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Johannesburg International Mozart Festival pays tribute to Beethoven

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 and 2 February 2020 when the Johannesburg International Mozart Festival 2020 returns to Johannesburg.

Richard Cock
Conductor Richard Cock

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
Sipho Fubesi
Tenor Sipho Fubesi

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 2020.
     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.’
     For more information and details on this vast programme, visit Tickets can be booked through Computicket.

Festival Line-up:

Saturday, 25 January 2020, 16:00

Holy Trinity Catholic Church


Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767)
Grillen Symphonie                                                                          

Alberto Nepomuceno (1864-1920)
Serenata Para orquestra de cordas                                          

Cláudio Santoro (1919-1989)

Antônio Carlos Gomes (1836-1896)
O Burrico de Pau                                                                             

Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959)
Bachianas Brasileiras No.4                                                           

César Guerra-Peixe (1914-1994)


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik K525
First Movement – Allegro

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Romance in F Major Op.50 No.2                               

VIOLIN – Mzwandile Twala

Classic Pop Songs – to be announced

Trad. Arr. Buskaid members
Township Kwela, Gospel and Afro-pop                                  

VOCALS – Cecelia Manyama, Tumi Mapholo, Mathapelo Matabane, Tshegofatso Matabane

Buskaid Soweto String Ensemble

Saturday, 25 January 2020, 19:30

Northwards House

Renan Koen (piano)

Viktor Ullmann (1898 – 1944)
Piano Sonata No.7
                I.   Allegro
                V. Thema, Variationen und Fuge über ein hebräishes Volkslied

Ali Darmar (b.1946)
3 Preludes
                I.   Kar (Snow)
                V.  No.5
                VI. No.6

Ali Darmar (b.1946)
Piano Sonata
                I.   Allegro
                II.  Adagio
                III. Molto Vivace


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Piano Sonata No.11 in A Major K331
                I.   Andante Grazioso
                II.  Menuetto
                III. Rondo“Alla Turca”: Allegretto

Ali Darmar (b.1946)
Fantasy for Piano

Supported by the Turkish Embassy Pretoria, Turkish Airlines and the Rupert Musiekstigting

Sunday, 26 January 2020
Rehearsal 11.00 | Performance 15:00

Scott Gym

Entrance by donation

An orchestral experience for any and all musicians (minimum Grade 3 level). If you would like to participate in this unique experience, contact us at the JIMF Offices.

The performance promises to be fun for the whole family. Attendance for the audience is free!

Susan Cock (conductor); Richard Cock (conductor)

Supported by Corobrik

Monday, 27 January 2020, 19:30

St Francis of Assisi, Parkview

Phil Cox (trumpet); Tim Roberts (conductor); The Applegreen Orchestra 

Paul Lincke (1866 – 1946)
Dmitri Shostakovich (1906 – 1975)
Bongani Ndodana-Breen (b.1975)
Albert Ketèlbey (1875 – 1959)
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827) 
Darius Milhaud (1892 – 1974) 
George Gershwin (1898 – 1937)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 – 1791)
Karl Jenkins (b.1944)
Gustav Holst (1874 – 1934) 
Percy Grainger (1882 – 1961)

Amina Serenade Égyptienne
March from Jazz Suite No.2
Ntsika for Trumpet and ensemble
Wedgewood Blue
Marsch Zapfenstreich
Movements from Saudades do Brasil, Op.67
Lady, Be Good Medley
Offertorium from Requiem in D minor arr. SA Cock
Brook Green Suite
Shepherd’s Hey

A First Peoples Production

Tuesday, 28 January 2020, 19:30

Northwards House

Florian Uhlig (piano); Odeion String Quartet; Ruan Baartman (piano)

Joseph Haydn (1732 – 1809)
String Quartet Op.33 No.2 in E flat Major
                I.   Allegro moderato
                II.  Scherzo: Allegro
                III. Largo
                IV. Presto

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827)
String Quartet in A minor Op.13
Third movement: Heiliger Dankgesang eines Genesenen an die Gottheit, in der Lydischen Tonart. Molto adagio – Andante


Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827)
Piano Concerto No.4 in G Major Op.58
                I.   Allegro Moderato
                II.  Andante con moto
                III. Rondo: Vivace


Supported by the Rupert Musiekstigting

Wednesday, 29 January 2020, 19:30

The Bioscope

Paul Hanmer (keyboard); Louis Mhlanga (guitar)

Thursday, 30 January 2020, 19:30

The Bioscope

Paul Hanmer (keyboard); Louis Mhlanga (guitar)

“The Crowd” (1928)

In the second of the Cinema Improvisando film screenings for JIMF 2020, Paul and Louis will be improvising to a 1928 classic.

