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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


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.

Kate Miller-Heidke - Child In Reverse Tour

Pop-indie singer Kate Miller-Heidke finally brings her Child in Reverse Tour to Perth!

  • Dates:Jul 6
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Music:Pop,Indie & Alternative,Concert Tours
  • Hosted By:Frontier Touring
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Description

Frontier Touring are delighted to announce award-winning singer-songwriter Kate Miller-Heidke's Child In Reverse Tour, taking place in July 2022!

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.

The Guilty Feminist Live

Less of a podcast and more of a global phenomenon, The Guilty Feminist, hosted by Deborah Frances-White and featuring world class guests, is part comedy, part deep dive discussion and part activism.

  • Dates:Jul 15
  • Time(s):8pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Performing Arts:Comedy,Other
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Description

Examining our noble goals as 21st century feminists and our hypocrisies and insecurities that undermine those goals, The Guilty Feminist has had a spectacular 90 million downloads in five years. Deborah has brought the show to Australia and New Zealand on several successful tours and is bursting with near hysteria to come back and be with her Antipodean guilty feminist crew after a year and a half of London lockdown. This is the show that proves you don’t have to be perfect to be a force for meaningful change. Come join The Guilty Feminist live and be part of this joyful movement.

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

Symphony of Colour

Featuring the World Premiere of Australian composer Rachel Bruerville’s The Colours of Light along with the Australian Premiere of Philip Sparke’s A Colour Symphony and the iconic Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin and more. The WA Wind Symphony will take you on a journey through a kaleidoscope of sound in this delightful concert inspired by colour and light.

  • Dates:Jul 22
  • Time(s):7pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Music:Other Music
  • Type:Charity and Fundraising
  • Performing Arts:Other
  • Hosted By:Western Australian Charity Orchestra Inc.
  • Ticket Price:$15-$47
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Description

Be blown away in a whirlwind of musical colours by WA’s premier wind ensemble, the West Australian Wind Symphony, along with jazz vocalist Libby Hammer and pianist Adrian Soares, as they magically weave together colourful masterpieces of sound. Featuring the World Premiere of Australian composer Rachel Bruerville’s The Colours of Light along with the Australian Premiere of Philip Sparke’s A Colour Symphony and the iconic Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin and more. The WA Wind Symphony will take you on a journey through a kaleidoscope of sound in this delightful concert inspired by colour and light. ARTISTS Libby Hammer – vocals Adrian Soares – piano Samuel Parry – conductor Western Australian Wind Symphony PROGRAM BRUERVILLE The Colours of Light (World Premiere) LOUIGUY Cherry Pink & Apple Blossom White BURKE & WEBSTER Black Coffee DELUGG & STEIN Orange Coloured Sky TICHELI Blue Shades GERSHWIN Rhapsody in Blue SPARKE A Colour Symphony (Australian Premiere)

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.

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.

Cinematic

Join WASO on Stanley Kubrick's iconic science fiction movie A Space Odyssey's re-formation by violinist Baiba Skride.

  • Dates:Aug 26- 27
  • Time(s):7.30pm Fri 26 Aug, 7.30pm Sat 27 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

Strauss’ Also sprach Zarathustra blazes a cosmic sunrise in the opening of Stanley Kubrick’s iconic film 2001: A Space Odyssey. Let your curiosity run wild as Schoenberg’s Accompaniment to a Cinematographic Scene plays out to an imaginary silent film. Korngold’s passion for the silver screen brings his favourite 1930s film themes together in the famous “Hollywood Concerto”, performed by much-loved Latvian violinist Baiba Skride. Walk the red carpet of Perth Concert Hall to music that transcends space and time.

Asher Fisch Conducts Elgar - Morning

Morning Symphony Series presents Elgar by conductor Asher Fisch.

  • Dates:Sep 1
  • Time(s):11.00am
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

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

Description

Dismiss Elgar as the purveyor of fusty Edwardian sentimentality at your peril, for beneath the surface of his proudly noble and discreetly dignified music simmers an enormous, passionately expressive richness. His Second Symphony is a breathtaking work of grand lyricism, aching tenderness and visionary power, whose full radiance and majesty will be revealed.

Beethoven & Elgar

Noble Power and Poetry

  • Dates:Sep 2-3rd
  • Time(s):7:30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

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

Description

Some of the most soulful of all Beethoven’s music is found in his ever-popular piano concertos. With great beauty and harmony, classical music’s most famous radical delivers an elegant contrast of power and poetry in his Third Piano Concerto. We are thrilled to welcome back the exceptional pianist Behzod Abduraimov to perform this perennial favourite. Elgar’s Second Symphony is a breathtaking work of noble lyricism, aching tenderness and visionary power, whose full radiance and majesty will be revealed by Asher Fisch.

Eumeralla, A War Requiem For Peace presented by WASO and Short Black Opera

Presented by WASO and Short Black Opera, Eumeralla combines moving poetry, two choirs, orchestra and the platform of the Requiem mass.

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

Details

  • Music:Orchestral,Choral
  • Hosted By:WASO
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Produced By:WASO

Description

The Eumeralla river flows through Gunditjmara country in southwest Victoria. It was here, 180 years ago, that war broke out between traditional owners and those who sought to dispossess them of their land.

Combining moving poetry, two choirs, orchestra and the platform of the Requiem mass, a history of heartbreak and horror is revealed in this monumental new work. With a fusion of Western classical tradition and First Nations culture, Eumeralla soars with resilience and reconciliation.

Sung in dialects of the Gunditjmara people of southwestern Victoria. Eumeralla, a war requiem for peace is presented in Perth with support from the Bendat Family Foundation. The Gunditjmara translation was the work of senior Gunditjmara language custodian Vicki Couzens and linguist Travers Eira.

WASO’s Indigenous Creative Collaborations are supported by Bendat Family Foundation.

WASO’s Fairytale Ball

Witches, Wizards, Princes, Fairies – rejoice!

  • Dates:Oct 1
  • Time(s):10:00am
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Music:Orchestral
  • Type:Kids
  • Hosted By:WASO
  • Ticket Price:$35.00 - $40.00
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Produced By:WASO

Description

Once upon a time, magical creatures of all sorts gathered together for a Fairytale Ball. Now princes, princesses and the whole family are invited to join WASO for a marvelous musical adventure! Conductor Jessica Gethin will read from an enchanted storybook and take the orchestra through fantasy favourites for the whole family. Don your dress-ups and dance along to spellbinding scores in this storybook spectacular. Magical moments for families with children aged 3-11 years.