JPO to warm the hearts of classical music lovers

The Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra’s World Symphony Series returns with a Winter Season of favourite symphonies to warm the hearts of classical music lovers, on Thursday evenings from 9 to 30 June 2022.

Featuring accomplished international conductors and soloists, as well as the cream of South African artists, the JPO will once again delight audiences at the Linder Auditorium this winter after its successful Summer Season earlier this year. Expect performances of beloved symphonies and concertos by composers such as Mozart, Beethoven, Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky, and witness exciting solo performances by distinguished soloists from around the world and South Africa.

Says JPO Chief Executive and Artistic Director, Bongani Tembe: “We are delighted to be able to offer Gauteng residents and visitors to Joburg a lively and heart-warming Winter Season. We invite audiences to continue supporting the wonderful, quality work being done by the musicians of the JPO and look forward to being enriched by the power and beauty of classical music.”

The season opens on Thursday 9 June 2022 with the JPO performing under the baton of American conductor Robert Moody, music director of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, and featuring dynamic young Venezuelan flautist Joidy Bianco.

The programme includes the Overture to Mozart’s opera Cosi fan tutte as well as his Concerto for Flute No. 2, plus Pablo de Sarasate’s Zigeunerweisen (Gypsy Airs), and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7.

On Thursday 16 June 2022, expect musical fireworks. “Dynamic, vigorous, exciting and imaginative” Israel-born conductor Daniel Boico, the artistic director of the Free State Symphony Orchestra and former assistant conductor of the New York Philharmonic, will once again take the stage with the JPO. They will be joined by two soloists: multi-award-winning local violinist Samson Diamond, who heads up the Odeion String Quartet at the University of the Free State, as well as Jeanne-Louise Moolman, the violist with the quartet.

The programme for the evening features Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5.

A long-standing friend of the JPO, Bernhard Gueller, the principal guest conductor of the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, returns to conduct the JPO on Thursday 23 June 2022 in a concert featuring 19-year-old soloist Leo Gevisser, an exceptional South African-born piano prodigy who is currently studying at Juilliard School in New York. Expect to witness a young star in the making! On the programme is Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 4, plus Dvoák’s Symphony No. 6.

The JPO will wrap up its Winter Season on Thursday 30 June 2022, once again under the baton of maestro Gueller. They will perform with soloist Bryan Wallick, an accomplished American virtuoso pianist who has lived in South Africa for a long time. On the menu for the evening is one of the most dramatic piano concertos in the classical music repertoire, Prokofiev’s Concerto for Piano No. 3. The Season closes with Brahms’ Symphony No. 3.

Patrons can enjoy discounted rates for season tickets, which are only available through the JPO Office by emailing info@jpo.co.za or phoning 011 484 0446. Tickets for single concerts are available through Quicket.

Please note that as per Wits University regulations, all patrons must present a Covid-19 vaccination certificate upon entering the campus, or a negative test not older than seven days.

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