The Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra (JPO) has announced two symphony concerts which will take place at the Linder Auditorium in Parktown that should have fans of classical music breathless with anticipation. The concerts are scheduled for 8pm on Wednesday and Thursday, June 22 and 23.
The concerts will be conducted by Dutch maestro, Arjan Tien (pictured), and featuring acclaimed violinist, Rachel Lee Priday. The repertoire includes Paganini’s ‘Violin Concerto No. 1’, whose performance will be the first ever by the JPO. The concert will begin with Mozart’s delightful overture to the ‘Marriage of Figaro’ and end with the ever-popular Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9, ‘From the New World’.
Priday, acclaimed for her beauty of tone, riveting stage presence, and “irresistible panache” (Chicago Tribune), has appeared as soloist with major international orchestras, including the Chicago, St. Louis, Houston, and Seattle Symphony Orchestras; the Boston Pops, and the Berlin Staatskapelle. Critics have praised her “dazzling, forceful technique,” “rich, mellifluous sound,” and “silvery fluidity.” Her wide-ranging repertoire and eclectic programming reflect a deep fascination with literary and cultural narratives, as an artist who seeks contemporary resonances with the masterworks of the past. Priday has been profiled in The New Yorker, The Los Angeles Times, Family Circle Magazine, and The Strad Magazine. Her television credits include appearances on the Disney Channel, ‘Fiddling for the Future’ and ‘American Masters’ on PBS, and the 2000 Grammy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles.
A regular guest conductor on four different continents with internationally established orchestras, Arjan Tien has been recognised as one of the most versatile conductors of his generation.
The symphony orchestras the maestro is regularly invited to work with include the WDR Rundfunk Orchester (Germany); most major Dutch symphony orchestras, such as the Netherlands Symphony, the Arnhem Philharmonic, the South Netherlands Philharmonic, the Metropole orchestra, the Hague Philharmonic (Residence) and the North Netherlands Philharmonic; the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra and the Antalya Orchestra in Turkey; as well as the Orchestre Symphonique Bienne (Switzerland). Tien has also been a regular guest conductor of the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra for the past 16 years.
“We are thrilled to present what I am sure will be great symphony concerts. I am particularly pleased that the JPO continues to attract extremely high-level soloists and guest conductors. This is exactly what the Johannesburg music loving public deserves and we look forward to their continued support,” says Bongani Tembe, the Chief Executive and Artistic Director of the JPO said
* Tickets are available through Computicket outlets and the prices range from R120 to R330.
The Linder Auditorium is situated on 27 Saint Andrews Road, Parktown.