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JPO’s Winter Symphony Concerts launch

Following last year’s success, the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra will return to the stage for their Winter Symphony concerts on 14 and 15 June 2017.

The exciting concert programme, an innovative musical exhibition spanning compositions from more than three centuries, features an eclectic mix of artists performing two concert rarities – Van Dijk’s Drop and Lutoslawski’s Dance Preludes – alongside two well-loved classics – Haydn’s Sinfonia Concertante in B-flat major and Beethoven’s iconic Fifth Symphony. The guest roster spotlights nine young and extremely talented players from New York City in the United States. The concerts will be conducted by Yasuo Shinozaki, a firm favourite amongst concert-goers. Mr Bongani Tembe, Chief Executive and Artistic Director of the JPO, said: “I am thrilled that the JPO continues to attract high-level soloists and guest conductors, which is exactly what the Gauteng music-loving public deserve. We are particularly excited to be collaborating with DECODA whose highly lauded musicians will, in addition to presenting several concerts, also hold various master classes and coaching sessions for young South African musicians throughout the country.” Maestro Shinozaki opens his programme with the world premiere of a new work simply entitled Drop – an original composition by South African composer, Matthijs van Dijk. Winner of the Priaulx Rainer Prize and recipient of the SAMRO Overseas Scholarship, Van Dijk began composing chamber works at the tender age of nine.

The JPO is proud to première Drop which derives its nuances from the 21st century sound of electronic music and fanatical percussive tempo.

This work which was commissioned by DECODA will be performed by the Orchestra together with DECODA – the Affiliate Ensemble of Carnegie Hall. This will be followed by Lutoslawski’s Dance Preludes, and the first half of the concert will end with Haydn’s ebullient Sinfonia Concertante in B-flat major. Polish composer Witold Lutoslawski originally wrote his Dances Prelude for clarinet and piano, revising it in 1959 for wind quintet and solo strings. Capturing Lutoslawski’s rhythmic essence, the piece buoyantly represents 20th-century accentuation and tonality. Haydn’s Sinfonia Concertante was composed in London between February and March 1792. The work is a fine example of the hybrid genre made popular by the Mannheim school of the late 18th century, combining the properties of a symphony with those of a concerto. Haydn’s joyous work has solo parts for violin, cello, oboe and bassoon soloists, pitted against a large orchestra. The performance in Johannesburg will feature members of DECODA as soloists. After interval, Ludwig van Beethoven’s monumental Fifth Symphony brings a grand sense of closure to the programme. Often referred to as the ‘Victory Symphony’ due to its emblematic connection to the Second World War, the symphony originally formed part of Beethoven’s ‘marathon concert’, premièring in Vienna on 22 December 1808. To this day, it remains one of the world’s most beloved concert staples. Ticket prices for the JPO concerts range between R150 and R330, the same as the concerts held in 2016, with discounted offers for pensioners and students. Tickets are available at all Computicket outlets, or Shoprite Checkers. For telephonic bookings call 0861 915 8000.

June Concert Details | 14 and 15 June 2017 at 20:00 | Linder Auditorium, WITS | Soloists: DECODA Ensemble | Conductor: Yasuo Shinozaki | Programme: Van Dijk Drop (8’) | Lutoslawski Dance Preludes (7’) | Haydn Sinfonia Concertante in B-flat major, Op. 84 (22’) | Beethoven Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67 (31’) | For further information, please contact: Patricia or Rosie on 011 484 0446 | E-mail: Patricia – and Rosie –

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