The 7th annual Johannesburg International Mozart Festival (JIMF) will be a celebration to remember. In keeping with past years, the theme for this year is Masquerade. The Festival will run from the 24 January to 8 February 2015 and will host a variety of concerts, workshops, master-classes and collaborations which explore the phenomenon of masks and disguises as well as artistic and human identities.
Kicking off the 2015 Festival are two pre-festival Viennese New Year Concerts. Owing to the overall theme of the Festival, the concerts are entitled “Maskenfest” and will take place on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 January at the Linder Auditorium; featuring music by the Strauss family, Kreisler, Lehar, Waldteufel and others. The soloists will be Magdalene Minnaar (soprano), Kathy Neuland (alto), with Richard Cock as conductor of the Johannesburg Festival Orchestra (JFO). All people attending these concerts are encouraged to bring and wear a mask. Prizes will be offered for the best mask.
Full details of the programme for the 7th Johannesburg International Mozart Festival (JIMF) are available on the Festival’s website: www.join-mozart-festival.org. Venues for this year’s Festival include the Goethe Institut, Linder Auditorium, Northwards House, Scott Gym, St. Francis Church in Parkview, The Bioscope, The Edge at St Mary’s School in Waverley, Parktown High School for Girls, the University of Pretoria and Wits Art Museum (WAM). Tickets (from R55 to R450) are available from Computicket or the JIMF Office, with special prices for senior citizens and students on selected concerts. Please contact (011) 447 9264 or visit www.join-mozart-festival.org for more information, and “like” the Johannesburg International Mozart Festival page on Facebook or follow the Twitter account (@JoInMozartFest) for regular updates on Festival happenings.