‘The Crowd’ is an American silent film directed by King Vidor and starring James Murray, Eleanor Boardman and Bert Roach. The film is an influential and acclaimed feature which was nominated at the very first Academy Award presentation in 1928 for several awards, including a unique and artistic production for MGM, as well as the award for best director for King Vidor.

In 1989, the film was one of the first 25 to be selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being; “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.

Young John Sims (James Murray) weathers the death of his father and travels to New York City in search of success. Instead, he becomes a low-level worker in an enormous office of a nameless corporation. After he meets a beautiful young woman (Eleanor Boardman), things seem to be looking up, but before long the newlyweds are sullen and bickering, and the arrival of their children leaves John feeling trapped in a dead-end existence. Then tragedy strikes, causing him to reassess his life.

Thursday, 30 January 2020, 19:30

The Goethe Institut

Members of the Gauteng Choristers
Richard Cock, conductor
Florian Uhlig, JIMF Artistic Director

In this next instalment of the annual collaboration between the Johannesburg International Mozart Festival and the Goethe-Institut Richard Cock will facilitate a singing session with the aid of members of the Gauteng Choristers, during which the audience will be taught to sing the Ode To Joy from Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, as well as a South African song on the theme of joy.

The singing session will be followed by a panel discussion about the politics of joy, and its relation to the social and political history of Beethoven’s Europe and South Africa over the last century.

In collaboration with the Goethe Institut

Friday, 31 January 2020, 19:30

Northwards House

Matteo Arevalos, piano

Matteo Ramon Arevalos (b.1973)

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827)
6 variations on ‘Nel cor più non mi sento’ by Giovanni Paisiello WoO 70

Matteo Ramon Arevalos (b.1973)

Frederic Chopin (1810 – 1849)
Polonaise in Ab Major Op. 53

Fausto Razzi (b.1932)
Per Piano 2 (1989)

Sergio Ortega (1938 – 2003)
“¡El pueblo unido, jamás será vencido!”

Matteo Ramon Arevalos (b.1973)
La Folia, 12 variations on the theme ‘La Folia di Spagna’

Supported by the Istituto Italiano di Cultura Pretoria and the Rupert Musiekstigting

Saturday, 1 February 2020, 11.00

Linder Auditorium

Alissa Margulis (violin), Luis Magalhães (piano)

Sonata for Violin and Piano in D Major Op.12 No.1
Sonata for Violin and Piano in A Major Op.12 No.2


Sonata for Violin and Piano in A minor Op.23
Sonata for Violin and Piano in E-flat Major Op.12 No.3

Supported by the Rupert Musiekstigting

Saturday, 1 February 2020, 13:45

Space Frame Theatre

Susan Cock

Susan Cock presents an enlightening glimpse into Beethoven’s life and composition processes though his various periods, touching on his most well-known pieces. This revolutionary musician changed the face of music forever, and has left an enduring legacy which will be explored in this, the 250th year since his birth. This talk will help you to understand the gigantic leaps that he took in music throughout his career and the effect it has had on classical music ever since.

Supported by the Rupert Musiekstigting.

Saturday, 1 February 2020, 3.00 p.m.


Linder Auditorium

Alissa Margulis (violin), Luis Magalhães (piano)

Sonata for Violin and Piano in F Major Op. 24, “Spring Sonata”
Sonata for Violin and Piano in A Major Op.30 No.1


Sonata for Violin and Piano in C minor Op.30 No.2

Supported by the Rupert Musiekstigting

Saturday, 1 February 2020, 17:30

Linder Auditorium

Etienne Mecloen (conductor); Johannesburg Youth Orchestra Swing Band 

Supported by the Oppenheimer Memorial Trust

Saturday, 1 February 2020, 19:00.

Space Frame Theatre

Susan Cock 

Susan Cock provides information on the last three of Beethoven’s Sonatas for Violin and Piano in this short presentation prior to the performance by Alissa Margulis and Luis Magalhães.

Supported by the Rupert Musiekstigting

Saturday, 1 February 2020, 20:00

Linder Auditorium

Alissa Margulis (violin), Luis Magalhães (piano)

Sonata for Violin and Piano in G major Op.30 No.3
Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major Op.47, “Kreutzer Sonata”


Sonata for Violin and Piano in G major Op. 96

In association with the Johannesburg Musical Society

Sunday, 2 February 2020, 15:00

Linder Auditorium

Beethoven Symphony No. 9 – “Choral” Symphony

Symphony Choir of Johannesburg; Johannesburg Festival Orchestra; Richard Cock (conductor); Andiswa Makana (soprano); Minette du Toit Pearce (contralto); Siyabonga Maqungo (tenor); Bongani Kubheka (bass)

In association with the Symphony Choir of Johannesburg

23 January – 2 February 2020

The Brooklyn Theatre and Salon Music in partnership with the Johannesburg International Mozart Festival presents:

Brooklyn Theatre

For more information or to book, visit or call 079 233 2569

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