Weekly classical concerts to start again
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.