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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

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John Williamson | My Australian Stories

Inspired his extraordinary career with his My Australian Stories tour, John will leave you feeling as proud to be Aussie as he does.

  • Dates:Jan 29
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Type:Community
  • Music:Country & Folk
  • Ticket Price:$49-199.90
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Description

There are few places in his fifty-one-year career that John Williamson hasn’t visited or performed in. He’s pulled up to have a yarn with farmers, miners, station owners and everyday folk who have stories to share. He’s as familiar sitting around a stock camp under the Milky Way as he is sitting on his well-travelled stool on stage.

With 500 songs, twenty-seven Golden Guitars and countless accolades under his belt, Williamson is not one to rest on his laurels. Audiences can expect to hear his greatest hits (plus some surprise tracks!) and to laugh and cry as he takes them on a journey around his beloved Australia. 

Perth Summer Classics 2022

Cygnus Arioso launches into 2022 with Perth Summer Classics, a two-concert afternoon of chamber music brimming with virtuosity, youth, and musical spontaneity.

  • Dates:Jan 30
  • Time(s):2pm & 4pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Ticket Price:$30 - $60
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Description

Featuring masterworks loved by audiences and performers alike, the program is centred around the sunny optimism of Schubert’s much-loved Octet. Richard Strauss’ Metamorphosen for 23 solo strings tempers this, its dark counterpoint radiating with an elegiac depth. Gershwin’s Lullaby for Strings begins the afternoon with gentle allusions to blues and ragtime, before Lachlan Skipworth’s recent Altiora Peto for trumpet and strings shines with immediacy and rhythmic energy. Featuring Perth’s finest virtuosi and a plethora of emerging stars, Perth Summer Classics promises to be a powerful and uplifting way to start the new year.

Violent Femmes

The Violent Femmes are back on Australian shores this coming December for their first national tour since 2017.

  • Dates:Feb 22, 2022
  • Time(s):7.00pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:Perth Concert Hall
  • Music:Rock,Concert Tours,Gig Guide
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Description

NOTE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED FROM MARCH TO DECEMBER 3 2020.

This time they come with a brand new album - their 10th - Hotel Last Resort, which resides among the band’s finest work, simultaneously refining and redefining their one-of-a-kind take on American music, mingling front porch folk, post punk, spiritual jazz, country blues, avant-garde minimalism and golden age rock ‘n’ roll into something still altogether their own.

John Williams: 90th Birthday Bonanza

Celebrating John Williams' upcoming 90th birthday with his memorable compositions for epic movies.

  • Dates:Feb 4 - 5
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:WASO
  • Ticket Price:$30 - $115
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Produced By:WASO

Description

The greatest film soundtracks Including music from; Indiana Jones, Jaws, Jurassic Park, Superman, Star Wars, and more! Guy Noble conductor Winner of five Academy Awards and voted the ‘most popular living composer’, John Williams has scored more than 100 films including Jaws, Jurassic Park, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Superman, Star Wars and more. We celebrate this musical legend on his 90th birthday with a thrilling concert featuring the best selection of epic soundtracks from blockbuster movies you know and love.

Jazz at the Symphony

The Western Australian Jazz Project will collaborate with stars of WA music at Perth Concert Hall this February.

  • Dates:Feb 18
  • Time(s):7:30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Ticket Price:$30 - $124
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Description

With an extraordinary line-up of artists alongside Perth's premiere jazz ensemble, this show will be unlike anything Perth audiences have experienced before. Just a sample of the ten WA artists joining the WAJP include Sara Macliver, Jamie ‘Slim Jim’ Mercanti, and Jamie Oehlers. Stay tuned for the full artist list! Expect to be wowed by music from Debussy, Dvorák, Ella Fitzgerald, and Stephen Sondheim, through to a brand new commissioned composition by rising star Vanessa Perica. Masters from the worlds of classical, jazz, and contemporary music come together for what will be a night of musical exploration and delight!

Koort Boda (Heartland) - West Coast Philharmonic Orchestra

In Koort Boodja (Heartland) we celebrate Country, its First Peoples and the diverse cultures who call it home.

