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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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Gabel Conducts Brahms - Morning

Composed at the height of his creative powers, Brahms’ Third Symphony begins with a passionate unfolding of joyous longing and brooding drama and concludes with a shimmering final hush.

  • Dates:Jun 30
  • Time(s):11.00am
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Music:Orchestral,Classical
  • Hosted By:WASO
  • Ticket Price:$30- $60
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Produced By:WASO

Description

In an Australian premiere, French conductor Fabien Gabel presents a dramatic work by one of his country’s most exciting young composers, Camille Pépin.

The Lark Ascending

Elegant lines and dazzling fireworks

  • Dates:Jul 1 - 2
  • Time(s):7.30pm Fri 1 Jul, 7.30pm Sat 2Jul
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Music:Classical
  • Hosted By:WASO
  • Ticket Price:$30- $98
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Produced By:WASO

Description

Ever winging up and up, our valley is his golden cup. Few pieces of music effortlessly move you and this weaving Lark soars even higher when performed by Emma McGrath. In a concert of gleaming elegance, the works of Pépin, Vaughan Williams and Saint-Saëns dance into your heart, making way for the expansive melodies of Brahms’ Third. Composed at the height of his creative powers, Brahms’ symphony begins with a passionate unfolding of joyous longing and brooding drama and concludes with a shimmering final hush.

West Australian Piano Trio - The Gold Standards

Three masterworks, three friends; the West Australian Piano Trio play Beethoven, Haydn and Brahms. Music to die for, full of the joys of life.

  • Dates:Jul 3
  • Time(s):2.30pm
  • Venue:Government House Ballroom

Details

  • Event Venue:Government House Ballroom
  • Music:Chamber Music,Classical
  • Accessibility:Full wheelchair access
  • Hosted By:West Australian Piano Trio
  • Ticket Price:Tickets $45 - $20

Description

The world's best composers returned again and again to the endlessly fascinating combination of violin, cello and piano, and this is the Trio's passion. This series presents gold standard repertoire that will speak to all listeners. Haydn - Gypsy Rondo trio, Beethoven - `Archduke` trio, Brahms B major trio Op8. There is brilliance, tenderness and grandeur for the ear, and deep command of technique for the mind. The West Australian Piano Trio represents the pinnacle of skill and experience.

Joanna's Candlelit Soirées

An intimate Candlelit Dinner & Music in an enchanting 19th Century Limestone Gallery!

  • Time(s):Early Sitting 6 - 7:30 PM & Late Sitting 8 - 10 PM
  • Venue:Kidogo Arthouse
  • Dates:Jul 8, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30

Details

  • Music:Concerto,Classical,World,Concert Tours,Music Festival,Gig Guide
  • Hosted By:Kidogo Arthouse
  • Ticket Price:$68 - $78 + BF (Dinner + Entry)
  • Food & Drink:Food Event

Description

Joanna’s Candlelit Soirées are an absolutely magical series of dinners hosted by Kidogo Arthouse during winter, featuring unique performances by some of Perth’s finest musicians. Be serenaded and entertained as you enjoy a warm candlelit dinner in the glorious 19th century limestone gallery. The soirées, provide the perfect atmosphere for musicians to freely express themselves and create memorable concerts that are unique to Kidogo Arthouse, Fremantle. The magnificent acoustics and intimate ambience of the space, coupled with the delightful menu makes for a truly remarkable experience that you do not want to miss out on! WHAT YOU RECEIVE 1 x Candlelit Music & Dining Experience in the beautiful 19th Century Limestone Gallery 2 x Slices of freshly baked Irish soda-bread + butter 1 x Main Course of the day 1 x Dessert of the day *We cater to common dietary needs, please specify yours when checking out. TICKETS Early Sitting $68 + BF (Incl. Dinner) Late Sitting $78 + BF (Incl. Dinner)

A Winter’s Journey

Tenor Allan Clayton and pianist Kate Golla perform Schubert’s immortal songs of love and loss, reinterpreted through Lindy Hume’s direction and Fred Williams’ wondrous landscape paintings.

  • Venue:TBD
  • Dates:Jul 12
  • Time(s):7.30pm

Details

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

Description

In 1827 Franz Schubert composed an emotionally charged song cycle. Setting poems of the German writer Wilhelm Müller, Schubert created an emotional journey of a man trekking across frozen rivers and snowy landscapes, lamenting his lost love. It is indeed a winter’s journey (Winterreise), full of images and metaphors of love, loss, nationhood. A Winter’s Journey is a new staging by Musica Viva Australia of Schubert’s iconic songs, bringing a very different winter into focus, set against a backdrop of Australian painter Fred Willliams’ vivid landscapes. Acclaimed stage director Lindy Hume is our cartographer, mapping the terrain of heart and country for the gripping stage charisma of English tenor Allan Clayton and sensitive musicianship of Australian pianist Kate Golla. Videographer Dave Bergman provides the backdrop, bringing to life 24 Williams paintings that match and contradict Müller’s poems and Schubert’s musical imagination, all in gorgeous larger-than-life imagery. This powerful artistic combination sets the perfect conditions to experience Schubert’s immortal masterpiece – songs of love and loss that still speak to us vividly, in this far distant time and place.

