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Classical Music in Perth 


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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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Earth, Sea and Sky: Australian Guitar

Combining performances of new and recent Australian guitar works with readings of poems by acclaimed poet Glen Phillips

  • Dates:May 20
  • Time(s):7:30pm
  • Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium

Details

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

Description

The creative vision of new Australian music for the guitar is one that is expansive and poetic, adapting to the inspiring vistas of our picturesque landscapes and the oddities of our unique natural environment. This event combines performances of new and recent Australian guitar works with readings of poems by acclaimed poet Glen Phillips – a poet renowned for his expressive depictions of uniquely Western Australian settings. Works include guitar solos and chamber works performed by WAAPA students, staff and selected special guest artists. Music Director: Jonathan Paget Performed by: Guitar students and staff with Glen Philips and guest artists

American Beauty

A program of sensational string chamber music, directed by Paul Wright and headlined by Aaron Copland’s thrilling Clarinet Concerto performed by WAAPA’s Head of Woodwind, Philip Everall.

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

Details

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

Description

Composed for the renowned jazz clarinettist Benny Goodman, the work showcases Latin-American rhythms and a virtuosic cadenza. This modern American beauty complements Tchaikovsky’s romantic String Sextet ‘Souvenir de Florence’, written as a tribute to the composer’s favourite European city, plus other string chamber gems. Music Director: Paul Wright Performed by: String Camerata with Philip Everall

Leunig's Prayer Book

Inspired by poet Michael Leunig's four prayers, take a musical meditation through the seasons with the Symphonic Wind Ensemble

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

Details

  • Ticket Price:$23-30
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Event Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium
  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Music:Classical,Orchestral

Description

Take a musical meditation through the seasons with the Symphonic Wind Ensemble as they perform Symphony No. 1, Leunig’s Prayer Book by Australian composer Jodie Blackshaw, inspired by poet Michael Leunig's four prayers. The concert also features Scenes from the Louvre by award-winning composer Norman Dello Joio, a five-movement suite for band that traces the 7.30pm history of the world's most famous museum through Renaissance-era inspired music. Music Director: Philip Everall Performed by: Symphonic Wind Ensemble

Piano Postcards

Be taken on an adventure of evocative musical scenes and exotic sounds through the vast repertoire of the modern piano.

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

Details

  • Ticket Price:$23-30
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Event Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium
  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Music:Classical

Description

Still miss travelling? Come join us for the best alternative – beautiful piano music! Be taken on an adventure of evocative musical scenes and exotic sounds through the vast repertoire of the modern piano. Led by Anna Sleptsova, the talented students and staff of WAAPA's piano department will present 'postcards' from a fascinating musical journey. Music Director: Anna Sleptsova Performed by: Classical Piano students and staff

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 ‘Mambali’ will be performing a WA premiere of their orchestrated hit Numbulwar song, ‘Yuwani’.
 
The concert will also feature a gigantic 120-piece orchestra in Gustav Mahler’s powerful and emotionally charged Symphony No.6.

Songs Among Friends

Join us for an evening of rare and stirring choral music, presented by and for friends.

  • Dates:May 21
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:St Andrew's Church

Details

  • Hosted By:Songs Among Friends
  • Ticket Price:$20
  • Music:Choral,Classical

Description

We are thrilled to invite you to an evening of rare and stirring choral music, presented by and for friends. The program includes striking works from the 20th and 21st centuries, including lesser known pieces by Edward Elgar, Herbert Howells, and Francis Poulenc, alongside contemporary works by women including Judith Weir, Sarah Quartel and Kerry Andrew. Join us for an intimate evening of choral music sung to the highest standard - we`re looking forward to seeing you there!

Don't Shoot Me, I'm Only the Piano Player

“The only show in town that can satisfy lovers of classical music and comedy alike.” [San Francisco Chronicle]

  • Dates:May 23
  • Time(s):5:00pm-6:00pm
  • Venue:Esperance Civic centre

Details

  • Hosted By:Esperance Civic Centre
  • Ticket Price:TBC
  • Type:Community
  • Music:Classical
  • Performing Arts:Comedy,Theatre

Description

Esperance Civic Centre presents Don't Shoot Me, I'm Only The Piano Player. Proudly supported by Lotterywest. DAVID SCHEEL in DON’T SHOOT ME, I’M ONLY THE PIANO PLAYER is a runaway success in London’s West End, at successive Edinburgh Festivals, at the Melbourne Comedy Festival and right across the USA, this is a hilarious send-up of classical music, which has established Australian pianist, David Scheel, as the successor to the legendary Victor Borge. Beautiful music, and musical fun performed in so many accents/voices that David has also been compared to the late Robin Williams, and Peter Ustinov. Hear a familiar tune played in the styles of the old masters + an i-Pod; two famous pieces played simultaneously, one with the right hand, one with the left, plus his “translation” of the lyrics of Waltzing Matilda, already a comedy classic. Visit www.davidscheel.com REVIEWS “As funny as any, wittier than most, and, uniquely, a concert pianist of international stature...He stands alone, in a class of his own.” [BBC Arts Review] “The only show in town that can satisfy lovers of classical music and comedy alike.” [San Francisco Chronicle] Duration 60mins

Symphony in a Day - The Orchestra Collective

Come and see the Orchestra Collective perform Beethoven Symphony No. 3, "Eroica", with the orchestra rehearsing only the same day as the performance!

