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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 Sorcerer

A romance tested... A town under enchantment... Can the spell be broken?

  • Dates:14, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, 23 October
  • Venue:Dolphin Theatre - 35 Stirling Highway, Crawley WA 6009

Details

  • Hosted By:The Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Western Australia
  • Ticket Price:19.90 - 59.90
  • Music:Opera,Orchestral,Classical
  • Performing Arts:Musicals,Theatre
  • Event Venue:Dolphin Theatre

Description

G&S WA proudly presents The Sorcerer – the toe-tapping, spellbinding musical that started it all! Gilbert & Sullivan’s inaugural full-length collaboration, The Sorcerer is filled with memorable characters, witty and wonderful music, and a tantalizing story-line. The tiny town of Ploverleigh is a happy place, busy with preparations for the engagement of Aline, the blue-blood daughter of Lady Sangazure; to Alexis, an officer of the Grenadier Guards and son of Sir Marmaduke Poindextre. Other romances are also waiting to bloom, as the smitten Constance pines for the oblivious Dr Daly, and Sir Marmaduke confesses a long held secret affection for Lady Sangazure. Wishing everyone could be as happy as he is, Alexis declares that love should have no rank or social distinctions and employs the services of a Sorcerer to brew a love potion so the whole town may experience the joys of romantic bliss. Filtered into the tea served at the engagement celebration, all are soon under its intoxicating influence. However, topsy turvy mismatches are awakened! Will true love survive? Celebrate The Gilbert & Sullivan Society of WA’s 70th Anniversary Year, an enchanting event not to be missed!

La Vie Parisienne

Indulge yourself in a magical night of ravishing piano music by Faure, Debussy, Ravel, Satie, Poulenc, and the Parisians' favourite, Frederic Chopin

  • Dates:Oct 21
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium

Details

  • Hosted By:WAAPA ECU Mount Lawley
  • Ticket Price:$25 - $30
  • Music:Classical
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Event Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium

Description

Music Director: Anna Sleptsova
Performed by: Piano and Classical Voice students and staff

Mendelssohn's String Octet

Paul Wright directs the String Camerata in the most beloved string octet of them all - Mendelssohn's glorious String Octet, Opus 20.

  • Dates:Oct 22
  • Time(s):7:30pm
  • Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium

Details

  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Ticket Price:$30 - Full, $25 - Concession, $23 - Friends
  • Type:Youth Art / Performance
  • Music:Classical,Concerto,Chamber Music
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Event Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium

Description

Written when the composer was just 16 years old, the work is a remarkable blend of youthful verve and astonishing passion. No wonder it has been hailed as “one of the miracles of 19th century music”. The program also includes the delicious Concerto for Strings by Margaret Sutherland AO OBE, one of the best-known and most-loved musicians Australia has produced.

Music Director: Paul Wright
Performed by: String Camerata

Bookings open:
7th Sep - Friends
14th Sep - Public

Classical Music Accolades

A night of celebration and achievement as WAAPA's music prizewinners showcase their extraordinary skills

  • Dates:Oct 28
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium

Details

  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Ticket Price:$25 - $30
  • Music:Classical
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Event Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium
  • Type:Youth Art / Performance

Description

Every year, WAAPA's top classical musicians vie for a glittering series of performance prizes and scholarships. Tonight, the recipients dazzle you with their award-winning virtuosity.

Music Director: Tim White
Performed by: 2021 Music Prizewinners

Bookings open:
7th Sep - Friends
14th Sep - Public

Spooktacular!

This popular annual event celebrates Halloween, Christmas and the end of the year in one, fun-filled concert!

  • Dates:Oct 29
  • Time(s):7:30pm
  • Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium

Details

  • Music:Classical,Orchestral
  • Event Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Type:Youth Art / Performance,For Kids
  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Ticket Price:$23 - $30

Description

It's the Symphonic Wind Orchestra in top musical form and crazy costumes as they play Johan de Meij’s modern classic Symphony No 1: Lord of the Rings, and a selection of seasonal favourites. Plus this year, for the first time ever, the winning composition from the SWE Overture Competition will be performed. Join in for a fabulous night of music, dress up in costume and win some prizes! Music Director: Phillip Everall, Performed by: Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Bookings open: 7th Sep - Friends, 14th Sep - Public

There'll Always be an England

Join Geoffrey Lancaster and James Huntingford as they play music by Haydn and Jan Landislav Dussek composed for the English-style piano

  • Dates:Oct 31
  • Time(s):3.00pm
  • Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium

Details

  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Ticket Price:$27 - $32
  • Music:Classical
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Event Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium

Description

This concert celebrates the return to WAAPA, following restoration, of a grand piano made by the English firm Broadwood & Sons in 1824 for the flautist in Haydn's London orchestra, Andrew Ashe. The program concludes with Carl Czerny's monumental arrangement for piano four hands of Beethoven's 5th Symphony.

