There is something about live music which gives it such a huge edge over recorded music that it drives audiences out of their homes into concert halls the world over. In Johannesburg, lovers of classical music are most often driven to the Linder Auditorium in Parktown where two Johannesburg institutions have their musical home.
The Johannesburg Musical Society, founded in 1902, the the country’s oldest musical society, and Johannesburg’s oldest organisation. They have ten chamber music concerts a year and this year audiences have heard the likes of Mattia Zappa (cello) and Massimiliano Mainolfi (piano), Lukas Vondracek on piano, the Duo de Salzburg, the Trio Broz, Vassily Primakov (piano), Petronel Malan (piano), Sergey Malov (violin/viola) and Bryan Wallick (piano), the Charl du Plessis Trio in a crossover jazz concert and the very unusual Dutch Toeac Accordian Duo. Their final concert of the year will take place on 23 November at 20:00 and will feature Jerome Pernoo on cello and Jerome Ducros on piano. This is the Percy Baneshik Memorial Concert. There are huge discounts on the already reasonable prices if one books for the whole year.
Moving from the world of chamber music to the world of orchestra music, the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra is having a second season for 2013. With the JPO having been beset by financial woes the sounds of silence have been overwhelming. It is so nice to hear the JPO again.
Their Second Symphony Season 2013 began on Wednesday 9 October with Daniel Boico, an Israeli conductor, guiding the orchestra through Rossini’s William Tell Overture, Rachmaninov’s lesser known Piano Concerto No 4, Op 40, G minor with Luis Magalhaes on piano, and Dvorak’s Symphony Number 8, G Major. Luis Magalhaes is a mature performer who brings a calm and reasoned interpretation to his playing. The whole concert was an absolute pleasure.
On Wednesday 15 and Thursday 17 Daniel Boico will conduct the Mozart Magic Flute Overture, Jan Hugo in the Mendelssohn Piano Concerto No 1, op 25, G minor and Beethoven’s Symphony No 5, Op 67, C minor. I was present when Jan Hugo won the prestigious SAMRO International Scholarship Competition in August 2013, and now learn that he has been accepted for a Master’s degree in the Hochschule fur Musik und Theatre Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy in Leipzig, Germany as from next month (November 2013), so this is one of the last opportunities for South Africans to hear him on home soil for a while.
The orchestra plays at the Linder Auditorium, Wits Education Campus in Parktown.
For more information see the website: http://www.jpo.co.za