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Classical Music in Perth and WA


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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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Sydney International Piano Competition (POSTPONED)

Sydney International Piano Competition - Winner Of The Piano Olympics!

  • Dates:Postponed from Aug 2 to 2021 (date TBA)
  • Time(s):Opens 4pm
  • Venue:Government House Ballroom

Details

  • Hosted By:Perth Concert Hall
  • Venue Address:27-29 St Georges Terrace, Perth, Western Australia 6000
  • Type:Classical Music
  • Audience:Family-Friendly
  • Event Venue:Government House Ballroom
  • Music:Classical
  • Ticket Price:$45

Description

Once every four years the Olympics of the piano is presented by the prestigious Sydney International Piano Competition. 32 young pianists from around the world travel to Sydney to battle it out and be crowned the Grand First Prize Winner, with the crème de la crème of pianists launching themselves into the global spotlight of the music world.


Be the first to hear this recital by the newly announced winner on their national tour immediately after the end of the 12th edition of this famous competition.

Massed Sax: Homecoming

The Massed Sax project returns to WAAPA in 2020 with award- winning UK composer, saxophonist and Massed Sax patron, Andy Scott.

  • Dates:Aug 2
  • Time(s):7.00pm
  • Venue:Geoff Gibbs Theatre

Details

  • Hosted By:Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts
  • Venue Address:Building 1, Room 150 (1.150), Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, 2 Bradford St, Mount Lawley WA 6050
  • Ticket Price FROM:$13
  • Ticket price TO:$20
  • Type:Music
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly,Wheelchair Access
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Event Venue:Geoff Gibbs Theatre
  • Music:Classical,Jazz,Popular Music,World

Description

Still the biggest saxophone event of its kind in Australia, Massed Sax brings together saxophone players from every corner of Western Australia (and beyond) to join in a celebration of the world’s most versatile instrument. Led by WAAPA saxophone lecturer Matt Styles, visiting artist Andy Scott and The 'Phone Co., this is an event where the saxophone brings together jazz, classical, contemporary and world music!

Three's Company...

Witness this spectacular performance of Mozart's Piano Trio in C Major and Beethoven's Archduke Trio by WAAPA's very own teaching staff!

  • Dates:Aug 8
  • Time(s):3.00pm
  • Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium

Details

  • Hosted By:Western Australian Academy of Perfoming Arts
  • Venue Address:Building 1, Room 110 (1.110), Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, 2 Bradford St, Mount Lawley WA 6050
  • Ticket Price FROM:$23
  • Ticket price TO:$30
  • Type:Classical Music,Music
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly,For seniors,Wheelchair Access
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Event Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium
  • Music:Classical

Description

Mozart composed his Piano Trio in C major (KV 548) at the peak of his creative powers. In this concert, Mozart’s masterpiece keeps company with Beethoven’s first and last piano trios; three pinnacles from the piano trio repertoire, including Beethoven’s monumental Archduke Trio – the most beautiful of his ground- breaking piano trios – clothed in the luminous sonorities of Classical era instruments, including WAAPA’s new Graf (1819) fortepiano.

David Greco & The Irwin Street Collective (CANCELLED)

David Greco & The Irwin Street Collective

  • Dates:Aug 2
  • Time(s):Opens 4pm
  • Venue:Government House Ballroom

Details

  • Hosted By:Government House Ballroom
  • Venue Address:27-29 St Georges Terrace, Perth, Western Australia 6000
  • Type:Music
  • Audience:Family-Friendly
  • Event Venue:Government House Ballroom
  • Music:Classical
  • Ticket Price:$45

Description

The Irwin Street Collective, featuring internationally celebrated guest artist David Greco and principal players of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra will present exquisite works for voice and chamber ensemble, performed on period instruments.

David Greco has worked on the cutting edge of the early music movement in Europe, performing regularly with the Academy of Ancient Music and Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra. He has appeared as a soloist in the world's most exciting festivals, such as Festival Aix-en-Provence, and received critical acclaim for his debut recording with ABC Classics label of Schubert's Winterreise.

A Soldier's Tale

WAAPA's own Indian Ocean Ensemble perform Stravinsky's bewitching fable of greed.

  • Dates:Aug 27
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium

Details

  • Hosted By:Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts
  • Venue Address:Building 1, Room 110 (1.110), Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, 2 Bradford St, Mount Lawley WA 6050
  • Ticket Price FROM:$23
  • Ticket price TO:$30
  • Type:Classical Music,Music
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly,Wheelchair Access
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Event Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium
  • Music:Classical

Description

The devil tricks a soldier into giving up his violin in return for a book that tells the future... Igor Stravinsky brings to life the famous Russian folktale about the value of human spirit in the face of greed and materialism. WAAPA’s Executive Dean, David Shirley joins the Indian Ocean Ensemble and students from WAAPA’s Performance Making course to revel in one of the most influential and dramatic works of the past century. The Seven Seas world music ensemble also performs a new work filled with imagination and virtuosity.

