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Free concerts at the WA Academy of Performing Arts
Classical Tuesdays

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

Opening night: 25th Feb, 1.10 pm
Closing night: 27th Oct, 1.10 pm
Music performances at the WA Academy of Performing Arts
Defying Gravity Under the Stars

Percussion virtuoso Joshua Webster powers up Defying Gravity, creating musical magic amidst the trees and gardens of the Fremantle Arts Centre.

Opening night: 27th Mar, 7.00 pm
Closing night: 27th Mar, 7.00 pm
Dance performances at WA Academy of Performing Arts
Well

WAAPA’s LINK Dance Company goes underground and presents a stunning double bill of contemporary dance works at the State Theatre Centre.

Opening night: 1st Apr, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 4th Apr, 2.00 pm
Acting performances at the WA Academy of Performing Arts
Hamlet

Actor and director Sean O’Shea returns to his alma mater to direct William Shakespeare's definitive revenge tragedy.

Opening night: 2nd Apr, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 8th Apr, 7.30 pm
Music performances at the WA Academy of Performing Arts
Rejoice!

The WAAPA Chorale and soloists, brass, strings and organ entwine in St Mary’s Cathedral as we continue our tradition of presenting the greatest choral music performed by the nest young performers.

Opening night: 2nd Apr, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 2nd Apr, 7.30 pm
Peforming Arts at the WA Academy of Performing Arts
The Wild Cherry Project

From Melbourne, visiting guest artist Melanie Beddie directs the final year BPA students in this innovative performance project about displacement and identity.

Opening night: 2nd Apr, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 7th Apr, 7.30 pm
Music Theatre performances at the WA Academy of Performing Arts
Mamma Mia!

The story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this enchanting story of love, laughter, family and friendship into a magical, intoxicating night of entertainment!

Opening night: 3rd Apr, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 8th Apr, 7.30 pm
Found Pianos - WAAPA
Raiders of the Lost Art

Join Geoffrey Lancaster and Paul Wright for this mid-afternoon concert as they perform three of Mozart’s sonatas for fortepiano and violin.

Opening night: 4th Apr, 3.00 pm
Closing night: 4th Apr, 3.00 pm
Music performances at the WA Academy of Performing Arts
Torn Edge

Whether you listen to classical orchestras, jazz, pop, rock or Eastern-European folk music, this show will spin, twist and fuse the music you love to create an extraordinary palette of musical worlds.

Opening night: 4th Apr, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 4th Apr, 7.30 pm
Music performances at the WA Academy of Performing Arts
Carnival of the Animals

Chamber music at its best! WAAPA’s elite Indian Ocean Ensemble performs one of the world’s most-loved works.

Opening night: 8th Apr, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 9th Apr, 7.30 pm
Music performances at the WA Academy of Performing Arts
World of Schubert

West Australian Symphony Orchestra CEO Mark Coughlan and selected WASO instrumentalists join WAAPA lecturers Anna Sleptsova and Emily Green-Armytage, acclaimed Opera Australia soprano Emma Matthews, and Philip Everall in a celebration of the

Opening night: 21st Apr, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 21st Apr, 7.30 pm
Music performances at the WA Academy of Performing Arts
Morning Melodies: Cool Classics

Join this spectacular seven-piece band as they take you back in time with vibrant pop hits from the 60s and 70s.

Opening night: 22nd Apr, 11.00 am
Closing night: 22nd Apr, 11.00 am
Free concerts at the WA Academy of Performing Arts
Sound Spectrum 2020.1

New voices and new sounds – enjoy a fabulous week of world premieres by Composition and Music Technology students and staff.

Opening night: 4th May, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 8th May, 7.30 pm
Free concerts at the WA Academy of Performing Arts
Astronomical

In the 100 years since its premiere, Gustav Holst's influential orchestral work The Planets has shaped the way we imagine the sound of space.

Opening night: 7th May, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 7th May, 7.30 pm
Music performances at the WA Academy of Performing Arts
Benny Green Jazz Messenger

In this special concert, Benny will share his outstanding artistry accompanied by WAAPA’s talented instrumentalists and vocalists in an evening of exceptional swing and groove.

Opening night: 7th May, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 9th May, 7.30 pm
Music performances at the WA Academy of Performing Arts
The Warana Prize

WAAPA’s three leading instrumentalists join the WAAPA Symphony Orchestra to battle it out in the final of the prestigious 2020 Warana Prize. Each student performs their favourite concerto movement in a night of drama and superb musicianship.

