The Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra (JPO) 2019 Winter Season runs at the Linder Auditorium in Parktown between 22 May and 13 June.
Starting times are now at 19h30, not 20h00 as previously. One of four programmes will be presented each week during the season, with Wednesday evening performances reprised the following evening each Thursday.
In the first week an additional third performance of the first programme will be given on Friday 24 May. The season remains part of the renowned World Symphony Series (WSS) which was launched in Durban 24 years ago and introduced to JPO audiences in 2017.
“We proudly continue our tradition of presenting front rank international conductors and soloists on our concert platforms, whilst maintaining the JPO’s mission of community engagement through the development of our dynamic artistic vision,” says Bongani Tembe, JPO Chief Executive and Artistic Director. “In so doing, we focus on bringing our audiences music-making of the highest excellence. This endeavour dovetails with our community programmes, thus offering world-class concerts while promoting the transfer of skills and music appreciation to young musicians of all races in the City of Johannesburg and its surrounds.”
The acclaimed Japanese conductor Yasuo Shinozaki takes the podium for the opening two concert programmes of the season. The first of these, to be performed on 22, 23 and 24 May, features an enticing mix of masterworks including Franz Joseph Haydn’s enchanting ‘Surprise Symphony’, the second of his 12 great ‘London Symphonies’ written for the British capital in the 1790’s; the dazzling Piano Concerto No. 2 in g minor by Camille Saint-Saëns (performed by the young Venezuelan virtuoso, Edith Peña); and Robert Schumann’s stirring Symphony No. 4 in d minor to conclude the evening’s fare.
In his second programme, to be heard on 29 and 30 May, Shinozaki opens with the atmospherically charged Overture to Carl Maria von Weber’s ground-breaking German opera, Der Freischütz; followed by an important JPO debut performance of Elgar’s Cello Concerto from the noted new-generation soloist, Alexander Ramm. Sibelius’ thrilling Symphony No. 1 in e minor rounds off the programme.
The popular Netherlands-born conductor Arjan Tien makes a welcome return for the third programme of the season on 5 and 6 June with a programme featuring Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro Overture and his Piano Concerto No. 23 in A Major (played by Sodi Braide, the noted young British-born pianist of Nigerian parentage) in the first half of the evening and Mendelssohn’s hugely popular Scottish Symphony following after intermission.
The JPO’s 2019 World Symphony Series Winter Season climaxes with works of widely divergent vintages and character, offering a highly distinctive debut platform for two rising stars of the international concert scene – the American conductor Robert Moody and the young Munich-based Korean violinist Ye-Eun Choi. The evening opens with a highlight of the Italian high baroque period-Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons” and concludes with Johannes Brahms’ lovely Third Symphony, written in Wiesbaden during the summer of 1883.
Early booking is advised to avoid disappointment. Season tickets for the Johannesburg Philharmonic’s World Symphony Series 2018 Winter Season are available through Computicket. Call 0861 915 8000 or book online at www.computicket.com. For more information visit www.joburg.co.za/johannesburg-philharmonic-orchestra.