What Is It?
The Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra invites you to attend their 2019 Winter Season showcase at the Linder Auditorium. This season aims to celebrate a world symphony series, and will feature the likes of pianist Edith Peña, cellist Alexander Ramm, pianist Sodi Braide and violinist Ye-Eun Choi. These international stars bring you a series of concerts between May and June. They will perform some of the most well known and beloved concerto’s alongside the JPO. Become a JPO subscriber to secure your tickets, find out about concert events and receive discounts.
What To Expect This Season
The acclaimed Japanese conductor, Yasuo Shinozaki, takes the podium for the opening two concert programmes of the season. The first of these, to be performed on 22, 23 and 24 May 2019, features an enticing mix of masterworks including Franz Joseph Haydn’s enchanting ‘Surprise Symphony’, the second of his 12 great ‘London Symphonies’ written for the British capital in the 1790’s; the dazzling Piano Concerto No. 2 in g minor by Camille Saint-Saëns (performed by the young Venezuelan virtuoso, Edith Peña); and Robert Schumann’s stirring Symphony No. 4 in d minor to conclude the evening’s fare.
In his second programme, to be heard on 29 and 30 May 2019, Shinozaki opens with the atmospherically charged Overture to Carl Maria von Weber’s ground-breaking German opera, Der Freischütz; followed by an important JPO debut performance of Elgar’s Cello Concerto from the noted new-generation soloist, Alexander Ramm. Sibelius’ thrilling Symphony No. 1 in e minor rounds off the programme.
The popular Netherlands-born conductor, Arjan Tien, makes a welcome return for the third programme of the season on 05 and 06 June 2019 with a programme featuring Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro Overture and his Piano Concerto No. 23 in A Major (played by Sodi Braide, the noted young British-born pianist of Nigerian parentage) in the first half of the evening and Mendelssohn’s hugely popular Scottish Symphony following after intermission.
The JPO’s 2019 World Symphony Series Winter Season climaxes with works of widely divergent vintages and character, offering a highly distinctive debut platform for two rising stars of the international concert scene – the American conductor Robert Moody and the young Munich-based Korean violinist Ye-Eun Choi. The evening opens with a highlight of the Italian high baroque period- Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons” and concludes with Johannes Brahms’ lovely Third Symphony, written in Wiesbaden during the summer of 1883.
When Is It?
Concert 1: Wednesday, 22 May; Thursday, 23 May and Friday, 24 May 2019 at 19:30.
Concert 2: Wednesday, 29 May & Thursday, 30 May 2019 at 19:30.
Concert 3: Wednesday, 05 June & Thursday, 06 June 2019 at 19:30.
Concert 4: Wednesday, 12 June & Thursday, 13 June 2019 at 19:30.
Where Is It?
Wits Linder Auditorium, 27 St Andrews Road, Parktown, Johannesburg.
How Much Is It?
Tickets cost between R150 – R345 per person.
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For More Information
Visit the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra’s website for more information.