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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


Bach's Christmas Oratorio

The cream of WA musicianship, led by Conductor and Master of Music Joseph Nolan with Soprano Sara Macliver, performs a Christmas favourite.

  • Dates:Dec 13
  • Time(s):7.30pm to 10.00pm (approx) with 20 minute interval
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:St George's Concert Series
  • Ticket Price:From $30.00 to $84.00
  • Venue Address:5 St Georges Terrace, Perth
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Music:Classical,Choral,Orchestral

Description

The highly acclaimed St George's Cathedral Consort sings with Sara Macliver (Soprano), Fiona Campbell (Mezzo), Paul McMahon (Tenor), Andrew Foote (Baritone) and the Orchestra of St George, to raise your Christmas spirit with the spine-tingling music of Bach.

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. 

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.

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

One of the major music influencers of his generation, piano pop sensation Ben Folds delivers Perth a cavalcade of hits fifteen years after his first ever orchestral concert right here in Perth.

  • Dates:Mar 16 - 17
  • 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:$365
  • Type:Music
  • Audience:Adults
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Music:Concert Tours,Orchestral

Description

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.

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

Naked Classics: Fantastic Symphonies

Secrets, lies, love and obsession

  • Dates:Aug 13
  • Time(s):6:30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

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

Description

For centuries, the symphony has been the ultimate canvas for composers to express their innermost thoughts and feelings at scale. Join presenter Paul Rissmann as he explores the motivation behind four landmark works, in a playlist that ranges from classical beauty to unadulterated horror.

 

HAYDN: Symphony No.104: Finale
BERLIOZ: Symphonie fantastique: 5th movement
MAHLER: Symphony No.5: Adagietto
SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No.5: 4th movement

Paul Rissmann: presenter
Benjamin Northey: conductor

Naked Classics: The Great Outdoors

You'll feel like you're in the great outdoors with this performance!

  • Dates:Oct 15
  • Time(s):6:30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

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

Description

The gentle breeze of spring, the cracked red earth of the Aussie outback, the savagery of a winter storm, waves crashing on a rugged coastline. Conductor Christopher Dragon leads us through music of vivid imagery and immense power to celebrate extraordinary landscapes and mother nature’s glory and fury.

Program to include:
SCULTHORPE: Earth Cry
MAX RICHTER: Recomposed: Vivaldi - The Four Seasons: Spring
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No.6 Pastoral (excerpts)
MENDELSSOHN: The Hebrides

Christopher Dragon: conductor/presenter

Perth Symphonic Chorus - Handel's Messiah

Handel’s Messiah is a musical rite of passage for the Christmas season.

  • Dates:Dec 21
  • Time(s):7.30pm - 10.30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:Perth Symphonic Chorus
  • Venue Address:5 St Georges Terrace Perth WA 6000
  • Ticket Price FROM:$20
  • Ticket price TO:$150
  • Type:Music
  • Audience:Adults,For seniors
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Music:Classical

Description

Directed by Perth’s own brilliant choral director Dr Margaret Pride OAM, solos reign supreme in the Baroque-era oratorio featuring the illustrious soloists, mezzo-soprano, Fiona Campbell, tenor Richard Butler and bass James Clayton. The opening movement highlights the birth of Christ and will come to life in this outstanding virtuosic interpretation not to be missed.

The Perth Symphonic Chorus propels with emotional impact uplifting messages and juxtaposes brilliantly on choruses like Since By Man Came Death, all in the lead up to the exalted Hallelujah chorus. The grandeur of Handel’s work is another reason to look forward to the holiday season and this would without doubt be the perfect gift.Directed by Perth’s own brilliant choral director Dr Margaret Pride OAM, solos reign supreme in the Baroque-era oratorio featuring the illustrious soloists, mezzo-soprano, Fiona Campbell, tenor Richard Butler and bass James Clayton. The opening movement highlights the birth of Christ and will come to life in this outstanding virtuosic interpretation not to be missed.

The Perth Symphonic Chorus propels with emotional impact uplifting messages and juxtaposes brilliantly on choruses like Since By Man Came Death, all in the lead up to the exalted Hallelujah chorus. The grandeur of Handel’s work is another reason to look forward to the holiday season and this would without doubt be the perfect gift.Directed by Perth’s own brilliant choral director Dr Margaret Pride OAM, solos reign supreme in the Baroque-era oratorio featuring the illustrious soloists, mezzo-soprano, Fiona Campbell, tenor Richard Butler and bass James Clayton. The opening movement highlights the birth of Christ and will come to life in this outstanding virtuosic interpretation not to be missed.

The Perth Symphonic Chorus propels with emotional impact uplifting messages and juxtaposes brilliantly on choruses like Since By Man Came Death, all in the lead up to the exalted Hallelujah chorus. The grandeur of Handel’s work is another reason to look forward to the holiday season and this would without doubt be the perfect gift.

