The music project at St. Matthew’s School in Soweto came to Design Quarter's attention as the school was planning to shut the project down, due to lack of funds. St. Matthew’s is a Catholic School in Soweto, that caters to Grade 1 – Grade 12 learners. They have a proven track record of producing good Matric results, with exceptional performance on STEM subjects.
As the main driver for this and previous fundraisers, Nkuli Bogopa offered to assist the school to raise funds in order to ensure the sustainability of the music project, which is an orchestra made up of children from Grade 2 – Grade 12. This is the only opportunity available to the children from this underprivileged township with excessive levels of unemployment to participate in any form of extra-mural activities. The project relies on sponsorships in order to continue to provide the various music instruments required to the children, as well as to pay the tutors that teach the children how to read and play music.
Music is crucial in childhood development and more so, learning to play music instruments. This project ensures that the children are occupied and engaged in a constructive way, which helps to prevent them from falling prey to drugs, alcohol abuse, teenage pregnancy, etc.
This music project is close to her heart because music is not just about auditory sense, but it also has the following positive benefits:
The music project performed at the Houghton Golf course in 2018, where they raised approximately R100 000 worth of sponsorship to assist with the sustainability of the project.
The music project, together with members of the JPO, performed at Design Quarter in Fourways on Saturday, 12 December 2020 to great enjoyment of restaurant patrons and shoppers that came to view the Market on Main Festive Pop-up and array of stores available within the centre.
St. Matthews School is again raising much needed funds for the music project to continue their good work into 2021.
Any donations can be made to the following details:
Account name: Thabang ka Mmino Music Project
Account number: 62054247426
Branch code: 254205
Reference: TKM + Your Name
For more information about St. Matthews School and the Thabang ka Mmino Music Project, visit www.cso.za.org.
The Virtual Spring Symphony Season comprises a four-week programme, filled with exciting repertoire. Performances were recorded at The Linder Auditorium in Johannesburg, whilst observing strict COVID regulations.
Although there was no live audience, the musicians performed with the audience in mind – donning their typical concert wear! Their passion to make the performances as immersive and entertaining as possible can be seen, and the energy and enthusiasm of the orchestra is palpable. The JPO Virtual Spring Symphony Season was designed to reflect the vibrancy and creativity of our artists.
“Despite the current challenges, we are strongly committed to finding new and exciting ways to continue to deliver good music and to keep us all connected in the process. While we know that the live concert experience can never be replaced by virtual concerts, we are pleased that you will still be able to enjoy great music in the comfort of your home,” said Bongani Tembe, Chief Executive and Artistic Director of the JPO.
The Season opens on Wednesday, 11 November 2020, streaming online from 19:30, and will be available to music lovers for 48 hours thereafter.
A concert will be streamed every Wednesday evening from 19:30 for the following three weeks, with each concert being available for a 48 hour period.
Tickets are available online at R250 (including VAT) per concert and can be purchased online or through all Computicket outlets. Patrons can enjoy a 25% discount on Season Ticket purchases when purchasing tickets for all four concerts.
Once you have purchased your ticket online, an access code/link will be sent to you each week to view the concert at your leisure.
For more information about the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra, visit jpo.co.za.
You can contact them on 082 860 0595 or 083 266 2367, or [email protected].
If you haven't gotten around to seeing Disney's 2019 live action re-make of The Lion King, here is your chance. Kick off the December holidays with a screening of The Lion King live at Sun Arena Time Square in Pretoria. Accompanied by the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra, this will be a movie experience unlike any other you have had before. As the action unfolds on the big screen, audiences will be swept up in a symphony of sound. The Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra will perform composer Hans Zimmer’s original motion picture soundtrack, which also features South African legend Lebo M.
"I have always loved The Lion King, from the first moment I saw the original movie and when I took my family to the new 2019 version I was captivated all over again. Needless to say when I got the call to conduct Disney’s The Lion King Live in Concert - I couldn’t believe it! The whole concept of watching the movie with a live 84 piece symphony orchestra is simply a dream come true and to be conducting Hans Zimmer’s score is both an honour and privilege. I am also incredibly excited to be working with the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra again. As the premier orchestra in South Africa, I know that this wonderful orchestra is going to bring Walt Disney’s story, quite literally, to life."
