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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.

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Comic-Con In Concert

Let the games begin with WASO's interpretation of some of your favourite movie scores!

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

Details

  • Hosted By:WASO
  • Venue Address:5 St Georges Terrace, Perth, WA, 6000
  • Ticket Price FROM:$25
  • Ticket price TO:$79
  • Type:Music
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly
  • Produced By:WASO: WA Symphony Orchestra
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Music:Concerto,Orchestral

Description

Sometimes we’re dressed in black playing Mozart and sometimes we’re breeding raptors and in cosplay! We’re bringing old favourites and new surprises for our third year running. You told us what you wanted to hear and we’ve answered the call in a concert program of pure magic with your favourite scores from movies like Jurassic Park, How to Train Your Dragon and Jaws, video games like Final Fantasy and even more pop-culture fun from the wizarding world and beyond.

Whether you’re a Wonder Woman warrior or a fully-armoured Thor, grab your mates, dress up and come along to this fun fantasy night with WASO!

Christopher Dragon conductor

Ben Elton Live 2021

Ben Elton, stand-up comic, author, playwright, actor and director, will be hitting the Perth Concert Hall stage April 2021!

  • Dates:Apr 3, 2021
  • Time(s):7:30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:Perth Concert Hall
  • Venue Address:5 St Georges Terrace, Perth WA 6000
  • Ticket Price FROM:$61.90
  • Ticket price TO:$91.95
  • Type:Performing Arts,Literature
  • Audience:Adults
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Performing Arts:Comedy

Description

Ben Elton exploded onto the comedy scene over 30 years ago, hosting Channel 4’s groundbreaking Saturday Live. Since then Elton has achieved huge success as a stand-up comic, author, playwright, actor and director. He's written television shows such as The Young Ones, Blackadder 2, Blackadder The Third, Blackadder Goes Forth, The Thin Blue Line and many more, as well writing and directing two feature films. He has published 16 best-selling novels, three smash hit West End plays and the global phenomenon We Will Rock You based on the music of British rock legends, Queen.

A serial award winner, he has won three BAFTAs, two Laurence Olivier Awards, The Royal Television Society Writer’s Award, The Golden Dagger UK Crime Writer of the Year Award, The Critics Circle Award for Best Musical and the Eurovision Golden Rose D’Or Lifetime Achievement Award.

See Ben Elton at the Perth Concert Hall in April next year as he returns to Australia after 14 years.

WA Youth Orchestra: Legends

WAYO Explores the Legendary

  • Dates:Jul 18
  • Time(s):7:30pm to 9:30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Ticket Price FROM:$20
  • Ticket price TO:$35
  • Type:Classical Music
  • Audience:Adults,For seniors,Wheelchair Access
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Music:Orchestral

Description

Join the WA Youth Orchestra, led by the highly esteemed and respected musician and conductor Max McBride in a dramatic, imaginative and immersive program that legends and legacies are made of.  From the swashbuckling adventures in Mozart’s Il Seraglio Overture, to the popular legendary tale of magical lands and mountain trolls in Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite No.1. An exciting program filled with monumental masterpieces, ending with Shostakovich’s powerhouse Symphony No.5. 

Last Night Of The Proms 2020

Conducter Guy Noble brings audiences a classical spectacular!

  • Dates:Jul 24 & 26
  • Time(s):Jul 24 at 7:30pm; Jul 26 at 2:00pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:WASO
  • Venue Address:5 St Georges Terrace, Perth, WA, 6000
  • Ticket Price FROM:$30
  • Ticket price TO:$104
  • Type:Classical Music,Music
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly
  • Produced By:WASO: WA Symphony Orchestra
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Description

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

Guy Noble: conductor
Sky Ingram: soprano
Emmalena Huning: violin
WASO Chorus

Petrenko's Shostakovich

Triumph over Tyranny

  • Dates:Jul 30
  • Time(s):11am
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:WASO
  • Venue Address:5 St Georges Terrace, Perth, WA, 6000
  • Ticket Price FROM:$30
  • Ticket price TO:$60
  • Type:Classical Music,Music
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly
  • Produced By:WASO: WA Symphony Orchestra
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Description

Shostakovich wrote some of the most devastatingly powerful music in the repertoire. Be transported back to St Petersburg in 1905 on the eve of the revolution with his intensely charged eleventh symphony, led by world acclaimed Russian conductor Vasily Petrenko.

