The Winter 2019 series promises another superbly curated selection of well-loved masterpieces such as Vivaldi's Four Seasons and Mozart's Marriage of Figaro, as well as an impressive selection of less familiar masterworks. Major guest performers and conductors taking part in the orchestra's winter season this year include Japanese conductor Yasuo Shinozaki, young Venezuelan virtuoso pianist Edith Peña and the young Munich-based Korean violinist Ye-Eun Choi.
The Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra Winter Season 2019 programme:
May 22, 23 & 24
Conducted by Yasuo Shinokazi from Japan, the first week of concerts is an enticing mix of masterworks including Franz Joseph Haydn’s enchanting ‘Surprise Symphony’, the second of his twelve great ‘London Symphonies’ written for the British capital in the 1790s and Camille Saint-Saëns enchanting Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Minor played by Venezuelan pianist Edith Peña.
Programme: Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Minor by Camille Saint-Saëns (performed by Edith Peña); Haydn Symphony no. 94 in G Major, Robert Schumann’s Symphony No. 4 in D Minor.
Again conducted by Shinozaki the evening opens with the atmospherically charged Overture to Carl Maria von Weber’s ground-breaking German opera, Der Freischütz; followed by the orchestra's debut performance of Elgar’s Cello Concerto played by the award-winning new-generation Russian soloist, Alexander Ramm.
Programme: Carl Maria von Weber Der Freischütz Overture, Elgar Cello Concerto, Sibelius Symphony No. 1 in E Minor.
June 5 & 6
The popular Netherlands-born conductor Arjan Tien joins the orchestra for the third week of the winter season with a programme featuring Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro Overture and his Piano Concerto No. 23 in A Major played by the celebrated young British-born Nigerian pianist Sodi Braide, and Mendelssohn’s hugely popular Scottish Symphony following after intermission.
Programme: Mozart Le Nozze di Figaro Overture and Piano Concerto No. 23 in A Major, Mendelssohn Symphony no.3 in a minor, Op.56, Scottish
June 12 & 13
For the final concerts of the season two rising stars of the international concert scene make their debut – the American conductor Robert Moody and the young Munich-based Korean violinist Ye-Eun Choi. The evening opens with a highlight of the Italian high baroque period - Vivaldi’s much-loved The Four Seasons and concludes with Johannes Brahms’ lovely Third Symphony, written in Wiesbaden during the summer of 1883.
Programme: Vivaldi Four Seasons Op.8, Brahms Symphony no. 3 in F minor.