The month kicks off with the University of Western Australia’s Symphony Orchestra and Chorus presenting Not the Messiah (He’s a Very Naughty Boy) at the Perth Concert Hall on November 1st. Get your laughs on for this comic oratorio based on Monty Python’s Life of Brian and encompassing musical styles from classical chorus and doowop.
For a more serious version of oratorio repertoire head back to PCH again on the 4th for Handel’s Solomon, performed by St George’s Cathedral Consort and orchestra, featuring some of Australia’s best Baroque singers including Sara Macliver as the Queen of Sheba and Iliana Rinaldi as Solomon.
At the WA Academy of Performing Arts on the 2/3rd Dale Pointon will lead the symphonic wind ensemble in a quirky Halloween-themed concert called Spooktacular.
Lah Lah and Buzz the popular stars of ABC KIDS are coming to visit the WA Symphony Orchestra with an educational and fun musical show on the 5th conducted by Jon Tooby. the following weekend the orchestra will perform Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets at the Convention and Exhibition Centre while the film plays in high-definition on a 40-foot screen.
On the 9th the Perth International Arts Festival will launch their 2018 program, stay tuned for more details as they are released!
The Giovanni Consort will give their final concert for the year on the 11th, a program of contemporary British choral music including gems such as John Tavener’s Song for Athene, A Dream by Howard Skempton and Mealor’s Stabat Mater.
For orchestral music check out the Fremantle Chamber Orchestra in performances on the 11/12th featuring Shaun Lee Chen playing Mozart’s 5th Violin Concerto, conducted by Chris van Tuinen. Or Asher Fisch on the 16/17/18th conducting Schumann’s 4th Symphony and the premiere of Paul Stanhope’s Trombone Concerto, performed by Joshua Davis. Or Alexander Gavrylyuk performing Rachmaninov’s Concerto No 2 with WASO on the 24/25th.
Tura’s Scale Variable season closes on the 15th with Motion by the 6-piece ensemble Soundstorm. A mix of music by contemporary Finnish and Perth composers will on the show at the State Theatre Centre.
On the 18th Amanda Muggleton reprises her Helpmann and Green Room Award-winning role as Maria Callas in a new production of Terrence McNally’s Masterclass Subiaco Arts Centre. Watch the world’s greatest opera singer give a masterclass sharing wisdom and insults in true diva style!
The Australian String Quartet perform Beethoven, Bartok and Scarlatti in their final Perth concert for the year on the 17th. Also that night the WA Ballet will open their family-friendly season of Peter Pan.
The final Musica Viva concert for the year on the 21st is a big one: the Orchestra of the Age of the Enlightenment. Britain’s most revolutionary orchestra will perform symphonies by Haydn, JC Bach and concertos by Mozart one period instruments, directed by Rachel Podger.
The outdoor summer gigs kick off with the WA Youth Jazz Orchestra presenting Jazz Under the Stars. Enjoy a glass of wine under the stars at the Quarry Ampitheatre as Mace Francis takes the big band through jazz standards and his own repertoire.
In the world of THEATRE we have Black Swan State Theatre’s vampire-inspired final show Let the Right One In and Barking Gecko’s latest family friendly puppet creation ROBOT opening both opening on the 11th.
So much to see!
If I’ve missed anything let me know, and for more detail on kids shows check out the Kids Gig Guide.