Final JMS concert of the year


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Trio Frontière
Trio Frontière

The Johannesburg Musical Society’s final concert is the annual Percy Baneshik Memorial Concert – as usual it is a festive affair with wine and snacks for the audience.

On Saturday 12 November at 20.00 in the Linder Auditorium, Trio Frontière – a recent and invigorating addition to South Africa’s music scene – will take to the stage with an unusual combination of instruments and an equally unusual programme. Based in Kwa-Zulu Natal, the trio comprises three highly accomplished musicians, making their debut on the JMS platform. Led by one of South Africa’s most engaging performers, pianist Christopher Duigan, the trio is rapidly becoming recognised as a fine addition to South African musical life.

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Clarinettist Junnan Sun won First Prize at the Stockholm International Music Competition and has performed in such élite venues as the Berlin Konzerthaus and London’s Royal Albert Hall. He is the winner of several very prestigious prizes, having won the Unisa Overseas Scholarship, London’s Royal Schools of Music Rising Star Award, and the Outstanding Young Artist award from China’s Jiangsu Province.

Cellist Aristide du Plessis studied in Switzerland, where he won the Kiwanis Chamber Music Prize. He is currently Co-Principal Cellist of the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra.

Pianist Chrisopher Duigan, founder and leader of Trio Frontière, is recognised as one of South Africa’s leading musicians. He has performed with important South African orchestras, and performs regularly at festivals such as the Hilton Festival and the Marriott Classic Festival in Franschhoek. He is a fine soloist and chamber music player, and is known for his innovative programming.

Trio Frontière will play Beethoven’s joyous Clarinet Trio, Opus 11 and one of Brahms’s late works, the Clarinet Trio in A Minor, Opus 114. In addition, the programme features Saint-Saëns’s much-loved Clarinet Sonata and Gabriel Fauré’s gorgeously romantic Elegie for Cello.

The evening will end with an after-concert reception, to which the entire audience is invited.

Tickets can be booked at Computicket or bought at the box-office from 19.00 onwards on Saturday 12 November. Please note, though, that there is NO credit card facility at the Linder box office. For more details, telephone Avril on 011 728 5492 or Herman on 083 228 2917, or visit the JMS website at


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