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Classical Music in Perth 


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From Schubert to Star Wars, Mozart to Metallica and Bach to Bowie, WA’s orchestras and classical ensembles offer diverse programs year-round, delighting both young and old in traditional and unexpected settings state-wide. The West Australian Symphony Orchestra is WA’s largest and busiest performing arts organisation comprising a resident company of full-time, professional musicians, Perth Symphony Orchestra challenges traditional ideas of classical performance, whilst the WA Charity Orchestra is made up of more than 200 volunteers who aim to change lives through music.

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WA also boasts a talented choral music scene, featuring a selection of high quality choirs including the St George’s Cathedral Consort, Voyces and the Giovanni Consort. Emerging artists and composers are trained at one of two top institutions, the WA Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) and the UWA Conservatorium of Music. These institutions present an array of concerts and performances each year, and represent the up-and-coming talent the state has to offer.

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The Cloak and Dagger

Love, lust, and murderous wrath… you’re invited to step aboard the Crystal Swan and experience the passions of opera intimately on the Swan River in; The Cloak and Dagger at Perth FringeWorld.

  • Dates:Jan 20-24
  • Time(s):6:30-9:30
  • Venue:The Crystal Swan
  • Festivals:Fringe Festival

Details

  • Hosted By:The Crystal Swan
  • Ticket Price:Limited $30 Under 30 tickets available, tickets $25-75
  • Music:Classical,Opera,Pop
  • Performing Arts:Cabaret,Theatre
  • Food & Drink:Restaurant Events
  • Produced By:Fringe World

Description

The first of these two dazzling shows directed by Brendan Hanson and designed by Jake Pitcher is; Dagger - a glitzy, saucy world-premiere cabaret celebrating the 80s. Then journey into the seedy underbelly of Giacomo Puccini’s The Cloak, a West-Australian premiere in which clandestine lovers seek an escape from the dull monotony of everyday… with deadly consequences. These two short shows, sung in English, provide a delectable taster of opera and cabaret for any adventurous audience member. With delicious food and drink available for purchase from The Crystal Swan crew, this boat trip with wonderful city views will be an immersive experience like no other. For a real experience to remember, you can purchase premium tickets, which includes the best seats and a drink on arrival! Be thrilled by the glorious voices of some of WAAPA’s most promising opera graduates, including Jessica Taylor, Brett Peart, Tom Buckmaster, Lachlann Lawton, Olivia Sanders-Robinson, Ry Charleson, Kieran Lynch, Bella Marslen, Liam Auhl, and Charis Postmus - under the guidance of Musical Director, George Unkovich. Tickets are available online via Perth FringeWorld. There's a limited amount of $30 for Under 30s tickets available for each show, if you use promocode UNDR30

Australia Day Concert

Enjoy a twilight concert on Australia Day 2021 at the historic Woodbridge House. The Rotary Club of Freshwater Bay invites you to enjoy light classical entertainment from accomplished local artists.

  • Dates:Jan 26
  • Time(s):5pm - 7pm
  • Venue:Woodbridge House, Ford Street in Guildford

Details

  • Hosted By:Rotary Club of Freshwater Bay
  • Ticket Price:Prices from $25 - $50 with children under 12 free
  • Type:Community,Youth Art / Performance,For Charity / Fundraising
  • Music:Classical,Opera

Description

The Rotary Club of Freshwater Bay invites you to join us for a fundraising concert to raise money for our many worthy community, youth and international projects. Artists include stars from Freeze Frame Opera - Caitlin Cassidy, Brett Peart and Daniella Sicari, plus internationally acclaimed organist Alessandro Pittorino, pianist Caroline Badnall and rising stars Beth Redwood and Olivia Ferguson. To emphasise the Australiana theme, the Freeze Frame Opera truck will be used as a stage. The concert will be family-friendly picnic style, outdoors - BYO blanket, chairs (preferably low), food and drink. Proudly supported by the National Trust, Hall & Prior, Freeze Frame Opera and Allen Organs.

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!

Coffee Cantata

Decadence, drama, delight - Bach's Coffee Cantata as you've never seen it before! This colourful show depicts the rise of the coffee addiction. Served with Espresso Martinis.

