The Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra (JPO) has announced the exciting details of its 2020 Summer Season programme. This runs at the Linder Auditorium in Parktown, from 12 February to 7 March, with one of four programmes, starting at 19:30, being presented consecutively each week.
‘We are proud to showcase our 2020 World Symphony Series this Summer Season with a spectacular line-up of international talent and leading South African soloists, who will join us in taking the experience of concert-going in the City of Johannesburg ever onwards and upwards,’ says JPO Artistic Director and Chief Executive, Bongani Tembe.
‘While we are deeply appreciative of the support we enjoy from our family of regular concert-goers, we urge each of you to introduce the wonder of music to as many more members of your family, colleagues and peers, as possible. Encourage them, empower them, to share your experience. Music in our lives matters on so many levels.’
The JPO Summer Season launches on a heady note with a special Valentine’s Variety Gala programme being performed on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 12, 13 and 14 February. American conductor William Eddins shares the spotlight with two guest soloists, the Montenegrin guitarist Goran Krivokapić and the gifted young South African soprano, Zandile Mzazi, who join the orchestra in performing a richly curated programme of concert bon-bons by Berlioz, Rodrigo, Mascagni, Massenet, Khachaturian, Verdi, Lehar and Tchaikovsky.
Perennially popular Japanese maestro Yasuo Shinozaki returns to the JPO podium on 19 and 20 February, putting his players through their paces in three concert staples of widely different character: Ravel’s hugely popular Boléro; and his fiercely taxing Left Hand Piano Concerto (soloist: the prize-winning French pianist, Maxime Zecchini); concluding with a show-stopping outing for Mussorgsky’s masterly Pictures at an Exhibition.
The Netherlands born conductor Arjan Tien, taking the podium on 26 and 27 February, salutes the 250th Beethoven anniversary year with performances of two Beethoven favourites, the Leonore Overture No 1 and the Triple Concerto, played by pianist, Malcolm Nay, violinist Tai Murray and cellist Aristide du Plessis. The evening closes with Bizet’s delightful Symphony in C.
The dynamic Israeli-American conductor Daniel Boico is at the helm for the Summer Season’s final concerts on 4, 5 and 7 March with a two-piece programme featuring Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto, soloist Jan Jiracek von Arnim, and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No 4.
Season tickets for the Johannesburg Philharmonic’s World Symphony Series 2020 Summer Season are available through Computicket. Call 0861 915 8000 or book online at www.computicket.com. For more information visit www.jpo.co.za