On Saturday 22 April, at 20:00, the Linder Auditorium will resound with the melodious tones of Schubert and Dvoøák. Pianist Malcolm Nay and violinist Zanta Hofmeyr will be joined by cellist Maciej Lacny to play a programme of established works from the classic repertoire, as well as a contemporary composition dedicated especially to them.
The Wits Trio, since its inception in 2012, has drawn a loyal following. All three musicians are polished performers in their own right. Malcolm Nay is Associate Professor of Music of the Wits Music School and is an excellent solo pianist, while violinist Zanta Hofmeyr is a product of the Juilliard School of Music and is a familiar figure to audiences as concerto soloist as well as ensemble player. Polish-born cellist Maciej Lacny, formerly of the Cracow Quartet, now joins them to form an exceptional trio of music-makers.
Their programme on Saturday 22 April will showcase two well-known and well-loved works. Schubert’s Trio in B Flat is a joyous work with a delightful sense of vitality. A contemporary of Schubert’s, who heard the first performance, wrote of how they heard ‘glorious music’ and how they all got up and danced. Also programmed is Antonin Dvoøák’s famous ‘Dumky’ Trio, an audience favourite because of its compelling East European folk rhythms and melodies.
Sandwiched between these two works is a new trio by well-known South African composer, Jeanne Zaidel-Rudolph. She has dedicated her Trio Tribute to the Wits Trio, and it too features folk influences and energetic rhythms.
The Linder box office opens at 19:00 for ticket sales, but since there is no credit card facility at the Linder, you may wish to pre-book at Computicket. Students pay minimal rates if 23 and under and have a valid student card.
For more information about this concert or about the Johannesburg Musical Society, consult www.jms.org.za or phone Avril on 011 728 5492 or Herman on 083 228 2917.