  • Dates:Feb 19
  • Time(s):7pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Ticket Price:$15 - $47
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Description

Accompanied by the West Coast Philharmonic Orchestra and led by conductor Samuel Parry, Noongar singer Natasha Eldridge will perform two original songs and much-loved favourite I Am Australian. Iain Grandage’s Left Edge and Lachlan Skipworth’s Hinterland will depict the sheer beauty of our local oceans and landscapes respectively, along with guest oboist Alexandra Allan in Graeme Koehne’s breathtaking Way Out West. The West Coast Philharmonic Chorus will perform an inspiring song recounting the history of Pemulwuy, and Ruth McCall’s captivating arrangement of Waltzing Matilda. The concert will bring to life Christopher Tin’s Grammy award-winning Calling All Dawns. Featuring a swathe of guest artists, this monumental song cycle in 12 languages depicting life (day), death (night) and rebirth (dawn) is sure to resonate with the rich cultural diversity within our community.

Jonathan Paget And The Darlington Quartet

Enjoy a selection of beloved classics for guitar and string quartet

  • Dates:Feb 20
  • Time(s):6:30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Produced By:Perth Festival,Musica Viva
  • Hosted By:Perth Festival
  • Ticket Price:$40 - $106
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Description

The centrepiece is Iain Grandage’s impassioned Black Dogs, selected by Musica Viva Australia’s Artistic Director Paul Kildea for this Perth-only program. Inspired by friends who had experienced periods of mental ill health, Grandage’s work is a compelling exploration of the mind and its often-mysterious workings, with the guitar standing in for the brain. Taking us out of the body and into nature, Christopher Sainsbury’s North Country Sketches is a series of etudes for solo guitar which the composer describes as exploring “Top End country topics” such as the Dry season, the Traditional Owner, and Gagudju. Other works to look forward to include Carulli’s Guitar Concerto, Op. 140, where guitar and string quartet prove themselves ideal partners, Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s stirring Guitar Quintet Op. 143, and Imogen Holst’s Phantasy Quartet, a ruminative piece of music that plumbs great emotional depths. Selections from Boccherini’s Guitar Quintet No 4 close out the concert.

Become Ocean

Orchestral music exploring the wonders of the ocean

  • Dates:5 Mar
  • Time(s):7:30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Produced By:Perth Festival,WASO
  • Hosted By:Perth Festival
  • Ticket Price:$30 - $79
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Description

"West Australian Symphony Orchestra and Western Australian Youth Orchestra are back onstage together bringing an ocean of sound to Become Ocean. Take a plunge into the deepest blue to discover churning waves, eerie calm and some of the greatest wonders of music inspired by the sea.   Awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Music, John Luther Adams’ expansive orchestral work Become Ocean is an intimate sonic journey, a musical meditation on the mysterious tides of existence. Hear it performed live in Australia for the first time as part of a program that also features Benjamin Britten’s evocative Four Sea Interludes and a world premiere from Western Australian composer Olivia Davies. " Access: WCH / assistive listening

Asher Fisch conducts The Rite of Spring

Asher Fisch conducts concert featuring flutist Andrew Nicholson at Perth Concert Hall

  • Dates:Mar 11, 12
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

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

Description

The Rite of Spring made an explosive impact on the musical world when it premiered over a century ago. A scandalous wrench away from tradition, it shocked audiences into a riot, catapulting Stravinsky’s landmark score into infamy as one of the most revolutionary and influential of the 20th century. WASO Principal Flute Andrew Nicholson brings his distinctive elegance and poise to an exquisite piece at the heart of the French flute tradition. Schubert’s ever-popular Unfinished Symphony opens a concert not to be missed.

Tchaikovsky’s Pathétique

Enjoy the classic Tchaikovsky’s Pathétique Symphony that reflects the pain and joys of life, conducted by Asher Fisch.

  • Dates:Mar 17 - 19
  • Time(s):Mar 17 - 11am Mar 18, 19 - 7:30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

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

Description

Tchaikovsky’s Pathétique Symphony is one of the greatest of all Romantic works. Through richly-coloured melodies, Tchaikovsky captures the pain, fleeting joys and fragile triumphs of life, as the yearning and potent energy of the opening movement descends into a devastating finale.

