
  • Ticket price TO:$89
  • Type:Music
  • Audience:Adults,For teens 13-17,For seniors,Wheelchair Access
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Music:Country & Folk,Gig Guide

Description

A night of piano, pain and laughter from an artist that defies defenition. Adored by fans of the inventive punk cabaret and darkly original song craft of her former band The Dresden Dolls, Amanda Palmer's unapologetic solo career has been aesthetically boundless and undeniably ambitious.

Now, she brings her critically acclaimed one-woman show down under. Experience her raw emotion, intensely personal lyrics, incredible musicality and intimate interplay with the audience as she performs solo on piano, sharing songs and stories in one epic concert experience. 

Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman, superstar of the writing world and award- winning author of Sandman, American Gods, The Ocean at the End of the Lane and Norse Mythology, is heading to Perth to share his stories.

  • Dates:Feb 23
  • Time(s):4pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Festivals:Perth Festival 2020

Details

  • Hosted By:Perth Festival
  • Venue Address:5 St Georges Terrace, Perth WA 6000
  • Ticket Price FROM:$39
  • Ticket price TO:$109
  • Type:Author Talks,Literature,Talks & Lectures
  • Audience:Adults
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Description

After starting his career as a journalist in the 1980s, Gaiman began writing comics before moving onto novels. He is now the #1 New York Times bestselling author of over a dozen beloved books for adults and children, many of which have been adapted for television and the big screen.


Spend an afternoon with one of world’s most renowned storytellers at this once-in-a-lifetime event.

Beethoven's Fidelio

Beethoven's only opera blazes with heroism.

  • Dates:Feb 28 & Mar 1
  • Time(s):28 Feb 7.00pm | 1 Mar 2.00pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Festivals:Perth Festival 2020

Details

  • Hosted By:West Australian Symphony Orchestra and Perth Festival commission presented in association with West Australian Opera
  • Venue Address:Perth Concert Hall, 5 St Georges Terrace, Perth WA 6000
  • Ticket Price FROM:$30
  • Ticket price TO:$175
  • Type:Classical Music,Music
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly,For teens 13-17,For seniors
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Music:Classical
  • Produced By:WASO: WA Symphony Orchestra

Description

Chained in a secret dungeon, an innocent man awaits certain death. But in Beethoven’s ode to love, risk and triumph, there is one prison guard who holds the key to his fate. Fidelio is the uplifting tale of Leonore, a heroic woman who creates a daring plan to free her husband from wrongful imprisonment, and the tyranny that put him there.

Under the direction of Asher Fisch, Beethoven’s score blazes with soul-stirring emotion in this concert production of a work rarely performed in Perth. German soprano Christiane Libor delivers a mighty, no-holds-barred performance as Leonore, leading one of the finest casts ever assembled in Australia.

Celebrating the 250th anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven’s birth, Fidelio is presented as a hallmark work of the 2020 Perth Festival. Featuring the full force of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, the West Australian Opera Chorus and WASO Chorus with narrator Eryn Jean Norvill, this once in a generation retelling of one of the most inspiring stories ever set to music is completely unmissable.

Opera in concert sung in German with English subtitles

Ben Folds with WASO

The piano pop maverick returns with all his hits!

  • Dates:Mar 16 & 17
  • Time(s):7:30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:West Australian Symphony Orchestra
  • Venue Address:5 St Georges Terrace, Perth WA 6000
  • Type:Classical Music,Music
  • Produced By:WASO: WA Symphony Orchestra
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Music:Classical,Orchestral,Popular Music
  • SCOOP ADMIN ONLY:WASO Special event
  • Audience:Adults

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!

Naked Classics: Playing With Fire

Feel the burn as part of WASO's Naked Classics series

  • Dates:April 23
  • Time(s):6:30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:West Australian Symphony Orchestra
  • Venue Address:5 St Georges Terrace, Perth WA 6000
  • Ticket Price:Based on age
  • Ticket Price FROM:$30
  • Ticket price TO:$55
  • Type:Classical Music
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly,For seniors,Wheelchair Access
  • Produced By:WASO: WA Symphony Orchestra
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Music:Classical

Description

Living, breathing, and dangerous, fire is an element of nature we sometimes cannot control. It's a symbol of passion, destruction and wonder. Conductor and presenter extraordinaire Guy Noble will ignite this red hot program that expresses through music the awesome power of fire to destroy, create or illuminate a night sky in dazzling technicolour bursts.

What is Naked Classics about?

Great music, a relaxed atmosphere, entertaining insights from our presenters, and the full force of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra - all in about an hour. Grab a drink, bring it to your seat, and embrace Thursday like it’s Friday with Naked Classics, our new stripped back social sessions. 6.30pm start, no interval, no worries. Bring your friends and colleagues.

Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony

Conducter Asher Fisch brings Beethoven's Pastoral symphony to Perth Concert Hall

  • Dates:Jun 5-6
  • Time(s):7:30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:West Australian Symphony Orchestra
  • Venue Address:5 St Georges Terrace, Perth, WA, 6000
  • Ticket Price FROM:$30
  • Ticket price TO:$94
  • Type:Music
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly
  • Produced By:WASO: WA Symphony Orchestra
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Music:Classical

Description

On World Environment Day, we participate in an international United Nations-led project to inspire everyone to take a stance on climate change. Beethoven’s Pastoral symphony is an evocative portrait of the harmonious and fragile unity between mankind and nature that blooms with rich detail in the hands of Asher Fisch.

Britten’s timeless Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra is endlessly entertaining. Iain Grandage will guide us on a journey of infectious discovery with one of the world’s most enduring classics. Bring the family. 

Eumeralla: A War Requiem For Peace

The Eumeralla river flows through Gunditjmara country in southwest Victoria

  • Dates:Jul 10
  • Time(s):7:30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:WASO
  • Venue Address:5 St Georges Terrace, Perth, WA, 6000
  • Ticket Price FROM:$30
  • Ticket price TO:$74
  • Type:Classical Music,Music
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly
  • Produced By:WASO: WA Symphony Orchestra
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Music:Orchestral

Description

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.

DEBORAH CHEETHAM: Eumeralla, a war requiem for peace

Benjamin Northey: conductor
Deborah Cheetham: soprano (Yorta Yorta)
Linda Barcan: mezzo soprano
Don Bemrose: baritone (Gungarri)
WASO: Chorus
Dhungala Children’s Choir

Comic-Con In Concert

Let the games begin with WASO's interpretation of some of your favourite movie scores!

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

Details

  • Hosted By:WASO
  • Venue Address:5 St Georges Terrace, Perth, WA, 6000
  • Ticket Price FROM:$25
  • Ticket price TO:$79
  • Type:Classical Music,Music
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly
  • Produced By:WASO: WA Symphony Orchestra
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Description

Sometimes we’re dressed in black playing Mozart and sometimes we’re breeding raptors and in cosplay! We’re bringing old favourites and new surprises for our third year running. You told us what you wanted to hear and we’ve answered the call in a concert program of pure magic with your favourite scores from movies like Jurassic Park, How to Train Your Dragon and Jaws, video games like Final Fantasy and even more pop-culture fun from the wizarding world and beyond.

Whether you’re a Wonder Woman warrior or a fully-armoured Thor, grab your mates, dress up and come along to this fun fantasy night with WASO!

Christopher Dragon conductor

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