The Johannesburg Musical Society year ended with the Percy Baneskik Memorial Concert 2013 by Jerome Pernoo (cello) and Jerome Ducros (piano).
Jerome Pernoo is well known and much admired in South Africa ever since he won the UNISA Internation String Competition in 1996 and the duo have thrilled JMS audiences before when they played together at the Linder Auditorium in 2008.
This year’s programme saw the duo begin with Bach’s Viol de Gamba Sonata in D Major, BWV 1028.
Jerome Ducros is a composer “of some importance” according to the programme notes. He composed this Fantaisie for cello and piano and it premiered in France last year. It was an accessible and interesting musical work in one movement.
After interval the pair played Beethoven’s Sonata No 3 in A Major, Op 69.
The audience were reluctant to let them go so they then performed a piece by David Popper. Popper is to the cello what Paganini is to the violin. All their works sound the same to non-specialists.
The evening ended with a reception as part of the Percy Baneshik Memorial Concert. Percy Baneshik, for those who don’t remember him, was a prize-winning arts journalist, raconteur, playwright, broadcaster and bon vivant.
The 2014 programme has been announced and it is as follows:
Saturday 01 February 2014, Anton Nel (piano)
Sunday 23 February 2014, Peter Bruns (cello) and Annagret Kuttner (piano)
Saturday 12 April 2014 Ching-Yun Hu (piano)
Saturday 17 May 2014 Antonio Pompa-Baldi (piano)
Sunday 01 June 2014 Harmonic Brass Munich (brass quintet)
Saturday 21 June 2014 Ilya Gringolts (violin) and Peter Laul (piano)
Saturday 16 August 2014 Cobus du Toit (flute) and Patrick Sutton (guitar)
Saturday 20 September 2014 Zanne Stapelberg (soprano) and Kathleen Tagg (piano)
Saturday 12 October 2014 Georgi Anichenko (cello) and Anastasya Terenkova (piano)
Saturday 08 November 2014 Andrei Pisarev (piano)
All Saturday concerts are at 20:00 and all Sunday concerts are at 17:00.
See http://www.jms.org.za for further information.