Orpheus In The Underworld

An epic performance of Offenbach's masterpiece Orpheus in the Underworld.

  • Dates:Sep 11, 12, 14, 15, 16 & 17
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:Geoff Gibbs Theatre

Details

  • Hosted By:Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts
  • Venue Address:2 Bradford St, Mount Lawley WA 6050
  • Ticket Price FROM:$43
  • Ticket price TO:$50
  • Type:Classical Music,Music
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly,For seniors,Wheelchair Access
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Event Venue:Geoff Gibbs Theatre
  • Music:Classical,Opera

Description

Paris, 1889... The perfect meeting point for high society and high fashion. The ideal rendezvous for God-like men and beautiful women. At a time when public opinion demands strict morals of all Parisians, how is it the artists of the Moulin Rouge can celebrate their liberte´, e´galite´ and fraternite´ with wild abandon? Come with us as we peel back the layers of French society and descend into the cabaret underworld of the 'city of love'.

Nuit Blanche

Nuit Blanche - White Night

  • Dates:Oct 3
  • Time(s):Opens 7pm
  • Venue:Government House Ballroom

Details

  • Hosted By:Perth Concert Hall
  • Venue Address:13 St Georges Terrace, Perth, Western Australia 6000
  • Ticket Price:$160
  • Type:Music
  • Audience:Family-Friendly
  • Event Venue:Government House Ballroom
  • Music:Classical

Description

Tickets include the show, a three-course dinner and a glass of bubbles on arrival.

As the city of Paris lights up and celebrates White Night, Government House Ballroom echoes this exceptional evening of art, festivities and music. An opulent evening of long table dining will be interspersed with a sumptuous feast of French songs, sung by Fiona Campbell, accompanied by one of Australia's greats and ABC 'Duets' star Tamara-Ann Cislowska. In true Nuit Blanche style, be prepared to be surprised and delighted with torch songs, Chopin and a late night lantern stroll in the Gardens surrounded by angelic Voyces.

Eggner Trio & Diana Doherty | Musica Viva

"Brimming with virtuosic playfulness and attention to detail" - Münchner Merkur

  • Dates:Oct 5
  • Time(s):7:30
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:Musica Viva
  • Venue Address:5 St George's Terrace
  • Ticket Price FROM:$53
  • Ticket price TO:$100
  • Type:Classical Music,Music
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly
  • Produced By:Musica Viva
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Music:Classical

Description

The brothers of Austria's Eggner Trio personify so much of the history of chamber music. They literally grew up playing music together in their living room, the intended venue for so many works written for this most intimate artform. While each has their own solo career, together they make an inspiring and superbly matched ensemble, regularly appearing in the great concert halls of the northern hemisphere – and for Musica Viva. On this tour they’re joined by superb Australian oboist Diana Doherty in a unique and exciting virtuoso collaboration. With four famously engaging personalities on stage, expect a vividly memorable event! 

Royal Over-Seas League Showcase

A concert featuring the talented winners of The Royal Over-Seas League prizes, along with excellent renditions of Bach's masterpieces and Chamber classics.

  • Dates:Oct 8
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium

Details

  • Hosted By:Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts
  • Venue Address:Building 1, Room 110 (1.110), Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, 2 Bradford St, Mount Lawley WA 6050
  • Ticket Price FROM:$23
  • Ticket price TO:$30
  • Type:Classical Music,Music
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly,Wheelchair Access
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Event Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium
  • Music:Classical

Description

The Royal Over-Seas League assists WAAPA’s most talented music students to achieve their dreams on stage in Australia and internationally. This concert showcases the winners of the ROSL prizes in Chamber Music, the music of Bach, Improvisation, Art Song, Early Keyboard and Composition. WAAPA is proud to partner with the Royal Over-Seas League in recognising and supporting the stars of tomorrow.

Instruments Of Time And Truth

Come see and hear the WAAPA's treasure trove of historical pianos and harpsichords in this rare concert!

  • Dates:Oct 10
  • Time(s):3.00pm
  • Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium

Details

  • Hosted By:Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts
  • Venue Address:Building 1, Room 110 (1.110), Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, 2 Bradford St, Mount Lawley WA 6050
  • Ticket Price FROM:$25
  • Ticket price TO:$32
  • Type:Music
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly,Wheelchair Access
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Event Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium
  • Music:Classical

Description

WAAPA students and lecturers introduce and play rare and important harpsichords and pianos from our astonishing, growing and extensive store of extraordinary historical keyboard instruments – this is a concert to delight the ear, move the heart and fire the imagination.

