The Summer 2020 Season runs from February 12 to March 7 with ten classical concerts that see the orchestra collaborating with leading local and international guest conductors and soloists performing masterpieces by the likes of Ravel, Mussorgsky, Beethoven, Bizet and Tchaikovsky.
Each concert is preceded by an insightful talk which goes into detail about the historic background, composition and varying motifs of the evening's performance. The free talks take place in the Space Frame Foyer at 18:45 (evening concerts) and 10:15 (Friday morning concerts). Its also well worth buying one of the insightful programmes at the entrance which give a detailed guide to the evenings symphonies and their movements. Do consider arriving early for the concerts because traffic congestion and security clearance for gaining access to the Linder Auditorium at the Wits Parktown Education Campus might take some time.
Tickets can be booked online via Computicket and cost from R150 for front row seats.
Summer Season, Valentine's Variety GalaWed Feb 12, Thu Feb 13, Fri Feb 14 at 19:30
Programme: Joaquin Rodrigo – Concierto de Aranjuez | Pietro Mascagni – Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana | Jules Massenet – “Je marche sur le chemins” from the opera Manon | Aram Khachaturian – Adagio from the ballet Spartacus | Léo Delibes – “Ou va la jeune Indoue” from the opera Lakmé | Elgar – Salut d’amour | Tchaikovsky – Fantasy Overture from the ballet Romeo and Juliette
Guest soloists: Zandile Mzazi (soprano) | Goran Krivokapic (classical guitar)
Conductor: William Eddins (USA)
The opening week of the Johannesburg Philharmonic's Summer Season of concerts presents a Valentine's themed programme of romantic favourites including the Fantasy Overture from Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliette, the Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana and Jules Massenet's Je marche sur le chemins from the opera Manon. Joining the orchestra for all three concerts are South African soprano Zandile Mzazi, Montenegran classical guitarist Goran Krivokapić and guest conductor William Eddins from the United States. A very special evening of classical music and romance.
Spring Season, week two concertsWed Feb 19, Thu Feb 20 at 19:30
Programme: Ravel – Bolero | Ravel – Piano Concerto for left hand | Mussorgsky –Pictures at an Exhibition
Guest soloist: Maxime Zecchini (piano)
Conductor: Yasuo Shinozaki (Japan)
For the second week of concerts of the Summer Season the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra and guest soloist Maxime Zecchini from France perform one of the most iconic Russian suites, Mussorgsky's sublime Pictures at an Exhibition. Complimenting Mussorgsky's masterpiece the orchestra also performs Ravel's Spanish-themed Boléro and his Piano Concerto for Left Hand.
Summer Season, week three concertsWed Feb 26, Thu Feb 27 at 19:30
Programme: Beethoven – Leonore Overture no1 | Beethoven – Triple Concerto in C major | Bizet – Symphony no1 in C major
Guest soloist: Tai Murray (violin), Aristide du Plessis (cello), Malcolm Nay (piano)
Conductor: Arjan Tien (Netherlands / Germany)
This week the orchestra plays symphonic masterpieces by titans Beethoven and Bizet under the direction of German-Dutch guest conductor Arjan Tien and joined by three impressive guest soloists; Berlin-based violinist Tai Murray, leading South African cellist Aristide du Plessis and veteran chamber pianist Malcolm Nay.
Summer Season, week four concertsWed Mar 4, Thu Mar 5, Sat Mar 7 at 19:30
Programme: Beethoven – Piano Concerto no5 in E-flat major | Tchaikovsky – Symphony no4 in F minor
Guest soloist: Jan Jiracek von Arnim (piano)
Conductor: Daniel Boico (Israel)
The brilliant Israeli-American conductor Daniel Boico, whose exuberant style has made him a firm favourite with Joburg audiences, leads the orchestra in the final week programme of the Summer Season which promises to be an uplifting and inspiring evening of Beethoven and Tchaikovsky. Ending the summer season on a high the orchestra is also joined by German pianist Jan Jiracek von Arnim, one of the world's foremost Beethoven specialists who has been described by the BBC as "one of the leading pianists of his generation".