August is going to be an absolute feast of Brahms. By happy coincidence St George’s Cathedral have programmed an all-Brahms concert the same month as the WA Symphony Orchestra present their two week Brahms festival.

On August 14th the Cathedral will perform Brahms’ Requiem with Sara Macliver and Andrew Foote, also Brahms’ Alto Rhapsody for Mezzo (Fiona Campbell) and male chorus. The Rhapsody hasn’t ever (to my knowledge) been performed in Perth.

WASO will host Pinchas Zukerman playing Brahms’ Violin Concerto (August 21) and Zukerman and his wife cellist Amanda Forsyth in the Double Concerto for violin and cello (August 22). Garrick Ohlsson will perform Brahms’ first and second Piano Concertos on August 28/29. Accross those four concerts will be spread Brahms’ Four Symphonies, conducted by Asher Fisch.

It is going to be exquisite!

 The University of Western Australia delivers its ANZAC tribute this month with several war-themes concerts. On the 6th in collaboration with WAAPA is a memorial Concert for Hiroshima, on the 21st Ashley William Smith and friends will perform Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time and on the 29th a free concert of Britten’s massive War Requiem will be performed at Winthrop Hall with the UWA Choral Society and Churchlands Senior High School.

The WA Academy of Performing Arts presents award-winning Polish guitarist Marcin Dylla on the 21st and on the 27th Alexandre Da Costa and the Indian Ocean Ensemble perform Saint Saens’ Carnival of the Animals and an orchestral version of Shostakovich’s 3rd String Quartet.

Earlier in the month Musica Viva are touring the 8-piece vocal ensemble I Fagiolini (August 3rd) and Simone Young will conduct WASO performing Faure’s Requiem (August 7/8).

There is a huge range of concerts this month. I challenge you to go not just to a guaranteed crowd-pleaser, but to take a risk and check out one that doesn’t interest you on paper. Perhaps you don’t know the performers or don’t ‘like’ the repertoire. Go anyway and I will put a bet on it that you will be stunningly surprised. Several of the concerts are free so you may not even have to lose any money over it!

Do post a comment and let me know what you chose this month and how you found it 🙂