WAYO with Tze Law Chan - WA Youth Orchestras

International conductor Tze Law Chan joins forces with the WA Youth Orchestra on stage at Perth Concert Hall to present a stunning collection of symphonic greats.

  • Dates:Jul 17
  • Time(s):5:00pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Music:Orchestral,Classical
  • Type:Community
  • Accessibility:Wheelchair access, Auditorium Audio Assistance, Ambulant Toilets, Quiet Rooms, ACROD Parking Bays, Public Transport Access, including CAT Bus, Directional Signage
  • Hosted By:WA Youth Orchestras
  • Ticket Price:Standard $35 / Concession $25 (concession & senior card holders) / School Student $20 (18yrs & under)
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Description

International conductor Tze Law Chan joins forces with the WA Youth Orchestra on stage at the Perth Concert Hall to present a stunning collection of symphonic greats. Featuring Howard Shore’s epic film score, The Lord of the Rings Symphonic Suite, Benjamin Britten’s, charming and magical, The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, and Rachmaninov’s monumental and emotionally compelling Symphony No.2. ARTISTS WA Youth Orchestra Tze Law Chan, conductor PROGRAM Howard Shore, The Lord of the Rings Symphonic Suite: The Fellowship of the Ring Benjamin Britten, The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, op. 34 Sergei Rachmaninov, Symphony No.2, in E minor Op.27 TICKETS Standard $35 / Concession $25 (concession & senior card holders) / School Student $20 (18yrs & under) BOOKINGS & INFORMATION Book Online - perthconcerthall.com.au Call Perth Concert Hall (08) 9231 9999 or Book in person at the Perth Concert Hall Box Office Proudly presented by Woodside, Principal Partner

Vasily Petrenko Conducts Shostakovich

Rebellion and revolution

  • Dates:Jul 29 -30
  • Time(s):7.30pm Fri 29 Jul, 7.30pm Sat 30 Jul
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Music:Orchestral,Classical
  • Hosted By:WASO
  • Ticket Price:$30- $98
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Produced By:WASO

Description

Shostakovich wrote some of the most devastatingly powerful music in the repertoire. Be transported back to Saint Petersburg in 1905 on the eve of the revolution with his intensely charged Eleventh Symphony, as world acclaimed Russian conductor Vasily Petrenko makes his WASO debut. We open with the exuberant overture to Nielsen’s rollicking opera, Maskarade, then shine a light on one of Australia’s brightest musical talents. Emily Sun brings a perfect balance of expression and eloquence to Mozart’s Fourth Violin Concerto.

The Music of the Bachs

Classical students and staff at ECU perform the masterpieces of Bach

  • Dates:Aug 4
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium

Details

  • Music:Classical
  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Ticket Price:$23 - $30
  • Produced By:WAAPA

Description

Of all the musical lineages, the Bachs of Thuringia are surely the most exceptional. From the sublime music of Johann Sebastian Bach himself to the highly fashionable ‘London Bach’ (Johann Christian), the wild ‘Berlin Bach’ (Carl Philipp Emanuel), and the music of JS Bach’s cousin, Johann Bernhard, this concert provides a sonic snapshot of an exceptional body of European music. Music Director - Stewart Smith Performed by Classical Music students and staff # Booking - Friends booking open on 20 Jul - Public booking open on 27 Jul

Sir Francis Burt Memorial Concert

Thomas Wilson of St Mary's Cathedral Sydney flies in to play the magnificent West Organ at St George's Cathedral. Large screens add vision to sound for this heart-pumping experience.

  • Dates:11 August
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:St George's Cathedral

Details

  • Music:Classical
  • Hosted By:St George's Cathedral
  • Ticket Price:$40 standard, $30 concession, $20 under-18s

Description

The program includes Louis Vierne, Frank Martin, Edward C Bairstow and Henri Mulet. Such big, bold, exciting works, performed by a very fine player, perfectly match the size and scope of the Cathedral space and organ.  

Timothy Constable: Percussion Virtuoso

Timothy Constable from Sydney Symphony Orchestra takes you on a journey in sound, from Bach on marimba to Korean drumming and more.

  • Dates:Aug 11
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium

Details

  • Music:Classical
  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Ticket Price:$23 - $30
  • Produced By:WAAPA

Description

Percussion wizard Timothy Constable (Sydney Symphony Orchestra) astonishes audiences around the globe. As a solo performer, composer, and artistic director of Synergy Percussion, Constable’s bewitching performances are legendary. Join Constable on a thrilling journey in sound, from the beauty of JS Bach’s music played on marimba, to Korean drumming, and the untamed rhythmic power of Iannis Xenakis. Performed by Timothy Constable (percussion) # Booking - Friends booking open on 20 Jul - Public booking open on 27 Jul

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince in Concert

Nicholas Hooper’s wonderful score and J.K. Rowling’s classic tale combine for all the adventure, humour, and suspense you remember in an experience you’ll never forget.