Opening night: 8th May, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 9th May, 7.30 pm
Music performances at the WA Academy of Performing Arts
The German Romantics: A Lieder Recital

Come on a journey through the romantic Lieder repertoire with music by Beethoven, Schumann, Schubert, Wolf and Brahms.

Opening night: 10th May, 3.00 pm
Closing night: 10th May, 3.00 pm
Music performances at the WA Academy of Performing Arts
Starstruck

WAAPA's Music Artists present their fabulous original works along with creative rearrangements of iconic tunes from song masters of our modern times.

Opening night: 14th May, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 14th May, 7.30 pm
Music performances at the WA Academy of Performing Arts
Drums are the New Violins

Sparks fly as the amazing Chinese percussionist Le Yu leads Defying Gravity into a magical world of sound, rhythm and groove, using marimbas, vibraphones and a kaleidoscope of gorgeous and exotic percussion instruments.

Opening night: 14th May, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 16th May, 3.00 pm
Music performances at the WA Academy of Performing Arts
Aurora Percussion Duo

Aurora Percussion Duo produce adrenaline- fueled concert performances which are visually spectacular, physically demanding and presented with the artistry of dedicated chamber musicians.

Opening night: 16th May, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 16th May, 7.30 pm
Free concerts at the WA Academy of Performing Arts
WAAPA Jazz Young Artists Ensemble

WAAPA is proud to welcome back this exciting showcase of the rising talent of the Western Australian jazz world.

Opening night: 21st May, 7.00 pm
Closing night: 21st May, 7.00 pm
Music performances at the WA Academy of Performing Arts
World Tour: Guitar

Join us on a world tour showcasing the diverse and delectable riches of the guitar, including selections from China, Japan, Australia, Latin America, Spain, and more.

Opening night: 21st May, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 21st May, 7.30 pm
Music performances at the WA Academy of Performing Arts
The Four Seasons: Vivaldi and Piazzola

The exhilarating music of Antonio Vivaldi and Astor Piazzola merges to provide inspiring material for WAAPA's wonderful String Camerata, lead by Head of Strings Paul Wright.

Opening night: 22nd May, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 23rd May, 7.30 pm
Music performances at the WA Academy of Performing Arts
Viennese Delights

From New Zealand, visiting guest artists Kemp English and Yuka Eguchi play a dazzling recital program of Viennese salon masterworks that symbolise not only an era, but also the essence of the Viennese spirit.

Opening night: 23rd May, 3.00 pm
Closing night: 23rd May, 3.00 pm
Music performances at the WA Academy of Performing Arts
Brassed Off

This concert showcases contemporary pop songs with a funky brass flavour that is guaranteed to get you moving.

Opening night: 23rd May, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 23rd May, 7.30 pm
Music performances at the WA Academy of Performing Arts
Wine-Dark Sea

American composer John Mackey’s 2014 symphony for band was inspired by Homer’s epic poem, The Odyssey, the thrilling adventures of Odysseus as he journeys through the Mediterranean following the fall of Troy.

Opening night: 28th May, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 28th May, 7.30 pm
Music performances at the WA Academy of Performing Arts
Magical Vienna

From the life-affirming music of Mozart and Beethoven to the expressionist, questioning music of Schoenberg and Webern, join WAAPA’s piano students in a vivid exploration of the music inspired by this magical city.

Opening night: 29th May, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 29th May, 7.30 pm
Acting performances at the WA Academy of Performing Arts
A Lie of the Mind

From Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Sam Shepard, A Lie of the Mind probes the decay at the heart of the American dream.

Opening night: 11th Jun, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 17th Jun, 7.30 pm
Dance performances at WA Academy of Performing Arts
Rise

WAAPA’s talented dance students rise to new artistic heights in four imaginative and entertaining dance works.

Opening night: 12th Jun, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 17th Jun, 7.30 pm
Music Theatre performances at the WA Academy of Performing Arts
A Chorus Line

Seventeen professional dancers are auditioning for only eight spots in the chorus line of a Broadway show. Through drama, dance and song, A Chorus Line presents a true picture of what it’s like to be in the theatre.

Opening night: 12th Jun, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 18th Jun, 7.30 pm
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