  • Dates:Jan 29 - 31
  • Time(s):See Fringe Website
  • Venue:Swan Valley, West Perth
  • Festivals:Fringe Festival

Details

  • Hosted By:Australian Baroque and Yahava Koffeeworks
  • Ticket Price:$42
  • Music:Classical,Orchestral
  • Food & Drink:Spirits,Coffee
  • Produced By:Fringe World

Description

Decadence, drama and delight - Bach's Coffee Cantata as you've never seen it before! Fully costumed, this colourfully staged show presents Bach's comic opera depicting the rise of the coffee addiction. Set in 18th-century Germany and served with Espresso Martini's from Yahava. The Sunday 31st January performance is at The Glass Box, 505 Newcastle St West Perth at 11am and is served with coffee and cake. It is suitable for the whole family.

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.

Introducing Bulwer Street Brass

Join Bulwer st Brass for their 2021 launch for an afternoon of spectacular brass music.

  • Dates:Jan 31
  • Time(s):Doors Open 1:30pm
  • Venue:Government House Ballroom

Details

  • Hosted By:Bulwer st Brass
  • Ticket Price:From $20
  • Music:Classical,Jazz,Other Music,World,Orchestral
  • Event Venue:Government House Ballroom

Description

Introducing Bulwer st Brass to the Perth concert scene with an incredible concert of brass ensemble music. Join them for their 2021 launch for a stunning afternoon of live music. Performing some of the most spectacular music written for brass from renaissance England to present day Australia, Bulwer st Brass will fill Government House Ballroom with sounds sure to excite all. Come and hear the exploration of composers such as Byrd, Bach, Tomasi, Ellington, and Kats-Chernin with the power and beauty of brass.

Government House Ballroom 31 January 2021, 2pm Limited tickets available from $20* *Tickets at door not subject to booking fee.

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
  • Festivals:Perth Festival

Details

  • Hosted By:Perth Festival and WASO
  • Ticket Price:From $35
  • Type:Aboriginal Art & Events,Youth Art / Performance
  • 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

 

Cakes and Corelli

Join us for a tasting plate of exquisite cakes, each morsel paired with an equally delectable soundscape from the 17th and 18th century. Australian Baroque collaborates with Holly Raye’s Café.

  • Dates:Feb 6-7
  • Time(s):See Fringe Website
  • Venue:The Glass Box, 505 Newcastle St West Perth
  • Festivals:Fringe Festival

Details

  • Hosted By:Australian Baroque
  • Ticket Price:$37
  • Music:Classical,Concerto,Orchestral,String Quartet
  • Food & Drink:Food Event,Restaurant Events,Coffee,Degustation
  • Produced By:Fringe World

Description

Australian Baroque presents a new immersive concert experience for FRINGE WORLD 2021. Join us for a tasting plate of exquisite cakes, each morsel paired with an equally delectable sound scape from the 17th and 18th century. For this event Australian Baroque collaborates with Holly Raye’s Café.

Madrigals and Madness

From the medieval to the modern, this is a performance of madrigals and nonsense verse to delight you.

  • Dates:Feb 10 & 11
  • Time(s):8pm
  • Venue:St Andrew's Church Subiaco
  • Festivals:Fringe Festival

Details

  • Hosted By:Fringe World
  • Ticket Price:$20
  • Produced By:Fringe World
  • Music:Choral,Classical
  • Event Venue:Subilicious

Description

The Pipe Organ at the Movies

Enjoy classic songs that have been featured in movies performed live and experience movie themes being explored through classical music.

  • Dates:Feb 10 & 11
  • Time(s):6:45 pm
  • Venue:St Andrew's Church
  • Festivals:Fringe Festival

Details

  • Hosted By:Fringe World
  • Ticket Price:$15
  • Music:Classical
  • Produced By:Fringe World
  • Event Venue:Subilicious

Description

The Girl in the Mirror

Who is the girl in the mirror? In this one hour show, harpist, pianist and singer-songwriter Eliza Bourgault will perform the songs from her debut album Girl in the Mirror.

