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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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The Emperor

Shuan Hern Lee makes his WASO return with one of the greatest of all concertos – Beethoven’s mighty and majestic Emperor.

  • Dates:Nov 27 - 28
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Venue Address:5 St Georges Terrace, Perth WA 6000
  • Ticket Price FROM:$30 plus handling fee
  • Ticket price TO:$94 plus handling fee
  • Produced By:WASO: WA Symphony Orchestra
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Music:Orchestral,Classical
  • Hosted By:WASO

Description

Shuan Hern Lee piano
Peter Moore conductor

Breaksea Singing Festival

Breaksea Singing Festival is about gathering, sharing and celebrating the best of music, singing, friends, family & community.

  • Dates:Dec 5
  • Time(s):4:30PM Doors Open, 5:00PM Welcome to Country 5:00PM-8:00PM Live Music
  • Venue:Kidogo Arthouse
  • Festivals:All Festivals

Details

  • Hosted By:Breaksea
  • Venue Address:Bathers Beach, Fremantle
  • Ticket Price:Adults $30, Under 16YO Free
  • Type:Community,Youth Art / Performance,Aboriginal Art & Events
  • Music:Choral,Classical,Country & Folk,Indie & Alternative,Rock
  • Performing Arts:Dance,Theatre

Description

Tickets available here: trybooking.com/BMJNY


On the terraced lawn at Kidogo Arthouse, right on Bathers Beach, sit back, relax and enjoy the sunset as our Artists take you on a musical journey of inspiration and togetherness. Bring a picnic blanket and enjoy pizza from the Pulcinella Pizza Truck and a drink from the Kidogo Bar! 

4:30PM Doors Open

5:00PM Welcome to Country

5:00PM-8:00PM Live Music 

Breaksea Artists featuring ~ Matt Ward, Pia Harris, Jonathan Brain, Rachael Colmer, Rob Castiglione, Sheyan & Shantay Tidswell, Jarrad Inman & introducing Bonnie Staude, Emma Pettemerides & Tommaso Pollio

Bush Band featuring ~ Will, Fred & Richard

Tickets $30, Under 16YO Free

 

WAAPA Music Feast

A celebration of live performance and music across the ECU Campus.

  • Dates:Dec 5
  • Time(s):11:00am - 7:00pm
  • Venue:WAAPA, ECU Mount Lawley Campus

Details

  • Venue Address:Edith Cowan University, 2 Bradford St, Mount Lawley WA 6050
  • Type:Community,Free
  • Music:Classical,Country & Folk,Hip Hop,Indie & Alternative,Jazz,Opera,Pop,R&B,Rock,Soul & Gospel
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Event Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium,The Edith Spiegeltent
  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Ticket Price:Free

Description

The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts and Edith Cowan University present the WAAPA Music Feast on Saturday 5 December from 11.00 am until 7.00 pm at the Mount Lawley campus. A celebration of music, live performance and the end of a challenging yet rewarding year.

Four venues will come alive at ECU’s Mount Lawley campus, each one dedicated to a different genre of music. The Richard Gill Auditorium hosts the classical music department with performances encompassing Classical Voice and Opera and various instrumental ensembles, which will delight audiences with their virtuosity. The Edith will host 8 hours of Jazz, Latin Jazz, Afro Peruvian Jazz, large and small ensemble, including the acclaimed WAAPA Big Band. The Amphitheatre stage will see a representation of the Contemporary Music program, including the Music Artists, gifted singer/songwriters, encompassing rock, pop, folk, indie, soul, hip-hop, and R&B styles and in the Spectrum Gallery Space the Composition and Music Technology students, staff and alumni will present an eclectic mix of original music performance, spatial sound, and video.

This is a free, family-friendly, unlicensed event. Each venue’s capacity is based on the latest government advice regarding COVID-19 health and safety guidelines.

WASO's Arena Christmas Spectacular

Our annual free end of year concert is reconceived in 2020 as an RAC Arena spectacular.

  • Dates:Dec 12
  • Time(s):7.00pm
  • Venue:RAC Arena

Details

  • Hosted By:WASO
  • Venue Address:700 Wellington Street, 6000
  • Produced By:WASO: WA Symphony Orchestra
  • Music:Orchestral,Classical
  • Type:Free
  • Ticket Price:Free
  • Event Venue:RAC Arena

Description

Presented by West Australian Symphony Orchestra with the support of Lotterywest and City of Perth, no other show in the City this year will feature such a magnificent combination of sing-along Christmas hits and dazzling special effects, totally free and COVID-safe for the whole family. 

Western Australia’s favourite leading lady, Lucy Durack, will be our host while your West Australian Symphony Orchestra and special guests perform a much-loved program of Christmas classics. Families can sing-along to Baby, It’s Cold OutsideWhat A Wonderful World and Santa Claus is Coming to Town while also enjoying favourites from The Nutcracker and Home Alone.

