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The silver lining in JPO’s clouds of woe

The financial woes of the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra are a disgrace to the city which bills itself as a ‘world class African city’. World class cities fund their world class professional orchestras. However the dark clouds gathering round the JPO … Continue reading

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Joshua Bell in concert with the Brahms concerto and the JPO

Well! Finally the date of the much anticipated Joshua Bell concert dawned and the Linder Auditorium parking lot filled up and overflowed before seven. Olives and Plates canteen was hard pressed to keep up with the orders and the atmosphere … Continue reading

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Avigail Bushakevitz, SAMRO Overseas Scholarship Award Winner at JPO concert

Avigail Bushakevitz has just this past week won the 2012 SAMRO Overseas Scholarship Competition, providing her with a hefty sum for international music studies. She is already registered as a student at the prestigious Juilliard School of Music in New … Continue reading

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Local musicians, including SAMRO winner, on JPO map

The JPO doesn’t often use local musicians, at least not often enough in my not very humble opinion, but this season sees two local artists. The first of these was Charl du Plessis – a Gershwin specialist. Du Plessis played … Continue reading

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Scandanavian gems at JPO

Women’s Day, a commemoration of the courage of South African in making their displeasure of the proposed pass laws known back in 1956, fell in the same week as a rare sprinkling of snow in Jozi. The JPO brought us … Continue reading

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A varied and interesting concert by the JPO

Martin Panteleev is an interesting conductor. Spurning the baton he moves gracefully around in an animated, almost balletic, fashion, coaxing the sound he wants out of the orchestra. The sound is pleasing, as is the visual effect. The evening began … Continue reading

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Local soloists were “lekker” (very nice, for our non-South African friends)

The fourth concert in the second season (Wednesday 30 and Thursday 31 May, 2012) was well attended. This means that the selection of music wasn’t at all challenging. Gerhard Korsten was the conductor, and the orchestra like him and play … Continue reading

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