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The JPO brings an early Spring to Johannesburg

The Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra (JPO) has announced its Early Spring Season running from 25 August to 8 September 2022 on Thursday nights at 19:30 at the Linder Auditorium, this time at full capacity seating.

JPO Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra Spring Season 2022
Nina Schumann

Continuing with the tradition of featuring accomplished international conductors and soloists, as well as the cream of South African artists, the three-week Season will feature conductors Daniel Boico and Rebecca Tong, with Yi-Jia Susanne Hou on violin, Nina Schumann on piano and Magdalena de Vries on marimba. The Season will also feature the popular annual joint concert with the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic (KZNPO), which has not been possible over the past two years.

‘The success of our Winter Season showed that Gauteng residents still have a healthy appetite for classical music – and, in fact, that the hunger for great music has grown more robust during the pandemic,’ says JPO CE and artistic director Bongani Tembe. ‘We look forward to bringing audiences another season of beautiful music.’

The JPO’s Early Spring Season follows its hugely successful Winter Symphony Season which took place in June. Featuring works from world-renowned composers including Debussy, Gershwin and Rachmaninov, the programme promises to usher in the much-anticipated Spring season after a long winter.

View the full Early Spring Season programme below:

Concert 1: 25 August 2022
JPO Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra Spring Season 2022
Yi-Jia Susanne Hou

A fresh discovery followed by performances of two programme stalwarts bear testimony to the programme curating prowess of conductor Daniel Boico.

Conductor: Daniel Boico

Soloist: Yi-Jia Susanne Hou – violin


  1. Don Laka: Moon We shall rise again
  2. Jean Sibelius: Concerto for violin in d minor, Op.47
  3. Antonin Dvorak: Symphony no9 in e minor, Op.95 From the New World


Concert 2: 1 September 2022 – joint concert with KZNPO
JPO Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra Spring Season 2022
Rebecca Tong

The gifted young Indonesian conductor Rebecca Tong takes the podium for the second programme of the season, serving up a popular bill of Prokofiev, Gershwin and Rachmaninov.

Conductor: Rebecca Tong

Soloist: Nina Schumann – piano


  1. Sergei Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet Suit, Op.64
  2. George Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue
  3. Sergei Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances Op.45

Concert 3: 8 September
JPO Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra Spring Season 2022
Magdalena de Vries

Daniel Boico returns to the podium to close the season with a cunningly crafted programme of Russian, Armenian-American, French and Hungarian showpieces.

Conductor: Daniel Boico

Soloist: Magdalena de Vries – marimba


  1. Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio espagnole, Op.34
  2. Alan Hovhaness: Fantasy on Japanese Woodprints op. 211
  3. Claude Debussy: Petit suit
  4. Modest Mussorgsky: Night on Bald Mountain
  5. Franz Liszt: Les Preludes, S.97 (Symphonic poem no3)

Season Ticket holders will enjoy discounted rates, the convenience of booking your tickets through the JPO Office and a free programme at each concert. Bookings for Season Tickets are now available through the office on or 011 484 0446. Single tickets are available through Quicket

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