This magical production will feature more than 130 West Australian performers on stage including the Orchestra and WASO Chorus led by Perth’s rising star conductor Jen Winley. They will be joined by international musical theatre star Amy Manford, and acclaimed soprano Samantha Clarke, with more special guests including the one and only, Santa.

While the event remains free for all the family, tickets will need to be secured via Ticketek with contact details required at booking.

Christmas with HIP Company

Perth's exciting new Baroque ensemble, HIP Company, presents an evening of Early Music for Christmas time, in their first concert since their critically acclaimed launch.

  • Dates:Dec 4
  • Time(s):7:00pm
  • Venue:Christ Church Claremont

Details

  • Hosted By:HIP Company
  • Venue Address:Cnr Queenslea Dve & Stirling Hwy, Claremont WA 6010
  • Ticket Price:$50 (adult), $35 (concession), $25 (up to age 17)
  • Music:Classical

Description

An elegant evening of Early Music for the festive season.

HIP Company is an exciting collective of young professional musicians from Perth, Western Australia, who specialise in the performance of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century music on historical instruments.

'They are young, personable, and they make beautiful sounds...this is a very suave outfit that has arrived on the Perth stage.' (Seesaw Magazine)

Bonnie de la Hunty (soprano)
Sarah Papadopoulos (violin)
Krista Low (cello and viola da gamba)

Featuring special guest artists Aidan Deasy (lute) and Eliza McCracken (violin)

Join us as we journey through the Christmas story with festive trio sonatas by Corelli and Handel, brand new arrangement of favourite traditional carols, and some lesser known gems of the Baroque era.

Post-concert refreshments include wines from our Sponsorship Partner, Howard Park Wines.

 

Carols by Candlelight

It's just not Christmas without Carols by Candlelight!

  • Dates:Dec 5-6
  • Time(s):7:30pm
  • Venue:Redemptorist Monastery Church

Details

  • Hosted By:Perth Symphonic Chorus
  • Venue Address:190 Vincent St North Perth
  • Ticket Price FROM:$10
  • Ticket price TO:$39
  • Music:Choral,Classical,Other Music

Description

Gather your friends and family and please join us for Carols by Candlelight at the Redemptorist Monastery in North Perth. Experience the magic of Christmas with beautiful choral Christmas music sung by Perth Symphonic Chorus, community carols accompanied by a spectacular brass quintet, and children reading heart-warming Australian Christmas stories and poems.

As a special treat, our chamber choir will be singing Britten’s exquisite Ceremony of Carols, accompanied by talented harpist Eliza Bourgault.

Join us at interval for drinks and Christmas nibbles in the historic ambience of the wonderful heritage listed Redemptorist Monastery.

Saturday 5th December 2020 at 7:30pm
Sunday 6th December 2020 at 7:30pm

Redemptorist Monastery Church,190 Vincent St, North Perth
Tickets $10-$39 at trybooking.com/BMMYP

 

I'll Be Home for Christmas

Perth artists return home for a magical evening of Christmas spirit in the beautiful venue of St Mary's South Perth

  • Dates:5 December 2020
  • Time(s):7:00pm Doors, 7:30 Concert Starts
  • Venue:St Mary's Anglican Church, South Perth

Details

  • Venue Address:9 Ridge Street, South Perth, 6151
  • Ticket Price:$40 Adults, $20 Under 30s
  • Music:Classical
  • Other:Religious

Description

Join Soprano Daniella Sicari, Mezzo Soprano Caitlin Cassidy and Organist Alessandro Pittorino for an evening of beautiful music and Christmas festivities. ‘I’ll be Home For Christmas’ celebrates three Perth artists returning home to share their talents.

Each performer has been building their international careers on the stage across the globe. Between the three of them they have performed on concert platforms and opera houses in Europe, the United Kingdom, the United States and of course here in Australia.

These artists’ journeys started here in Western Australia. Sicari and Cassidy studied at WAAPA before moving abroad to pursue their postgraduate studies in opera at Royal Northern College of Music (Manchester) and Mannes School of Music (New York) respectively. Pittorino studied organ at UWA before attending The Juilliard School (New York) for a Masters in Organ.

The life of a travelling artist can be arduous as it is always difficult to be away from home, especially over the Christmas season which makes this homecoming concert a particularly heartfelt occasion.

Sicari, Cassidy and Pittorino will perform a selection of Christmas classics with music by Brahms, Handel and Bach as well as some jazzy Christmas favourites and a few traditional carols that will have the audience in chorus.

‘I’ll be Home for Christmas’ promises to be a magical occasion fit for the classical connoisseur and the child in us all. The concert will be held on the 5th of December in the stunning St Mary’s Church, South Perth and there will be a 20 minute interval. This event is sponsored by Lavan Legal and ILKA. 

