Spring Classics with the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra

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After a very successful winter season, the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra (JPO) returns with spring in its stride for an early spring season of classical music gems, this time at full capacity!

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The JPO World Symphony Series continues from August 25 through September 8 on Thursday evenings at Wits University’s Linder Auditorium.

As a special treat, the popular annual joint concert with the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic (KZNPO), which has not been possible for the past two years due to Covid-19 restrictions, is also back to delight music lovers. beautiful music.

As has become tradition, the JPO has a stellar array of accomplished international conductors and soloists lined up for this season, as well as the cream of South African artistry.

This includes conductors Daniel Boico and Rebecca Tong, with Yi-Jia Susanne Hou on violin, Nina Schumann on piano and Magdalena de Vries on marimba.

“The success of our winter season has shown that the people of Gauteng still have a healthy appetite for classical music. In fact, the thirst for good music has increased during the pandemic, says JPO CE and Artistic Director Bongani Tembe.

“We look forward to bringing audiences another season of great music.”

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The JPO’s early spring season will kick off with dynamic Israeli-American Maestro Boico, Artistic Director of the Free State Symphony Orchestra, leading the JPO.

The soloist of this concert is the famous Chinese Canadian violinist Hou, three times winner of international violin competitions.

The program of popular favorites selected for this concert includes Sergei Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet Suite, from the ballet based on Shakespeare’s tragic masterpiece; as well as Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin and Symphonic Dances by Sergei Rachmaninoff.

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