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Free concerts at the WA Academy of Performing Arts
Classical Tuesdays - Semester 1

A tasty Tuesday series of free classical lunchtime concerts featuring staff, students or visiting guests serving up sumptuous musical treats for hungry ears!

Opening night: 28th Feb, 1.10 pm
Closing night: 30th May, 1.10 pm
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Geoffrey Lancaster in Recital

Acclaimed fortepianist and Professor of Music Geoffrey Lancaster will perform some of the most perfectly conceived, imaginative and innovative sonatas by Haydn and Beethoven.

Opening night: 4th Mar, 3.00 pm
Closing night: 4th Mar, 3.00 pm
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Bebop!

The beboppers were known for their incredible technical abilities, their slightly kooky dress sense and for living on the edge, which is all represented through this incredible music.

Opening night: 16th Mar, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 16th Mar, 7.30 pm
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The Tempest

Stuart Halusz, Associate Director at Black Swan State Theatre Company, brings Shakespeare's mystical masterpiece about forgiveness and justice to life under the stars in the State Theatre Centre Courtyard.

Opening night: 17th Mar, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 23rd Mar, 7.30 pm
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Lord of the Flies

This innovative production will feature both all-male and all-female casts, who will perform either Act I or Act II of William Golding’s classic 1954 novel. Guaranteed to be a highly original event and a gripping night at the theatre.

Opening night: 17th Mar, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 23rd Mar, 7.30 pm
Acting performances at the WA Academy of Performing Arts
The Blind Giant is Dancing

This classic Australian political drama is a passionate examination of the way power can corrupt the individual and society at large.

Opening night: 17th Mar, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 23rd Mar, 7.30 pm
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Heathers the Musical

Based on the film that became a cult classic,Heathers: The Musical is a darkly delicious look at the joys and anguish of high school.

Opening night: 18th Mar, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 25th Mar, 7.30 pm
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Come and Sing with Mary King

Don’t miss this opportunity to become a professional singer for a day!

Opening night: 18th Mar, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 18th Mar, 7.30 pm
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Mad About Coward

International director Stuart Maunder takes to the stage accompanied by Stewart Smith and together they will entertain you with an elegant, moving and very funny exploration of all things Noel Coward.

Opening night: 21st Mar, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 26th Mar, 5.00 pm
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Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know

An evening of musical melodrama featuring music written as accompaniment for the spoken word.

Opening night: 23rd Mar, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 23rd Mar, 7.30 pm
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WAAPA in the Park

Be wowed by the phenomenal Phat Funk Band and WAAPA’s most accomplished Jazz and Contemporary musicians as they rock, bop and strut their way through an awesome collection of old and new funk, soul, pop and jazz classics.

Opening night: 25th Mar, 7.00 pm
Closing night: 25th Mar, 7.00 pm
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Steve Reich Under the Stars

The rapturous music of Steve Reich comes to life under the stars as Defying Gravity percussion ensemble performs.

Opening night: 25th Mar, 7.00 pm
Closing night: 25th Mar, 7.00 pm
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8 Hits Plus

Vanessa Tomlinson performs solo percussion works plus Erik Griswold reunites with WAAPA percussionists to perform his signature piece.

Opening night: 5th Apr, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 5th Apr, 7.30 pm
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Megan Washington

Performing with the WAAPA Jazz students, Australian songstress Megan Washington will be revisiting her roots, performing well known classics, interpretations of the jazz repertoire, as well as some of her original material.

Opening night: 6th Apr, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 8th Apr, 7.30 pm
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Transcendental Voices

St Mary’s Cathedral will be filled with the majestic sound of Western Australia’s finest young singers accompanied by one of Australia’s leading organists.

Opening night: 6th Apr, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 6th Apr, 7.30 pm
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Sonic Wonderment Revisited

Clocked Out teams up with GreyWing Ensemble and the WAAPA Composers' Orchestra to perform colourful new works for large ensemble and electronics.

Opening night: 7th Apr, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 7th Apr, 7.30 pm
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Battle and Victory

Whether to stir the passion and nationalistic fervour of troops going to war or to celebrate the victory of an army, the emotion of battle has inspired many musical works.

Opening night: 20th Apr, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 20th Apr, 7.30 pm
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Jane Austen's Drawing Room

English music-making of this era includes a surprisingly rich repertoire of songs for piano and guitar.

Opening night: 22nd Apr, 3.00 pm
Closing night: 22nd Apr, 3.00 pm
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Fazioli Fascination

Head of Piano, Anna Sleptsova, curates a special program of piano masterworks covering the whole gamut of the keyboard repertoire.

Opening night: 27th Apr, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 27th Apr, 7.30 pm
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Kaboom!

Mallets dance, flash and glow in the dark as Kaboom creates musical magic from colour and light.

Opening night: 4th May, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 6th May, 7.30 pm
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A Dream Play

WAAPA’s new Spiegeltent, The Edith, provides an immersive, in-the-round setting for Caryl Churchill’s adaptation of Strindberg’s 1901 expressionistic drama.