 

SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No.11 The Year 1905

Vasily Petrenko conductor

Mozart's Elvira Madigan Concerto With Petrenko's Shostakovich

Lyrical melody and a powerful symphony

  • Dates:Jul 31, Aug 1
  • Time(s):7:30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:WASO
  • Venue Address:5 St Georges Terrace, Perth, WA, 6000
  • Ticket Price FROM:$30
  • Ticket price TO:$94
  • Type:Classical Music
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly
  • Produced By:WASO: WA Symphony Orchestra
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Description

Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.21 is instantly recognisable. Immortalised in the 1967 film Elvira Madigan, it’s a showcase of the composer’s skill at weaving a supremely lyrical melody into a full-bodied sound world. The concerto is brought to life by South Korean pianist Yeol Eum Son, one of today’s most distinguished Mozart interpreters.

Shostakovich composed some of the most devastatingly powerful music in the repertoire. Be transported back to St Petersburg in 1905 on the eve of the revolution with his intensely charged eleventh symphony, led by world acclaimed Russian conductor Vasily Petrenko.

MOZART: Piano Concerto No.21 Elvira Madigan
SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No.11 The Year 1905

Vasily Petrenko: conductor
Yeol Eum Son: piano

Naked Classics: Fantastic Symphonies

Secrets, lies, love and obsession

  • Dates:Aug 13
  • Time(s):6:30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:WASO
  • Venue Address:5 St Georges Terrace, Perth, WA, 6000
  • Ticket Price FROM:$30
  • Ticket price TO:$55
  • Type:Classical Music,Music
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly
  • Produced By:WASO: WA Symphony Orchestra
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Description

For centuries, the symphony has been the ultimate canvas for composers to express their innermost thoughts and feelings at scale. Join presenter Paul Rissmann as he explores the motivation behind four landmark works, in a playlist that ranges from classical beauty to unadulterated horror.

 

HAYDN: Symphony No.104: Finale
BERLIOZ: Symphonie fantastique: 5th movement
MAHLER: Symphony No.5: Adagietto
SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No.5: 4th movement

Paul Rissmann: presenter
Benjamin Northey: conductor

Dreams Of Air And Flight

Cast your eyes to the skies!

  • Dates:Aug 15
  • Time(s):1:00pm and 3:00pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:WASO
  • Venue Address:5 St Georges Terrace, Perth, WA, 6000
  • Ticket Price FROM:$25
  • Ticket price TO:$30
  • Type:Classical Music,Music
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly
  • Produced By:WASO: WA Symphony Orchestra
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Description

A young boy, bewitched by his father's crazy brave ambition to fly, finds himself caught up in his dad’s fantasy. But when his father goes to war and does not return, it seems his spell may be broken, and all could be lost. Thankfully mechanical winged contraptions, fluffy white clouds and the endless blue sky offer some hope that the dream might indeed be possible.

Inspired by Grahame Baker-Smith’s poignant story FArTHER, this soaring concert for the whole family features music by Paul Rissmann set to stunning animations by Victor Craven in a concert program also featuring famed film composer John Williams. Join WASO and a children's choir as we cast our eyes to the skies this August.

JOHN WILLIAMS: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
RESPIGHI: The Birds
HANDEL: Music for the Royal Fireworks: La Réjouissance
PAUL RISSMANN: FArTHER
RIMSKY-KORSAKOV: Flight of the Bumblebee
JOHN WILLIAMS: Star Wars: Main Title

Benjamin Northey: conductor
Paul Rissmann: presenter

Morning Symphony: An American In Paris

Hollywood calling to Paris with love

  • Dates:Aug 20
  • Time(s):11:00am
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:WASO
  • Venue Address:5 St Georges Terrace, Perth, WA, 6000
  • Ticket Price FROM:$30
  • Ticket price TO:$60
  • Type:Classical Music,Music
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly
  • Produced By:WASO: WA Symphony Orchestra
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Description

We’re off to the Hollywood Hills for a richly orchestrated concert, cinematic in its scale. Following Barber’s profoundly beautiful Adagio and Weill’s final melodic symphony we’ll whisk you off to Paris for Gershwin’s irrepressibly jazzy musical postcard to complete this American- inspired program.

 

BARBER: Adagio for Strings
WEILL: Symphony No.2
GERSHWIN: An American in Paris

Asher Fisch: conductor

An American In Paris With Baiba Skirde

Baiba Skride's beguiling violin!

  • Dates:Aug 21 & 22
  • Time(s):7:30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:WASO
  • Venue Address:5 St Georges Terrace, Perth, WA, 6000
  • Ticket Price FROM:$30
  • Ticket price TO:$94
  • Type:Classical Music
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly
  • Produced By:WASO: WA Symphony Orchestra
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Description

Helicopters cut through the mist in Platoon and Gene Kelly steams up your glasses in An American in Paris. We’re off to the Hollywood Hills for a richly orchestrated concert, cinematic in its scale.

