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David Suchet makes his eagerly-awaited return to Australian stages in POIROT AND MORE: A RETROSPECTIVE. Join us in conversation with the man, the actor and his many roles in an unmistakably unique event. A retrospective look at David’s career will have you witness some of his most beloved pe...

WASO Summer Classics

Special Event

From Vivaldi to Gershwin and Ravel, we’ve pulled out all the stops, so come on down, grab a drink and relax with the perfect addition to your summer soundtrack.

 The youngest winner of the International Chopin Competition, YUNDI LI is coming to Perth! Hailed by over 10 million fans worldwide as the most flamboyant, original, and talented virtuoso on the planet, pianist Yundi is a true virtuoso with over 19.75 million followers in China alone.After a sold-...

Join us as we kickstart the Chevron Lighthouse season with a celebration of hip hop power, Bad Apples style. With Briggs – one half of ARIA award-winning duo A.B Original – at the helm, we’re dropping a house party you’ll never forget. Briggs and his special guests, including NT-raised Butch...

PLEASE NOTE: Saturday 8 February event time has changed to 7pm.BUNGGULGurrumul's Mothers Bunggul Gurrumul's Grandmother’s Bunggul Gurrumul's ManikayYolngu don’t have books or computers. They carry it here (in the heart) in their song, their dance, their paintings.  – Don Wininba GanambarrA...

Perth Festival | Spinifex Gum

Chevron Lighthouse

Celebrate the passion and talent of our Indigenous youth with Spinifex Gum. Marliya – an ensemble of Aboriginal and Torres Strait teenage singers – come together with The Cat Empire’s Felix Riebl and Ollie McGill and special guest artists for a powerful collaboration of voice, sound, movement ...

A beacon of future soul and vocal prowess, Papua New Guinea-born Ngaiire is charismatic, flamboyant and mesmerising. With lashings of pop and electronica underpinning her soulful strides, it is her astonishing voice that truly mesmerises. An artist that teases the mainstream, Ngaiire is uncompromisi...

Koorlangka | Gina Williams & Guy Ghouse

Presented by Music on the Terrace and Perth Festival

Guitar brilliance and incandescent vocals shine in this exquisite suite of children's songs and lullabies performed in Noongar. Award-winning music duo Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse has firmly established a reputation for their fresh, modern take on ancient traditions, performing here alongside bril...

If music is the lifeblood of New Orleans, the Treme neighbourhood is the very heartbeat. It’s here that local favourites Treme Brass Band revel in the traditions of street parades and jam sessions, paying homage to their hometown heritage. An eclectic mix of seasoned and younger musicians, led by ...

“Come one, come all. There'll be some very poor music and maybe a little construction mayhem. No hard hat necessary. Hope to see you there.” Kevin McCloudBAFTA award winning broadcaster, TV host, writer, environmentalist, amateur balloonist and storyteller, Kevin McCloud is all that and a bit m...

Purveyors of urgent and passionate guitar pop, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever are an indie-rock force to be reckoned with. With the DNA of The Go-Betweens baked into their propulsive rhythm section and explosive triple guitars, this equal parts thrilling and wistfully melancholic Melbourne quintet ...

Perth Festival | 13 Ways to Look at Birds

Paul Kelly, James Ledger, Alice Keath & Seraphim Trio

Australian music legend Paul Kelly and Western Australia's leading composer James Ledger are joined on stage by singer-songwriter Alice Keath and Seraphim Trio, with Anna Goldsworthy on piano, Helen Ayres on violin and Tim Nankervis on cello, for an evocative song cycle inspired by birds.Birds have ...

Creating music akin to being awake in  a dream, psychedelic synth rockers Moon Duo float along with buoyancy and groove that is hypnotic. Recently embracing disco as they push the boundaries of psych-rock, the San Francisco duo espouse a sense of organised chaos, fusing liquid guitar riffs with key...

A man, a piano, and you: experience the sublime finesse of this legendary American solo recitalist in beautiful, intimate programs.

Perth Festival | Kate Tempest

Chevron Lighthouse

Capturing the angry tension of being alive, Kate Tempest is the unflinching spoken word artist of our times. Punching listeners in the gut with her raw, unsentimental observations, she is a hurricane of truth – unforgiving, claustrophobic and gripping. While she makes us confront the stark reality...