The monumental 84 piece orchestra comprises 50 string players, 11 woodwinds, 13 brass, 1 harp, 6 percussion, 1 guitarist, 1 electric bass and a keyboard! Established in 2000, the JPO includes some of the best South African and international instrumentalists, receiving frequent global acclaim. They have also been chosen as the orchestra of choice for State functions in Gauteng. Having achieved multiple accolades, they are certain to deliver a flawless reproduction of the great Oscar and GRAMMY winning composer Hans Zimmer’s original motion picture soundtrack from the all-new 2019 film.
So be prepared... to let the soaring orchestral sounds transport you into Simba’s playful world with all its adventure, love and loyalty, as well as the jealousy, threats and danger of their wicked and wily foes. The Lion King Live in concert is the perfect family-fun activity for the holidays. So, bring the kids along and Hakuna Matata!
Tuesday, 10 December 2019 - Thursday, 12 December 2019.
Sun Arena Time Square, 209 Aramist Ave, Waterkloof Glen, Pretoria.
Tickets cost R200 -R595 per person. Get yours on Computicket.
**Tickets go on sale as of Tuesday, 27 August 2019.
Visit the JPO's website for more information and updates on the event - jpo.co.za
Contact them on 27 11 484 0446 or via email at [email protected]
Classical music lovers, the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra have a real treat in store for you. This spring, they will be performing a series of concerts at the Linder Auditorium in Parktown. The World Symphony Series Spring Season 2019 features a number of talented musicians, both from South Africa and abroad.
The 2019 season is presented as part of the famed World Symphony Series, which was launched in Durban 23 years ago and introduced to JPO audiences in 2017. This season will span over a month of concerts. Each week, one of four programmes will be performed.
The first programme of the Spring Season Series features Wolfram Christ, long-time first Principal Viola with the Berlin Philharmonic, Principal Viola of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra and Professor at Hochschule für Musik Freiburg, who has become highly regarded as a conductor epitomising sincerity and musical integrity. Performances will be lead by the talented soloists, Linda Nteleza (soprano) and Njabulo Mthimkhulu (baritone), along with music by the Joburg and KZN Philharmonic Orchestras.
Concert 2 of the programme is a must-see for piano enthusiasts. Join Conductor Daniel Boico and piano soloist, Dmitry Shishkin, who'll take you through a beautiful programme that'll certainly delight your ears. Described by critics as “Dynamic, vigorous, exciting and imaginative – an undisputed star who combines magnetic charisma with a skilled technique,” conductor Daniel Boico is Music Director and Chief Conductor Designate of the MAV Budapest Symphony Orchestra, beginning with the 2019-2020 season, as well as Associate Guest Conductor of the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra, Durban, South Africa.
From a very young age, Dmitry Shishkin won many prizes at competitions, received awards, and scholarships, both in Russia and abroad. He is a prize-winner of renowned competitions, such as Busoni in Bolzano (3rd Prize in 2013), Rio de Janeiro (2nd Prize in 2014), Chopin in Warsaw (6th Prize in 2015) and Queen Elisabeth in Brussels (Finalist). He is also 1st Prize winner of the Top of the World Competition in Tromsø (2017). In 2014, he became an artist of the “KNS” label, where he recorded his first CD – ‘Absolute Chopin’ (2017), which was best seller on iTunes.
The third concert series of the season presents Conductor Roderick Cox and piano soloist, Antonio Chen Guang for two nights only.
Roderick Cox was named the Minnesota Orchestra’s Associate Conductor in September 2016, following a year in which he served as the ensemble’s Assistant Conductor. Before arriving in Minnesota, he served for two years as Assistant Conductor of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra and Music Director of the Alabama Symphony Youth Orchestra.
Winner of the First Olga Kern International Piano Competition on November 2016, the Scriabin Prize and the Rome Prize together with numerous other internationally renowned competitions, the twenty-three-year-old pianist Antonio Chen Guang combines his extraordinary technical capacity with a profound and mature musical sensibility and an exceptional on-stage charisma.
