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WAAPA in the Park

Be wowed by the outstanding Latin Ensemble 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: 14th Mar, 7.00 pm
Closing night: 14th Mar, 7.00 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
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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
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: 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
Postgraduate Research Showcase

WAAPA has a thriving postgraduate research program covering a broad range of performing arts disciplines, with a particular strength in practice-led research.

Opening night: 23rd Apr, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 17th Sep, 7.30 pm
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
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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
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: 12th Jun, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 18th Jun, 7.30 pm
Music performances at the WA Academy of Performing Arts
New Directions in Peruvian Music

This exciting musical experience puts the stirring emotional power and rhythmic grooves of Peruvian jazz centre stage.

Opening night: 30th Jul, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 30th Jul, 7.30 pm
Music performances at the WA Academy of Performing Arts
Massed Sax: Homecoming

Still the biggest saxophone event of its kind in Australia, Massed Sax brings together saxophone players from every corner of Western Australia (and beyond) to join in a celebration of the world’s most versatile instrument.

Opening night: 2nd Aug, 7.00 pm
Closing night: 2nd Aug, 7.00 pm
Music performances at the WA Academy of Performing Arts
Sounds of Brazil

If your only experience of Brazilian music is The Girl from Ipanema, then it's time to broaden your horizons and experience the incredible variety of rhythms and sounds from this exciting, dynamic part of the world.

Opening night: 5th Aug, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 5th Aug, 7.30 pm
Music performances at the WA Academy of Performing Arts
The 'Phone Co. with Strings Attached

This concert brings these virtuoso musicians together with harpist Catherine Ashley and WAAPA’s most outstanding saxophone and harp students in a concert filled with reeds, strings, melody, imagination and groove!

Opening night: 6th Aug, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 6th Aug, 7.30 pm
Found Pianos - WAAPA
Three's Company

In this concert, Mozart’s masterpiece keeps company with Beethoven’s first and last piano trios.

Opening night: 8th Aug, 3.00 pm
Closing night: 8th Aug, 3.00 pm
Special events at the WA Academy of Performing Arts
ECU Mount Lawley and WAAPA Open Day

You're invited to come behind the scenes at WAAPA for ECU's Open Dat at the Mount Lawley Campus.

Opening night: 9th Aug, 10.00 am
Closing night: 9th Aug, 10.00 am
Music performances at the WA Academy of Performing Arts
Electric Jazz

WAAPA’s Jazz students take us on an experimental journey of jazz fusion’s most famous works, combined with rock, electric instruments, and plenty of grooves.

Opening night: 13th Aug, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 13th Aug, 7.30 pm
Music performances at the WA Academy of Performing Arts
Radio Active Albany

A week-long series of workshops run by the WAAPA Contemporary Music staff combining secondary and tertiary students culminates in a special, one-off performance in one of WA's finest theatres.

Opening night: 21st Aug, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 21st Aug, 7.30 pm
Music performances at the WA Academy of Performing Arts
Guitar Artistry: Jane Curry

From New Zealand, award-winning classical guitarist Jane Curry brings her technical virtuosity and superb musicianship to WAAPA for a concert of exceptional guitar music.

Opening night: 21st Aug, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 21st Aug, 7.30 pm
Peforming Arts at the WA Academy of Performing Arts
Generator 2020

See what’s cooking in the next generation of performance makers at WAAPA in this curated evening of bite-size new works from the creative minds of 2nd Year BPA Performance Making.

Opening night: 26th Aug, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 29th Aug, 7.30 pm
Music performances at the WA Academy of Performing Arts
A Soldier's Tale

The devil tricks a soldier into giving up his violin in return for a book that tells the future... Igor Stravinsky brings to life the famous Russian folktale about the value of human spirit in the face of greed and materialism.

Opening night: 27th Aug, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 27th Aug, 7.30 pm
Dance performances at WA Academy of Performing Arts
Arrival

Two rising Melbourne-based choreographers create dynamic new contemporary works on the LINK Dance Company for their final 2020 season.

Opening night: 2nd Sep, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 5th Sep, 7.30 pm
Music performances at the WA Academy of Performing Arts
Beat That!