  • Dates:Aug 12-13, 2022
  • Time(s):Opens 7:30pm
  • Venue:Riverside Theatre, Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre

Details

  • Event Venue:Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre
  • Music:Orchestral,Classical
  • Type:Youth
  • Hosted By:WASO
  • Ticket Price:$33.50- $370.50
  • Movies:Movies
  • Produced By:WASO

Description

Relive Harry’s sixth year at Hogwarts™ School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. With a little help from the Half-Blood Prince, Harry becomes a wiz at potions, wins the Felix Felicis luck potion, and uncovers the meaning of Horcruxes! As Lord Voldemort™ tightens his grip on both the Muggle and Wizarding Worlds™, Dumbledore is more intent upon preparing Harry for the battle fast approaching. Even as the showdown looms, romance blossoms for Harry, Ron and Hermione and their classmates. Love is in the air, but danger lies ahead and Hogwarts may never be the same again.

Z.E.N. Trio

Fiery passion, heart-wrenching emotion: three intensely expressive musicians come together for a rare and unforgettable performance for Musica Viva Australia.

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

Details

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

Description

With fiery passion and heart-wrenching emotion, the intensely expressive musicians in Z.E.N. Trio come together for a rare and unforgettable tour with Musica Viva Australia. Comprised of three internationally acclaimed soloists, the Z.E.N. Trio have made their name through the BBC New Generation scheme, a Deutsche Grammophon recording, and countless Embarking on their first national tour, the Trio premiere a new work from Musica Viva Australia FutureMaker, Matt Laing, a composer of great virtuosity and originality. Alongside this work is Arno Babajanian’s thrilling trio, and Dvorák’s intoxicating ‘Dumky’.

Britten’s War Requiem

Most successful Brittisch modern-time composer Benjamin Britten's one of the most performed piece on WASO performed by conductor Asher Fisch.

  • Dates:Aug 19 - 20
  • Time(s):7.30pm Fri 19 Aug, 7.30pm Sat 20 Aug
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Music:Orchestral,Classical
  • Hosted By:WASO
  • Ticket Price:$30- $98
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Produced By:WASO

Description

Furious, tender, harrowing and harmonious, Britten’s anti-war anthem decries the senselessness of the battlefield. Interweaving the poignant words of celebrated war poet Wilfred Owen with the Latin text of the Requiem mass, Britten laments the collective bloodshed and sorrow with a vital and visceral oratorio on the hell of war.

Warana Prize and the Moldau

Paul Wright, the Internationally-renowned Head of Strings leads the WAAPA Symphony Orchestra performing the masterworks "The Moldau and The High Castle" by Czech composer Bedrich Smetana.

  • Dates:Aug 20
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:The Ballroom - Government House

Details

  • Music:Classical
  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Ticket Price:$23 - $30
  • Produced By:WAAPA

Description

In a night of drama and superb musicianship, WAAPA’s three leading instrumentalists join the orchestra to battle it out in the final of the prestigious 2022 Warana Prize, with each student performing their favourite concerto movement. Internationally-renowned Head of Strings Paul Wright inspires the WAAPA Symphony Orchestra in Czech composer Bedrich Smetana's masterworks The Moldau and The High Castle. Music Directors - Peter Moore OAM & Paul Wright Performed by WAAPA Symphony Orchestra and soloists # Booking - Friends booking open on 20 Jul - Public booking open on 27 Jul

Romantic Strings

Chimera Ensemble presents string quintets by Onslow and Dvorak

  • Dates:August 21
  • Time(s):2.30pm - 4pm
  • Venue:St Mary’s Anglican Church, 9 Ridge St, South Perth.

Details

  • Music:Chamber Music,Classical
  • Accessibility:Wheelchair accessible, unisex disabled toilet and baby change facilities available. 4 ACROD bays at the main entrance to the Church, free street parking within 2 -3 minute walk from the venue, and paid parking on Angelo St.
  • Hosted By:Chimera Ensemble
  • Ticket Price:Adult - $38; Concession - $28; Student (10 years +) - $20; Child (under 10) - free.

Description

Join violinist Rebecca Glorie, violinist Andrea Mendham, violist Daniel Schmitt, cellist Melinda Forsythe, and double bassist Giovanni Vinci for ravishingly beautiful music for string quartet and double bass: Dvorak’s sublime String Quintet no 2, and Onslow's String Quintet no 20. This concert is sure to be a feast for your ears. DVORAK: String Quintet no.2 in G minor, op.77 (B.49) Due to COVID restrictons online bookings are preferred, tickets are limited and proof of vaccination (or exemption) for people aged 16 and over is required. The 2022 chamber music concert season is proudly supported by Forgotten Books (www.forgottenbooks.com)