Category Archives: Concerts

Blood on the Floor

February 25th, Fremantle Arts Centre

Fremantle Arts Centre’s annual program of intriguing cross-genre collaborations, Soft Soft Loud, returns in 2016 with a 20th anniversary performance of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s (UK) 1996 work Blood on the Floor, uniquely adapted for this occasion.

Considered one of the most gifted composers of his generation, Turnage was inspired to write this piece after losing his brother to a drug overdose. This now-seminal work harnesses a powerful, high-octane meld of jazz and classical elements.

The audience will experience a big sound as more than 25 musicians take to the stage. Jazz soloists unite with a hand-picked ensemble of dynamic WA musicians for this one-off collaboration, tackling Turnage’s complex yet lucid instrumental textures and artful union of notated and improvised material.

Jazz Soloists:

  • Ben Vanderwal – Drums
  • Carl Mackey – Saxophones
  • Sam Anning – Electric Bass
  • Carl Morgan – Electric Guitar
  • Matthew Styles – Soprano Saxophone
  • Philip Everall – Bass Clarinet
  • Andrew Nicholson – Flutes
  • Martin Phillipson – Trumpet
  • Tristram Williams – Trumpet
  • Liam O’Malley – Trombone

Artistic Director: Matthew Hoy

More information and tickets here.

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Pipe Organ Plus Recital series

Sunday 29th May, The Basilica of St Patrick, Fremantle

If you’ve never heard saxophone and pipe organ together, as unlikely a combination as it sounds, it is magnificent! Nemesis sees saxophonist Dr Matthew Styles return to Pipe Organ Plus in a concert full of joy and excitement. Centering on Michael Torke’s Saxophone Concerto, also performed will be some wonderfully evocative works by Barbara Thompson and Andy Scott. The concert will also include two Australian organ works by Sydney-based composer Moya Henderson and local musician David Pye.”

Tickets and further information can be found here.

Whirled Music – WAAPA Saxophone Department

Thursday 5 May, WAAPA Music Auditorium

The WAAPA Saxophone Department presents a showcase of eclecticism and vibrancy bringing together Classical, Jazz and World Music. Presented by the saxophone students and staff of WAAPA and featuring Basement Saxx, quartets and unforgettable solo performances, this night will leave the audience with no doubt of the versatility and musical power of the saxophone.  

Tickets are available here.

Perth International Arts Festival: Chamber Music Weekend

26 – 28 February, Winthrop Hall, UWA

Over three days PIAF brings you 18 events performed on a purpose-built stage inside the beautiful acoustic of Winthrop Hall and in the gardens outside.

Sample the full breadth of style and expression, from Mozart to Messiaen, Bach to Bartok, Liszt to Ligeti and indulge your every chamber music whim in a program performed by the finest soloists and ensembles from Australia and abroad.

Clarinet Highlights include:

Saturday 27, 2–3pm: Ensemble Vagabond
Beethoven to Barber
Beethoven Quintet in E-flat major for Piano and Winds
Ligeti Six Bagatelles for Wind Quintet
Barber Summer Music for Wind Quintet

Saturday 27, 6–7pm: Benaud Trio and Ashley Smith (clarinet)
For the End of Time
Messiaen Quatuor pour la fin du temps (Quartet for the End of Time)

Sunday 28, 10–11am
Schubert’s Octet
Octet in F major
Margaret Blades (violin 1), Zak Rowentree (violin 2), Sally Boud (viola), Michael Goldshlager (cello), Andrew Sinclair (bass), Ashley Smith (clarinet), Adam Mikulicz (bassoon), Julia Brooke (horn)

Sunday 28, 8–9pm
Schubert’s Shepherd and The Trout
The Shepherd on the Rock
Sara Macliver (soprano), Ashley Smith (clarinet), Gladys Chua (piano)

Piano Quintet in A major The Trout
Jayson Gillham (piano), Lerida Delbridge (violin), Justin Williams (viola), Michelle Wood (cello), Andrew Sinclair (bass)

More information and Tickets available here

Michael Duke

This Saturday (8 August) 7.30pm WAAPA Music Auditorium
Michael Duke, Head of the saxophones at the Sydney Conservatorium and one of Australia’s premiere sax players gives a FREE recital with brilliant pianist David Howie.

Michael will also be conducting a master class with the WAAPA Saxophone Studio at 2:30pm on Friday 7 August, in the WAAPA Music Auditorium.

HD Duo

Clarinet Honours Recitals

Honours year recitals at School of Music, UWA.
Public recitals – free admission.
Wednesday 19th November at Callaway Auditorium & Eileen Joyce Studio, School of Music UWA.
6.00pm – Craig McLaren (clarinet) with guest artists Irene Shaw (piano) and Jon Tooby (cello)
Program –  Trio for clarinet, cello & piano – Brahms, Fantasiestucke for clarinet & piano – Schumann, 3 Miniatures for clarinet & piano – Penderecki.
7.30pm – Ben Power (clarinet) with guest artists Rebecca Glorie & Cerys Tooby (violins), Rachael Kirk (viola) & Fotis Skordas (cello)
Program – New York Counterpoint – Steve Reich, Quintet for clarinet & strings – Weber, 3 Pieces for clarinet solo – Stravinsky

Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto

9th, 10th & 11th October

Michael Collins joins the WA Symphony Orchestra for Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto, one of the most popular works in the orchestral repertoire and voted No.4 in the ABC Classic 100 10 Years On.

The astounding artistry of British clarinettist Michael Collins will reveal all the eloquence and sublime beauty of Mozart’s much-loved concerto. WASO celebrates the 60th birthday of acclaimed Australian composer Carl Vine with the World Premiere of his Concerto for Orchestra. To complete the program, Michael Stern unleashes WASO’s virtuosity and brilliance in Rachmaninov’s intoxicating Symphonic Dances.

Tickets available from WASO