Polish percussion virtuoso Aleksander Wnuk specialises in the most dramatic and exciting of percussion music: works for multi-percussion and percussion theatre.

Opening night: 2nd Sep, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 2nd Sep, 7.30 pm
Music performances at the WA Academy of Performing Arts
Muses of Mingus

WAAPA's Jazz students will play selections of Charles Mingus' works, tinged with the blues, hard bop, gospel, free jazz and classical music, in an uplifting tribute concert to this American jazz legend and his musical muses.

Opening night: 3rd Sep, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 3rd Sep, 7.30 pm
Music performances at the WA Academy of Performing Arts
Be Glad and Sing

Hear the joyful sounds of young voices singing heavenly harmonies, with repertoire from the 16th century through to the modern era, from songs of praise and gospel music to jazz standards.

Opening night: 3rd Sep, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 4th Sep, 7.30 pm
Peforming Arts at the WA Academy of Performing Arts
TILT

Get ready to be inspired, provoked and entertained as WAAPA’s graduating performance makers hit the Blue Room Theatre stage at full tilt, showcasing their creative talents over two weeks in September.

Opening night: 9th Sep, 7.00 pm
Closing night: 19th Sep, 7.00 pm
Acting performances at the WA Academy of Performing Arts
The Elephant Man

Based on the real-life story of Joseph Merrick, The Elephant Man is a powerful and poignant look at what it is to be different.

Opening night: 10th Sep, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 16th Sep, 7.30 pm
Music Theatre performances at the WA Academy of Performing Arts
Parade

This powerful tale of racism and false patriotism, set to a striking score that ranges from soaring anthems to ragtime and blues, is a timely reminder of the ugly consequences of ignorance and fear.

Opening night: 11th Sep, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 17th Sep, 7.30 pm
Music performances at the WA Academy of Performing Arts
Orpheus in the Underworld

Come with us as we peel back the layers of French society and descend into the cabaret underworld of the 'city of love'.

Opening night: 11th Sep, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 17th Sep, 7.30 pm
Music performances at the WA Academy of Performing Arts
Songbook Sessions

Songbook Sessions showcases WAAPA’s fabulously creative Music Artists performing great original songs, classic rearrangements, and a combo of acoustic and band-driven entertainment.

Opening night: 15th Sep, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 16th Sep, 7.30 pm
Acting performances at the WA Academy of Performing Arts
The Comedy of Errors

Shakespeare’s most farcical tale of mistaken identity is a crazy comedy of far-fetched coincidences, madcap confusion and hilarious misadventures.

Opening night: 16th Sep, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 19th Sep, 7.30 pm
Music performances at the WA Academy of Performing Arts
Basie to Beyoncé

From the swinging sounds of Ella Fitzgerald and Count Basie, to the smash hits of pop and R&B powerhouse Beyoncé, the WAAPA Jazz Vocalists and Big Band take you on a journey into the timeless world of vocal big band classics and beyond!

Opening night: 18th Sep, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 18th Sep, 7.30 pm
Special events at the WA Academy of Performing Arts
Reframe

The 2020 WA Screen Academy class of producers, writers, directors, cinematographers, sound designers and editors present an exciting program of short original films exploring the theme, Reframe.

Opening night: 24th Sep, 6.30 pm
Closing night: 24th Sep, 6.30 pm
Music performances at the WA Academy of Performing Arts
Wham...Bam...Kaboom!

Kaboom Percussion's music videos have been viewed over 80 million times – and they join Defying Gravity for a super- charged evening of percussive entertainment. It’s a program brimming with magic, mystery and fun.

Opening night: 1st Oct, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 3rd Oct, 3.00 pm
Music performances at the WA Academy of Performing Arts
Royal Over-Seas League Showcase

This concert showcases the winners of the ROSL prizes in Chamber Music, the music of Bach, Improvisation, Art Song, Early Keyboard and Composition.

Opening night: 8th Oct, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 8th Oct, 7.30 pm
Found Pianos - WAAPA
Instruments of Time and Truth

This is a concert to delight the ear, move the heart and fire the imagination.

