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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: 23rd Feb, 1.10 pm
Closing night: 26th Oct, 1.10 pm
Music performances at the WA Academy of Performing Arts
Music of John Scofield

With his distinctive sound and stylistic diversity, John Scofield is a masterful improviser whose music generally falls between post- bop, funk-edged jazz and R&B.

Opening night: 15th Apr, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 15th Apr, 7.30 pm
Music performances at the WA Academy of Performing Arts
Music for the Royal Fireworks

A night of chamber music over owing with energy and passion. WAAPA's elite Indian Ocean Ensemble brings to life George Frideric Handel's much-loved Music for the Royal Fireworks.

Opening night: 15th Apr, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 16th Apr, 7.30 pm
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ECU Mount Lawley and WAAPA Open Day

You're invited to come behind the scenes at WAAPA. ECU's Open Day at the Mount Lawley campus gives you the perfect opportunity to see our talented students in action in rehearsals, classes and short concerts.

Opening night: 18th Apr, 10.00 am
Closing night: 18th Apr, 10.00 am
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Postgraduate Research Showcase

The WAAPA Postgraduate Research Showcase is in part a performance event, and in part a series of short research presentations. It offers a rare opportunity for audiences to sample innovative arts projects in their nascent stages, and to view the

Opening night: 22nd Apr, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 16th Sep, 7.30 pm
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Morning Melodies: Cool Classics

This spectacular seven-piece band of WAAPA graduates takes you back in time with vibrant pop hits from the 60s and 70s!

Opening night: 28th Apr, 11.00 am
Closing night: 28th Apr, 11.00 am
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Sound Spectrum 2021.1

Composition and Music Technology's mini-festival of new sounds showcases students and staff in five nights of original music at ECU's Spectrum Project Space.

Opening night: 3rd May, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 7th May, 7.30 pm
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Tango Nuevo

Join Composition and Music Technology students and staff in celebrating the centenary of the birth of the world's foremost composer of tango music, Astor Piazzolla.

Opening night: 6th May, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 6th May, 7.30 pm
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Grand Designs: Jazz and the World

WAAPA has produced a myriad of innovative and world-class jazz composers and arrangers now located, seen and heard on stages all over the globe. For this special concert we've commissioned brand new music from our alumni, sparked by one central

Opening night: 6th May, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 8th May, 7.30 pm
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The Warana Prize and 'Romeo and Juliet'

WAAPA’s three leading instrumentalists join the WAAPA Symphony Orchestra to battle it out in the final of the prestigious 2021 Warana Prize, in a night of drama and superb musicianship as each student performs their favourite concerto

Opening night: 7th May, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 8th May, 7.30 pm
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Massed Sax

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: 9th May, 10.00 am
Closing night: 1st Jan, 8.00 am
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: 13th May, 7.00 pm
Closing night: 13th May, 7.00 pm
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Super Nova

Sparks fly as David Pye leads Defying Gravity into a magical world of sound, rhythm and groove.

Opening night: 13th May, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 15th May, 3.00 pm
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Earth, Sea and Sky: The Australian Guitar

This event combines performances of new and recent Australian guitar works with readings of poems by acclaimed poet Glen Phillips.

Opening night: 20th May, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 20th May, 7.30 pm
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American Beauty

A program of sensational string chamber music, directed by Paul Wright and headlined by Aaron Copland’s thrilling Clarinet Concerto performed by WAAPA’s Head of Woodwind, Philip Everall.

Opening night: 21st May, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 21st May, 7.30 pm
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Brassed Off

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

Opening night: 22nd May, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 22nd May, 7.30 pm
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Sounds of Brazil

Brazilian music first entered popular culture with Antonio Carlos Jobim and Luis Bonfa’s songs in the 1960’s film Black Orpheus. Suddenly, bossa nova was the new groove and Brazilian music soon blended with jazz and popular

Opening night: 27th May, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 27th May, 7.30 pm
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Leunig's Prayer Book

Take a musical meditation through the seasons with the Symphonic Wind Ensemble as they perform Symphony No. 1, Leunig’s Prayer Book by Australian composer Jodie Blackshaw.

Opening night: 27th May, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 27th May, 7.30 pm
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Piano Postcards

Still miss travelling? Come join us for the best alternative – beautiful piano music! Be taken on an adventure of evocative musical scenes and exotic sounds through the vast repertoire of the modern piano.

Opening night: 28th May, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 28th May, 7.30 pm
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Starstruck

Starstruck 2021 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 Jun, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 16th Jun, 7.30 pm
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Celebrate! WAAPA Salutes ECU's 30th Anniversary

WAAPA proudly celebrates the 30th anniversary of Edith Cowan University in a spectacular gala concert at the Perth Concert Hall.

Opening night: 30th Jul, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 30th Jul, 7.30 pm
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Italian Baroque

The new music of 17th century Italy – opera, sonatas, cantatas and oratorios – called upon singers and players to move the emotions of the audience. With fire, virtuosity and passion we present a glimpse of some of the finest music of

Opening night: 12th Aug, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 12th Aug, 7.30 pm
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Journey in Swing

Join us for big band classics, vocal classics, and modern interpretations of some of the world’s most famous songs all in one entertaining performance.