Perth Festival | Meow Meow’s Pandemonium

With West Australian Symphony Orchestra

PLEASE NOTE:Cabaret Tables are numbered, with four seats (A-D) at each table; seats are sold individually, limited availability.To view the seating map, click here International siren and comedienne extraordinaire Meow Meow opens our Kabarett Haus accompanied by the full force of West Australian S...

Perth Festival | Rufus Wainwright

Down Solo Wainwright

PLEASE NOTE:Cabaret Tables are numbered, with four seats (A-D) at each table; seats are sold individually, limited availability.To view the seating map, click here Praised by The New York Times for his ‘genuine originality’, Rufus Wainwright performs an intimate show especially created for Per...

Perth Festival | Amanda Palmer

There Will Be No Intermission

PLEASE NOTE:Cabaret Tables are numbered, with four seats (A-D) at each table; seats are sold individually, limited availability.To view the seating map, click here A night of piano, pain and laughter from an artist that defies definition. Adored by fans of the inventive punk cabaret and darkly ori...

Perth Festival | Yeasayer

Chevron Lights

Courting the realms of quirk-pop and experimental indie, Yeasayer are constantly reinventing themselves, carving a niche in the sphere of Brooklyn cool along the way. With sweeping harmonies, hints of psychedelia and tribal beats, they embrace art-rock stylings, sharing sonic territory with the like...

Perth Festival | Neil Gaiman

Storytelling at its Finest

PLEASE NOTE:Cabaret Tables are numbered, with four seats (A-D) at each table; seats are sold individually, limited availability.To view the seating map, click here Neil Gaiman, superstar of the writing world and award-winning author of Sandman, American Gods, The Ocean at the End of the Lane and N...

Perth Festival | Weyes Blood

Chevron Lighthouse

Dark, mystical and ferociously tender, Weyes Blood is an indie charmer. Her lilting melodies and complex harmonies will have you drowning in sound as she meshes electronic burbles with the golden age of pop in a delicate but powerful fusion. With a voice of old-school beauty, at times conjuring Kare...

A disco diva with a giant voice, Evelyn King earned the nickname ‘Champagne’ for her trademark vocal bursts full of bubbles and froth on every dancefloor hit she dropped. With a voice that oozes R’n’B sensuality, King was the dance star of the early MTV era and her unbridled performances hav...

Beethoven's Fidelio

Beethoven 250

Celebrating the 250th anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven’s birth, Fidelio is presented as a hallmark work of the 2020 Perth Festival.

Highly eccentric and blisteringly beautiful, Aldous Harding is a gothic folk sprite. Embodying the deeply idiosyncratic wonders of artists such as Kate Bush and PJ Harvey, Harding is luminously and uniquely her own. Mysterious, complex and drenched in darkness, this stony-gazed wonder has broken thr...

Embodying a gospel groove that has thrived throughout their vibrant 70-year history, the Blind Boys transcend race and genre, injecting an unparalleled spirit into their music. Mischievous and entertaining, the multi Grammy award-winning Blind Boys are veterans of the ol’ razzle dazzle. Experience...

Mavis Staples is as fiery, fearless and funky as ever. Once the forefront of the American civil rights movement, Staples’ mighty voice has lost none of its heartfelt expression and depth. Drawing from the faithful conviction of gospel as well as the populist activism of folk, this living legend is...

Absolute Beethoven

Morning Symphony Series

A thrilling classical journey.

Absolute Beethoven

MSWA Masters Series

WASO with the Australian String Quartet.

Dances with Daphnis

Morning Symphony Series

Sparkling French Flair: enchanting and seductive.

Dances with Daphnis

MACA Limited Classics Series

Dances with Daphnis Plus Liszt's Second Piano Concerto

Jazz on the Lawn

Music on the Terrace

Grab your hamper from the house, relax in the glorious surroundings of the Government House Gardens and soak up the Jazzy vibes of some of Perth’s best Jazz musicians. There is simply no finer way to enjoy your time in the heart of the city than with sunshine and shade, friends, fine food, laughte...

One of the major music influencers of his generation, piano pop sensation Ben Folds delivers a cavalcade of hits backed by the full power of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra.

The Little Mermaid

Music on the Terrace

Bring your own or borrow some children to witness this stunning adaptation of Dvořák’s Rusalka especially for children. The ballroom will be transformed and the stage set for this magical and accessible storytelling for children and the young at heart by Freeze Frame Opera including the famous ...