Brass On The Grass 2020

Established in 1898, enjoy the smooth sounds of the historic City of Perth Band as it performs Christmas concerts amidst balmy Perth evenings.

  • Dates:Dec 9
  • Time(s):5pm
  • Venue:Victoria Gardens

Details

  • Hosted By:City of Perth and East Perth Community Group
  • Venue Address:10 Royal St, Perth
  • Ticket Price:Free
  • Type:Community,Free
  • Music:Classical,Jazz

Description

On 9 December, don’t miss a special Brass on the Grass hosted by the City of Perth and East Perth Community Group.

Christmas with The Giovanni Consort

Enjoy a festive spectacular, as the Giovanni Consort and Alessandro Pittorino fill St Mary's Cathedral with glorious carolling and Christmas cheer with a uniquely West Australian flair!

  • Dates:Dec 11
  • Time(s):7:30pm
  • Venue:St Mary's Cathedral

Details

  • Hosted By:The Giovanni Consort
  • Venue Address:St Mary's Cathedral, Victoria Square, Perth
  • Ticket Price FROM:$20
  • Ticket price TO:$40
  • Music:Choral,Classical
  • Event Venue:St. Mary's Cathedral

Description

Perth’s St. Mary’s Cathedral will be shining as bright as the Star of Bethlehem for a one night only performance of Christmas with the Giovanni Consort. Perth’s finest young singers will be presenting an evening of glorious Christmas music, reimagined and given new life by West Australian composers Perry Joyce, Lydia Gardiner, and Joshua Adams. Partnering with the choir on the Cathedral’s mammoth pipe organ will be internationally renowned musician and “Australia’s Wunderkind Organist” (ABC TV) Alessandro Pittorino. Conducting the whole program will be Perth musical legend Hugh Lydon. To cap the whole event off, the Cathedral will be spectacularly bathed in light by the incredible team at GSD productions. 

This magical concert will be performed at St Mary’s Cathedral on Friday December 11, commencing at 7.30pm. There is ample parking available at the City of Perth car park located next to the Westin Hotel. Due to stage 4 COVID-19 restrictions, there will be limited seating available and booking is essential.

 

Christmas Celebration Concert

Curated and directed by Giovanni Consort's Hugh Lydon, this is a classic English Christmas celebration concert, Westminster Cathedral style.

  • Dates:Dec 17
  • Time(s):7pm
  • Venue:Christ Church Claremont

Details

  • Hosted By:Australian Baroque
  • Venue Address:Cnr Queenslea Dr &, Stirling Hwy, Claremont WA 6010
  • Ticket Price:$40 - $45
  • Ticket Price FROM:$40
  • Ticket price TO:$45
  • Music:Orchestral,Classical

Description

Join us for mince pies and a stunning program of festive works by Bach, Handel and Corelli.

Joyful and Triumphant

Come bathe in the joyful and triumphant tones of our brass quintet, as they perform 16th-Century music for singing and dancing, Christmas carols and classic tunes from the 20th Century

  • Dates:Dec 18
  • Time(s):7pm
  • Venue:South Perth

Details

  • Hosted By:Harmonia Australis
  • Venue Address:9 Ridge Street, South Perth
  • Ticket Price FROM:$10
  • Ticket price TO:$40
  • Type:Community,Youth Art / Performance
  • Music:Choral,Classical,Other Music

Description

Join Harmonia Australis on December 18th for an evening concert of joyful celebration.

2020 has been a strange and challenging year for all of us, so let’s get together to celebrate our resilience and growth. Come bathe in the joyful and triumphant tones of our brass quintet, as they perform 16th-Century music for singing and dancing, Christmas carols lead by Jessica Taylor, as well as classic tunes from the 20th century.

Trumpet: Zoe McGivern, Jack Collinson
Horn: Brooke Prendergast
Trombone: Jeremy Mazurek
Bass Trombone: Rob Coleman

This is a fun 1-hour concert for all ages, but we also have a premium offering with a drink on arrival and the best seats reserved for you!

We’re so excited to be able to perform again, and so grateful to be living in Perth at this time. We are so lucky! So come and join us for this festive, end-of-year celebration (and perhaps indulge in a glass of bubbly and a sing-along!)

Tickets available online now: Joyful and Triumphant

Premium: $40 (limited tickets available)
Standard: $30
Concession: $20
Child: $10

St Mary’s Church in South Perth is an accessible space with plenty of on-street parking available.

Handel's Messiah

It's just not Christmas without Handel's Messiah!

  • Dates:Dec 19
  • Time(s):7:30pm to 10:10pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:Perth Concert Hall
  • Venue Address:5 St Georges Terrace Perth WA 6000
  • Ticket Price FROM:$20
  • Ticket price TO:$95
  • Music:Choral,Classical
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Description

For many concert-goers Christmas is not complete without hearing a performance of Handel’s Messiah.  Directed by Perth’s pre-eminent choral director Dr Margaret Pride OAM, acclaimed WA soloists, Sara Macliver, Fiona Campbell, Perry Joyce and James Clayton will bring this work to life with outstanding virtuosity and musicianship.  

