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Music performances 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: 27th Feb, 1.10 pm
Closing night: 29th May, 1.10 pm
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Piano Wars

Four of Haydn’s finest keyboard sonatas will be played by acclaimed fortepianist Geoffrey Lancaster on some of the Viennese and English pianos available at WAAPA.

Opening night: 10th Mar, 3.00 pm
Closing night: 10th Mar, 3.00 pm
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Starstruck: Defying Gravity With Miquel Bernat

Spanish percussion superstar Miquel Bernat entrances listeners with beauty and virtuosity, as the rapturous sounds of ancient and modern percussion soar through the trees and gardens of the Fremantle Arts Centre.

Opening night: 16th Mar, 7.00 pm
Closing night: 16th Mar, 7.00 pm
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Atlas

A driven performance that explores what we carry from family, culture, in love, across borders and boundaries.

Opening night: 16th Mar, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 22nd Mar, 7.30 pm
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The Crucible

Arthur Miller’s timeless parable attacks the evils of mindless persecution and the terrifying power of false accusations.

Opening night: 16th Mar, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 22nd Mar, 7.30 pm
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In the Heights

From the award-winning composer and lyricist of the hot-ticket musical Hamilton comes this sassy, sexy sensation of a show brimming with hip-hop, salsa and soul music.

Opening night: 17th Mar, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 24th Mar, 7.30 pm
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Gospel Carnaval

This much-loved family friendly night of entertainment under the stars features some of the most talented musicians and performers from WAAPA's Jazz and Contemporary music streams.

Opening night: 21st Mar, 7.00 pm
Closing night: 21st Mar, 7.00 pm
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WAAPA in the Park

The City of Stirling, Edith Cowan University and WAAPA proudly present Australia’s premier performing arts academy in concert.

Opening night: 24th Mar, 7.00 pm
Closing night: 24th Mar, 7.00 pm
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An Intimate Evening with Schubert and Schumann

From the heroic myths of Egypt, Greece and Rome to the magical depths of German forests and the heights of mountains, Schubert, Schumann and their poets have musically painted vivid, breathtaking scenes.

Opening night: 29th Mar, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 29th Mar, 7.30 pm
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Mozart's Requiem

Mozart's extraordinary final work - the uplifting, passionate and deeply moving Requiem - fills the beautiful St Mary's Cathedral as WA's finest young singers and orchestral players join forces in music that will leave you spellbound.

Opening night: 12th Apr, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 12th Apr, 7.30 pm
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Havana Nights with the Rodriguez Brothers

Having worked with the biggest names in Jazz, it is with great excitement we welcome them to WAAPA for this celebration of Afro-Cuban music in New York.

Opening night: 12th Apr, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 14th Apr, 7.30 pm
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Original Blends

Staff and students from Classical, Jazz and Contemporary Music join together to present an event where classical, jazz, minimalism and funk collide, collude and collaborate to produce some truly ‘original blends’.

Opening night: 26th Apr, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 26th Apr, 7.30 pm
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An Afternoon with Emma Matthews

The wonderful Emma Matthews, Australia’s favourite soprano and WAAPA’s new Head of Classical Voice, shares with us some of her personal favourites in a delightful afternoon of song.

Opening night: 29th Apr, 4.00 pm
Closing night: 29th Apr, 4.00 pm
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Cirque du Rhythm

A super-charged circus-inspired evening of musical entertainment, a joy-filled show brimming with surprise, delight and wonder… and supreme musicianship.

Opening night: 3rd May, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 5th May, 7.30 pm
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The Seagull

Chekhov's masterly meditation on how the old take revenge on the young is both comic and tragic, and marks the birth of the modern stage.

Opening night: 4th May, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 10th May, 7.30 pm
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The Importance of Being Earnest

Oscar Wilde’s most elegant comic masterpiece is brought vividly to life by visiting British director Dan Bird.

Opening night: 4th May, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 10th May, 7.30 pm
Dance performances at WA Academy of Performing Arts
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: 5th May, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 11th May, 7.30 pm
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Sound Spectrum 2018.1

This festival of new sounds features WAAPA’s Composition and Music Technology students and staff performing five nights of original music at ECU's Spectrum Project Space.

Opening night: 7th May, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 11th May, 7.30 pm
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Solo Stage: Alchemy

Inspired by the 1924 surrealist movement, WAAPA’S adventurous young theatre-makers will look back on the ideas, imaginings and art generated from this time to create a dynamic program of thought provoking and original self-devised solos.

Opening night: 9th May, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 12th May, 7.30 pm
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A Different Kind Of 'B' Line

Pianist Thomas Hecht follows pathways from the Old World to the New, with the great composers Bach, Beethoven and Brahms who are often referred to as 'the 'Three B’s'.

Opening night: 9th May, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 9th May, 7.30 pm
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Kid A

This concert features works by WAAPA Composition and Music Technology students responding to the key moment that mainstreamed the aesthetics and techniques of alternative musical exploration.

