Classical performances coming up this winter in Perth

Last Updated: 20 Jun 2022
Abigail Macleod

From local orchestras to international acts from Russia and beyond, the perfect way to stay warm this winter is seeing a classical concert in some of Perth's finest performance spaces. Here's our picks that are not to be missed.

Last Night of the Proms

An homage to the Promenade performances that hallmark British musical tradition, Last Night of the Proms will have you singing along to all things Brittania. Join conductor Guy Noble, the WASO Chorus and special guests for a spectacular musical feast, alongside a variety of classical hits. As always, the concert comes to an unmissable end with the traditional ‘Last Night of the Proms’ sing-a-long including Jerusalem and Rule, Britannia. Find tickets to this unmissable event here.

The Lark Ascending 

Emma McGrath embodies the soaring lark in this elegant musical affair. 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 Brahms' creative journey, this symphony is a masterpiece that culminates in a gentle hush. Get tickets and find out more here.

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. A Winter’s Journey is a new staging by Musica Viva Australia of Schubert’s iconic songs, bringing a very different winter into focus. Stage director Lindy Hume and videographer Dave Bergman provide 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. Discover more here.

Vasily Petrenko conducts Shostakovich

Find yourself transported back to Saint Petersburg in 1905 on the cusp of the revolution with Shostakovich's charged Eleventh Symphony, as world acclaimed Russian conductor Vasily Petrenko makes his WASO debut. Opening with the exuberant overture to Nielsen’s 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. Find your tickets here.

Dangerous Liaisons

WAAPA’s elite Indian Ocean Ensemble collaborate with The ‘Phone Co. and the Seven Seas Ensemble, bringing a unique new sound and dynamic fusion. Michael Torke’s pieces May and Four Proverbs feature in a night of chamber music overflowing with energy, passion and creativity. Tickets can be bought here.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince in Concert

Nicholas Hooper’s score and J.K. Rowling’s worldwide bestseller combine for an experience you’ll never forget, as you re-live 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 and uncovers the meaning of Horcruxes. As Lord Voldemort™ tightens his grip on both the Muggle and Wizarding Worlds™, it is up to Harry, Ron and Hermione to prepare for a battle fast approaching. Love is in the air, but danger lies ahead and Hogwarts may never be the same again. Get tickets to this cinematic spectacular here.

Z.E.N. Trio

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’. Find tickets here.

Cinematic - WASO

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. Enjoy this cinematic spectacular, with tickets here.
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