On 7 and 8 August 2013 the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra played a one-off concert at the Linder Auditorium, Wits Education Campus.
The JPO, still beset by their ongoing financial problems has been largely silent, not only musically, but in terms of public announcements about what is happening within the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra. Despite this, the auditorium was respectably full when young Pallavi Mahidhara took to the stage to bring us her rendition of Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto, Op 23, B-flat Minor.
The all Tchaikovsky programme commenced with the Capriccio Italien Op.45. The orchestra, again under the baton of Robert Maxym played well. This was followed by the concerto. I enjoyed Pallavi Mahidhara’s playing although it lacked any real “gooseflesh” moments. Her encore from The Nutcracker was quite delightful.
After interval we were given the Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture and then the 1812 Overture. The 1812 is an old chestnut, but it provided the “gooseflesh” that I require in order for me to be enchanted by a concert when the tubular bells rang out in jubilation. Tchaikovsky himself apparently did not like the 1812 Overture, but it is much loved by the general public and this was delightful, even if the Linder Auditorium does not lend itself to cannon fire, the audience having to settle for loud drum strikes instead.
It was announced that the next concert series will take place in the usual fourth season slot – beginning on 9 October into the middle of November. It is a six concert series. Details will be released soon. Music lovers are encouraged to continue watching the JPO’s website http://www.jpo.co.za for further information relating to this season.
The next event at which the JPO will play is the Cirque de la Symphonie at the Teatro, Montecasino on 17 and 18 August 2013. This features international circus acts to classical music accompaniment. It will probably be very light and child-friendly. There are only two concerts so early booking is encouraged. Tickets can be obtained from Computicket.