On Thursday last week, 19 February 2015, The Double Bass, a theatrical piece, opened at the Auto and General Theatre on the Square in Sandton. A lot of orchestra members were in the audience. One of them whispered to me that the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra was no longer in business rescue. I was happy to learn this. The JPO website is currently down and I have not been able to access a formal statement about this from either the JPO or former creditors of the JPO as at the time of writing. I presume audiences will be given a verbal update at tomorrow’s concert.
The first season of 2015 is a reduced season of only four weeks. The artists and conductors are, for the most part locally sourced, or funded with assistance from other organisations. This is keeping the costs down, but certainly not at the expense of artistic excellence.
In this week’s concerts we hear South African Avigail Bushakevitz on violin with KZN based conductor Naum Rousine on the podium. The Israeli/South African Avigail Bushakevitz is currently based in Berlin. She has a Masters Degree from the Juilliard School of Music and is pursuing further studies in Berlin at Academy of Music. She is the winner of numerous music competitions including first prize in the UNISA National Strings Competition 2009 and the SAMRO Foundations 2012 Overseas Scholarships Competition. She was awarded first prize in the UNO competition in Jerusalem in 2013 and she and her pianist brother, Amniel, won first prize in Concurs Internacional Paper de Música de Capellades 2014, with a recital tour of Catalonia in 2015 included in the prize. This is her next destination from these concerts.
Wednesday 25 & Thursday 26 February 2015
Naum Rousine conductor
KLATZOW Melody for Healing
TCHAIKOVSKY Violin Concerto, op.35, D major
BRAHMS Symphony No.3, op.3, F major
Avigail Bushakevitz violin
The rest of the concerts for the season are listed below.
Wednesday 04 & Thursday 05 March
Daniel Boico conductor
OPERA Highlights in collaboration with Big Wig Opera Company
Wednesday 11 & Thursday 12 March
Daniel Boico conductor
SCHUBERT Overture, D 590, D major (In the Italian Style)
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No.3, op. 37, C minor
MENDELSSOHN Symphony No.4, op.90, A major (Italian)
Lucas Vodracek piano
Wednesday 18 & Thursday 19 March
Michal Dworzynski conductor
ZAIDEL- RUDOLPH Fanfare Festival Overture
RACHMANINOV Piano Concerto No.1, op.1, F-sharp minor
HOLST The Planets (with visual display courtesy Wits Planetarium)
Pallavi Mahidhara piano
(The JPO reserves the right to alter scheduled programmes or artists as necessary)
All concerts are held at the Linder Auditorium, 27 St Andrews Rd, Parktown
Time: 8p.m. with a free pre-concert talk at 7.15p.m.
Booking for all concerts through Computicket or Box Office on the night
Season Tickets available from the JPO
63 Main Street, Bordeaux, Randburg 2194
Tel: 011 789 2733 – email@example.com – www. jpo.co.za