The final concert for the Spring Season 2019 will see Conductor Conrad van Alphen and trumpet soloist, Matilda Lloyd.
As a guest conductor, Conrad works with some of the world’s most respected orchestras, such as the Montreal and Svetlanov Symphony Orchestras, the Brussels, Bogota and Moscow Philharmonics, the Bochumer Symphoniker as well as the Symphony Orchestra of the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona.
Matilda is currently studying with Håkan Hardenberger on a Diploma course in Malmö, Sweden. In June 2019, she graduated with a DIPRAM Master’s Degree from the Royal Academy of Music, London, having graduated with a First Class degree in Music from Trinity College, Cambridge University in June 2017. Alongside her studies, Matilda has received tuition from world-class trumpet soloists in masterclasses with Reinhold Friedrich, Éric Aubier, Jeroen Berwaerts and Wim van Hasselt.
The Spring Season runs from Wednesday, 23 October 2019 - Friday, 15 November 2019.
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Linder Auditorium, 27 St Andrews Road, Parktown, Johannesburg.
Tickets cost between R150 - R345 per person. Get yours online via the Computicket website.
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World Refugee Day is on Thursday, 20 June 2019. In honour of this day, the Turquoise Harmony Institute (THI) and other partner institutions such as the Nelson Mandela Foundation, will be hosting at concert. This Concert for Refugees is dedicated to the strength and courage of refugees. In addition, the organisers hope to encourage public awareness and support of the refugees through this celebration. So, come out in support of people who have had to flee their home lands because of conflict or natural disaster.
Yvonne Chaka Chaka
Gcina Mhlope (MC)
Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra
Friday, 21 June 2019 at 18:30.
Linder Auditorium, 27 St Andrews Rd, Parktown, Johannesburg.
Tickets cost R200 per person and can be purchased on Webtickets.
For more information, visit A Concert for Refugees Facebook page.
The Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra invites you to attend their 2019 Winter Season showcase at the Linder Auditorium. This season aims to celebrate a world symphony series, and will feature the likes of pianist Edith Peña, cellist Alexander Ramm, pianist Sodi Braide and violinist Ye-Eun Choi. These international stars bring you a series of concerts between May and June. They will perform some of the most well known and beloved concerto's alongside the JPO. Become a JPO subscriber to secure your tickets, find out about concert events and receive discounts.
The acclaimed Japanese conductor, Yasuo Shinozaki, takes the podium for the opening two concert programmes of the season. The first of these, to be performed on 22, 23 and 24 May 2019, features an enticing mix of masterworks including Franz Joseph Haydn’s enchanting ‘Surprise Symphony’, the second of his 12 great ‘London Symphonies’ written for the British capital in the 1790’s; the dazzling Piano Concerto No. 2 in g minor by Camille Saint-Saëns (performed by the young Venezuelan virtuoso, Edith Peña); and Robert Schumann’s stirring Symphony No. 4 in d minor to conclude the evening’s fare.
In his second programme, to be heard on 29 and 30 May 2019, Shinozaki opens with the atmospherically charged Overture to Carl Maria von Weber’s ground-breaking German opera, Der Freischütz; followed by an important JPO debut performance of Elgar’s Cello Concerto from the noted new-generation soloist, Alexander Ramm. Sibelius’ thrilling Symphony No. 1 in e minor rounds off the programme.
The popular Netherlands-born conductor, Arjan Tien, makes a welcome return for the third programme of the season on 05 and 06 June 2019 with a programme featuring Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro Overture and his Piano Concerto No. 23 in A Major (played by Sodi Braide, the noted young British-born pianist of Nigerian parentage) in the first half of the evening and Mendelssohn’s hugely popular Scottish Symphony following after intermission.
The JPO’s 2019 World Symphony Series Winter Season climaxes with works of widely divergent vintages and character, offering a highly distinctive debut platform for two rising stars of the international concert scene – 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 “The Four Seasons” and concludes with Johannes Brahms’ lovely Third Symphony, written in Wiesbaden during the summer of 1883.
Concert 1: Wednesday, 22 May; Thursday, 23 May and Friday, 24 May 2019 at 19:30.
