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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

Guides


Mozart and Bruckner

Experience exquisite lyricism and raw power.

  • Dates:Dec 3-4
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Music:Classical
  • Hosted By:WASO
  • Ticket Price:From $30
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Produced By:WASO

Description

We begin with Mozart’s much-loved Sinfonia Concertante for violin and viola. Together WASO Assistant Concertmaster Semra Lee-Smith and Principal Viola Daniel Schmitt will reveal this magical work’s beauty, poetry and brilliance.Bruckner said that his first symphony came to him in a dream, played by an angel. A breathtaking memorial to his idol, Richard Wagner, the Seventh is an emotional odyssey that scales triumphant peaks and plummets to dark valleys of sorrow. In the hands of maestro Johannes Fritzsch, this symphony will astonish you with its richness and raw power.

The King of Rock and the Prince of Pop

For more than a generation they were the two biggest rock stars on the planet. Today, they remain two of the biggest recording stars in music history

  • Dates:Dec 9
  • Time(s):8:00pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Music:Pop,Tribute Band
  • Hosted By:Perth Concert Hall
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Description

For more than a generation they were the two biggest rock stars on the planet. Today, they remain two of the biggest recording stars in music history.

Elvis was King and Cliff Richard, England’s answer to Elvis, became the PRINCE and was duly knighted to become Sir Cliff.

Australian music legend Marty Rhone is a master when it comes to singing Cliff, and Mark has performed on every continent as Elvis. Together they bring you an unparalleled night of music magic

This is the first time these two legends and their music will be presented on the same stage.

Suspicious Minds, Viva Las Vegas, Jailhouse Rock, Devil Woman, Wired for Sound, Young Ones, oh, and a couple of bonus tracks called Denim & Lace and a Mean Pair of Jeans.

So, Lords, Ladies and Gentleman, get ready for the The King of Rock and the Prince of Pop.

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:Dec 12
  • Time(s):7:30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

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

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. 

Perth’s Invited to Have a Very Jazzy Christmas

WA’s new flagship to jazz – The Western Australian Jazz Project – will bring excitement and wonder to the CBD this festive season, with their debut Christmas Concert.

  • Dates:Thursday 16th December 2021
  • Time(s):7:30PM to 10:00PM
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Music:Jazz
  • Hosted By:The Western Australian Jazz Project
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Description

WA’s new flagship to jazz – The Western Australian Jazz Project – will bring excitement and wonder to the CBD this festive season, with their debut Christmas Concert. The band of 17 internationally acclaimed musicians will fill Perth Concert Hall for “A Very Jazzy Christmas”, performing a stunning rendition of Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite, as well as some of the world’s most beloved Christmas songs. Drawing on the nostalgia and anticipation of Christmas in the city and adding a contemporary twist to traditional festive songs, the concert will be unlike anything Perth has ever seen before. The audience will also be blown away by a dazzling performance from musical theatre legend John James O'Hara…who is flying into town for WAJP’s first live performance. A Very Jazzy Christmas will be taking place on Thursday, the 16th of December at 7:30 pm. Tickets are available via https://perthconcerthall.com.au/events/event/jazzy-christmas

Handel's Messiah

The wonders of Handel’s Messiah are made almost endless when directed by Perth’s own brilliant choral director Dr Margaret Pride OAM and performed by Perth Symphonic Chorus and Perth Baroque Orchestra

  • Dates:Dec 18
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Music:Orchestral,Classical,Choral
  • Hosted By:Perth Concert Hall
  • Ticket Price:From $20.00
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Description

Beginning with the evocative overture, the work progresses through three parts similar to an opera, the Nativity, Crucifixion and Redemption. Exquisite arias such as I Know That My Redeemer Liveth and Rejoice! are contrasted with majestic arias of enduring splendour such as The Trumpet Shall Sound and Thus Saith the Lord. Acclaimed WA soloists will bring these movements to life with outstanding virtuosity and musicianship. The real genius of this work, however, is revealed in the great and exhilarating choruses sung to perfection by the Perth Symphonic Chorus. The sombre and hushed beauty of choruses like Since By Man Came Death are juxtaposed with the grandeur and impact of the climactic moments in the Hallelujah chorus and the final extended and thrilling Amen chorus. Without doubt one of the greatest oratorios ever written, the magnificence of Handel’s inspired writing is always uplifting and is a unique and wonderful gift for the Christmas Season 2021.

