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Classical Music in Perth 


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From Shubert to Star Wars, Mozart and Metallica, WA’s orchestras offer diverse year-round programs to delight young and old in traditional as well as 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, while WA Charity Orchestra is made up of more than 200 volunteers who aim to change lives through music.

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Spooktacular!

Put on your best fancy dress costume and join WAAPA for Spooktacular!, a sensational evening of fun, frivolity and phenomenal musical virtuosity at the Perth Concert Hall.

  • Dates:Oct 31
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts
  • Venue Address:5 St George's Terrace
  • Ticket Price FROM:$20
  • Ticket price TO:$30
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Music:Classical,Orchestral
  • Type:Youth Art / Performance
  • Performing Arts:Comedy
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Description

For the first ever, WAAPA at Edith Cowan University is taking its popular annual Halloween concert into the heart of the city – and it’s going to be a lot of fun!

The Symphonic Wind Ensemble presents a program of epic proportions, including a world premiere by WAAPA’s own Jonathan Jie Hong Yang (of Brave the Wave fame) and the Australian premiere of Victoriano Valencia’s Three Colombian Scenes for Alto Saxophone and Band with special guest saxophonist Matt Styles.

For a touch of Halloween madness, there’s Eric Whitacre’s crowd-favourite showpiece, Godzilla Eats Las Vegas!, which invites the performers to do anything to get a laugh – including wearing hilarious costumes, acting out scenes on stage and using crazy video and lighting.

The concert culminates in Wine Dark Sea, a 2014 symphony for band by American composer John Mackey. Inspired by Homer’s epic poem, The Odyssey, this bold and compelling piece combines the full force of the Symphonic Wind Ensemble with percussion, prepared pianos and harps. 

“This is the most exciting and ambitious program that SWE has ever put together,” says WAAPA’s Head of Woodwind and Spooktacular music director, Philip Everall. “We can’t wait to get into the Perth Concert Hall – it’s going to be a hoot!”

The staff and students of WAAPA are incredibly happy, excited and privileged to be able to perform for a live audience in this fabulous and iconic venue. So grab your fancy dress costume and we’ll see you there!

Please be advised this event is being sold with socially distanced seating configurations in accordance with current Government restrictions. Should government restrictions change, further seats will be released for sale.
 

Mozart By Candlelight

Perth Symphony Orchestra takes its audience beyond the powdered wigs and silken undergarments of one of classical music's most revered figures.

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

Details

  • Venue Address:5 St Georges Terrace, Perth WA, 6000
  • Ticket Price FROM:$30
  • Ticket price TO:$120
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Music:Classical
  • Hosted By:Perth Symphony Orchestra

Description

Under the creative direction of PSO’s Founder and CEO Bourby Webster, this concert promises to be anything but a traditional classical concert. With performances weaving together Mozart’s own intimate letters and notes to his loved ones, alongside music inspired by the highly acclaimed Mozart in the Jungle book and television series – providing a glimpse into the secret and often racy world of classical musicians.

JUST JUDY! Downstairs at the Maj

Petrina Bishop shares Judy Garland’s songs and stories of yesteryear.

  • Dates:October 30th
  • Time(s):7:30pm
  • Venue:Downstairs at the Maj

Details

  • Hosted By:Petrina Bishop
  • Venue Address:827-905 Hay St, Perth WA 6000
  • Ticket Price:$30
  • Music:Classical
  • Performing Arts:Cabaret,Theatre
  • Event Venue:Downstairs at The Maj,His Majesty's Theatre

Description

Petrina Bishop is a powerhouse of exceptional musicianship, strength, and raw emotion!

Get ready for a rollercoaster of emotions as Petrina showcases her incredible versatility and range, accompanied by one of Australia’s most skilled pianists Mr David Wickham.

Petrina is a powerhouse vocalist that captures the raw vulnerability that Judy always gave. Come hear the songs and arrangements of Judy’s infamous performances at London’s Talk of The Town nightclub.

If you love and adore Judy Garland, this is the show for you!

Musica Viva: Reconnect | Sara Macliver, St George's Cathedral Consort and Joseph Nolan

The acclaimed soprano Sara Macliver, organist Joseph Nolan and St George’s Cathedral Consort perform favourites by Handel and the Baroque masters that inspire for Musica Viva Australia.

  • Dates:Nov 23
  • Time(s):7:30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:Musica Viva
  • Venue Address:5 St George's Terrace
  • Ticket Price FROM:$40
  • Ticket price TO:$120
  • Produced By:Musica Viva
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Music:Classical,Choral

Description

Praised by ABC Classic for possessing a ‘pure, pitch perfect, silvery soprano’ that’s ‘instantly recognisable’, acclaimed soprano Sara Mcliver will return to the Perth stage for Musica Viva. Alongside her in this Baroque spectacle is renowned organist and director Joseph Nolan, the St George’s Cathedral Consort, and trumpeter Jenny Coleman.

British-Australian organist and choral conductor Nolan opens the programme with Bach’s virtuosic organ showpiece ‘Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV565’. Praised by Gramophone magazine for his ‘towering technique, vivid virtuosity and inspired interpretive insight’, he’s built a formidable reputation as a recording artist, producing over ten solo discs for Signum Records. Acclaimed Soprano Sara Mcliver will then join the stage for a range of vocal showpieces, demonstrating why she’s earned a reputation as one of the leading exponents of Baroque performance. Both will be supported by the St George’s Cathedral Consort, recognised as Western Australia’s premier mixed-voice choir.

Since Handel’s music was embraced by the upper echelons of British society in the eighteenth century, his music has scored the grandest celebrations, unifying audiences in its power to elevate and inspire. Among a rich catalogue of masterpieces, his ‘Eternal Source of Light Divine’ is regarded as one of his most inspired works, with its pristine vocal melody, accompanying sustained chords, and glistening trumpet obbligato creating a moment of ravishing beauty. Paired with the power of Bach, and serene selections from Renaissance masters, we welcome you to reconnect with live chamber music, in a programme of music that will inspire and uplift.

Scheherazade And Other Tales

Let the West Coast Philharmonic Orchestra take you on a magical ride through time, land and adventure in their debut performance at the Government House Ballroom.

  • Dates:Nov 28
  • Time(s):2pm & 7pm
  • Venue:Government House Ballroom

Details

  • Hosted By:West Coast Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Venue Address:13 St Georges Terrace, Perth, WA 6000
  • Ticket Price FROM:$15
  • Ticket price TO:$40
  • Music:Classical,Orchestral
  • Produced By:WACO: Western Australian Charity Orchestra
  • Event Venue:Government House Ballroom

Description

Come and experience some of Western Art music's finest compositions, introducing rising star soprano Bonnie de la Hunty and directed by Samuel Parry.
Wild Swans Suite -- Kats-Chernin
Scheherezade -- Rimsky-Korsakov
William Tell Overture -- Rossini

Ben Folds with WASO

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
  • Venue Address:5 St Georges Terrace, Perth WA 6000
  • Produced By:WASO: WA Symphony Orchestra
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Music:Classical,Orchestral,Pop,Gig Guide
  • SCOOP ADMIN ONLY:WASO Special event

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!

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 15 2021
  • Time(s):2pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:AMCK Fine Entertainment
  • Venue Address:5 St Georges Terrace, Perth, WA, 6000
  • Ticket Price FROM:$59
  • Ticket price TO:$119
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Music:Classical

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).

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