JPO SPECIAL SPRING CONCERTS
The JPO is thrilled to announce the return to live symphony concerts as we present the JPO Special Spring Concerts, on Thursdays 28 October and 4 November 2021 at the Linder Auditorium. The recent relaxation of Covid regulations has allowed us to present live concerts and we have put together an exciting programme that will feature highly acclaimed international and South African artists.
The two-week programme sees the return of popular conductor Daniel Boico for the first Concert, with award-winning pianist, Georgy Tchaidze. The evening begins with Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto no 1, followed by Karen LeFrak’s Gravity; Dvorak’s Symphony no 8 rounds off the programme.
The second Concert, under the baton of celebrated conductor Justus Frantz, features soloist Ye-Eun Choi, one of the world’s most in-demand violinists. The programme opens with Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro Overture, followed by Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto and concludes with Beethoven’s Symphony no 3 also known as Eroica.
“The musicians are excited to be performing live again and are in terrific form, playing with finesse and sophistication” said Bongani Tembe, Chief Executive and Artistic Director of the JPO. Mr Tembe added: “Even at the height of Covid related restrictions, the orchestra continued to stay in touch with the audience through Virtual Symphony Seasons and the online At Home with the JPO series. This, coupled with our ongoing education concerts and videos, teaching at music schools and our hospital outreach programme cements the JPO’s commitment to bringing beautiful music to the City of Joburg”.
Seats for the JPO Special Spring Concerts are limited due to Covid-19 regulations, as it is mandatory for reduced capacity audiences to be allowed in the venue. To ensure the safety of patrons, access to the venue will only be allowed by providing proof of vaccination or a negative PCR Test which is not older than 72 hours. All other Covid-19 protocols will be observed and we encourage patrons to arrive at least an hour before the concert begins.
Patrons can also pre-book dinner at the restaurant alongside the venue by contacting JackieJanssens@gmail.com
Concert 1: Thursday 28 October – 19h30 – Linder Auditorium
Concert 2: Thursday 4 November – 19h30 – Linder Auditorium
Tickets are available through Quicket and will be sold at R250 per ticket throughout the venue.
About the JPO
Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra (JPO) is a not-for-profit and a public benefit organisation which was originally formed in May 2000 following the demise of the National Symphony Orchestra. The JPO went into business rescue in 2012, however, it was relaunched in August 2017 with a revitalised vision, a new brand identity and a diverse board of directors which is comprised of captains of industry and credible community leaders. The board is chaired by former Deputy Chief Justice, Dikgang Moseneke, with arts manager and Juilliard School trained singer, Bongani Tembe, as the Chief Executive and Artistic Director. The relaunch of the JPO affirmed the organisation’s aspiration to be internationally recognised for artistic excellence, innovation, education initiatives and community engagement programmes.
Ongoing programmes of the JPO
JPO has started visiting schools in and around Johannesburg after a long break due to Covid-19. The orchestra of 24 musicians visits different schools each week and presents an exciting musical story of "Peter and the Wolf" by Sergei Prokofiev. The show is aimed at primary learners and has earned an Award from the Department of Education in 2019 - photo attached.
The JPO has a Fellowship Programme which is aimed at nurturing the skills of the most highly talented South Africans and as part of this programme it contributes a substantial amount of funding towards tuition fees for South Africans studying at top rate international music schools and universities.
Past Fellows include:
Thapelo Masita – a cellist who recently earned a master’s degree at the Juilliard School, New York, USA
Current Fellows include:
Pendo Masote – violinist, studying at the Yehudi Menuhin School, London, UK
Kamo Maraba – cellist, studying at Birmingham University, Birmingham, UK