The Early Spring 2019 series promises another superbly curated selection of well-loved symphonic masterpieces. Some major highlights of the programme include Smetana’s celebrated tone poem The Moldau, Ceasar Frank’s Symphony in D Minor, Samuel Barber's Adagio for Strings, Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 2 in C Minor and Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Minor.
Major guest performers and conductors taking part in the orchestra's Early Spring Season include Brazilian-Israeli conductor Debora Waldman, 21-year old Russian virtuoso pianist Daniel Kharitonov, the young Chinese violinist Susanne Hou, distinguished Russian conductor Daniel Raiskin and the brilliant Israeli-American maestro Daniel Boico as well as South Africa's 2019 Standard Bank Young Artist in Music, pianist Megan-Geoffry Prins.
Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra Early Spring Season 2019 programme
Week 1: Aug 21, 22 & 23
Brazilian-Israeli conductor Debora Waldman returns to the Joburg podium leading the orchestra in the opening programme of the season. The evening's performances include Tchaikovsky’s Capriccio Italien, Cesar Franck’s Symphony in D Minor and a brilliant guest appearance by 21-year-old Russian musical marvel, Daniel Kharitonov, who'll be playing Franz Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1.
Programme: Piano Concerto No. 1 by Franz Liszt (performed by Daniel Kharitonov), Capriccio Italien by Tchaikovsky, Symphony in D Minor by Cesar Franck.
Week 2: Aug 28 & 29
Distinguished Russian conductor Daniel Raiskin leads the orchestra in the second week of the season with performances of Samuel Barber's iconic 1936 masterpiece Adagio for Strings, Johannes Brahms’s First Symphony and German romantic composer Max Bruch’s Violin Concerto in G Minor for which the orchestra will be joined by the highly regarded young Chinese soloist Susanne Hou.
Programme: Violin Concerto in G Minor by Max Bruch (performed by Susanne Hou), Adagio for Strings by Samuel Barber, First Symphony by Johannes Brahms.
Week 3: Sep 4 & 5
Netherlands-born guest conductor Lykele Temmingh leads the orchestra in an exciting third week programme that includes works by Schubert, Rossini and Chopin. For its performance of Frédéric Chopin’s sublime 1829 Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Minor the orchestra is joined by South Africa's 2019 Standard Bank Young Artist of the Year for Music Megan-Geoffrey Prins, while other masterworks on the programme include Rossini’s L’Italiana in Algeri Overture and Franz Schubert’s Fifth Symphony.
Programme: L’Italiana in Algeri Overture by Gioachino Rossini, Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Minor by Frédéric Chopin, Fifth Symphony by Franz Schubert.
Week 4: Sep 11, 12 & 13
The final serenades of the season are led by the brilliant Israeli-American conductor Daniel Boico, whose exuberant style has always made him a favourite with Joburg audiences. The final programme of the Early Spring Season is full of popular favourites including Czech composer Bedřich Smetana’s celebrated tone poem The Moldau, Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 2 in C Minor and two masterworks performed by Canadian Cellist Gary Hoffman that reprise Gabriel Fauré’s Élégie and Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo.
Programme: The Moldau by Bedřich Smetana, Élégie by Gabriel Fauré, Variations on a Rococo and Symphony No. 2 in C Minor by Tchaikovsky.