While some of us are recovering from summer festival season, the local art companies are well underway with their 2018 seasons.

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The WA Youth Jazz Orchestra kick off with Jazz at the Maj, celebrating great female jazz composers in three concerts across the 2/3rd of March.

The final week of Perth Festival contains one of the more interesting shows in the festival. From March 1-4 the Japanese dance work Vessel will be depicting the cycles of earth and life using gases liquids and solids as part of their work. While on the topic of DANCE, the Moscow Ballet La Classique are bringing the Nutcracker to Perth on the 9-10th, performing at the Regal Theatre.

Perth Symphony Orchestra present two shows this month. On the 3rd the PSO are revisiting their monster 2017 concert Freedom (the music of George Michael with the WAAPA gospel choir) in Mandurah. They will also debut their new show Orchestrated at Kings Park on the 24th. Orchestrated will marry the euphoria of the most loved dance floor moments of the past 25 years with the magic of a live symphony orchestra. Classic tracks from iconic artists like Fatboy Slim, Moby, Underworld, Shapeshifters and Massive Attack will be remixed and reimagined.

The WA Symphony Orchestra will present their Chamber Music Festival across 2/3 March with a feast of twelve free and ticketed concerts. The repertoire looks quite lovely with wind serenades, lieder, chamber symphonies and Baroque choral gems with St George’s Cathedral. The WASO season continues on 8/9/10 (including a Thursday morning concert) when Asher Fisch conducts Strauss. The program will include Beethoven’s Violin Concerto with Veronika Eberle alongside Strauss’ Alpine Symphony. On the 15/16/17 WASO will perform Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony this time with Rachelle Durkin soprano, Fiona Campbell mezzo-soprano, Henry Choo tenor and David Parkin bass. The program also includes Beethoven’s  Zur Namensfeier Overture and Fantasia for Piano, Chorus, and Orchestra. On the 23/24th Asher Fisch conducts Debussy &  Ravel with Debussy’s Nocturnes, Ravel’s La Valse and Andrew Nicholson performing the Nielson Flute Concerto.

March the 8th is International Women’s Day and the City of Perth Library will present the event Women in Music to celebrate. The musical soiree will feature your favourite music journalist (me!) presenting music by Australian women composers with live performances by the amazing Cathie Travers.

Geoffrey Lancaster will perform Piano Wars at the WA Academy of Performing Arts on March 10th. The program compares Haydn sonatas on Viennese and English period pianos – just the sort of musical melodrama Goeffrey likes to get stuck into. Also this month is Starstruck featuring percussion ensemble Defying Gravity with Miquel Bernat on the 16th and the annual jazz band concert WAAPA in the Park on the 24th.

On the 12th that incredible clarinettist Sabine Meyer will perform in Perth as part of her national Musica Viva tour and on the 15th Freeze Frame Opera presents Opera at the Quarry.

Easter is fast approaching and the choir of Christ Church Claremont are preparing with a Lent Concert on March 10. The first half of the performance will feature traditional Lentern music and the second half will celebrate maternal figures, particularly the Virgin Mary, as Mothering Sunday is the following day.

On March 30th the Giovanni Consort will launch their year with a performance of Buxtehude’s 1680 masterpiece Membra Jesu Nostri, a work designed to be performed on Good Friday.  They will be accompanied by the Early Music Ensemble of St George’s College lead by Paul Wright.

In the world of THEATRE Black Swan presents their opening season of You Know We Belong Together, running March 1-4 and on the 2nd Company O Theatre will premiere Stuck, a new Australian one-act play about three people yearning for, but fearing, fulfilment.

Let me know if I’ve missed anything!

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