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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


Konstantin Shamray

The beauty and emotional intensity of Russian music lies at the heart of this deeply moving program, brought to life by pianist Konstantin Shamray and the ANAM Orchestra led by Sophie Rowell.

  • Dates:May 3
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:Musica Viva
  • Music:Classical
  • Produced By:Musica Viva
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Description

As a 15-year-old student nearing the end of his first year at the Vienna Conservatory, Gustav Mahler composed one movement of a piano quartet, a work that always gives the impression that something bigger is struggling to emerge. Following Mahler’s own tradition of enlarging certain chamber pieces, this program includes an orchestration of the quartet, made by the outstanding violinist Harry Ward: an ANAM alumnus and a Musica Viva FutureMaker.

Alfred Schnittke was keenly aware of his Soviet/German musical heritage, even as he stomped on it in heavy boots. Yet his piano concerto is a touching affirmation of his artistic roots, and his affection for Tchaikovsky makes the two Russians good bedfellows, the elder’s Serenade here prefaced by Estonian composer Mihkel Kerem’s Lamento, a work of searing beauty.

ANAM’s ensemble of wonderful young string players is directed with equal verve by the terrific Sophie Rowell, one of Australia’s most admired instrumentalists. They are joined onstage by Adelaide’s brilliant, Russian-trained Konstantin Shamray.

Tsitsanis, Hatzidakis, Xarchakos & Theodorakis: Celebrating 200 Years of Greek Independence

Songs of revolution, liberation and empowerment, featuring international artist Dimitris Basis, a Greek band, and a symphony orchestra and choir, conducted by George Ellis.

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

Details

  • Music:World,Classical,Orchestral
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Hosted By:NK Entertainment Pty Ltd
  • Ticket Price:$49 - $110

Description

Two hundred years ago, in 1821, Greeks rose in revolt against the mighty Ottoman Empire, which had dominated their land for centuries. The Revolution of 1821 led to the establishment of an independent, internationally recognised Greek kingdom in 1832. Always, from before the Revolution to the present day, music and song have inspired Greek people to struggle for a better world and to honour those who have given their lives for the cause. To mark the 200th anniversary of the beginning of the Greek War of Independence, we bring you a concert with songs of revolution, liberation and empowerment created over several decades by four great composers of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries: Vassilis Tsitsanis, Manos Hatzidakis, Stavros Xarchakos and Mikis Theodorakis. The concert will feature international artist Dimitris Basis, together with a Greek band and a symphony orchestra, under the direction of conductor George Ellis.

Apia Good Times Tour 2021

We're hitting the road with our biggest line-up yet!

  • Dates:May 14
  • Time(s):7:30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

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

Description

The good times are back with the Apia Good Times Tour 2021 hitting the road! It's a night of non-stop hits with eight legendary acts playing all their classics. You don't want to miss this one. The Apia Good Times Tour 2021 is coming to a venue near you from May through until June. Let the good times roll!

Spirit

Be inspired by the spirit and sounds of Australia

  • Dates:May 30
  • Time(s):5.00pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:WA Youth Orchestra
  • Ticket Price:$20 - $35
  • Type:Youth Art / Performance,Aboriginal Art & Events
  • Music:Orchestral,Classical
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Description

Guest artist Don Nunggarrgalu from the Northern Territory indigenous band ‘Mumbali’ will be performing a WA premiere of their orchestrated hit Numbulwar song, ‘Yuwani’.

The concert will also feature a world premiere by Georgia Scott, winner of the Carol Day Commission, and a gigantic 120-piece orchestra takes to the stage for Gustav Mahler’s powerful and emotionally charged Symphony No. 6.

Chess The Musical

The legendary 'Grand Master Of A Show' debuts at Perth Concert Hall in a powerful concert-style production celebrating the pop-rock musical score.

  • Dates:Jun 3 - 5
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:Perth Concert
  • Ticket Price:$59 - $120
  • Performing Arts:Musicals
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Description

Presented by Perth Symphony Orchestra & StoryBoard Entertainment. Featuring Logie-nominated and recent star of CHICAGO Natalie Bassingwaighte; Aria chart-topping vocalist Paulini, New York Metropolitan Opera singer Alexander Lewis; semi-finalist in The Voice 2020 Mark Furze; musical theatre favourite Rob Mills; opera singer Eddie Muliaumaseali'l, and mustical theatre all-rounder Brittanie Shipway, with backing by twenty-five professional musicians from Perth Symphony Orchestra.