Opening night: 10th May, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 10th May, 7.30 pm
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Glitter and be Gay

Superstar Emma Matthews, Australia’s renowned international opera star, returns to Perth as WAAPA’s new Head of Classical Voice.

Opening night: 11th May, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 13th May, 3.00 pm
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Brassed Off

Put on your dancing shoes and get ready for some serious funky good times as WAAPA's talented Jazz musicians and special guests present this interactive performance of New Orleans modern jazz and funk.

Opening night: 12th May, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 12th May, 7.30 pm
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Pacific Rim Art Song Project

Composers from Australia, New Zealand, Japan and the United States have contributed new songs for outstanding American tenor Kevin Hanrahan and WAAPA singers.

Opening night: 17th May, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 17th May, 7.30 pm
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Come and Sing with Mary King!

Keen singers, shy singers, bathroom singers and stage animals of all kinds are invited to our Spiegeltent, The Edith, for a day of sheer joy with the inspiring Mary King (UK).

Opening night: 19th May, 10.00 am
Closing night: 19th May, 10.00 am
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Differently Equal

Daring, surprising and different: WAAPA's graduate dance company perform exciting new works choreographed by guest artists

Opening night: 23rd May, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 26th May, 2.00 pm
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WAAPA Jazz Young Artists Ensemble

In an exciting collaboration, WAAPA and WAYJO come together to present a showcase of the rising stars of the jazz world in the WAAPA Jazz Young Artists Ensemble.

Opening night: 24th May, 7.00 pm
Closing night: 24th May, 7.00 pm
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Forward, March!

The WAAPA Symphonic Wind Ensemble shines its boots and marches into 2018 with a program celebrating the military band tradition.

Opening night: 24th May, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 24th May, 7.30 pm
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Frédéric Chopin: Poet Of The Piano

WAAPA's talented piano students present this celebration of Chopin’s beloved piano music.

Opening night: 30th May, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 30th May, 7.30 pm
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Landscapes of the Australian Guitar

Special guest Australian guitarist Ken Murray joins WAAPA's guitar students for a fascinating musical journey into the Australian outback, from the musically iconic to the arcane.

Opening night: 31st May, 7.00 pm
Closing night: 31st May, 7.00 pm
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From Music Hall to Cabaret

For all amusement seekers everywhere, we propose an evening of delights prodigious and fantastical.

Opening night: 31st May, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 2nd Jun, 7.30 pm
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Strings Bravura!

Alexandre Da Costa joins his students to perform one of his signature pieces in a concert that overflows with charm, energy and virtuosity.

Opening night: 8th Jun, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 8th Jun, 7.30 pm
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All at C

Join fortepianists Geoffrey Lancaster and James Huntingford as they present three of Beethoven’s most popular and revolutionary piano sonatas.

Opening night: 9th Jun, 3.00 pm
Closing night: 9th Jun, 3.00 pm
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Guitar Heroes

WAAPA guitar lecturer, Freddie Grigson, leads the incredibly talented jazz guitar students through a diverse range of music featuring the king of the string instruments (according to them!).

Opening night: 13th Jun, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 13th Jun, 7.30 pm
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Ajax In Afghanistan

Torn between army politics and the love of his soldiers on the front line of war, a legendary leader begins to spiral out of control.

Opening night: 15th Jun, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 21st Jun, 7.30 pm
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A Streetcar Named Desire

A classic story of love, lust, passion and power. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Best Play in 1948, A Streetcar Named Desire is one of the most celebrated plays of the 20th century.

Opening night: 15th Jun, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 21st Jun, 7.30 pm
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Carousel

Set in an isolated New England fishing village, Carousel follows the tragic romance

Opening night: 16th Jun, 2.00 pm
Closing night: 23rd 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: 16th Jun, 4.00 pm
Closing night: 29th Jun, 8.00 pm
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Keys in the City 2018

This incarnation of Keys In The City sees four of Western Australia’s greatest keyboard instrumentalists take visitors on a journey of sound across an assortment of rare and historical keyboard instruments.

Opening night: 16th Jul, 9.30 am
Closing night: 20th Jul, 12.30 pm
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Mingus Ah-Um

This high-energy ensemble will pay tribute to this legend, playing an assortment of Mingus’ most famous works tinged with soul, hard bop, gospel, free jazz and classical music.

Opening night: 8th Aug, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 8th Aug, 7.30 pm
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Serenade From Salzburg

Join WAAPA’s superb wind chamber ensemble as they perform the sublime Gran Partita by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Opening night: 9th Aug, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 9th Aug, 7.30 pm
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WAAPA and ECU Open Day 2018

The WAAPA / ECU Open Day is a perfect opportunity to explore behind the scenes. Come and see WAAPA in action!

Opening night: 12th Aug, 10.00 am
Closing night: 12th Aug, 10.00 am
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Phat Funk!

Get down and boogie with all the classic soul, neo-soul, funk and R&B favourites.

Opening night: 16th Aug, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 16th Aug, 7.30 pm
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