The English Orpheus

A concert devoted to rediscovering the once-neglected works of English composers, shining a light on both English modern masters and past madrigals and songs for classica guitar.

  • Dates:Oct 13
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium

Details

  • Hosted By:Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts
  • Venue Address:Building 1, Room 110 (1.110), Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, 2 Bradford St, Mount Lawley WA 6050
  • Ticket Price FROM:$23
  • Ticket price TO:$30
  • Type:Classical Music,Music
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly,Wheelchair Access
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Event Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium
  • Music:Classical

Description

Once thought to be musically inferior, the riches of the English musical tradition were rediscovered through musicians such as tenor Peter Pears and virtuoso classical guitarist Julian Bream. Pears and Bream premiered new works by modern masters such as Britten, Tippet and Berkeley, while also bringing to light the glories of the lute music of the Elizabethan golden age. Join us for a celebration of the English Orpheus across the ages, in a musical journey showcasing the best of English songs and madrigals, and English music for classical guitar.

Beethoven Celebration

Celebrated Perth violinist Paul Wright teams up with the WAAPA symphony orchestra for a 250th birthday celebration like no other!

  • Dates:Oct 16 -17
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium

Details

  • Hosted By:Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts
  • Venue Address:2 Bradford St, Mount Lawley WA 6050
  • Ticket Price FROM:$23
  • Ticket price TO:$30
  • Type:Classical Music,Music
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Event Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium
  • Music:Classical,Orchestral

Description

The WAAPA Symphony Orchestra celebrates the 250th anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven's birth in style, performing some of the most dynamic and beautiful music of all time. WAAPA's Head of Strings Paul Wright directs the orchestra in Beethoven's gorgeous Pastoral Symphony, inspired by the composer's legendary love of nature. You’ll also hear Mozart's exquisite Violin Concerto No 5 performed by Paul Wright. It’s a 250th birthday party like no other!

"I believe in God, Mozart and Beethoven." – Richard Wagner

"Paul Wright is a national treasure." – Neville Cohn The West Australian

The World Of Beethoven

A night showcasing the very finest of Beethoven’s piano repertoire in commemoration of his 250th birthday.

  • Dates:Oct 22
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium

Details

  • Hosted By:Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts
  • Venue Address:2 Bradford St, Mount Lawley WA 6050
  • Ticket Price FROM:$23
  • Ticket price TO:$30
  • Type:Classical Music,Music
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly,For seniors,Wheelchair Access
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Event Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium
  • Music:Classical

Description

From the light and playful to the passionate and dramatic, Ludwig van Beethoven’s piano music is beloved repertoire for performers and enduringly popular with audiences. Much of Beethoven’s piano music is expressed through his sonatas, with plenty of magnificent works that are timeless classics. To commemorate the 250th anniversary since this musical genius was born, WAAPA's piano students and staff invite you to immerse yourself in the world of Beethoven's magical piano music.

Fantasie Auf Nactmusik

Come see leading Australian pianist and composer Joe Chindamo play in this intimate evening performance of Mozart's Eine Kleine Nachtmusik.

  • Dates:Oct 24
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium

Details

  • Hosted By:Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts
  • Venue Address:Building 1, Room 110 (1.110), Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, 2 Bradford St, Mount Lawley WA 6050
  • Ticket Price FROM:$23
  • Ticket price TO:$30
  • Type:Classical Music,Music
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly,Wheelchair Access
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Event Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium
  • Music:Classical

Description

Legendary Australian pianist/composer Joe Chindamo joins violinist Paul Wright and the String Camerata for an extraordinary program of music, featuring Chindamo's celebrated reimagining of Mozart's famous Eine Kleine Nachtmusik. It's a gorgeous evening of chamber music for strings.

Classical Music Accolades

A dazzling display of the best of the best as WAAPA's prizewinners exhibit their extraordinary skills.

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

Details

  • Hosted By:Wetern Australian Academy of Performing Arts
  • Venue Address:Building 1, Room 110 (1.110), Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, 2 Bradford St, Mount Lawley WA 6050
  • Ticket Price FROM:$23
  • Ticket price TO:$30
  • Type:Classical Music,Music
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly,Wheelchair Access
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Event Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium
  • Music:Classical

Description

A night of celebration and achievement as WAAPA’s music prizewinners showcase their extraordinary skills. Every year, WAAPA’s top classical musicians vie for a glittering series of performance prizes and scholarships. Tonight, the recipients of these prizes dazzle you with their award-winning virtuosity.

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