Four concerts to wrap up JMS season

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After the winter break, the Johannesburg Musical Society springs into action again with 4 concerts to welcome in the approaching spring and summer months.

Susanne Hou
Susanne Hou

Superb Chinese-Canadian violinist Yi-Jia Susanne Hou gets the ball rolling with her recital on Sunday 18 August at 17:00. She’ll be playing a Schubert sonatina, Beethoven’s ever-popular Spring sonata and then will follow with fireworks by de Falla and Wieniawski. As a tribute to her background, she’ll also include a Suite of Chinese Folk Songs. The concert takes place in the Linder Auditorium at 17:00 and pianist Annalien Ball will accompany this three-time Gold Medal winner.

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The next three concerts all take place on a Saturday night at 20:00. September 7 sees master-cellist Gary Hoffman –-winner of the Rostropovich International Cello Competition in Paris – and pianist François du Toit, presenting a programme of Couperin, Beethoven (Cello Sonata No 3) and Mendelsohn (Cello Sonata in D).

Megan-Geoffrey Prince - piano
Megan-Geoffrey Prince – piano

October gives JMS audiences an opportunity to hear two of the greatest compositions in the chamber repertoire. Brilliant young pianist Megan-Geoffrey Prince and the Amici String Quartet will play the seldom-performed piano quintets of Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms. The performance, at 20:00 in the Linder Auditorium, will present music-lovers with a unique opportunity to hear these two magnificent works of the Romantic era.

The final concert of the year – which is the annual Percy Baneshik Memorial Concert – will showcase South Korean pianist Jongdo An, a winner of the Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud International Competition. He will play an unusual programme that pairs each of Chopin’s Ballades with a piece by François Couperin, the great French baroque composer. This concert, on Saturday 16 November, also starts 20:00 and will conclude the Johannesburg Musical Society’s 2019 season.

Tickets for all these concerts can be booked through Computicket or bought at the box office from an hour before the start of each performance. Students and scholars get exceptionally reduced ticket rates, but please note that there is NO credit card facility when buying tickets at the Linder box office.

For more details: www.jms.org.za

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