As Winter increases its icy grip on Johannesburg, music-lovers can still look forward to The Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra (JPO)’s new Winter Season, running from 9 – 30 June at the Linder Auditorium.
The Winter Season continues with the tradition of the World Symphony Series featuring accomplished international conductors and soloists, as well as the cream of South African artists. The JPO welcomes the return of popular conductors Daniel Boico and Bernhard Gueller and looks forward to presenting soloists: South African born Leo Gevisser on piano, now studying at the prestigious Julliard School in New York; American virtuoso pianist Bryan Wallick; violinist Samson Diamond – a Standard Bank Young Artist Award Winner; and accomplished violist, Jeanne-Louise Moolman.
The line-up has been designed to warm the hearts of music lovers and includes works from the world’s favourite composers including Beethoven, Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky and Mozart.
An updated concert schedule
On a practical note, COVID-related restrictions have caused many arts institutions to relook at how they schedule their concerts, particularly in the interest of long-term sustainability. With COVID-19 still a reality in South Africa, the JPO will continue to offer symphony concerts on Thursdays only, as they did during the successful Summer Season earlier this year.
‘Although we have a limited number of seats available due to COVID regulations, we once again offer our loyal subscribers preferential seating before releasing seats to the public,’ says the JPO. ‘We appreciate that these changes may affect some of our subscribers, however, your health and security are of utmost importance, and we will endeavour to ensure that all Season Ticket holders are seated in their preferred seats, or as close to their usual seats as possible.’
Season Ticket holders also enjoy discounted rates, the convenience of booking tickets through the JPO Office and a free programme at each concert. The details of the programme as well as ticket prices, which remain the same as the Summer Season, will be available on the JPO’s website.
‘On behalf of the JPO, I would like to thank you for your ongoing support during these challenging times. Our commitment to ensure the sustainability of the orchestra remains steadfast and we look forward to bringing you beautiful music for many years to come.’CEO of the JPO, Bongani Tembe
Winter Season 2022 programme:
Concert 1: 9 June
Conductor: Robert Moody
Soloist: Joidy Blanco – flute
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Cosi fan tutte Overture
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto for flute no2 in D major, K.314
Pablo de Sarasate: Zigeunerweisen Gypsy Airs, Op.20
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony no7 in A major, Op.92
Concert 2: 16 June
Conductor: Daniel Boico
Soloists: Jeanne-Louise Moolman – viola; Samson Diamond – violin (Read our Q&A with the South African violinist, Samson Diamond)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Sinfonia concertante for violin and viola in E-flat major
Piotr Tchaikovsky: Symphony no5 in e minor, Op.64
Concert 3: 23 June
Conductor: Bernhard Gueller
Soloist: Leo Gevisser – piano
Sergei Rachmaninoff: Piano concerto no4, in g minor, Op.40
Antonín Dvořák: Symphony no6 in D major, Op.60
Concert 4: 30 June
Conductor: Bernhard Gueller
Soloist: Bryan Wallick – piano
Sergei Prokofiev: Concerto for piano no3 in C major, Op.26
Johannes Brahms: Symphony no3 in F major, Op.73
Bookings for Season Tickets are now available through the office on email@example.com or 011 484 0446. Seats will be held by the office until 27 May 2022, whereafter, unsold tickets will be handed over to Quicket for sale to the public. Single tickets will only be available through Quicket.