Category Archives: Classical Music.

Now for something completely different …

The Johannesburg Musical Society is the city’s oldest musical organisation (now 115 years old) but it seldom fails to deliver fresh sounds to its audiences.  The September 2017 concert by the Trio Neuklang (“new sound”) was a prime example of … Continue reading

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JPO’s Triumphal Relaunch

If ever a concert deserved to start with the victorious strains of Verdi’s Triumphal March from Aida, it is this one, The JPO Relaunch Concert.  Beautifully played under the baton of the American Roderick Cox, and concert master Miro Chakaryan, … Continue reading

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Sorry to be missing the Festival Gala Concert

Every year when I don’t attend the National Arts Festival, I look through the programme and wish that I were attending certain things.  Today it  is the Festival Gala Concert with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Maestro Richard … Continue reading

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Masilo’s Gutsy Giselle

Giselle is best known as a pretty, classical ballet from the Romantic era, to pretty music by the little known Adolphe Adam.  If that’s what you want, do NOT go out to see Dada Masilo’s Giselle. You won’t find any … Continue reading

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Fabulous Flamenco!

  There are not a lot of Spanish dance style shows being produced in Johannesburg, so those of us who love Spanish styles simply have to learn as best we can from the few that are produced. Flamenco is the … Continue reading

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Tristan und Isolde

Opera is not an audio experience.  Anyone who has tried aand failed to enjoy Wagner by listening only will nod in understanding when I point out that Wagner himself said that it encompassed many genres (Gesamtkunstwerk).  This is one of … Continue reading

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Tea with Sophia Welz

Venue:  News Cafe, Campus Square, Auckland Park.  The waitress was very friendly and indulged me by making my tea exactly as I had asked for it.  It is generally an uninspiring venue and Campus Square is an uninspiring shopping centre.  … Continue reading

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