  • Dates:Feb 12
  • Time(s):7 pm
  • Venue:St Andrew's Church
  • Festivals:Fringe Festival

Details

  • Hosted By:Fringe World
  • Ticket Price:$21
  • Music:Other Music,Classical,Indie & Alternative
  • Produced By:Fringe World
  • Event Venue:Subilicious

Description

Abs Butts Vivaldi

Banging tunes from 18th Century Italy, performed live by WA's own Baroque Orchestra for your very own Pump Class choreographed by Perth's star fitness instructor Andy Skinner.

  • Dates:Feb 13-14
  • Time(s):See Fringe Website
  • Venue:The Glass Box, 505 Newcastle St West Perth
  • Festivals:Fringe Festival

Details

  • Hosted By:Australian Baroque
  • Ticket Price:$37
  • Music:Classical,String Quartet,Concerto,Orchestral
  • Performing Arts:Dance
  • Sports:Participation Sports,Other Sports & Fitness
  • Other:Health,Well Being
  • Produced By:Fringe World

Description

Think abs. Think butts. Think Vivaldi. Uncertain about the link here? Banging tunes from 18th Century Italy, performed live by WA's own Baroque Orchestra for your very own Pump Class choreographed by Perth's star fitness instructor Andy Skinner. Come and join members of Australian Baroque for an interactive pump class where you can tone your fabulous self to the sounds of live music written by baroque superstar Antonio Vivaldi. The perfect fusion of ancient and modern, this event promises to please music lovers and adrenaline junkies alike. Come in your workout gear, kickstart your festive shred and get cultured at the same time. Go on, get your butt there.

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!

The Little Mermaid - Music on the Terrace

Transforming Government House Ballroom into a fairy-tale world, The Little Mermaid is a must attend event for the family, with arches and balconies becoming underwater caves and a palace.

  • Festivals:Perth Festival
  • Dates:Feb 20 - 21
  • Time(s):11am and 2pm
  • Venue:Government House Ballroom

Details

  • Produced By:Perth Festival
  • Ticket Price:$25 - $40
  • Type:For Kids
  • Performing Arts:Theatre
  • Event Venue:Government House Ballroom
  • Hosted By:Music on the Terrace
  • Music:Classical,Opera

Description

Freeze Frame Opera has taken Dvorák’s Rusalka, a beautiful version of The Little Mermaid story, and turned it into a magical production for children. Instead of following the traditional love story, this Little Mermaid is a coming-of-age tale about balancing adventure and responsibility as children grow up and leave home.

In a perfect introduction to live music and theatre for young audiences, there’ll be plenty of laughter, interaction and suspense – and of course the sublime music of Dvorák’s lyrical opera. Stay a while longer to enjoy pedal cars, face painting and refreshments, followed by some fun games in the stunning gardens of Government House, all included in your ticket price.

City Of Perth Opera In The Park

Thrilling singing, romantic melodies, and dramatic ensembles will warm the soul as your heart stirs in the balmy night.

  • Dates:Feb 26-27
  • Time(s):8:00pm
  • Venue:Supreme Court Gardens
  • Festivals:Perth Festival

Details

  • Hosted By:West Australian Opera
  • Ticket Price:Free
  • Music:Opera,Classical
  • Type:Free
  • Produced By:Perth Festival

Description

West Australian Opera returns to Supreme Court Garden in a celebration of live performance and reconnection with the community. This event is free however tickets are essential under State Government Phase 4 restrictions surrounding the COVID19 pandemic. 

To enable as many people to attend in 2021, City of Perth Opera in the Park has been extended to two performance evenings.

 

A Gala Concert Event

For 30 years West Australian Opera has presented Opera in the Park, igniting emotions and sharing the splendour of live performance with thousands of Western Australians.

In a spectacle of Western Australian talent for everyone to enjoy, West Australian Opera is rolling out the stars for this special Opera in the Park 30th Anniversary Gala Concert

This iconic event in the centre of the city will be held over two nights in the Supreme Court Gardens. It is free but tickets are essential.

Western Australian companies join forces for this special event weekend featuring West Australian Opera principal artists, the West Australian Opera Chorus with the full might of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra and forms part of the 2021 Perth Festival.