 

Bookings open

7th Sep - Friends
14th Sep - Public

Landscape and Wonder

Music to touch your soul- Finnish conductor Dalia Stasevska conducts Sibelius’ Fifth Symphony.

  • Dates:Nov 5
  • Time(s):Opens 7:30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:WASO (Western Australia Symphony Orchestra)
  • Ticket Price:$30-$95
  • Music:Classical,Orchestral
  • Produced By:WASO: WA Symphony Orchestra
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Description

Finnish conductor Dalia Stasevska has rocketed to prominence in recent years, with her brilliant talent hailed worldwide. For her WASO debut, she conducts Sibelius’ Fifth Symphony, a work of unbridled orchestral ecstasy inspired by swans in flight and infused with lustrous images of the expansive Finnish landscape. Osvaldo Golijov’s Three Songs are also deeply emotional and poetic, filled with intimacy, intensity, and imagination. When performed by one of Australia’s finest singers, Sara Macliver, these sublime pieces will touch your soul.

Sergei PROKOFIEV Symphony No.1 Classical

Osvaldo GOLIJOV Three Songs for Soprano and Orchestra

Jean SIBELIUS Symphony No.5

Dalia Stasevska conductor Sara Macliver soprano

Chopin’s Piano with Aura Go

History comes to life as a cast of historical characters tell the tale of Chopin’s piano, their words set amongst a complete performance of his beloved Preludes.

  • Dates:Nov 8
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:Musica Viva
  • Ticket Price:$56 - $106
  • Music:Classical,Concert Tours,Orchestral
  • Produced By:Musica Viva
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Description

In the winter of 1838-9 Frédéric Chopin – along with his lover, the brilliant and pioneering writer George Sand – hunkered down in a former monastery in Majorca, determined to complete the set of 24 Preludes he had picked away at since 1836. 

The story of the primitive local instrument on which Chopin completed this great monument of the Romantic piano literature is key to this unique collaboration between director Richard Pyros, a yet to be announced actor, and pianist Aura Go – a Musica Viva FutureMaker, equipped with an astonishing palette and imagination. Drawing on an inspiring cast of real-life characters set amongst a complete performance of the Preludes, these three artists trace the rich history and ultimate fate of the Majorcan piano, in a dramatic mix of words and music, adapted from Paul Kildea’s book Chopin’s Piano. Their performance underlines the sheer originality of the Preludes, the enduring power of Chopin, and the changing nature of his music over time.

Artists:

AURA GO PIANO
TBC ACTOR
RICHARD PYROS DIRECTOR AND CO-ADAPTOR

PROGRAM –

CHOPIN 24 Preludes, Op. 28  (1835-39)

Last Night of the Proms: A Classical Spectacular

Bring your best voice and party spirit as WASO raises the roof at Perth Concert Hall with WASO’s annual barnstorm of flag-waving favourites.

  • Dates:Nov 12-13
  • Time(s):Opens 7:30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:WASO (Western Australia Symphony Orchestra)
  • Ticket Price:$30-$105
  • Music:Classical,Choral,Orchestral
  • Produced By:WASO: WA Symphony Orchestra
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Description

Join conductor Guy Noble, the WASO Chorus and special guests as we whip up a spectacular musical feast, complete with a cavalcade of classical hits and patriotic anthems. As always the concert comes to an unmissable end with the traditional ‘Last Night of the Proms’ sing-a-long including Jerusalem and Rule, Britannia.

Henry WOOD Fantasy on British Sea Songs arr.

Malcolm SARGENT Rule,

Britannia Hubert PARRY Jerusalem

Edward ELGAR Pomp and Circumstance No.1

Guy Noble conductor WASO Chorus

The Four Seasons: The Australian Chamber Orchestra

A sensory exploration of Vivaldi and the Middle East.

  • Dates:Nov 24
  • Time(s):7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:Perth Concert Hall
  • Ticket Price:$24 to $134
  • Music:Classical,Concerto
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Description

Each day that Vivaldi walked the streets of traversed the canals of Venice, a key port and global trade centre, it brought him into contact with a flurry of sounds, smells, languages and thought that were like no other in Europe. From the Otomman Empire and the vast depths of Arabic intellectual and cultural life, through to North Africa and what would become India, Venice was a community where design, food religion and the arts didn't just mingle, they absorbed and integrated. Vivaldi's much-loved bastion of western music, The Four Seasons, could only have emerged from the melting pot.

