Johannesburg International Mozart Festival to give resonance to Beethoven’s concept of unity.

Whether you have a passion for classical music, or just want to learn more about it, a special experience lies in wait for you between 25 January to 2 February 2020 when the Johannesburg International Mozart Festival 2020 returns to Johannesburg.

Translating some of Mozart’s inspiring characteristics into the 21st Century, this year the festival shapes itself around celebrating the birth of Beethoven – who was intrinsically inspired by Mozart – 250 years ago. As such, the theme for the festival this year is based on Beethoven’s quote “Alle Menschen Werden Brüder” which translated, means “all people become brothers”.

This theme of unity has a special resonance for its South African audience who will be able to participate in a diverse programme of concerts and cultural events over ten days.

Renowned conductor Richard Cock explains that “In this year, 250 years since the birth of Beethoven, we remember again his commitment to the ideals of democracy and freedom. He lived in an age of enlightenment and developing democracy, much as we do now in South Africa. I hope that this Festival will remind us of this and help us to re-commit to those ideals which he held so dear.”

Now in its 15th year, The Johannesburg International Mozart Festival provides a unique combination of classical performances on an international level with creatively intelligent programming. The line-up, which plays out at a number of venues across Johannesburg includes:

Orchestra from Scratch (an orchestral experience for any and all musicians, starting from Grade 3)
Film screenings
Beethoven’s 9th Symphony
A number of chamber recitals showcasing both local and international talents.

The impressive range of musicians include international guests (Turkish Jewish pianist Renan Koen; Italian pianist Matteo Arevalos; German violinist Alissa Margulis; Portuguese/South African pianist Luis Magalhaes and German pianist Florian Uhlig) and local artists (Odeion String Quartet; pianist Paul Hanmer; trumpeter Philip Cox; tenor Siyabonga Maqungo; soprano Andiswa Makana; contralto Minette du Toit Pearce; bass player Bongani Kubheka; soprano Hlengiwe Mkhwanazi; tenor Sipho Fubesi; and percussionist Magda de Vries).

As a special preview to the Festival, Viennese New Year concerts also take place on 18 and 19 January.

Vast education and outreach projects for children, students and audiences of all corners of society will also offer depth to understanding classical music. The festival’s ethos and ambition are to invite people of all backgrounds and ages to join in and be united in the enjoyment and celebration of music.

Cock says that although the emphasis is on Beethoven, “we cannot forget the contributions that Mozart made, through his life and work to the same feeling of freedom and enlightenment. It was on the shoulders of his forebears such as Mozart that Beethoven could do what he did. Let us not forget that music is made in a spirit of creativity and joy, intended to transcend borders and other such restrictions, and as we listen to the words of Beethoven let us celebrate our unity as members of the humanity”.

Festival Line-up:

LINDER AUDITORIUM (except concerts at 11am and 3pm on Saturday 1 February)

Viennese New Year Concerts (18 & 19 January 2020)

Category 1 = R 330
Category 2 = R 300
Category 3 = R 260
Category 4 = R 190

10% reduction for seniors (65+) & students applies for the above concerts

Violin Recital with ALISSA MARGULUS & LUIS MAGALAES (2 February 2020 at 8pm)
– in association with the Johannesburg Musical Society

Category 1 = R 250
Category 2 = R 205

Students = R 50 (with valid student card)
No additional concession prices for this concert

9th Symphony – Beethoven (2 February 2020)

Category 1 = R 345
Category 2 = R 315
Category 3 = R 280
Category 4 = R 170

10% reduction for seniors (65+) & students applies for the above concerts at outlets only

Buskaid Soweto String Ensemble (25 January 2020)
All tickets = R200 | 65+ & students = R150
T: +27 (0)79 233 2569 | rcmebookings@gmail.com

Orchestra from Scratch (26 January 2020)
Participants fee = R80 Entry to the concert on the day is by donation

All tickets = R210 | 65+ & students = R175

Chamber Music Concert (27 January 2020)
All tickets = R210
65+ & students = R 175

Concert talks (1 February 2020 at 1.45 pm and 7 pm) = R30 per talk

Violin Recitals (1 February 2020 at 11 am and 3pm) = R210 | 65+ & students = R175

Concerts 11am & 3pm = R380 (10% saving)
Concerts 11am & 8pm OR 3pm & 8pm = R450 (8% saving)*
Concerts 11am & 3pm & 8pm = R600 (15% saving)*
*These deals do not apply for JMS members

T: +27 (0) 10 007 0119 | info@thebioscope.co.za

Cinema Improvisandon (29 & 30 January 2020)


Politics of Joy (30 January 2020) = FREE
No need to book in advance for this performance.
Student tickets at the door 30 mins before each performance = R30 (with valid student card).
Availability of tickets cannot be guaranteed.

For more information and details on this vast programme, visit www.join-mozart-festival.org Tickets can be booked through Computicket.

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