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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.

Guides


Dr Michael Mosley - Wonders Of The Human Body

Following his hugely successful 2017 tour, British physician and science journalist, DR MICHAEL MOSLEY, is returning to Australia for a brand-new national tour in September.

  • Dates:Sep 28
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Venue Address:5 St Georges Terrace, Perth WA 6000
  • Ticket Price FROM:$81
  • Ticket price TO:$97
  • Type:Health,Talks & Lectures
  • Audience:Adults,Wheelchair Access
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Description

Mosley is the star of multiple BBC, ABC TV, and SBS TV shows including Trust Me I’m A Doctor, Dr Michael Mosley’s Reset, Inside the Human Body, and Food – Delicious Science. He is also a pioneer of the 5:2 Diet, and author of international best-selling books, The Clever Guts Diet, The Fast 800, The Fast Diet, Fast Exercise, and The 8-Week Blood Sugar Diet.

Dr Michael Mosley loves nothing more than to bust myths, dig deeper and challenge conventional health and nutrition advice. Known for subjecting his own body to all things crazy in the name of science Wonders of the Human Body will be a trip through all facets of what makes us tick, how to keep yourself in good shape whatever your age and an eye-opening discovery as to how to live in the modern world. With lots of fabulous footage from Michael’s adventures, the live show also includes a Q&A where fans will be able to submit questions for Michael to answer on the night.

Said Dr Michael Mosley: “I love coming to Australia and I'm looking forward to meeting lots of new people as well as catching up with some familiar faces from my last tour.”

The Planets

Experience the spectrum of orchestral sounds and unforgettable musical imagery in a dazzling program reaching celestial heights.

  • Dates:Sep 29
  • Time(s):5:00pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:WA Youth Orchestras
  • Venue Address:5 St Georges Terrace, Perth
  • Ticket Price:Standard $35 / Concession $25 / Student $20 (18yrs and under)
  • Type:Classical Music
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Music:Orchestral
  • Audience:Adults,For seniors,Wheelchair Access

Description

Immerse yourself in extraordinary music!

Experience the spectrum of orchestral sounds and unforgettable musical imagery, as the Western Australian Youth Orchestra presents a dazzling program of celestial proportions. From the irresistible and quintessentially American classic Appalachian Spring to Holst's magnificent astrological musical portraits of our solar system in The Planets.

PROGRAM & ARTISTS

DULCIE HOLLAND Festival Flourish
AARON COPLAND Appalachian Spring, Suite for full orchestra
GUSTAV HOLST The Planets

Western Australian Youth Orchestra
Conductor Peter Moore OAM
Conductor Jen Winley

Proudly presented by Woodside Principal Partner

Morning Symphony: Symphonie Fantastique

Inspired by unrequited romantic love, Berlioz’s radical masterpiece Symphonie Fantastique is full of passions, dreams and phantoms.

  • Dates:Oct 3
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:WASO
  • Venue Address:5 St Georges Terrace Perth
  • Produced By:WASO: WA Symphony Orchestra
  • Type:Classical Music
  • Audience:Adults,For seniors,Wheelchair Access
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Music:Orchestral

Description

Revolutionary at its premiere in 1830, it remains breathtaking nearly 200 years later.

Fabien Gabel, one of the stars of the new generation opens this concert with the concentrated atmospherics of Florent Schmitt’s Rêves – a West Australian premiere.

Symphonie Fantastique

Two dream-filled French works frame a world premiere conducted by one of the stars of the new generation, Fabien Gabel

  • Dates:Oct 4 - 5
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:WASO
  • Venue Address:5 St Georges Terrace, Perth WA 6000
  • Type:Classical Music
  • Audience:Wheelchair Access
  • Produced By:WASO: WA Symphony Orchestra
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Music:Orchestral
  • SCOOP ADMIN ONLY:WASO Morning Symphony Series

Description

Dreams, Witches and Visions.

Inspired by unrequited romantic love, Berlioz’s radical masterpiece Symphonie fantastique is full of passions, dreams and phantoms – a lovesick musician’s hallucinatory fantasies. Astonishingly modern and revolutionary at its premiere in 1830, it is still breathtaking nearly 200 years later. Multi award-winner James Ledger is one of Australia’s finest composers. His new Viola Concerto is his 11th work to be premiered by WASO and was composed especially for one of Australia’s greatest musicians, Brett Dean, himself an acclaimed composer, soloist and former member of the Berlin Philharmonic.

Glenn Miller Orchestra

It is with great pleasure we announce that the Glenn Miller Orchestra returns by popular demand!