Caretaker of Lost Selves & View from the Magpie's Nest

Caretaker of Lost Selves & View from the Magpie's Nest ~ a double bill of music, dance & storytelling.

  • Dates:Friday 26 November
  • Time(s):4pm & 7:30pm
  • Venue:Albany Entertainment Centre

Details

  • Hosted By:Breaksea
  • Ticket Price:$39 Adults $34 Concession $16 Junior
  • Type:Community
  • Music:Choral,Classical
  • Performing Arts:Dance
  • Event Venue:Albany Entertainment Centre

Description

Commencing with welcome to country from Menang Noongar Elder Aunty Eliza Woods and Breaksea original 'Horizon' together with the children of the Mount Barker Community College Choir, Breaksea presents its double bill Caretaker of Lost Selves & View from the Magpie's Nest. View from the Magpie's Nest ~ an immersive movement piece choreographed by Emily O'Brien with beautiful narration by Naomi Lake performed by "Let's Shine" a performing group for people living with a disability. Caretaker of Lost Selves ~ a magical multi-arts experience where true stories weave a mysterious tapestry. A play with musical interludes, movement and projected visual art promises a feast for the eyes and the soul! With newly composed music performed live from Breaksea's Jonathan Brain featuring a huge and talented cast including Soprano Pia Adriana Harris, Tim Dunn, Rachael Colmer, Rita Cobussen & Great Southern community participants. Come and experience the power of Breaksea music, theatre and storytelling directed by Artistic Director Matt Reuben James Ward.

Miracles and Triumphs

Beethoven’s most popular symphony plus WASO’s blazing horns.

  • Dates:Nov 26 - 27
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:West Australian Symphony Orchestra
  • Ticket Price:$30 - $75
  • Produced By:WASO: WA Symphony Orchestra
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Music:Classical,Orchestral

Description

If Haydn was acclaimed as ‘the father of the symphony’, it is surely his most illustrious student, Beethoven, who thrust the symphony into the popular consciousness. The famous opening four notes of Beethoven’s Fifth launches an epic symphonic journey from tension to exuberant triumph. Schumann composed his Konzertstuck in 1849, one of the most blazingly creative and happy years of his life, and a sense of joyous euphoria infuses this super virtuosic showpiece.Joseph HAYDN Symphony No.96 The Miracle

Robert SCHUMANN Konzertstuck for Four Horns and Orchestra

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN Symphony No.5

Asher Fisch conductor

David Evans horn

Julia Brooke horn

Robert Gladstones horn

Francesco Lo Surdo horn

PRIMORDIAL - Gabriella Smart

Primordial is a unique merging of science and sound – a visceral listening experience that re-enacts the shifting of tectonic plates to form the Flinders Ranges.

  • Dates:November 26
  • Time(s):7.30pm - 8.30pm
  • Venue:WA Museum

Details

  • Hosted By:Tura & WA Museum
  • Ticket Price:$15 to $30 + BF
  • Music:Classical,Other Music,Concert Tours
  • Other:Museum events,Science
  • Event Venue:WA Museum Boola Bardip

Description

Presented by Tura New Music & WA Museum Boola Bardip Primordial is a unique merging of science and sound – a visceral listening experience that re-enacts the shifting of tectonic plates to form the Flinders Ranges. It's a journey through time to the first sign of life on earth with the appearance of the Ediacara fossils. The sonic world of PRIMORDIAL reflects the immense landscape of the Ediacara Fossil field on the edge of the Australian desert. Composer Constantine Koukias imagines the sound of shifting tectonic plates through manipulated piano preparations and electronics to create cascading waves of sound. The piano as we know it is reinvented, its resonance reflecting a haunting, fragile sound world. Gabriella Smart pounds and caresses the piano, cajoling beautiful and extraordinary prepared sounds that are symbiotic with Koukias' electronic score. ""Koukias' sharp and at times fragile music miraculously re?ected this vast landscape on the edge of the Australian desert" — Thomas Tamvakos, Archive of Greek Composers [2020] Piano: Gabriella Smart Music: Constantine Koukias (AUS/NETH) Tape Sound Design: Mischa Duncan te Pas Lighting Design: Jason James Event image: Ben D Woods

Mozart and Bruckner

Experience exquisite lyricism and raw power.

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

Details

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

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.

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

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