Opening night: 19th Aug, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 19th Aug, 7.30 pm
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Michael Goldschlager: The Cello Show

Internationally-renowned cello soloist Michael Goldschlager explores the gems of the solo cello repertoire, including works by JS Bach and others, in an audience-friendly presentation of masterworks.

Opening night: 20th Aug, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 20th Aug, 7.30 pm
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Music for 18 Musicians

Smashing musical boundaries, Steve Reich’s iconic Music for 18 Musicians is one of the defining works of the 20th century.

Opening night: 26th Aug, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 27th Aug, 7.30 pm
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Radio Active Albany

Radio Active is a special, one-off performance presented at the beautiful Albany Entertainment Centre by the students of Albany Senior High School, Great Southern Grammar and WAAPA Contemporary Music.

Opening night: 27th Aug, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 27th Aug, 7.30 pm
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The Mingus Dynasty

WAAPA's Jazz students play a selection on Charles Mingus' most famous works, tinged with soul, hard bop, gospel, free jazz and classical music, in an uplifting tribute concert to this American jazz legend.

Opening night: 2nd Sep, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 2nd Sep, 7.30 pm
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Chamber Music Spectacular

An enchanting evening of chamber music at its best! WAAPA’s leading instrumentalists join the Indian Ocean Ensemble to perform their favourite music.

Opening night: 2nd Sep, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 3rd Sep, 7.30 pm
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Torn Edge

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

Opening night: 9th Sep, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 9th Sep, 7.30 pm
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The Pirates of Penzance

Gilbert and Sullivan’s most loved musical treasure is a rapturous tale of time-vexed lovers and pirates both of the land and sea.

Opening night: 10th Sep, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 16th Sep, 7.30 pm
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Songbook Sessions

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 Sep, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 15th Sep, 7.30 pm
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Peruano Canta: Live Recording

Peruano Canta celebrates the thrilling intersection of contemporary jazz with musical traditions from far-reaching parts of the globe.

Opening night: 17th Sep, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 17th Sep, 7.30 pm
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Stereo Action

Percussion virtuoso Marcus Perrozzi – star of Cirque du Soleil’s hit show Dralion – joins Defying Gravity for a performance brimming with magic, fun and a bunch of amazing instruments you’ve never seen before!

Opening night: 30th Sep, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 2nd Oct, 3.00 pm
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An Alternative History of 19th Century Opera and Song

Join us in an exploration of the ‘alternative history’ of 19th century song featuring music by Schubert, Rossini, Bellini, and much more.

Opening night: 3rd Oct, 3.00 pm
Closing night: 3rd Oct, 3.00 pm
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Royal Over-Seas League Showcase

The Royal Over-Seas League assists WAAPA’s most talented music students to achieve their dreams on stage in Australia and internationally.

Opening night: 7th Oct, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 7th Oct, 7.30 pm
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Sound Spectrum 2021.2

New voices and new sounds abound in this week of world premieres by Composition and Music Technology students and staff.

Opening night: 11th Oct, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 15th Oct, 7.30 pm
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Rejoice!

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 to gospel music.

Opening night: 13th Oct, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 13th Oct, 7.30 pm
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Rothko Chapel

In this concert, selected students from the Composition and Music Technology program, in collaboration with Micheál McCarthy and the Eneksis Vocal Ensemble, reach for this serene space in works for voices, instruments and electronics.

Opening night: 14th Oct, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 14th Oct, 7.30 pm
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Mendelssohn's Italian Symphony

The WAAPA Symphony Orchestra celebrates the music of Mendelssohn alongside Mozart’s exquisite Violin Concerto No 5, performed by Paul Wright, WAAPA’s extraordinary Head of Strings.

Opening night: 15th Oct, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 16th Oct, 7.30 pm
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The Voice of Mozart

WAAPA’s Classical Voice and Piano students, along with Emma Matthews and Anna Sleptsova, come together to present their favourite Mozart songs, arias and ensembles.

Opening night: 17th Oct, 3.00 pm
Closing night: 17th Oct, 3.00 pm
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Rise Up

The 2021 WA Screen Academy class of producers, writers, directors, cinematographers, sound designers and editors presents an exciting program of short original films exploring the theme, Rise Up.

Opening night: 21st Oct, 6.30 pm
Closing night: 21st Oct, 6.30 pm
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La Vie Parisienne

Indulge yourself in a magical night of ravishing piano music by Fauré, Debussy, Ravel, Satie, Poulenc, and the Parisians' favourite, Frederic Chopin.

Opening night: 21st Oct, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 21st Oct, 7.30 pm
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Mendelssohn's String Octet

Written when the composer was just 16 years old, the work is a remarkable blend of youthful verve and astonishing passion. No wonder it has been hailed as “one of the miracles of 19th century music”.

Opening night: 22nd Oct, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 22nd Oct, 7.30 pm
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Classical Music Accolades

Every year, WAAPA’s top classical musicians vie for a glittering series of performance prizes and scholarships. Tonight, the recipients dazzle you with their award-winning virtuosity.

Opening night: 28th Oct, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 28th Oct, 7.30 pm
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Spooktacular!

This popular annual event celebrates Halloween, Christmas and the end of the year in one, fun-filled concert!

Opening night: 29th Oct, 7.30 pm
Closing night: 29th Oct, 7.30 pm
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