Based on the true story of Tupaia, a Tahitian star navigator who sailed with James Cook on the Endeavour, this beautiful and haunting work explores the 1770 meeting of two master mariners. Each is from a vastly different place and culture. As they journey together the understanding they develop high...

The Violent Femmes are back on Australian shores this coming March 2020 for their first national tour since 2017. 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...

The Performing Arts Perspectives is an important educational event on the annual calendar of Year 11 and 12 Performing Arts students. Showcasing a selection of the highest standard of student performance, the event provides benchmarks of excellence in Dance, Drama and Music from Public, Independen...

Great art and the Soviet regime.  Joy and creativity can’t be held down forever, so even in the darkest decades of cruel oppression that spread from Soviet Russia through Eastern Europe in the 20th century, music bloomed and imaginations flew. Humour, black as some of it may have been, also thriv...

The Best of Rodgers and Hammerstein

Special Event Classical

Here we celebrate their reign as one of the world’s most successful Broadway writing teams with two of the brightest shining stars in musical theatre today, all backed by WASO.

Australia's most recognised and beloved pianist joins his dear friends in a national tour that marks the Quartet's 25th anniversary.

Bach's Easter Oratorio

Special Event Classical

Mozart’s Haffner Symphony was originally written as party music for Salzburg, then transformed into a symphony of drama, crackling energy, and tireless invention for Vienna.

Tchaikovsky’s Pathétique

Morning Symphony Series

The final masterpiece from the master of melody

Tchaikovsky’s Pathétique

MACA Limited Classics Series

Tchaikovsky’s Pathétique Plus Bin Huang plays Mozart.

Playing with Fire

Naked Classics

Conductor and presenter extraordinaire Guy Noble will ignite this red hot program that expresses through music the awesome power of fire to destroy, create or illuminate a night sky in dazzling techni

Mindfulness, well-being and the restorative powers of music.  Music’s ability to lift us from despair or deep pain, or at least express our response to spiritual and physical wellness, are neither new nor new age, as 12th-century composer and healer Hildegard von Bingen well understood. English v...

Orava Quartet

Music on the Terrace

Hailed as “the most exciting young quartet on the block”, “the real deal” and the first Australian string quartet ever to sign with Universal Music, the masterful Orava Quartet will  take your breath away with a salute to Beethoven's 250th anniversary.  Having toured extensively in North...

One of chamber music’s most illustrious partnerships can at last be heard by Australian audiences: touchingly expressive, technically spectacular, altogether unforgettable.

Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony

MACA Limited Classics Series

Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony plus Britten’s Guide to the Orchestra.

Winter Tea Dance

Music on the Terrace

If you love to dance then put on your dancing shoes and enjoy the finest ballroom in the state. The Government House Ballroom doors are open once more and invite you to enjoy an afternoon of dancing and high tea. The gala event is on the last Sunday of the month, featuring a live orchestra WAYJO and...

Rachmaninov's Second Piano Concerto

Afternoon Symphony Series

If you’ve ever paid a visit to Heirisson Island at dusk, you’ll know that feeling when you hear the call of the swan; awestruck, contented, inspired.

Rachmaninov's Second Piano Concerto

MACA Limited Classics Series

Expansive wonder of Sibelius and Rautavaara.

Dvořák’s Symphony No.8

Morning Symphony Series

Melodies new and old.

Gil Shaham Plays Brahms

MSWA Masters Series

Dvořák and a World Premiere.

A cappella singing of a rare kind, as 12 male voices blend in enchanting music that ranges across centuries.

Eumeralla, A War Requiem for Peace

Special Events Classical

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.

Last Night of the Proms

Special Events Classical

Bring your best voice and party spirit as we raise the roof at Perth Concert Hall with WASO’s annual barnstorm of flag-waving favourites.

Mozart's Elvira Madigan Concerto

MACA Limited Classics Series

Mozart's Elvira Madigan Concerto with Petrenko's Shostakovich.

Once every four years the Olympics of the piano is presented by the prestigious Sydney International Piano Competition. 32 young pianists from around the world travel to Sydney to battle it out and be crowned the Grand First Prize Winner, with the crème de la crème of pianists launching themselves...

