Sublime Mozart’s masterpieces with the JPO

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Dutch conductor Arjan Tien

The return of Dutch conductor Arjan Tien to South Africa this Winter Season is eagerly awaited as he will be conducting masterpieces of Mozart and Mendelssohn. Likewise, the noted British-born pianist of Nigerian parentage, Sodi Braide, will be performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23 in A Major, a concerto that stands out as one of the composer’s most intimate and expressive works.

Concert 3:
05 & 06 June at 19h30
Linder Auditorium, Parktown, Johannesburg

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Conductor: Arjan Tien
Soloist: Sodi Braide, piano

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Sodi Braide

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Overture to The Marriage of Figaro
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 23 in A Major
Felix Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3 in a minor, “Scottish”

Dutch-born conductor Arjan Tien engages audiences and orchestral musicians alike with his perceptive music-making, and his return to South Africa’s concert circuit this season is cause for celebration. Mozart occupies a special place in maestro Tien’s affections, and players working under his baton proverbially feel the stimulus of his informed interpretive approach to this sublimely gifted composer’s musical legacy, particularly so with the unique masterpieces spawned during the final Viennese stint of Mozart’s tragically short life. Not least among these is that priceless operatic gem, Le Nozze di Figaro, a supreme example of human creation, miraculously depicting the foibles, frailties and life force of humanity. A microcosmic world complete in itself, the opera is represented here by the headlong energy of its famous Overture.

Likewise, the glories of the great A Major Piano Concerto K. 488, an amalgam of heady beauty, heart-rending pathos and dashing bravura, are eagerly anticipated in a performance by Sodi Braide, the noted young British-born pianist of Nigerian parentage.

Turning to another short-lived musical genius of some two generations after Mozart’s demise, maestro Tien concludes his programme with Felix Mendelssohn’s ever-popular “Scottish” Symphony, a work whose gestation spanned some 15 years.

Mendelssohn was initially inspired to compose the symphony during his first trip to Britain in 1829. Following a series of concerts in London, the composer undertook a walking tour of Scotland, visiting the ruins of the chapel at Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh, where he found his initial inspiration for the piece. The symphony’s protracted creation was due to a series of interruptions caused by other commitments, which saw Mendelssohn setting it aside in 1831. By 1842, however, he had finally completed this fifth and final masterwork of his symphonic oeuvre, which unfailingly evokes the composer’s close association with the wilds of Britain’s northern region.

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Concert 4:
12 & 13 June 2019
Commencing at 19h30

Conductor: Robert Moody
Soloist: Ye-Eun Choi, violin

Vivaldi: The Four Seasons
Brahms: Symphony No. 3 in F Major


Early Spring Season 2019
Concert 1: 21 & 22 August
Concert 2: 28 & 29 August
Concert 3: 04 & 05 September
Concert 4: 11 & 12 September

Spring Season 2019
Concert 1: 23 & 24 October
Concert 2: 30 & 31 October
Concert 3: 06 & 07 November
Concert 4: 13 & 14 November


Start your perfectly orchestrated evening with a dinner at 27 Degrees Restaurant, adjacent to the Wits Linder Auditorium

Enjoy a delicious dinner and a glass of wine or beer at the newly renovated restaurant before the JPO’s concerts. Our Soup Corner will ward off the winter chills, and as always you can enjoy the Carvery, Pasta Bar and Curry Tavern, plus a new selection of Something Sweet.

Bookings & menu info: 011 717 1756

Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra
Room MR105, First Floor, Marang Block West
Wits Education Campus
27 St Andrews Road

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