  • Dates:Oct 6
  • Time(s):3.00pm - 5.30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Music:Popular Music
  • Hosted By:ATA Allstar Artists
  • Venue Address:5 St Georges Terrace, Perth
  • Ticket Price FROM:$39.90
  • Ticket price TO:$89.90
  • Type:Music,Performing Arts
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Performing Arts:Dance,Musicals

Description

Featuring a brand new programme of wonderful 1940’s music as well as your favourite Glenn Miller hits - Chattanooga Choo Choo, In the Mood, Tuxedo Junction, A String of Pearls, Moonlight Serenade and Pennsylvania 6-5000.

The concert will also feature special guest singers and sensational dance routines by the Broadway Swing Dancers. Don’t miss this world famous Orchestra in what will be an entertaining and memorable concert of big band music!??

"An evening of nostalgia…..unforgettable music……an absolutely brilliant concert……” ?- The Australian Stage

Beethoven's Eroica

Inspired by the ideals of the French revolution, this work is a triumph of artistic will over tragic adversity.

  • Dates:Oct 11 - 12
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:WASO
  • Venue Address:5 St Georges Terrace Perth WA 6000
  • Type:Classical Music,Music
  • Audience:Adults,For teens 13-17,For seniors
  • Produced By:WASO: WA Symphony Orchestra
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Music:Classical
  • SCOOP ADMIN ONLY:WASO Classic Series

Description

Inspired by the ideals of the French revolution and the German Enlightenment, Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony is also a deeply personal statement. 

Vaughan Williams drew inspiration from the musical glories of Tudor England in his Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, a sublime fusion of sacred music and folksong.

Iain Grandage is one of Australia’s most exciting, creative and collaborative composers, and his new Concerto is written especially for longtime colleague and friend, WASO’s Principal Cor anglais, Leanne Glover.

Conductor: Douglas Boyd 
Cor anglai: Leanne Glover 

Culmination

The evening’s program is completed with the West Australian Premier of Lili Boulanger’s powerful lament Du fond de l'abîme, led by guest conductor Ingrid Martin.

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

Details

  • Hosted By:UWA Conservatorium of Music
  • Venue Address:Perth Concert Hall, 5 St Georges Terrace, Perth WA 6000
  • Ticket Price:$18
  • Type:Music,University
  • Audience:Adults,For teens 13-17,Wheelchair Access
  • Produced By:UWA: University of Western Australia
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Description

The passion for music and the exceptional ability of young emerging artists creates an extraordinary experience for concertgoers. In 2019, some of Australia’s finest young musicians will take to the stage in four outstanding orchestral and choral concerts, taking all on a musical journey from the 1700s to the present day.

Culmination the outstanding ability of UWA’s young emerging artists is celebrated as three young performers compete in the finals of the prestigious VOSE Concerto Competition. Who will win this coveted prize? Vote for a favourite performance in the People’s Choice Award!
 

Nevermind

Early music has rarely sounded as chic or brilliant!

  • Dates:Oct 19
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:Musica Viva
  • Venue Address:5 St Georges Terrace Perth
  • Type:Classical Music
  • Audience:Wheelchair Access,Adults
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Music:Orchestral,String Quartet

Description

The four musicians of French ensemble Nevermind – combining flute, violin, viola da gamba and harpsichord – met and founded their group while they were students in Paris. A breath of fresh air in today’s classical music scene, they are rewriting the rule-book on period-instrument concerts with a thoroughly engaging mix of virtuoso expertise and unpretentious charm. Delighting audiences across Europe in prestigious festivals and concert series and making their Australian debut with Musica Viva, Nevermind is disarmingly relaxed and unpretentious and thoroughly dedicated to the universal appeal of good music. 

Intimate Bach

Bach holds a special place in the heart of every ACO musician.

  • Dates:Oct 30
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:Australian Chamber Orchestra
  • Venue Address:5 St Georges Terrace Perth
  • Type:Classical Music
  • Audience:Wheelchair Access,Adults
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Music:Concerto,Orchestral

Description

In this program they explore his genius with an impressive line-up featuring Richard Tognetti, Erin Helyard, Brett Dean and ACO Principal Cello, Timo-Veikko Valve.

Richard Tognetti’s solo violin opens the program. Its pure, captivating tone sets the scene before giving way to the vibrant lyricism of the Sonata in A major for violin and harpsichord. A favourite of Richard’s and audiences alike, his recording of the complete Bach Sonatas for violin and harpsichord won an ARIA Award for Best Classical Album.

Brett Dean features as both composer and performer in this program. Commissioned by the ACO and the Swedish Chamber Orchestra, his Approach (Prelude to a Canon), was written as a prologue to Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No.6, leading directly into what he calls the “close, contrapuntal companionship” of the voices in Bach.

