The JPO and KZNPO in concert together

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The soloist of the combined JPO / KZNPO concert will be renowned pianist Valentina Lisitsa
The soloist of the combined JPO / KZNPO concert will be renowned pianist Valentina Lisitsa

Two of South Africa’s leading orchestras, the Johannesburg and KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestras, will present a rare joint concert to mark the appointment of Justice Dikgang Moseneke as Chair of the JPO board, on Wednesday 26 and Thursday 27 October in the Linder Auditorium.

Justice Moseneke recently retired as the Deputy Chief Justice after having served at the Constitutional Court for 15 years. Imprisoned at the age of 15 on Robben Island, for ten years, he went on to enjoy a stellar legal career spanning more than 40 years and became one of the most respected jurist in South Africa. His new book titled My Own Liberator which was launched last week has been well received.

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Mr Bongani Tembe, joint Chief Executive and Artistic Director of the JPO and the KZN Phil, said “We are delighted to announce the appointment of Justice Dikgang Moseneke as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra. The board is honoured to be led by a person of his stature and integrity, who has made an indelible mark in South Africa’s legal landscape and perhaps more importantly, has made a selfless contribution to the ideal of a better life for all South Africans”.

To mark Justice Moseneke’s appointment, the JPO and KZN Philharmonic will present a joint concert on Wednesday 26th and Thursday 27th October 2016 at the Linder Auditorium in Johannesburg. The concert will be conducted by Justus Frantz, a name that one associates with outstanding orchestras and an absolute commitment to music. Maestro Frantz has been an internationally successful conductor and an acclaimed pianist for more than thirty years. He is currently the Music Director of the Israel Sinfonietta.

The soloist will be renowned pianist Valentina Lisitsa (replacing Pallavi Mahidhara).

Lisitsa is widely considered as the first “YouTube star“ of classical music, with a wide online followership in excess of 100 million viewers. In 2011, she debuted with the Orchestra Sinfonica Brasileira under the baton of Lorin Maazel, having previously played with such orchestras as the Chicago Symphony, WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne, Seoul Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony and Pittsburgh Symphony. A spectacular recital in London’s Royal Albert Hall before an audience of 8000 in June 2012 set the seal on her international breakthrough.

In acknowledging this accolade Justice Moseneke said, “I believe that the arts are fundamental to any progressive society and that they are an effective tool for bringing people, of all ages and races, together. I look forward to working with the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra in order to help fulfil one of its important objectives which is to contribute meaningfully to the quality of life of all the people of Gauteng”.

The highly-anticipated Joint Concert will begin with Weber’s Overture to Euryanthe, followed by the enduring Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No.2 and will end with the mighty Tchaikovsky Symphony No.5.

  • Booking through Computicket: on 0861 915 8000 or online at www.computicket.com, or from Money Market kiosks at Checkers / Shoprite.
  • On both concert evenings, ONE lucky audience member will win a personalised signed copy of Justice Dikgang Moseneke’s newly launched book: My Own Liberator – a personal autobiography covering the remarkable life of one of South Africa’s pre-eminent and most respected leaders. This memoir also covers some of the challenges and cases that he undertook in his earlier and formative years in general legal practice and at the Bar.

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