- JPO’s Winter Symphony Season

- JPO’s Winter Symphony Season

As winter ebbs and spring beckons, the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra’s third series of symphony concerts for 2010 offers music for all seasons.

Running for six weeks from today, 28 July to 2 September 2010, the JPO’s symphony concerts will take place on Wednesday and Thursday nights at the Linder Auditorium in St Andrews Road, Parktown, with selected programmes repeated at the State Theatre in Pretoria.

The season kicks off on a high note today and tomorrow night, with acclaimed Chinese pianist/composer Xu Zhong making a guest appearance to wield the baton. The JPO and soloist Malcolm Nay (one of the country’s foremost chamber pianists and an associate professor of music at Wits) will join forces for a composition by SA’s very own Prof Jeanne Zaidel-Rudolph, Pendulum for Piano and Orchestra. The remainder of a programme features Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin and Beethoven’s Symphony No 1, Op 21, C major.

This programme will be repeated at the State Theatre on Sunday, 1 August at 3pm.

Xu returns for another outing with the JPO the following week, on 4 and 5 August, when he is joined by Russian-Greek violinist Natasha Korsakova, a dynamic and charismatic young performer who has gained renown for delivering a “sinfully beautiful listening experience”. Accompanied by the JPO, she will tackle Lalo’s Symphonie espagnole, Op 21. The concert will also see the orchestra playing Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite No 1, Op 71A and Rossini’s William Tell Overture.

Bernhard Gueller, the JPO’s resident guest conductor, takes the reins for the remainder of the third symphony season. On 11 and 12 August, he will conduct the orchestra and soloist François du Toit – one of South Africa’s finest pianists, chamber musicians and music educators – in a rendering of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No 20, K466, D minor. Other gems that can be heard during the concert are Dvoøák’s Serenade, Op 44, D minor, and Haydn’s Symphony No 104, D major (London). Pretoria audiences can experience the same programme at the State Theatre on 15 August at 3pm.

On 18 and 19 August, the Gauteng Choristers join the JPO for what promises to be a stirring programme, featuring The Unanswered Question by Ives, Barber’s Adagio for Strings and Adagio a cappella: Agnus dei, and Mozart’s Mass, K427, C minor (Robbins Landon).

Portuguese horn player Abel Pereira will team up with Gueller and the JPO on 25 and 26 August – with a repeat at the State Theatre on 29 August at 3pm – for Strauss’s Horn Concerto, No 1, Op 11, E-flat major. Audiences can also look forward to hearing the orchestra play Dvoøák’s Wood Dove, Op 110, and Brahms’s Symphony No 2, Op 73, D major.

The season wraps up in the first flush of spring, on 1 and 2 September, with trailblazing young Russian-born pianist Vassily Primakov wowing audiences with Dvoøák’s Piano Concerto, Op 33, G minor. The JPO will then leave audiences yearning for more with Grieg’s Lyric Suite, Op 54 (Lyrisk Suite), and Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake Suite, Op 20a (Kalmus).

The Wednesday and Thursday night concerts at the Linder Auditorium start at 8pm. Tickets are available at Computicket or at the door. For more information, call +27 (0)11 789 2733, e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or visit http://www.jpo.co.za.

Media Queries: Bridget van Oerle/ Christabel Zulu/ Teboho Motloung, BUZ Publicity, Phone +27 (0)11 482 3467/3489 or +27 (0)83 263 6991 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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