 

Set during the Cold War, two of the world's greatest chess players, one American, one Russian, find themselves pawns of their governments sparring in the turbulent East-West political arena. As the game climaxes and stakes rise, Florence Vassey, as Hungarian-born refugee is caught between the two grandmasters, in a triangle of both love and power.

 

Featuring iconic music of Benny Andersson & Bjorn Ulvaeus (ABBA) with book & lyrics by Tim Rice, the worldwide stage hit Chess The Musical will be presented as a semi-staged concert style production featuring smash-hits 'I Know Him So Well' and 'One Night In Bangkok'. Directed by Tyran Parke this powerful new production of Chess The Musical will be the music theatre event of 2021 that cannot be missed!

 

Please note this is a semi-staged performance

Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra

A family-friendly musical safari.

  • Dates:Jun 12
  • Time(s):1.00pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:WASO
  • Music:Orchestral,Classical
  • Produced By:WASO: WA Symphony Orchestra
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Type:For Kids

Description

Join WASO for the family-friendly musical adventure to meet the musicians and instruments of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra.

 

Benjamin Britten's Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra is a radiant introduction and deep dive into the exciting world of the Orchestra, its sound and instruments. From the violins to the triangle, tuba to piccolo, this interactive sonic safari will be guided by presenter Thea Rossen.

 

Young listeners will meet each instrument of the orchestra through a clever series of variations, travelling around the orchestra from the highest to the lowest.

Nicolas Fleury, Emily Sun & Amir Farid

Three renowned musicians combine to create chamber music magic, in glowing, beloved works from Mozart and Brahms alongside Gordon Kerry’s sparkling new Sonata.

  • Dates:Jun 13
  • Time(s):6.30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:Musica Viva
  • Music:Classical
  • Produced By:Musica Viva
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Description

In a matter of weeks in 1865 Johannes Brahms composed a horn trio in memory of his mother, bringing together a combination of instruments that seemed to occupy a new, magical land. No doubt inspired by its poised beauty, in 1910 the composer Ernst Naumann made an imaginative arrangement of Mozart’s Horn Quintet for this same line-up.

Placing both these demanding works on the same program asks a lot of a horn player, which is where Nicolas Fleury comes in. Resident in Australia since 2019, Nicolas has a brilliant pedigree, which includes studies in his native France, postgrad tuition in London, and a decade as a soloist and Principal with orchestras throughout the world.

Matching such beautiful playing is the welcome responsibility of Amir Farid and Emily Sun, two radiant musicians whose commitment to contemporary music is here expressed in the premiere of a Sonata by Gordon Kerry, generously commissioned by Julian Burnside in celebration of Gordon’s improbable 60th birthday. 

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:Jul 8
  • Time(s):7:30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

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

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. 

Music of the Spheres

Space: Our next frontier

  • Dates:Jul 9
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:West Coast Philharmonic Orchestra and WA Wind Symphony
  • Music:Orchestral
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Description

Join us on a musical adventure as we warp to the four corners of a galaxy, far fay away ... Prepare yourselves for a musical journey through the cosmos as we unleash the award-winning sounds of the WA Wind Symphony along with the vibrant West Coast Philharmonic at Perth Concert Hall. Featuring all of your space favourites from Star Wars, The Mandalorian, Star Trek, 2001: A Space Odyssey. Holst's The Planets and more ... This is the way.

Genevieve Lacey & Marshall McGuire

A concert, or a sanctuary for audiences and performers: Genevieve Lacey and Marshall McGuire, two of Australia’s leading musicians, present a unique sonic experience of musical treasures old and new.

  • Dates:Jul 15
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

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

Description

In 2020, when asked whether she thought Musica Viva could put on stage a program she had conceived entirely for the recording studio – a lovely juxtaposition of music old and new, a collaboration with a dear and well-matched friend, renowned harpist Marshall McGuire – the wondrous musician Genevieve Lacey responded:

During this time of isolation, people the world round are yearning for shelter, both physical and spiritual. Bower is an associative, ephemeral nest, woven with memories, heart, hope. Musical treasures found, borrowed and made are lovingly fashioned into a sanctuary.

Accordingly, this program emerges gently onto the concert platform, offering audiences a unique shared experience, enhanced with sound by Jim Atkins and lighting by Niklas Pajanti. Genevieve’s ‘bower’ is the most authentic extension of the ideas at the heart of one of the programmed pieces, Purcell’s exquisite Evening Hymn

Now, now that the sun hath veil’d his light

And bid the world goodnight;

To the soft bed my body I dispose,

But where shall my soul repose?

