Category Archives: Music

Symphony Seasons for JPO

I know that it is a cliché to say “I don’t know where the time went”, but this is the reality of this time for me.  We are already halfway through the four week symphony season of the Johannesburg Philharmonic … Continue reading

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Zuill Bailey on cello for JMS

The October recital for the Johannesburg Musical Society featured Zuill Bailey on cello, together with Bryan Wallick on piano.  It was a dark and stormy night but the auditorium was respectably full, with people really not wanting to miss the … Continue reading

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Snow White – the Ballet

Snow White is the 1812 (revised in 1854) retelling of an old German fairytale by the Brothers Grimm where a young princess is so beautiful that her evil and jealous stepmother, the Queen, decides to kill her.  However, Snow White’s … Continue reading

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Andre Rieu’s 2017 Maastricht Concert

  The record-breaking André Rieu’s 2017 Maastricht Concert Exclusive at Ster-Kinekor Cinemas: 21 & 22 October 2017  Violinist’s annual Maastricht Concert holds the record as number 1 event music concert of all time.   Coincides with André’ Rieu’s 30th Year … Continue reading

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It’s a knockout – King Kong

In 1959 musical theatre history in South Africa was made when King Kong, an “all African jazz opera”, opened at the Witwatersrand University Great Hall. The then young Nelson Mandela was in the opening night multi-racial audience.  The music and … Continue reading

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High art and popular music

So the 969 Festival at Wits University is underway. So named because it is 969 km from Grahamstown, the festival gives legs to some of the productions from the National Arts Festival. Gita Pather is the curator of the 969 … Continue reading

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I am so jealous of all the people at the National Arts Festival this year. Today I wish I were hearing Pendo Masote in concert. Pendo Masote is a young violinist who is making waves in classical music circles. He … Continue reading

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