I really like 20th century music and Benjamin Britten is one of the more accessible 20th century classical composers. While he is best known for his operatic and choral works I found his Violin Concerto No 1, Op 15 to be magnificent. It was exquisitely played by the British violinist Matthew Trusler, with the JPO being conducted by Yasuo Shinozaki, a leading Japanese conductor who works mostly in the USA. Matthew Trusler played wonderfully and the other two works on the programme, both lovely in their own right, Sibelius’ Finlandia, Op 26 and Rachmaninov’s Symphony No 1, Op 13, D Minor, paled into insignificance in comparison.
The Halloween week will see Francois du Toit on piano for Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No 2, Op 44, G Major with the Symphony No 3, Op 78, C Minor “Organ Symphony” by Saint-Saens. Mussorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain is overture for the evening. Yasuo Shinozaki will once again conduct.
30 October 2013: JPO at the Linder Auditorium 20:00
31 October 2013: JPO at the Linder Auditorium 20:00
3 November 2013: The Wits Trio at Concerts on Congo in Emmarentia at 11:00
9 November 2013: Opera Live in HD 2013/2014 begins with Eugene Onegin at Cinema Nouveau
10 November 2013: Sound Us Out: Wits Great Hall at 15:00
14 November 2013: Pretty Yende in Concert at Montecasino
23 November 2013: The Johannesburg Musical Society will host Jerome Pernoo and Jerome Ducros for their final concert of the year.
Also note that the Christmas concerts start in November.