Opening night: 5th May, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 11th May, 7.30 pm
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The Diary of Anne Frank

To mark the 70th anniversary of its publication, visiting guest director Peggy Shannon, directs WAAPA’s graduating Acting students in the powerful play based on Anne’s diary.

Opening night: 5th May, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 11th May, 7.30 pm
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Rise

WAAPA’s talented dancers rise to new artistic heights in neo-classical and contemporary dance works created on them by four outstanding choreographers.

Opening night: 6th May, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 12th May, 7.30 pm
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Sound Spectrum 2017.1

A festival of new sounds as WAAPA’s Composition and Music Technology students and staff present over 10 hours of original music.

Opening night: 8th May, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 12th May, 7.30 pm
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Video Killed the Radio Star

WAAPA Composition and Music Technology lets loose the YouTube generation to create new works responding to the visual in music.

Opening night: 10th May, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 10th May, 7.30 pm
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Solo Stage: Moments of Being

Expect a diverse range of styles in these self-devised short works. This is theatre that is bold, brave and brilliantly original.

Opening night: 10th May, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 13th May, 7.30 pm
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Kneebody

Genre-defying American group Kneebody pairs explosive rock energy with high-level nuanced chamber ensemble.

Opening night: 11th May, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 12th May, 7.30 pm
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Guitar Brazilliance

The guitar artistry of South America dances to the tune of the choros, the samba, the waltz and the tango!

Opening night: 11th May, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 11th May, 7.30 pm
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Radio Active Sessions

From pop to rock, RnB to soul and funk classics, Radio Active Sessions showcases the musical talents of the students of All Saints' College, alongside WAAPA Contemporary Music students.

Opening night: 13th May, 7.00 pm
Closing night: 13th May, 7.00 pm
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Alexandre Da Costa Plays Beethoven

Legendary violinist Alexandre Da Costa – WAAPA’s brilliant Head of Strings – performs Beethoven’s majesticViolin Concertoin three extraordinary and inspiring concerts of orchestral masterworks.

Opening night: 19th May, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 21st May, 3.00 pm
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Twin Share

Madrid-based international choreographer Carmelo Segura joins the collaborating team of Michael Whaites and Sue Peacock to create a sumptuous evening of exquisite contemporary dance.

Opening night: 24th May, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 27th May, 2.00 pm
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Sleep

This magical show of edgy adult puppetry poses questions about suppressed sensuality, vengeance for social exclusion and the occasional murderous instinct!

Opening night: 25th May, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 26th May, 7.30 pm
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Lincolnshire Posy

With an ear for colour and a great tune, Percy Grainger paints in music the sounds of Edwardian Lincolnshire.

Opening night: 25th May, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 25th May, 7.30 pm
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Winter Serenades

WAAPA’s leading string students parade their skills in a performance of irresistible classics by the great composers of string repertoire.

Opening night: 26th May, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 26th May, 7.30 pm
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Life is a Cabaret!

A musical cavalcade presented by a circus troupe of performers showcasing their many talents beyond their beautiful voices and exceptional musicianship.

Opening night: 1st Jun, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 3rd Jun, 7.30 pm
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Graduation recitals - Classical Music, Semester 1

Graduation recitals are the highlight of a music student’s studies, and bring excitement and variety to WAAPA`s music performance calendar.

Opening night: 13th Jun, 5.00 pm
Closing night: 17th Jun, 2.30 pm
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The Songbook Sessions

Featuring a combination of exciting original works plus some wonderfully reworked classics; these young musicians will rock your world.

Opening night: 13th Jun, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 14th Jun, 7.30 pm
Acting performances at the WA Academy of Performing Arts
Petits Fours

For those who like their theatre short, sharp and highly entertaining,Petits Fours celebrates the breathtakingly original work of four local playwrights.

Opening night: 16th Jun, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 22nd Jun, 7.30 pm
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Present Laughter

Present Laughter combines wickedly funny wordplay, biting bon mots and acidic-yet-likable characters to create a classic recipe for timeless comedy.

Opening night: 16th Jun, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 22nd Jun, 7.30 pm
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42nd Street

Broadway’s most famous song-and-dance fable comes to the Regal! Get ready for a dazzling entertainment of scintillating tap routines and catchy show tunes.

Opening night: 17th Jun, 2.00 pm
Closing night: 24th Jun, 7.30 pm
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From Opera with Love

This enchanting evening will showcase a mix of the greatest arias and ensembles, including the beloved duet from The Pearl Fishers.

Opening night: 18th Jun, 4.00 pm
Closing night: 18th Jun, 4.00 pm
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WAAPA International Art Song Academy

This year’s Academy will feature ancillary classes in movement and performance psychology for participants and observers alike.

Opening night: 11th Jul, 9.00 am
Closing night: 16th Jul, 5.00 pm
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WAAPA International Art Song Academy Participant Showcase

Enjoy a fun and relaxed variety evening of songs and arias performed by the singers and pianists of the WAAPA International Art Song Academy.