Handel’s real genius, however, is revealed in the great and exhilarating choruses sung to perfection by the Perth Symphonic Chorus and accompanied by the nationally recognised Perth Baroque Orchestra led by virtuoso violinist Paul Wright.

The sombre and hushed beauty of choruses like Since By Man Came Death are juxtaposed with the grandeur and impact of the climactic moments in the Hallelujah chorus and the final extended and thrilling Amen chorus.  

It is without doubt one of the greatest oratorios ever written.

Saturday 19th December 2020 at 7:30 - 10:10pm at Perth Concert Hall

Tickets: $20-$95 at https://www.perthconcerthall.com.au or call 08 9231 9999

Ben Folds with WASO

The piano pop maverick returns with all his hits!

  • Dates:Thu 28 & Fri 29 Jan 2021
  • Time(s):7:30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:West Australian Symphony Orchestra
  • Venue Address:5 St Georges Terrace, Perth WA 6000
  • Produced By:WASO: WA Symphony Orchestra
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Music:Classical,Orchestral,Pop,Gig Guide
  • SCOOP ADMIN ONLY:WASO Special event

Description

One of the major music influencers of his generation, piano pop sensation Ben Folds delivers a cavalcade of hits, like 'Landed', 'Capable of Anything', and 'Luckiest' fifteen years after his first ever orchestral concert right here in Perth.

The multi-platinum-selling artist has since released numerous collaboration records, and created music for film, TV and a Billboard chart-topping piano concerto. Folds, who currently serves as the first ever Artistic Advisor to the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, just recently released his first book, a memoir entitled 'A Dream About Lightning Bugs', described as a collection of interrelated essays and anecdotes about art, life, and music. He’s also currently touring Australia on a book promotion tour.

But there is no better way to experience one of the modern world’s most distinctive singer-songwriters than with the full power of WASO!

City Of Perth Opera In The Park

Thrilling singing, romantic melodies, and dramatic ensembles will warm the soul as your heart stirs in the balmy night.

  • Dates:Feb 26-27
  • Time(s):8:00pm
  • Venue:Supreme Court Gardens
  • Festivals:Perth Festival

Details

  • Hosted By:West Australian Opera
  • Venue Address:Supreme Court Gardens, Riverside Dr, Perth WA, 6000
  • Ticket Price:Free
  • Music:Opera,Classical
  • Type:Free
  • Produced By:Perth Festival

Description

West Australian Opera returns to Supreme Court Garden in a celebration of live performance and reconnection with the community. This event is free however tickets are essential under State Government Phase 4 restrictions surrounding the COVID19 pandemic. 

To enable as many people to attend in 2021, City of Perth Opera in the Park has been extended to two performance evenings.

 

A Gala Concert Event

For 30 years West Australian Opera has presented Opera in the Park, igniting emotions and sharing the splendour of live performance with thousands of Western Australians.

In a spectacle of Western Australian talent for everyone to enjoy, West Australian Opera is rolling out the stars for this special Opera in the Park 30th Anniversary Gala Concert

This iconic event in the centre of the city will be held over two nights in the Supreme Court Gardens. It is free but tickets are essential.

Western Australian companies join forces for this special event weekend featuring West Australian Opera principal artists, the West Australian Opera Chorus with the full might of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra and forms part of the 2021 Perth Festival.

Sheku Kanneh-Mason & The Kanneh-Mason Family

See Sheku Kanneh-Mason and family live in Perth, following his mesmerising performance at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in 2018!

  • Dates:Aug 15 2021
  • Time(s):2pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:AMCK Fine Entertainment
  • Venue Address:5 St Georges Terrace, Perth, WA, 6000
  • Ticket Price FROM:$59
  • Ticket price TO:$119
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Music:Classical

Description

The winner of the BBC Young Musician award in 2016, and now one of the brightest stars in classical music, the brilliant cellist is also one of seven siblings, all instrumentalists, who have been described by Simon Cowell as the world’s most talented family.

On this, the first Australian tour by Sheku and the Kanneh-Masons, he will be joined by his sister Isata, now one of Britain’s leading young pianists, in a performance of greatly loved sonatas for cello and piano, and by the entire family in a programme of works by Chopin, Mozart, Saint Saëns, Fauré, Elgar and other popular composers.

The Kanneh-Masons are Isata, 23 (piano), Braimah, 21 (violin), Sheku, 20 (cello), Konya, 18 (piano and violin), Jeneba, 16 (piano and cello), Aminita, 13 (violin and piano), and Mariatu, 9 (cello and piano).