Tag Archives: Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra

Be good or stay home

The Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra Spring Concert series is well under way, but tonight was special.  The orchestra members were all in fine form under the baton of Perry So, the soloist, Alissa Margolis on violin, was superb in Mendelssohn’s Violin … Continue reading

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Megan-Geoffrey Prins wins Unisa National Piano (Classical) Competition.

  The 5th Unisa National Piano Competition is over. The classical section featured Willem de Beer playing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto no. 4 in G major in front of his home crowd with the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Maestro Eric … Continue reading

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Shaking things up a bit at the JPO

What with the JPO’s recent woes we are delighted to have another four week season of beautiful music.  Chatting with Duncan Gibbon, the Chief Executive Officer of the JPO, before the concert had him confirm that the seasons are all … Continue reading

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Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra celebrates the 2015 first season

On Thursday last week, 19 February 2015, The Double Bass, a theatrical piece, opened at the Auto and General Theatre on the Square in Sandton.  A lot of orchestra members were in the audience.  One of them whispered to me … Continue reading

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Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra to play in Azerbaijan

The third concert of the 2014 second season brought with it the announcement that a 72 member orchestra will be the orchestra for the Azerbaijan festival in August.  This is excellent news for the JPO, an orchestra which has been … Continue reading

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JPO’s Second Season 2014 gets off to a great start

The Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra’s second season started on 7 May 2014 with a fabulous concert, beautifully played. Conducted by Conrad van Alphen, the pieces were all well known, being the Rossini Overture to The Thieving Magpie, Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto, … Continue reading

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J is for JPO, an orchestra in trouble (A-Z Challenge, April 2014)

Johannesburg bills itself as a “world class African city”.  Well, it may be an African city, but it is far from world class.  Its only professional orchestra has all but died.  The latest updates about the business rescue proceedings which … Continue reading

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