Handel's Messiah

It’s just not Christmas without going to a performance of Handel’s Messiah!

  • Dates:Dec 21
  • Time(s):7:30pm to 10:20pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:Perth Symphonic Chorus
  • Venue Address:5 St Georges Terrace
  • Ticket Price FROM:$20
  • Ticket price TO:$150
  • Type:Classical Music,Music
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Music:Choral,Classical,Gig Guide

Description

Handel’s Messiah is a musical rite of passage for the Christmas season. Directed by Perth’s own brilliant choral director Dr Margaret Pride OAM, solos reign supreme in the Baroque-era oratorio featuring the illustrious soloists, mezzo-soprano Fiona Campbell, tenor Richard Butler, bass James Clayton and, singing with us for the first time, soprano Bonnie de la Hunty. 

The opening movement highlights the birth of Christ and will come to life in this outstanding virtuosic interpretation not to be missed. The Perth Symphonic Chorus propels, with emotional impact, uplifting messages and juxtaposes brilliantly on choruses like Since By Man Came Death, all in the lead up to the exalted Hallelujah chorus. The grandeur of Handel’s work is another reason to look forward to the holiday season and this would, without doubt, be the perfect Christmas gift.

Saturday 21 December 7:30-10:20pm

 

Perth Concert Hall, 5 St Georges Terrace, Perth

 

Tickets $20-$150. Group bookings are available.

https://perthconcerthall.com.au/events/event/handels-messiah-2019

 

Or call Helen on (08) 9246 2423 or Perth Concert Hall on (08) 9231 9999.

Perth Symphonic Chorus: Handel's Messiah

Handel’s Messiah is a musical rite of passage for the Christmas season.

  • Dates:Dec 21
  • Time(s):7:30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:Perth Symphonic Chorus
  • Venue Address:5 St Georges Terrace, Perth WA 6000
  • Type:Classical Music
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Music:Choral,Classical

Description

Handel’s Messiah is a musical rite of passage for the Christmas season. Directed by Perth’s own brilliant choral director Dr Margaret Pride OAM, solos reign supreme in the Baroque-era oratorio featuring the illustrious soloists, mezzo-soprano, Fiona Campbell, soprano Bonnie de la Hunty, tenor Richard Butler and bass James Clayton. The opening movement highlights the birth of Christ and will come to life in this outstanding virtuosic interpretation not to be missed.

The Perth Symphonic Chorus propels with emotional impact uplifting messages and juxtaposes brilliantly on choruses like Since By Man Came Death, all in the lead up to the exalted Hallelujah chorus. The grandeur of Handel’s work is another reason to look forward to the holiday season and this would without doubt be the perfect gift.

Vienna Pops | New Year's Eve Gala Concert

Count down to 2020 with glorious and uplifting music by the Vienna Pops Orchestra and Musical Director Mark Coughlan.

  • Dates:Dec 31
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:Rotary Club of Perth
  • Venue Address:5 St Georges Terrace, Perth WA 6000
  • Type:Classical Music
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Music:Classical,Orchestral

Description

The recent star of Phantom of the Opera in London’s West End, Perth’s own Amy Manford, will join Music Director Mark Coughlan and the Vienna Pops Orchestra to fill the Perth Concert Hall with glorious and uplifting music to welcome in the New Year as we count down to 2020.

The Rising Star for this years performance is the brilliant Shuan Hern Lee, a 17 year old pianist who has been performing and winning piano competitions all around the globe.

Mark Coughlan and the Vienna Pops Orchestra will fill the Perth Concert Hall with glorious and uplifting music to welcome in the New Year.

Vienna Pops | New Year's Eve Matinee Concert

Start your New Year celebrations early with glorious and uplifting music by the Vienna Pops Orchestra and Musical Director Mark Coughlan. Joining them onstage will be Perth’s own Amy Manford.

  • Dates:Dec 31
  • Time(s):2pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:Rotary Club of Perth
  • Venue Address:5 St Georges Terrace, Perth WA 6000
  • Type:Classical Music
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Music:Classical,Orchestral

Description

The recent star of Phantom of the Opera in London’s West End, Perth’s own Amy Manford, will join Music Director Mark Coughlan and the Vienna Pops Orchestra to fill the Perth Concert Hall with glorious and uplifting music to welcome in the New Year as we count down to 2020.

The Rising Star for this years performance is the brilliant Shuan Hern Lee, a 17 year old pianist who has been performing and winning piano competitions all around the globe.

Mark Coughlan and the Vienna Pops Orchestra will fill the Perth Concert Hall with glorious and uplifting music to welcome in the New Year.

In addition to the evening Champagne extravaganza of classical and popular favourites, the matinee concert is back by popular demand for those looking to enjoy a shorter family-friendly event, or just start their New Year celebrations early.

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