Conductor: Dr Margaret Pride OAM

Violin: Paul Wright

Perth Symphonic Chorus

Perth Baroque Orchestra

Rite & Revolution - WA Youth Orchestra

The WA Youth Orchestra led by Jon Tooby joins forces with celebrated Perth Choreographer Scott Elstermann in a symbiotic exploration of movement and sonority.

  • Dates:Saturday 22 January 2022
  • Time(s):7:30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Music:Orchestral,Classical
  • Type:Community,Youth
  • Hosted By:WA Youth Orchestras
  • Ticket Price:Standard $35 / Concession $25 (concession & senior card holders) / School Student $20 (18yrs & under)
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Description

Rites, rituals & revolutions. Uniting movement and music in an empowering collaboration, and the first of its kind, the WA Youth Orchestra led by Jon Tooby joins forces with celebrated Perth Choreographer Scott Elstermann in a symbiotic exploration of movement and sonority. A choreographed dance troupe will bring to life Stravinsky's masterwork the The Rite of Spring and accomplished Western Australian composer Rebecca Erin Smith's Foreigner or Foreigner. The concert will also feature Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet and Samuel Coleridge-Taylor's Hiawatha Overture, Op.30

John Williamson | My Australian Stories

Inspired his extraordinary career with his My Australian Stories tour, John will leave you feeling as proud to be Aussie as he does.

  • Dates:Jan 29
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Type:Community
  • Music:Country & Folk
  • Ticket Price:$49-199.90
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Description

There are few places in his fifty-one-year career that John Williamson hasn’t visited or performed in. He’s pulled up to have a yarn with farmers, miners, station owners and everyday folk who have stories to share. He’s as familiar sitting around a stock camp under the Milky Way as he is sitting on his well-travelled stool on stage.

With 500 songs, twenty-seven Golden Guitars and countless accolades under his belt, Williamson is not one to rest on his laurels. Audiences can expect to hear his greatest hits (plus some surprise tracks!) and to laugh and cry as he takes them on a journey around his beloved Australia. 

Violent Femmes

The Violent Femmes are back on Australian shores this coming December for their first national tour since 2017.

  • Dates:Feb 22, 2022
  • Time(s):7.00pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

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

Description

NOTE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED FROM MARCH TO DECEMBER 3 2020.

This time they come with a brand new album - their 10th - Hotel Last Resort, which resides among the band’s finest work, simultaneously refining and redefining their one-of-a-kind take on American music, mingling front porch folk, post punk, spiritual jazz, country blues, avant-garde minimalism and golden age rock ‘n’ roll into something still altogether their own.

Kate Miller-Heidke: Child in Reverse Tour

Award-winning singer-songwriter Kate Miller-Heidke will be joined by her six-piece band on her Child In Reverse Tour, playing 15 shows in regional towns and cities across Australia.

  • Dates:July 2022
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Music:Pop
  • Ticket Price:$79.90-249.90
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Description

"It has felt like an eternity waiting for this tour to begin. I’ll be playing with my favourite musicians and we are bursting with joy and excitement at the prospect of hitting the road again after so long. We will be premiering some brand new material plus selecting some deep cuts from the back catalogue, as well as celebrating some old favourites. Playing live has always been a pivotal part of what I do - the connection with you all and sharing loved moments in time and space. This one is going to be special." - Kate Miller-Heidke

The Guilty Feminist Live: Live Podcast Australia & New Zealand Tour 2021

Less of a podcast and more of a global phenomenon, The Guilty Feminist, hosted by Deborah Frances-White and featuring world class guests, is part comedy, part deep dive discussion and part activism.

  • Dates:Jul 15
  • Time(s):8.00pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Other:Artist & Author Book
  • Performing Arts:Comedy
  • Ticket Price:$56.90-69.90
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Description

Examining our noble goals as 21st century feminists and our hypocrisies and insecurities that undermine those goals, The Guilty Feminist has had a spectacular 90 million downloads in five years. Deborah has brought the show to Australia and New Zealand on several successful tours and is bursting with near hysteria to come back and be with her Antipodean guilty feminist crew after a year and a half of London lockdown. This is the show that proves you don’t have to be perfect to be a force for meaningful change. Come join The Guilty Feminist live and be part of this joyful movement. ‘I’m a feminist but I’m planning my sequined outfit for the opening night of my Australia/NZ tour before I’ve planned the content. I can’t wait to be back down under where audiences know how to bring a rock concert to a feminist podcast recording.’ - Deborah Frances-White

Sheku Kanneh-Mason & The Kanneh-Mason Family

See Sheku Kanneh-Mason and family live in Perth, following his mesmerising performance at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in 2018!

