This morning I received a press release relating to the 8th annual Johannesburg International Mozart Festival (JIMF).
As usual, the JIMF starts two popular Viennese New Year Concerts conducted by Richard Cock on 23 and 24 January 2016. Joburg Ballet and vocal soloists, Magdalene Minaar (soprano) and Stéfan Louw (tenor) will be featured.
The theme this year is ‘Alla Turca’ (‘In the Turkish style’). Ever since Mozart’s days, when the city of Vienna was besieged by the Turks during the war, composers have been fascinated by the arrival of arabesque elements in Western music. This year’s Mozart Festival reflects the influence of oriental and exotic styles in a huge variety of composers from Mozart to the present day.
The Composer-in-Residence for 2016 is Peter Louis van Dijk who was born in Holland and is now living in Port Elizabeth. Audiences will hear a work by Van Dijk entitled San Gloria.
Other highlights are the Mozart Birthday Concerts, Chamber Music Concerts, Composers Workshops, visits from the eminent British pianist Peter Donohoe and the Turkish twin-sister piano duo Ferhan and Ferzan Önder as well as the Buskaid Soweto String Ensemble under the expert guidance of Rosemary Nalden.
A new exciting addition this year is the CEO Orchestra (supported by BASA). Richard Cock conducts various corporate directors in a concert at the Linder Auditorium which is sure to delight audiences (entrance free).
The Darling Opera company perform Mozart’s Abduction from the Seraglio as a pocket opera at The Fringe @ Joburg Theatre.
James Grace with his guitar recital of Spanish repertoire is a must if you haven’t seen this amazing talent, and then for the Final Symphony Concert, Richard Cock conducts the Chanticleer Singers along with solo performances by James Grace.
Professor Josef Protschka will give a singing masterclass again as part of the highly successful JIMF Vocal Scholarship Scheme. He has chosen 6 active participants from applicants all over South Africa. One candidate might win a prestigious fully-paid scholarship to study at the Musikhochschule in Cologne/Germany for a whole academic year.
Full details of the programme for the 8th Johannesburg International Mozart Festival (JIMF) are available on the Festival’s website. 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 for regular updates on Festival happenings.
Book early for the concerts you want as they sell out quickly.