I had never heard of the Alma Chamber Orchestra. It is a new orchestra with members drawn from some of France’s top symphonic orchestras and instrumentalists. It is dedicated to performing worldwide in order to support music by presenting innovative and international programmes. It also promotes values through music. This universal message promotes music to each and every culture and every generation.
They will be visiting South Africa for its 21st year after democracy as part of their ‘World Tour for Unity’ led by concertmaster and artistic director, Anne Gravoin. The soloist is the famous Brazilian pianist Nelson Freire who will play Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No 4, under the direction of Lionel Bringuier, the programme will include works by Beethoven (Egmont Overture), Mendelssohn (Symphony Number 4) and Wael Binali (Earth), the latter being performed in the Durban concert only.
South African audiences can look forward to three performances in Johannesburg at the Linder Auditorium on 22 April at 19:30, Durban at the City Hall on 23 April at 19:30 and Soweto at Regina Mundi where they will share a stage with the Buskaid Soweto String Ensemble on Saturday 25 April 2015 at 15:00. The latter concert will be free.
Members of The Alma Chamber Orchestra will host master classes in Durban and Umlazi on Friday 24 April to facilitate collaborative education, signifying unity through music.
All tickets, except for the concert at the Regina Mundi Church in Soweto (which is free) will be available from Computicket from 30 March 2015 on www.computicket.com