Weekly clas­si­cal con­certs to start again

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WEEKLY clas­si­cal mu­sic con­certs fea­tur­ing the best lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional mu­si­cians, are set to be­gin again in Joburg.

Whether you like piano, the flute, or a marimba band, event or­gan­is­ers prom­ise there’ll be some­thing to please you.

“These con­certs are the first of their kind in Gaut­eng,” said mar­ket­ing man­ager Mika Ste­fano.

“They also give artists the op­por­tu­nity to per­form to an au­di­ence that re­ally en­joys this type of mu­sic.”

He said that the line-up at the Auto & Gen­eral The­atre at Nelson Man­dela Square in Sand­ton changed ev­ery Fri­day.

Over the next few months, con­cert-go­ers will be en­ter­tained by the likes of violinist Miro Chakaryan, pi­anist Mal­colm Nay and cel­list Su­san Mou­ton.

There will also be sev­eral col­lab­o­ra­tions such as the marimba and flute duo of Magda de Vries and Malane Hofmeyr-Burger.

Age is also not a fac­tor at the con­certs as 12-year-old pi­anist Iman Bul­bu­lia is also ex­pected to take to the stage later this year.

In­ter­na­tional artists are also ex­pected to per­form, in­clud­ing vi­o­lin­ists Jac­que­line Martens from Lon­don and Eti­enne Malan from Ger­many.

The hour-long clas­si­cal con­certs have been an on­go­ing event for the past 10 years, but Ste­fano said this year’s con­certs would be big­ger and bet­ter than ever.

“This year we fea­ture pop­u­lar artists such as the Joburg Phil­har­monic Orches­tra and a host of in­ter­na­tional artists.”

He added that the fact that the con­certs took place dur­ing the day was an­other draw­card.

“Any­one can pop in dur­ing their lunch hour and un­wind be­fore the week­end starts.

“Peo­ple re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate the mu­sic and those who at­tend are mostly older peo­ple and mu­si­cal stud­ies stu­dents.”

Ste­fano said clas­si­cal mu­sic had an im­por­tant place in so­ci­ety, and he be­lieved the world would be a dull place with­out it.

The con­certs take place ev­ery Fri­day at 1pm.

Tick­ets are avail­able at the box of­fice for R50, which also in­cludes cof­fee and bis­cuits.

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