An innovative and vivacious pianist, Joanna MacGregor starts the Johannesburg Musical Society’s 2017 season. But much more is on offer in the coming months.
British pianist Joanna MacGregor gets the season rolling on Saturday 4 February in the Linder Auditorium. This concert, presented in association with the Johannesburg International Mozart Festival, promises to deliver an interesting experience. Joanna MacGregor, who is Head of Music at the Royal Academy of Music in London, will present the sort of programme for which she is known. No run-of-the-mill pianist, Ms MacGregor, an OBE (Officer of the British Empire), will play intriguing works by Hungarian György Ligeti, Erik Satie and Estonian Arvo Pärt. Her programme will be leavened by the inclusion of 6 Chopin Mazurkas and 6 Tangos by tango master Astor Piazolla.
Other pianists who will take to the stage in the Linder Auditorium are Romanian Daniel Ciobanu (26 February), who was winner of the 13th Unisa International Competition, and who has just walked off with the coveted First Prize at the BNDES International Competition in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Petronel Malan (May), the South African pianist who won Best Instrumental Solo Album with her Transfigured Bach debut album, and Czech Lukas Vondracek (June), another big prize-winner, joins the roster of pianists to be presented by the Johannesburg Musical Society this year.
Various exciting instrumentalists are also featured: Andrey Baranov (March), the young violinist who won the very prestigious Queen Elizabeth of Belgium International Competition, and the dynamic American cellist, Zuill Bailey (October), is one of the most sought-after American cellists on the platform today, will be hosted by the Johannesburg Musical Society.
Three instrumental ensembles will also perform. From Britain comes Trio Fidelio (August), from Germany Trio NeuKlang (September), who – as their name suggests – present familiar music in new and exciting ways. The Wits Trio, composed of violinist Zanta Hofmeyr, pianist Malcolm Nay and cellist Maciej Lacny, currently earning a solid reputation, will perform for the Society in April.
Ending the year is the exciting and glamorous Gloria Campaner, the Venice-born pianist who was winner of the Ibla Grand Prize International Competition and who was also the nominated Ambassador for European Culture from 2010 – 2011. She will play the final concert of the year, the Percy Baneshik Memorial Concert.
One other exclusive concert – not a part of the regular season – is on offer. The acclaimed King’s Singers, the renowned a cappella vocal ensemble from Britain, will entertain with wit and consummate musicality on Sunday 12 February at 16:00 in the Linder. This concert is presented in association with the NWU – Potchefstroom Campus and promises to be one of the highlights of the year. This will be their only concert in Johannesburg.
Tickets for all the above concerts can be booked through Computicket. Johannesburg Musical Society members are entitled to a 30% discount and a free programme at each concert (with the exception of the King’s Singers). All Saturday concerts start at 20.00, and Sunday concerts start at 17.00 – with the single exception of The King’s Singers.