Artists:

GENEVIEVE LACEY RECORDERS
MARSHALL MCGUIRE HARP 

PROGRAM –

Music by John Playford, Jacob van Eyck, Cipriano de Rore, Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber and Henry Purcell (some arranged by Genevieve Lacey and Marshall McGuire), alongside Australian premieres:

SKIPWORTH Cavern
BENNETT Baiyan Woka (arr. Erkki Veltheim)
KELLER I Surrender
VAN REYK threaded in amongst the infinite threading
FLYNN AND HUMPHREY A mutual support for precarious times
VELTHEIM Nocturne over blue ruins
RODGERS Birds for Genevieve 

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:Jul 16
  • Time(s):8:00pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

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

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.

Dreams Of Place

Over 100 musicians join forces with local Noongar singers to deliver a concert exploding with evocative images of place.

  • Dates:Jul 23 & 25
  • Time(s):Fri 7:30pm & Sun 5:00pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

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

 

Celebrate! WAAPA Salutes ECU's 30th Anniversary

WAAPA proudly celebrates the 30th anniversary of Edith Cowan University with a showcase of the incredible talents and creativity of WAAPA's students, staff and alumni

  • Dates:Jul 30
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Ticket Price:$43-50
  • Music:Other Music
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Performing Arts:Dance,Theatre
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Description

WAAPA proudly celebrates the 30th anniversary of Edith Cowan University in a spectacular gala concert at the Perth Concert Hall. Showcasing the incredible talents and creativity of WAAPA’s students, staff and alumni, this performance extravaganza takes audiences on a rich and diverse journey through music, theatre and dance – with some very special guests and a few extra surprises along the way! Join us for an amazing party, as WAAPA celebrates 30 wonderful years at ECU and we look towards an exciting and inspiring future. Don’t miss this incredibly special event! Performed by: WAAPA students, staff, alumni and special guests

Ensemble Q

A collection of celebrated Australian soloists, Ensemble Q light up the stage with this colourful mix of woodwind classics and newer works with cello.

  • Dates:Aug 10
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

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

Description

Every so often a new work comes along that makes us all sit up and take notice, startled as we do so; Paul Dean’s concerto for cello and wind quintet is such a piece. It is gritty, lyrical, compelling, and in Trish Dean has a phenomenal advocate. She is well matched by Paul and the other members of Ensemble Q, a sharp-shooting group of renowned wind soloists in Brisbane, brought together out of the desire to create a collection of ‘exceptional players and wonderful people’.

This program demands much from each player, perfectly framed by the different ways in which composers since Beethoven have thought about wind instruments. It’s funny to think of the Ligeti and Barber works being composed within two years of each other, for they could not be more different – Barber an exponent of mid-century American lyricism, Ligeti an uncompromising modernist. They nonetheless rub shoulders most happily in this program, a snapshot of virtuosic wind writing.

Artists:

PAUL DEAN CLARINET AND ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
TRISH DEAN CELLO AND ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
VIRGINIA TAYLOR FLUTE
HUW JONES OBOE
PETER LUFF HORN
DAVID MITCHELL BASSOON 

Programs

BRITTEN Ciaccona from Second Suite for Cello, Op. 80 (1967)
LIGETI Six Bagatelles for wind quintet (1953)
DEBUSSY Syrinx (1913)
BEETHOVEN Variations on ‘La Ci Darem’ (1795)
BARBER Summer Music, Op. 31 (1955)
DEAN Concerto for Cello and Wind Quintet (2018)

Star Navigator (IhITAI ‘AVEI’A)

Based on the true story of Tupaia, a Tahitian star navigator who sailed with James Cook on the Endeavour, this landmark event will be presented in concert with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra

  • Dates:Aug 13
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:West Australian Opera
  • Music:Opera,Orchestral
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Description

Based on the true story of Tupaia, a Tahitian star navigator who sailed with James Cook on the Endeavour, this beautiful and haunting work explores the 1769 meeting of two master mariners, each from a vastly different place and culture, both proud of their knowledge and unwavering in their ambition.

 

The opera delves into the minds of these two navigators of genius and the gulf of belief that, despite their common love of the sea and thirst for exploration, stops them from finding their way into each other's world. Set sail on this journey and let the music lift you up to the stars.

 

Star Navigator is a new work composed by Tim Finn with Tahitian monologues by Celestine Vaite. Originally commissioned by West Australian Opera, New Zealand Opera and Victorian Opera and supported by the state government of Western Australia.