Two of South Africa’s leading orchestras, the Johannesburg and KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestras, will present a rare joint concert to mark the appointment of Justice Dikgang Moseneke as Chair of the JPO board, on Wednesday and Thursday, October 26 and 27, in the Linder Auditorium in Parktown.
Justice Moseneke recently retired as the Deputy Chief Justice after having served at the Constitutional Court for 15 years. Imprisoned at the age of 15 on Robben Island, for ten years, he went on to enjoy a stellar legal career spanning more than 40 years. His new book titled ‘My Own Liberator’ was launched last week has been well received.
Mr Bongani Tembe, joint Chief Executive and Artistic Director of the JPO and the KZNPO, said: “We are delighted to announce the appointment of Justice Dikgang Moseneke as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra. The board is honoured to be led by a person of his stature and integrity, who has made an indelible mark in South Africa’s legal landscape and perhaps more importantly, has made a selfless contribution to the ideal of a better life for all South Africans.”
To mark Justice Moseneke’s appointment, the JPO and KZN Philharmonic will present a joint concert on Wednesday and Thursday, October 26 and 27, at the Linder Auditorium in Johannesburg. The concert will be conducted by Justus Frantz. Maestro Frantz has been an internationally-successful conductor and an acclaimed pianist for more than thirty years. He is currently the Music Director of the Israel Sinfonietta.
The soloist will be renowned pianist Valentina Lisitsa, who is widely considered as the first “YouTube star” of classical music, with a wide online followership in excess of 100 million viewers. In 2011, she debuted with the Orchestra Sinfonica Brasileira under the baton of Lorin Maazel, having previously played with such orchestras as the Chicago Symphony, WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne, Seoul Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony and Pittsburgh Symphony. A spectacular recital in London’s Royal Albert Hall before an audience of 8000 in June 2012 set the seal on her international breakthrough.
The highly anticipated Joint Concert will begin with Weber’s ‘Overture to Euryanthe’, followed by the enduring Rachmaninoff ‘Piano Concerto No.2’ and will end with the mighty Tchaikovsky ‘Symphony No.5’.
On both concert evenings, one lucky audience member will win a personalised signed copy of Justice Dikgang Moseneke’s newly launched book.