Opening night: 10th Oct, 3.00 pm
Closing night: 10th Oct, 3.00 pm
Free concerts at the WA Academy of Performing Arts
Sound Spectrum 2020.2

Be amazed by the imaginative, innovative and creative energy of the next generation of composers, sound artists and improvisors, as WAAPA’s Composition and Music Technology students and their lecturers treat you to a week of original works.<

Opening night: 12th Oct, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 16th Oct, 7.30 pm
Music performances at the WA Academy of Performing Arts
The English Orpheus

Join us for a celebration of the English Orpheus across the ages, in a musical journey showcasing the best of English songs and madrigals, and English music for classical guitar.

Opening night: 14th Oct, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 14th Oct, 7.30 pm
Free concerts at the WA Academy of Performing Arts
Drawing Sound

In this concert, Composition and Music Technology students pay tribute to musical innovator Daphne Oram by exploring invented tuning systems and instruments to create a zany new world of imaginative sound.

Opening night: 15th Oct, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 15th Oct, 7.30 pm
Music performances at the WA Academy of Performing Arts
Beethoven Celebration

The WAAPA Symphony Orchestra celebrates the 250th anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven's birth in style, performing some of the most dynamic and beautiful music of all time.

Opening night: 16th Oct, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 17th Oct, 7.30 pm
Peforming Arts at the WA Academy of Performing Arts
The Place of Many Trees

A unique, bespoke performance event created for the historic Woodbridge property on the banks of the Swan River in Guildford.

Opening night: 17th Oct, 4.30 pm
Closing night: 25th Oct, 4.30 pm
Music performances at the WA Academy of Performing Arts
The World of Beethoven

To commemorate the 250th anniversary since this musical genius was born, WAAPA's piano students and staff invite you to immerse yourself in the world of Beethoven's magical piano music.

Opening night: 22nd Oct, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 22nd Oct, 7.30 pm
Music performances at the WA Academy of Performing Arts
Fantasie Auf Nachtmusik

Legendary Australian pianist/composer Joe Chindamo joins violinist Paul Wright and the String Camerata for an extraordinary program of music.

Opening night: 24th Oct, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 24th Oct, 7.30 pm
Music performances at the WA Academy of Performing Arts
Classical Music Accolades

A night of celebration and achievement as WAAPA’s music prizewinners showcase their extraordinary skills.

Opening night: 28th Oct, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 28th Oct, 7.30 pm
Music performances at the WA Academy of Performing Arts
Spooktacular!

The Symphonic Wind Ensemble performs a fun selection of fresh and frivolous music with a few twists on seasonal classics.

Opening night: 29th Oct, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 29th Oct, 7.30 pm
Peforming Arts at the WA Academy of Performing Arts
The Augmented

WAAPA’s creative innovators, the Performance Making students, use puppetry and object theatre to tackle the big ideas and questions that AI presents for humanity.

Opening night: 3rd Nov, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 5th Nov, 7.30 pm
Acting performances at the WA Academy of Performing Arts
The Low Road

The low road of profitability or the high road of principle? This boisterous, bawdy satire of contemporary American politics takes us back to the late 18th century, when America was fighting for independence from British rule.

Opening night: 12th Nov, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 19th Nov, 7.30 pm
Aboriginal Performance events at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts
2020 Performance

Join us in celebrating the talents of WAAPA’s 2020 Aboriginal Performance cohort, as they take to the stage in the end-of-year public performance that marks the finale to their year of training.

Opening night: 12th Nov, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 19th Nov, 7.30 pm
Dance performances at WA Academy of Performing Arts
Icon

In an international first, the Minderoo Foundation supports the remount of Pina Bausch’s Tannhäuser Bacchana*.

Opening night: 13th Nov, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 19th Nov, 7.30 pm
Music Theatre performances at the WA Academy of Performing Arts
Spring Awakening

This rock-musical adaptation of Frank Wedekind’s 1891 cautionary play follows a group of school students as they navigate teenage self-discovery and coming-of-age angst.

Opening night: 13th Nov, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 19th Nov, 7.30 pm
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