Featuring Polkina Leschenko and Richard Tognetti performing Mendelssohn's Double Concerto.  Polina Leschenko is already a favourite of both the Orchestra and Australian audiences from her previous collaborations with the ACO. With playing described as both exhilarating and sweet-toned, and techniqu...

Comic-Con in Concert

Special Event Pops

Sometimes we’re dressed in black playing Mozart and sometimes we’re breeding raptors and in cosplay! We’re bringing old favourites and new surprises for our third year running.

Fantastic Symphonies

Naked Classics

Join presenter Paul Rissmann as he explores the motivation behind four landmark works, in a playlist that ranges from classical beauty to unadulterated horror.

Dreams of Air and Flight

WASO's Summer Classics

Inspired by Grahame Baker-Smith’s poignant story FArTHER, this soaring concert for the whole family features music by Paul Rissmann set to stunning animations by Victor Craven in a concert program als

The music is (mostly) old, the players are young, and together it’s seriously brilliant!

An American in Paris

Morning Symphony Series

Hollywood calling to Paris with love.

The Irwin Street Collective,  featuring internationally celebrated guest artist David Greco and principal players of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra will present exquisite works for voice and chamber ensemble, performed on period instruments  Proudly presented in association with UWA Conse...

Infinite Variations

MACA Limited Classics Series

Asher Fisch Discovery Concert.

The dazzling and timeless music of Bach, Vivaldi, Geminiani and Handel. Is it possible that all roads lead from La Folia? Probably the oldest known musical theme of European culture, it has resonated through the centuries, from Corelli, Liszt and Beethoven, through to the artists of today.  In what...

Brahms' Fourth Symphony

Afternoon Symphony Series

Acclaimed Scottish pianist Steven Osborne makes his much-anticipated WASO debut with Ravel’s piano concerto, a joyous work of jazz-inspired rhythms, lyrical beauty and exhilarating vitality.

Carmina Burana

MACA Limited Classics Series

Carmina Burana plus Dances with Devils.

Nuit Blanche | White Night

Music on the Terrace

On the first Saturday in October, the city of Paris lights up and celebrates White Night. Wishing to recreate this exceptional evening of art, festivities and music, Artistic Director Fiona Campbell has envisioned an opulent evening of long table dining, interspersed with a sumptuous feast of French...

Audience favourites the Eggner Trio join one of Australia’s most renowned musicians, oboist Diana Doherty, in an exciting virtuoso collaboration.

Mahler's First Symphony

Morning Symphony Series

A symphony to encompass the whole world.

Elgar's Cello Concerto

MSWA Masters Series

Elgar's Cello Concerto Plus Mahler's First Symphony.

Joseph Calleja

The Maltese Tenor

“His rock-solid yet ever-malleable voice and blazing stage presence could light a thousand lamps.”  – IndependentJoseph Calleja is one of the most exciting lyric tenors in the world today. Blessed with a golden-age voice that routinely inspires comparisons to legendary singers from earlier ...

The Great Outdoors

Naked Classics

Conductor Christopher Dragon leads us through music of vivid imagery and immense power to celebrate extraordinary landscapes and mother nature’s glory and fury.

250 years of Beethoven, in six chapters and seven composers. What might link Mozart and Vaughan Williams? Schubert and George Crumb? Signposting every 50 years from Beethoven’s birth with a significant composition of each era, this is an opportunity to grasp the sheer magnitude of Beethoven’s en...

Bohemian Homelands

Morning Symphony Series

Young American violinist Benjamin Beilman performs Bruch’s ever-popular violin concerto, which is filled with rich harmonies, irresistible melodies and an exhilarating finale.

Bruch's Violin Concerto

MACA Limited Classics Series

Bruch's Violin Concerto plus Bohemian Homelands.

Love, Lust and Death

MSWA Masters Series

Asher Fisch conducts The Rite of Spring.

The extraordinary French baroque ensemble pairs with Australian soprano Siobhan Stagg in a program fit for 18th-century royalty.

A playful spirit awakens with passion, wit and charm. In this concert we begin the journey with the wistful youth and romance of the first concerto, and the beauty of his third.

An explosive dialogue between soloist and orchestra. In this concert we continue our journey through Beethoven's piano concertos with the second and triumphant fourth.

Performing the full cycle is the dazzling Uzbek pianist Behzod Abduraimov, one of the finest of his generation.