  • Dates:May 23
  • Time(s):3pm to 4pm
  • Venue:Churchlands Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:The Orchestra Collective
  • Ticket Price:$25
  • Type:Youth Art / Performance
  • Music:Classical,Orchestral

Description

The Orchestra Collective (OC) is a new initiative in Perth that provides young and emerging musicians with the opportunity to perform side-by-side with professional musicians. In this concert, The Orchestra Collective presents: Beethoven Symphony No. 3, 'Eroica'. The OC will rehearse and perform the symphony, as the name suggests, all in one day! Tickets can be booked via https://www.trybooking.com/BPSBW This program is proudly sponsored by the City of Stirling.

Voyces - Ten

Ten is a musical slide show of our last 10 years featuring highlights from our last ten years of performances and some favourites picked by the singers.

  • Dates:May 29
  • Time(s):Starts 7.30pm
  • Venue:St Joseph's Subiaco

Details

  • Hosted By:The Choral Collective
  • Ticket Price:$20 - $45
  • Music:Choral,Classical

Description

Voyces return to a much loved venue in St Joseph's Subiaco, where the wonderful acoustics will make our birthday celebration all the more vibrant. We'll be celebrating with more than song, and invite all our patrons to join us for a drink after the concert.

The Pirates of Penzance

Talk the talk or walk the plank! GSWA presents the famously zany musical comedy, The Pirates of Penzance!

  • Dates:Jun 2 - 5 & 9 - 12
  • Time(s):Saturday matinees 2.00pm; Evening shows 7.30pm
  • Venue:Dolphin Theatre

Details

  • Hosted By:The Gilbert & Sullivan Society of WA
  • Ticket Price:$19.90 - $59.90
  • Type:For Kids,Community
  • Music:Classical,Opera
  • Performing Arts:Musicals,Theatre
  • Event Venue:Dolphin Theatre,UWA

Description

A song filled swashbuckling tale of boastful pirates, bumbling ‘bobbies’, deaf nannies, and damsels in varying states of distress. Get ready to set sail for the ultimate comic adventure on the high seas! From the team that brought Perth audiences sold-out seasons of The Mikado and The Yeomen of the Guard, this classic version features 50+ cast and orchestra and is set to shiver the timbers at the delightful Dolphin Theatre! Dates: 2 - 12 June 2021 Tickets: $19.90 - $59.90 Dolphin Theatre - 35 Stirling Highway, Crawley WA 6009

Anzac Reflections

A poignant and reflective concert featuring sublime and beautiful choral works interspersed with moving, amusing and historic contemporaneous readings.

  • Dates:Jun 7
  • Time(s):4pm to 6pm
  • Venue:Redemptorist Monastery

Details

  • Hosted By:Perth Symphonic Chorus
  • Ticket Price:$10 to $55
  • Music:Choral,Classical

Description

Anzac Reflections - Beyond Words. Rutter: Requiem, Jenkins: The Armed man (Excerpts), Whitacre: She Weeps Over Rahoon & Nox Aurumque

Often music can speak to a corner of our souls that is inexplicably hard to reach. Perth Symphonic Chorus’ offering of music and readings will aid our reflections and memories of our fallen soldiers and our men and women who have represented our country to defend our shores and to help maintain world peace. Rutter’s memorable and tuneful Requiem for choir and orchestra begins the program, followed by smaller works such as excerpts from Jenkins’ The Armed Man and beautiful unaccompanied arrangements of In Flanders Field and Danny Boy. In addition, the chamber choir will present two exquisitely moving pieces by Eric Whitacre - - She Weeps Over Rahoon and Nox Aurumque.

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. 

Joseph Nolan - A Rare Opportunity

After travelling the world as a concert organist and recording artist, Dr Joseph Nolan will perform a full solo concert in St George's Cathedral for the first time in over a decade.

  • Dates:Jun 17
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:St George's Cathedral, Perth

Details

  • Hosted By:St George's Cathedral
  • Ticket Price:$40 standard, $30 concession
  • Music:Classical

Description

Joseph Nolan has been hailed by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra as 'one of the world’s leading organists', by BBC Radio 3 for his 'miraculous playing' and by Gramophone as 'towering'. From New York (New Criterion Magazine) to London (Gramophone) Joseph’s recordings of the complete organ works of Widor have been declared as the benchmark set, and this concert is a wonderful opportunity to hear Joseph play Widor’s Fifth Symphony. Joseph’s next CDs will be the complete works of Alkan, to be recorded in Paris as soon as international travel resumes. In this concert, he presents the Australian premiere of Alkan’s Impromptu on Luther’s chorale, ‘A Mighty Fortress is God’. Joseph Nolan: A Rare Opportunity is your chance to hear him perform these and other great organ pieces by Bach and Reubke.

Konstantin Shamray with ANAM Orchestra & Sophie Rowell

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:Jun 30
  • 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.