Opening night: 15th Jul, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 15th Jul, 7.30 pm
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WAAPA International Art Song Academy Gala Concert

This special gala concert in the beautiful surrounds of Government House Ballroom showcases selected performers from the Art Song Academy.

Opening night: 16th Jul, 4.00 pm
Closing night: 16th Jul, 4.00 pm
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On Safari

The WAAPA wind and brass students invite you on a musical safari like no other!

Opening night: 3rd Aug, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 3rd Aug, 7.30 pm
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The Bach Connection

Geoffrey Lancaster and James Huntingford revel in the fantastical terrain of eighteenth-century masterpieces for two fortepianos.

Opening night: 12th Aug, 3.00 pm
Closing night: 12th Aug, 3.00 pm
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WAAPA & ECU Open Day 2017

The 2017 WAAPA & ECU Open Day is a perfect opportunity to explore behind the scenes. Explore the campus, take a backstage tour and attend information sessions.

Opening night: 13th Aug, 10.00 am
Closing night: 13th Aug, 10.00 am
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The New Standard

Tonight the WAAPA New Standard Ensemble, with WAAPA piano lecturer Tom O’Halloran, will keep you on the edge of your seat with new interpretations of the classics.

Opening night: 17th Aug, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 17th Aug, 7.30 pm
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Karin Schaupp and Claire Edwardes

Celebrated guitarist Karin Schaupp joins forces with percussionist extraordinaire Claire Edwardes in an all Australian program of enthralling musical landscapes.

Opening night: 18th Aug, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 18th Aug, 7.30 pm
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Andrey Gugnin Piano Recital

Hailed as a “star pianist” by Piers Lane, the Moscow Conservatory and Lake Como Piano Academy graduate will bring to the concert stage an extensive and varied program.

Opening night: 24th Aug, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 24th Aug, 7.30 pm
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Momentum

Andy Paris visited WAAPA to commence work on this exciting project with the Acting students and staff and now he returns to direct this freshly minted piece of theatre.

Opening night: 25th Aug, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 31st Aug, 7.30 pm
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Radio Active - Albany

Radio Active is a high-energy celebration of chart toppers from the 1950s right through to today's hit music.

Opening night: 25th Aug, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 25th Aug, 7.30 pm
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Love and Information

Enjoy this exhilarating theatrical kaleidoscope from one of the most radically inventive dramatists of our time.

Opening night: 25th Aug, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 31st Aug, 7.30 pm
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Chicago

A tale of fame, fortune and all that jazz.

Opening night: 26th Aug, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 2nd Sep, 7.30 pm
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Massed Saxophone Project

Featuring visiting artists from the UK and the USA, WAAPA is proud to collaborate with Churchlands Senior High School to bring you the biggest saxophone event WA has ever seen.

Opening night: 27th Aug, 7.00 pm
Closing night: 27th Aug, 7.00 pm
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Unleash

The graduating dancers unleash their creativity by choreographing their own dance works, performed by their peers.

Opening night: 29th Aug, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 2nd Sep, 2.00 pm
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Tilt

Powerful performances and impressive stagecraft underpin works that explore the very edges of theatre making, creating an evening of other-worldly theatre that will inspire, provoke and entertain.

Opening night: 30th Aug, 7.00 pm
Closing night: 9th Sep, 7.00 pm
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Keys in the City

An interactive journey through the history of keyboard instruments.

Opening night: 2nd Sep, 11.00 am
Closing night: 2nd Sep, 11.00 am
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Dark Rain

Expect to be thrilled by the unpredictable, captivated by the sounds and colours of new music, and transported into the stratosphere by the combined power of wind and brass.

Opening night: 2nd Sep, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 2nd Sep, 7.30 pm
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Kuniko Kato: Total Percussion

Experience breathtaking virtuosity and extraordinary musicianship in this concert of masterworks.

Opening night: 6th Sep, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 6th Sep, 7.30 pm
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Faith Court Orchestra: The Warana Prize

Enjoy superb musicianship as WAAPA’s three leading instrumentalists join the Faith Court Orchestra to battle it out in the final of the prestigious 2017 Warana Prize.

Opening night: 8th Sep, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 9th Sep, 7.30 pm
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Radio Active

Radio Active is a high-energy celebration of chart toppers from the 1950s right through to today's hit music.

Opening night: 14th Sep, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 16th Sep, 7.30 pm
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Hit Parade: Defying Gravity Turns 30!

A celebration of the energy, passion and power of percussion. It’s an electrifying birthday party, 30 years in the making!

Opening night: 14th Sep, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 16th Sep, 7.30 pm
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One O'Clock Jump

Join the WAAPA Jazz Vocal Ensemble as they take you on a swinging musical journey through the harmonically enriched vocal arrangements of some of the most influential jazz vocal groups of our time.

Opening night: 20th Sep, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 20th Sep, 7.30 pm
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Magic Mozart and Tchaikovsky

Alexandre Da Costa, WAAPA's dynamic Head of Strings, directs from the violin in a program that will surely inspire and delight.

Opening night: 21st Sep, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 21st Sep, 7.30 pm
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