Joburg Philharmonic Orchestra to warm the hearts of classical music fans

Are you a classical music lover looking for warm performances this winter? So look no further. A winter season of favorite symphonies will warm the hearts of classical music lovers on Thursday evenings June 9-30, 2022 at the Wits Linder Auditorium.

The month-long concert series is staged as part of the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra’s (JPO) World Symphony Series and will feature accomplished international conductors and soloists, as well as the crème de la crème South African artists.

Expect performances of beloved symphonies and concertos by composers such as Mozart, Beethoven, Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky, and witness thrilling solo performances by distinguished soloists from around the world.

“We are thrilled to be able to offer Gauteng residents and Joburg visitors a vibrant and warm winter season,” said Bongani Tembe, JPO’s Managing Director and Artistic Director.

Tembe says audiences can expect musical fireworks.

The month-long concert series opens on Thursday, June 9 with the JPO under the direction of American conductor Robert Moody and the musical direction of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, featuring dynamic young Venezuelan flautist Joidy Bianco. The program includes Mozart’s Overture to Cosi fan Tutte and his Flute Concerto No. 2, as well as Zigeunerweisen (Gypsy Airs) by Pablo de Sarasate and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7.

“We invite the public to continue to support the wonderful and quality work done by JPO musicians and look forward to being enriched by the power and beauty of classical music,” says Tembe.

Israeli-born conductor Daniel Boico, artistic director of the Free State Symphony Orchestra and former assistant conductor of the New York Philharmonic, will take the stage alongside the JPO for a signature performance on Thursday, June 16, 2022.

They will be joined by two soloists, including multi-award-winning local violinist Samson Diamond, who leads the Odeion String Quartet at the University of the Free State, and Jeanne-Louise Moolman, the quartet’s violist. The evening program includes Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5.

Longtime friend of the JPO, Bernhard Gueller, Principal Guest Conductor of the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra returns to lead the JPO on Thursday June 23, 2022 in a concert featuring 19-year-old soloist Leo Gevisser, a South African from exception-born piano prodigy currently studying at the Juilliard School in New York. Gevisser will perform Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 4 and Dvoák’s Symphony No. 6.

The JPO will end its winter season on Thursday, June 30, 2022, under the direction of Maestro Gueller, alongside soloist Bryan Wallick, an accomplished American virtuoso pianist who lives in South Africa. On the evening’s menu, one of the most dramatic piano concertos in the classical music repertoire, Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3. The season closes with Brahms’ Symphony No. 3.

Season passes are available at discounted rates from the JPO office by email at [email protected] or by phone: 011 484 0446. A single concert ticket can be purchased through Quicket.

All visitors are required to show a Covid-19 vaccination certificate upon entering the Wits University campus, or a negative Covid test no older than seven days.

Written by Brümilda Swartbooi


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