Between Barber’s profoundly beautiful Adagio and Weill’s final melodic symphony lies a musical reunion between Maestro Asher Fisch and Latvian violinist Baiba Skride in Korngold’s lyrical hark to Hollywood. Then we’ll whisk you off to Paris for Gershwin’s irrepressibly jazzy musical postcard to complete this American-inspired program.

BARBER: Adagio for Strings
KORNGOLD: Violin Concerto
WEILL: Symphony No.2
GERSHWIN: An American in Paris

Asher Fisch: conductor
Baiba Skride: violin

Infinite Variations

Asher Fisch Discovery Concert!

  • Dates:Aug 28 & 29
  • Time(s):7:30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:WASO
  • Venue Address:5 St Georges Terrace, Perth, WA, 6000
  • Ticket Price FROM:$30
  • Ticket price TO:$94
  • Type:Classical Music,Music
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly
  • Produced By:WASO: WA Symphony Orchestra
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Description

Asher Fisch Discovery Concert
Principal Conductor and all-round raconteur Asher Fisch is your illuminating guide through the ideas and concepts of variations, featuring demonstrations with piano and full orchestra. Here with WASO, we uncover what inspired Brahms and Elgar to take original ideas, adapt them, twist them and develop them to compose vivid new orchestral works. Don’t miss this entertaining new MACA Limited Classics Series concert format that’s a hit for everyone.

BRAHMS: Variations on a Theme of Joseph Haydn
ELGAR: Enigma Variations

Asher Fisch: conductor/presenter

Brahms' Fourth Symphony

Steven Osbourne's sensuous Ravel

  • Dates:Sep 4 & 5
  • Time(s):Sep 4 and 5 at 7:30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:WASO
  • Venue Address:5 St Georges Terrace, Perth, WA, 6000
  • Ticket Price FROM:$30
  • Ticket price TO:$94
  • Type:Classical Music,Music
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly
  • Produced By:WASO: WA Symphony Orchestra
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Description

Acclaimed Scottish pianist Steven Osborne makes his much-anticipated WASO debut with Ravel’s piano concerto, a joyous work of jazz-inspired rhythms, lyrical beauty and exhilarating vitality. We burst open this concert with a colourful tribute to the eternal city with Respighi’s symphonic poem, Fountains of Rome. Brahms’ grand and sweeping final symphony then erupts with passionate intensity to complete our concert of kaleidoscopic masterworks.

WA Youth Orchestra: Spirit

WAYO Presents 'Spirit,' featuring spirited works both old and new

  • Dates:Sep 26
  • Time(s):7:30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:Western Australian Youth Orchestra
  • Ticket Price FROM:$20
  • Ticket price TO:$35
  • Type:Aboriginal Art & Events,Classical Music
  • Audience:Adults,For seniors,Wheelchair Access
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Music:Orchestral

Description

Be inspired by the spirit and sounds of Australia with guest artist Don Nunggarrgalu from the Northern Territory indigenous band ‘Mumbali’ in the WA premiere of their orchestrated hit Numbulwar song, ‘Yuwani’. The concert will also feature a world premiere from by Georgia Scott, winner of the Carol Day Commission, and Gustav Mahler’s powerful and emotionally charged Symphony No. 6.

LACHLAN SKIPWORTH / DON NUNGGARRGALU       ‘Yuwani’
GEORGIA SCOTT                      World Premiere
GUSTAV MAHLER                    Symphony No. 6, in A minor

Carmina Burana 2020

The raw power of an epic classic!

  • Dates:Oct 2, 3
  • Time(s):7:30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:WASO
  • Venue Address:5 St Georges Terrace, Perth, WA, 6000
  • Ticket Price FROM:$30
  • Ticket price TO:$94
  • Type:Classical Music,Music
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly
  • Produced By:WASO: WA Symphony Orchestra
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Description

Carmina burana has been repurposed, remixed and reworked by the best in the business for hundreds of films and TV commercials. However, there is nothing quite like the raw power of this epic classic performed live. The wheel of fortune spins on the pleasures of lust and the perils of life in a collection of 24 medieval poems thrillingly sung by a 130-voice choir with WASO.

To open, we dance with the devil in Iain Grandage’s spectacular percussion concerto, inspired by Australian gothic stories.

IAIN GRANDAGE Dances with Devils: Concerto for Percussion and Orchestra
ORFF: Carmina burana

Benjamin Northey: conductor
Claire Edwardes: percussion
Amy Manford: soprano
Perry Joyce: tenor
James Clayton: baritone
WASO Chorus
UWA Symphonic Chorus

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! 

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