Thursday, 23 October 2014

Famous Conductor Coming To SA

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Sir Roger Norrington will conduct the Zurich Chamber Orchestra and SA National Youth Orchestra with clarinetist Robert Pickup as soloist on tour in January 2013.

Sir Roger Norrington, a leading light on the classical music scene for almost 50 years, will conduct the Zurich Chamber Orchestra with celebrated South African clarinetist Robert Pickup as soloist in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban, Stellenbosch and Cape Town in January 2013. In a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity selected members of the South African National Youth Orchestra will join them on their tour.

Sir Roger will conduct the opening concert of the Johannesburg International Mozart festival on Mozart’s birthday, 27 January, giving regular concertgoers an opportunity of seeing this world renowned conductor with his highly acclaimed orchestra with members of our very own National Youth Orchestra.

They then give a concert the next night in Pretoria at the Unisa ZK Mathews Hall as part of the Unisa Music Foundation Concert Series. From there Sir Roger and the orchestra will celebrate the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra’s 30th anniversary with a concert on Monday 29 January at the City Hall, Durban.

He will then fly to the Mother City to conduct a concert at the Endler Hall, Stellenbosch as part of the Endler Concert Series on Wednesday 31 January. His final appearance in the country will be at the New Apostolic Church in Silvertown, Athlone in Cape Town on Monday 1 February. Tickets will be available from Computicket.

Concert dates:

  • Sunday, 27 January 2013, Johannesburg, Linder Auditorium 
(Opening Concert of the Johannesburg International Mozart Festival 2013)
  • Monday, 28 January 2013, Pretoria, Unisa – ZK Mathews Hall (as part of the Unisa Music Foundation Concert Series)
  • Tuesday, 29 January 2013, Durban, City Hall (Celebration of the KwaZulu-Natal Philhamonic Orchestra’s 30th anniversary)
  • Thursday, 31 January 2013, Stellenbosch, Endler Hall (as part of the Endler Concert Series)
  • Friday, February 1 Cape Town concert at the New Apostolic Church, Durant Street, Silvertown, Athlone (near the Joseph Stone Auditorium in Athlone)

Zurich Chamber Orchestra
South African National Youth Orchestra
Sir Roger Norrington, Conductor
Robert Pickup, Clarinet

The programme for each concert will consist of the following:

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Divertimento D Major K.136
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra, A Major K.622 with Robert Pickup, Clarinet
  • Fabian Müller (1964) Labyrinth (2005)
  • Ludwig van Beethoven – Symphony No 5 C minor Op.67

For nearly 50 years Roger Norrington has been at the forefront of the movement for historically informed orchestral playing and is arguably one of the world’s greatest conductors. Knighted in 1997, he sang and played the violin from a young age, and began to conduct at Cambridge. He studied at the Royal College of Music under Sir Adrian Boult and at the same time founded the first of several groups for the performance of early music, the Heinrich Schütz Choir. This was followed ten years later by the London Classical Players, which achieved worldwide fame with their dramatic recordings of the 9 Beethoven Symphonies. Works by Haydn, Mozart, Berlioz, Brahms, Bruckner, and many others followed, and established Norrington as a key exponent of historical style.

The Zurich Chamber Orchestra (ZKO) was established in immediately after the Second World war and is one of the leading ensembles of its kind. Regular invitations to international festivals, performances in the major musical centres of Europe, extended concert tours through various European countries as well as the United States and China bear witness to the Zurich Chamber Orchestra’s worldwide reputation. Numerous critically acclaimed CDs document the ensemble’s artistic work.

More than 50 members of the South African National Youth Orchestra (NYO) from all over the country will be performing under the baton of Sir Roger with the ZKO.

Supported by Pro Helvetia, Protea Hotel Parktonian and the Rupert Foundation.

Author: guest