Concert 2: Wednesday, 29 May & Thursday, 30 May 2019 at 19:30.
Concert 3: Wednesday, 05 June & Thursday, 06 June 2019 at 19:30.
Concert 4: Wednesday, 12 June & Thursday, 13 June 2019 at 19:30.
Wits Linder Auditorium, 27 St Andrews Road, Parktown, Johannesburg.
Tickets cost between R150 - R345 per person.
Visit Computicket to view ticket prices and booking details.
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The fifth annual edition of the MTN Business Opera Jewels concert will be taking place at WITS University for one night only this April. This star-studded event will feature American tenor Lawrence Brownlee, supported by mezzo soprano Bongiwe Nakani and soprano Palesa Malieloa, as well as the TUT Vocal Art Chorus. The performance will be conducted by the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra's Kutlwano Masote, who will guide the vocalists through a series of eclectic opera favourites and lesser knows gems through the ages.
Opera lovers, don't miss out on this one night only performance by the best of the best in South African classical music.
Saturday, 4 April 2020 from 19:30-22:30
The Great Hall at WITS University (East Campus), 1 Jan Smuts Avenue, Braamfontein, Johannesburg.
Tickets are priced between R250 - R400 per person. Click here to purchase tickets.
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The Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra have announced their super exiting Summer Season lineup for 2020. Featuring a number of local and international musicians, this series of four concerts is a definite must-attend. Running at the Linder Auditorium from 12 February 2020 to 7 March 2020, shows take place consecutively each week. Whether you attend one concert or all, the JPO Summer Season is sure to change your perspective on classical music.
"We are proud to showcase our 2020 World Symphony Series this Summer Season with a spectacular lineup of international talent and leading South African soloists, who will join us in taking the experience of concert going in the City of Johannesburg ever onwards and upwards," says JPO Artistic Director and Chief Executive, Bongani Tembe.
The JPO Summer Season launches itself with a special Valentine's Variety Gala programme. American conductor, William Eddins shares the spotlight with two guest soloists, the Montenegrin guitarist, Goran Krivokapić, and the gifted young South African soprano, Zandile Mzazi. This trio will join the orchestra in performing a richly curated programme of concert bon-bons by Berlioz, Rodrigo, Mascagni, Massenet, Khachaturian, Verdi, Lehar and Tchaikovsky. This concert takes place on Wednesday, 12 February 2020; Thursday, 13 February 2020 and Friday, 14 February 2020.
Japanese maestro, Yasuo Shinozaki returns to the JPO podium, putting his players through their paces in three concert staples of widely different character: Ravel’s hugely popular Bolero; and his fiercely taxing Left Hand Piano Concerto (soloist the prize-winning French pianist, Maxime Zecchini); concluding with a show-stopping outing for Mussorgsky’s masterly Pictures at an Exhibition. This concert takes place on Wednesday, 19 February 2020 and Thursday, 20 February 2020.
Netherlands born conductor, Arjan Tien, salutes the 250th Beethoven anniversary year with performances of two Beethoven favourites: the Leonore Overture No 1 and the Triple Concerto, played by pianist, Malcolm Nay, violinist Tai Murray and cellist, Aristide du Plessis. The evening closes with Bizet’s delightful Symphony in C.
This concert takes place on Wednesday, 26 February 2020 and Thursday, 27 February 2020.
Dynamic Israeli-American conductor, Daniel Boico takes the helm for the JPO Summer Season's final concerts. With a two-piece programme featuring Beethoven's Emperor Concerto, soloist Jan Jiracek von Arnim, and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No 4.
The final concerts for the JPO 2020 summer season takes place on Wednesday, 04 March 2020, Thursday, 05 March 2020 and Saturday, 07 March 2020.
Wednesday, 12 February 2020 - Saturday, 07 March 2020. Shows begin at 19:30.
The Linder Auditorium, WITS Education Campus, 27 St Andrews Rd, Parktown, Johannesburg.
Tickets are priced from R150 - R345 per show. Book yours online via Computicket.
Visit the JPO website for more information.
Details: +27 11 484 0446 | [email protected]