Vivaldi’s Four Seasons

Enjoy the violinist Laurence Jackson performing the classical compositions of VIVALDI and HANDEL at Perth Concert Hall.

  • Dates:Mar 31 - Apr 2
  • Time(s):Mar 31 - 11am Apr 1,2 - 7:30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

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

Description

Laurence Jackson violin/director Birds sing, storms roll in the distance, winter fires crackle and babbling brooks flow. Vivaldi’s ode to nature and the passing of time continues to amaze and delight with its evocative imagery. Concertmaster Laurence Jackson leads his WASO colleagues in this much-loved work, along with Handel’s regal Water Music Suite. This concert is presented in accordance with the Western Australian Government’s easing of COVID-19 capacity restrictions. As a result, you may be seated with ticket holders from other households. Please continue to practise good hygiene habits and observe physical distancing where possible. We will do everything in our power to present the program listed but, as we all know, we may have to vary the repertoire or artists should Government guidelines or travel restrictions change. If that happens, we will let you know.

Jessica Mauboy Boss Lady Tour

Jessica is going bold, bringing her fierce voice to the stage as she hits the Perth Concert Hall with 'The Boss Lady Tour'.

  • Dates:Apr 7
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Music:Pop,Concert Tours,Gig Guide
  • Type:Community,Youth
  • Hosted By:Perth Concert Hall
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Description

This exciting new tour's tracklisting will read as an anthology of Jessica’s global smash hits since her first solo album in 2008, elevating them to a new era of empowerment. 

As ‘The Boss Lady’ tour takes flight in 2022, all her plans in the lead up demonstrate Jessica Mauboy is exemplifying her new era of liberty, with more news around her tour imminent. 

Support Act: Caiti Baker.

Handel's Messiah

Conductor Joseph Nolan along with St George’s Cathedral Consort performing Handel's Messiah that depicts Christ’s birth, passion and resurrection through timeless and inspiring music.

  • Dates:Apr 13
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Music:Orchestral,Classical,Choral
  • Hosted By:Perth Concert Hall
  • Ticket Price:$30 - $105
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Produced By:WASO

Description

Hallelujah! A divine Easter tradition George Frideric HANDEL Messiah Joseph Nolan conductor Sara Macliver soprano Fiona Campbell mezzo-soprano Paul McMahon tenor James Clayton baritone St George’s Cathedral Consort Conductor Joseph Nolan leads WASO, St George’s Cathedral Consort and acclaimed soloists in a soul-stirring performance of one of the best-loved choral works of all time. Handel’s Messiah depicts Christ’s birth, passion and resurrection through timeless and inspiring music. With its joyous arias and rousing choruses, including the famous ‘Hallelujah Chorus’, Handel’s Messiah is the perfect concert tradition to be shared by all at Easter. Presented in collaboration with St George’s Cathedral.

Jessica Cottis Conducts Dvorák’S New World

Soul-stirring romantic favourites by Jessica Cottis

  • Dates:Apr 22-23
  • Time(s):7.30pm Fri 22 Apr, 7.30pm Sat 23 Apr
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

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

Description

The bright lights and bustling streets give a hero’s welcome to the new world in one of the most popular symphonies of all time. Dvorák’s brilliant Ninth Symphony featured in WASO’s very first concert in 1928 and remains a Perth-audience favourite with its exquisite, yearning Largo second movement and powerful, profound finale. The concert opens with a world premiere from award-winning Australian composer Elliott Gyger, followed by Ravel’s darkly brilliant Piano Concerto for the Left Hand, performed by Finnish virtuoso Paavali Jumppanen.

Scottish Symphony - Morning

Mendelssohn’s majestic landscape

  • Dates:Apr 28
  • Time(s):11.00am
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

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

Description

Mendelssohn’s Third Symphony is a brooding work of orchestral colour, inspired by the misty magnificence of the rolling Scottish landscape. Making his WASO debut, former Sydney Symphony Orchestra Principal Cellist Umberto Clerici has established himself as a fast-rising star of the conducting world.