What a weird title! In most places, most ages, one simply assumes that the local orchestra will have another season. With the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra, however, things have been touch and go and Johannesburg – and the Linder Auditorium – has been devoid of orchestral music. The good news is that the 2nd season of 2013 had been announced and it will take place at the time of the year when the fourth and final season usually takes place.
The Second Season programme has finally been announced – well, apparently it was announced a week ago, but it only came to my attention today.
On Wednesday 09 and Thursday 10 October 2013 Daniel Bolco will conduct the William Tell Overture by Rossini, and Luis Magalhaes in Rachmaninov’s 4th Piano Concerto, followed by Dvorak’s 8th Symphony. The following week the same conductor will conduct Mozart’s Magic Flute Overture, Jan Hugo in Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No 1 and Beethoven’s famous Fifth.
Then we have Yasuo Shinozaki on the podium for three weeks, with Finlandia by Sibelius, Britten’s Violin Concerto No 1 played by Matthew Trusler (which I have never heard live) and Rachmaninov’s 1st Symphony on Wednesday 23 and Thursday 24 October 2013. The next week we have Mussorgsky’s Night on a Bald Mountain, Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No 2 played by Francois du Toit and Sant-Saens Symphony No 3. The last of Shinozaki’s concerts will have Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito Overture, Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Roccoco Theme and Sibelius Symphony No 2.
To end the season we have Adrian Prabava conducting Schumann’s Manfred Overture, Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto with Yura Lee on violin, ending with Brahms Symphony No 2.
I am particularly happy to see that Yura Lee is finally visiting South Africa again. She did not play the customary season in South Africa after winning the Unisa Strings Competition because of other commitments. I fell in love with her playing right from the first round, and am truly looking forward to hearing her again. The two concerts which she will play are on 13 and 14 November 2013.