Bach’s inventive Brandenburg Concertos are one of his many crowning achievements. The Sixth Concerto is the most intimate of all and a striking and elegant finale to the famous suite.

Disco Wonderland

There are no rules here, just disco. Welcome to the party

  • Dates:Nov 8 - 9
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Ticket Price:$25
  • Venue Address:5 St Georges Terrace
  • Produced By:WASO: WA Symphony Orchestra
  • Type:Classical Music,Music
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Music:Other Music,Orchestral
  • Audience:Adults

Description

Can you feel it? You’ve made it behind the velvet ropes of New York’s most exclusive nightclub renowned for its celebrity guest list and hypnotic atmosphere, Studio 54.

Join our disco inferno with singing legend, Kate Ceberano, X Factor finalist Nathaniel Willemse and a sensational Australian cast performing live on stage with WASO.

See Perth Concert Hall transformed into the hottest club in town with electrifying music from artists like Michael Jackson, the Bee Gees and Earth, Wind & Fire through to Sister Sledge’s We Are Family and Gloria Gaynor’s I Will Survive plus much more.

Skride Piano Quartet

A new classical supergroup of four leading European soloists is sweeping through the northern hemisphere like a breath of fresh air – and is now bringing its dazzling energy to Australia.

  • Dates:Nov 12
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:Musica Viva
  • Venue Address:5 St Georges Terrace Perth
  • Type:Classical Music
  • Audience:Adults,Wheelchair Access
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Music:String Quartet

Description

Sisters, soloists and regular duo partners, Baiba and Lauma Skride sought out two of their favourite chamber music colleagues in Lise Berthaud and Harriet Krijgh.

Piano quartets are less often heard than piano trios, but the simple addition of a rich-toned viola seems to inspire composers to create music of outstanding lyricism. Together these stunning virtuosi play with a palpable sense of joy, mutual respect and endless invention.

Organ Symphony

Alexander Gavrylyuk returns to perform Prokofiev’s brilliant First Piano Concerto

  • Dates:Nov 15 - 16
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:WASO
  • Venue Address:5 St Georges Terrace Perth WA 6000
  • Type:Classical Music
  • Audience:Adults,For teens 13-17,For seniors
  • Produced By:WASO: WA Symphony Orchestra
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Music:Classical
  • SCOOP ADMIN ONLY:WASO Classic Series

Description

To hear Perth Concert Hall’s 3000-pipe organ in all its glory is an experience in itself; to hear it in the exhilarating finale of Saint-Saëns’ grandly romantic Third Symphony is completely unforgettable!

This spectacular and richly melodic work is brought to life by the exciting young French conductor, Lionel Bringuier.

Conductor Lionel Bringuier 
Piano Alexander Gavrylyuk

Morning Symphony: The Art Of Orchestration

Asher Fisch conducts works originally conceived for keyboard that were transformed by great composers into the orchestral masterpieces we know and love.

  • Dates:Nov 21
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:WASO
  • Venue Address:5 St Georges Terrace Perth
  • Produced By:WASO: WA Symphony Orchestra
  • Type:Classical Music
  • Audience:Adults,Wheelchair Access
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Music:Orchestral

Description

Be blown away by Stokowski’s spectacular, “Hollywood” version of Bach’s famous Toccata and see how Ravel transformed the raw intensity of Mussorgsky’s most radical piano work into a sophisticated orchestral showpiece.

Discovery Concert: The Art of Orchestration

Principal Conductor Asher Fisch explores how great composers transformed works originally conceived for solo keyboard into the orchestral masterpieces that we know and love

  • Dates:Nov 22 - 23
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:WASO
  • Venue Address:5 St Georges Terrace, Perth WA 6000
  • Type:Classical Music
  • Audience:Wheelchair Access
  • Produced By:WASO: WA Symphony Orchestra
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Music:Concerto,Orchestral
  • SCOOP ADMIN ONLY:WASO Master Series

Description

Music in all its orchestral glory.

The concert features Leopold Stokowski’s spectacular, “Hollywood” version of Bach’s famous Toccata and Fugue. Australian soprano Siobhan Stagg performs sublime Strauss songs in both their original and orchestral versions. Asher himself explores how the raw intensity of Mussorgsky’s most radical piano work was transformed into a sophisticated orchestral showpiece by one of the masters. 

BACH, J.S. orch. STOKOWSKI
Toccata and Fugue in D minor
STRAUSS, R. Orchestral Songs
RAVEL Alborada del gracioso
MUSSORGSKY orch. RAVEL
Pictures at an Exhibition

Asher Fisch conductor/presenter (pictured)
Siobhan Stagg soprano (2019 WASO Artist in Association)
Joseph Nolan organ

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!

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