  • Dates:Aug 4, 2022
  • Time(s):2pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:AMCK Fine Entertainment
  • Music:Classical
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Description

The winner of the BBC Young Musician award in 2016, and now one of the brightest stars in classical music, the brilliant cellist is also one of seven siblings, all instrumentalists, who have been described by Simon Cowell as the world’s most talented family.

On this, the first Australian tour by Sheku and the Kanneh-Masons, he will be joined by his sister Isata, now one of Britain’s leading young pianists, in a performance of greatly loved sonatas for cello and piano, and by the entire family in a programme of works by Chopin, Mozart, Saint Saëns, Fauré, Elgar and other popular composers.

The Kanneh-Masons are Isata, 23 (piano), Braimah, 21 (violin), Sheku, 20 (cello), Konya, 18 (piano and violin), Jeneba, 16 (piano and cello), Aminita, 13 (violin and piano), and Mariatu, 9 (cello and piano).

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:WASO

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.

Joseph Calleja the Maltese Tenor

Presenting one the most exciting contemporary lyrical tenors in opera today, you're invited to experience the golden voice of Joseph Calleja singing on his debut Australian tour.

  • Dates:Nov 5
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Music:Opera,Classical,Concert Tours
  • Hosted By:Andrew McKinnon in association with West Australian Opera
  • Ticket Price:$89-$169
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Description

“His rock-solid yet ever-malleable voice and blazing stage presence could light a thousand lamps.”  – Independent

Joseph Calleja is one of the most exciting lyric tenors in the world today. Blessed with a golden-age voice that routinely inspires comparisons to legendary singers from earlier eras, Calleja is now a superstar in all the greatest opera houses and concert halls. 
 
His extensive discography includes a thrilling Verdi album and a hugely popular tribute to Mario Lanza, whilst his performance of Puccini’s famous Nessun Dorma at The Last Night of the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall was nothing short of electrifying. In this, his eagerly anticipated debut Australian tour, the Maltese born singer described as the young Pavarotti will be joined by two of Australia’s best-loved artists, soprano Amelia Farrugia, who is also of Maltese heritage, and internationally acclaimed pianist Piers Lane, in an unforgettable performance. 

Drapht and WASO

Drapht and WASO is a collaboration of epic scale, as we revisit the Perth local’s biggest hits including Jimmy Recard and Rapunzel.

  • Time(s):7:30-9:30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Music:Orchestral,Hip Hop
  • Hosted By:West Australian Symphony Orchestra
  • Ticket Price:$60-$105
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Description

Raise your glass for the King of the Bar 20 years into the game, one of Australia’s greatest hip-hop artists takes it up a level. Drapht and WASO is a collaboration of epic scale, as we revisit the Perth local’s biggest hits including Jimmy Recard and Rapunzel, then bring a new take to tracks off his latest album, Shadows and Shinings. The multi ARIA-award winning MC presents an exhilarating hometown show to celebrate this milestone behind the mic. Don’t miss this explosive, fully orchestrated performance from a local great.

The Angels - Symphony of Angels

There is nothing more glorious than the joy of music being passed from one generation to the next.

  • Dates:Dec 22
  • Time(s):8.00pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Music:Classical,Rock
  • Hosted By:Perth Concert Hall
  • Ticket Price:From $99.90
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Description

Let us paint a picture for you: The Angels walk on stage to Hooper Brewster-Jones’ overture from Australia Felix. Hooper’s grandsons, John and Rick, nod at each other. John then looks at his son, Sam, on bass, and smiles. Four generations of Brewsters making music. Full circle. A dream come true. The power of music. The Brewster Brothers’ incomparable guitar interplay, the rumbling rhythm section of Sam Brewster and Nick Norton, and the manic energy of front-man Dave Gleeson – a potent mix of menace and mirth. Then there’s the conductor, Rob John, who speaks both languages, classical and rock, taking charge of the orchestra. The power of The Angels is undiminished. Classic rock, classical music – seemingly, a clash of cultures and a moving tribute to bandmates who are no longer with us. In the end, this is a communal experience. Many members of the crowd have brought their children. Some are seeing The Angels for the very first time. This is family: A Symphony of Angels.