Mozart’s magic re­turns

FES­TI­VAL IN JOBURG: FO­CUS IS ON FAM­ILY AND UNITY THIS YEAR

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Clas­sic pop, town­ship kwela, gospel and afro-pop by Soweto String En­sem­ble.

The 2020 Jo­han­nes­burg In­ter­na­tional Mozart Fes­ti­val is gearing up for a num­ber of per­for­mances that are per­fect for a fam­ily day out! No mat­ter the gen­er­a­tion, in­dulging in and learn­ing more about clas­si­cal mu­sic is a spe­cial ex­pe­ri­ence for every­one, and his year’s fes­ti­val has a num­ber of events crafted for fam­ily fun.

“This year’s fes­ti­val is geared for fam­ily en­ter­tain­ment with a lit­tle some­thing to keep ev­ery mem­ber of the fam­ily en­gaged in lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional bridge-build­ing un­der the aus­pices of the fes­ti­val

“The theme of unity is cen­tral to the ideas fol­lowed this year, which is par­tic­u­larly apt for South Africa, es­pe­cially con­sid­er­ing the re­cent win at the rugby world cup: stronger to­gether!” says artis­tic di­rec­tor Flo­rian Uh­lig.

Hav­ing trans­lated some of Mozart’s in­spir­ing char­ac­ter­is­tics into the 21st cen­tury, this year the fes­ti­val is shaped around cel­e­brat­ing the birth of Beethoven – who was in­trin­si­cally in­spired by Mozart – 250 years ago.

As such, the theme for the fes­ti­val this year is based on Beethoven’s quote “Alle men­schen wer­den brüder” which means “all peo­ple be­come broth­ers”.

This theme of unity has a spe­cial res­o­nance for South African fam­i­lies who will be able to par­tic­i­pate in a di­verse pro­gramme of con­certs and cul­tural events over

10 days.

Uh­lig ex­plains: “The di­ver­sity of the fes­ti­val places great em­pha­sis on in­ter­dis­ci­pli­nary ap­proaches, pro­vid­ing in­no­va­tive in­ter­sec­tions be­tween “clas­si­cal” reper­toires, new mu­sic, im­pro­vi­sa­tion, film, dance, theatre and con­tem­po­rary South African art.”

While the full fes­ti­val pro­gramme is avail­able on join-mozart-fes­ti­val.org, the fol­low­ing per­for­mances are ideally suited to de­liver a great en­ter­tain­ment for the whole fam­ily:

Cham­ber or­ches­tra con­cert

Tak­ing place on 25 Jan­uary at the Holy Trin­ity Catholic Church at 4pm, this con­cert fea­tures mu­sic from three con­ti­nents and de­liv­ers the works of Ge­org Philipp Tele­mann (1681-1767); Grillen Sym­phonie; Al­berto Ne­po­mu­ceno (1864-1920); Ser­e­nata Para orques­tra de cor­das; Cláu­dio San­toro (1919-1989); Pon­teio; An­tônio Carlos Gomes (1836Mzwand­ile 1896); O Bur­rico de Pau; Heitor Villa-Lo­bos (1887-1959); Bachi­anas Brasileira­s No.4; César Guerra-Peixe (1914-1994); and Mourã; Wolf­gang Amadeus Mozart (17561791); Eine Kleine Nacht­musik K525 First Move­ment – Al­le­gro; and Lud­wig van Beethoven’s (1770-1827) Ro­mance in F Ma­jor Op.50 No.2.

There will be a per­for­mance by Twala on vi­o­lin along with clas­sic pop songs, town­ship kwela, gospel and afro-pop per­formed by the Buskaid Soweto String En­sem­ble with vo­cals by Ce­celia Manyama, Tumi Mapholo, Mathapelo Mata­bane, and Tshe­go­fatso Mata­bane.

Buskaid is an or­gan­i­sa­tion pro­vides an op­por­tu­nity for chil­dren from poor back­grounds to learn clas­si­cal stringed in­stru­ments to the high­est pos­si­ble stan­dard.

The chil­dren in the pro­gramme have formed their own pro­fes­sional or­ches­tra with a unique repertoire and play­ing style. – Cit­i­zen re­porter

Flo­rian Uh­lig. Pic­tures: Marco Borggreve

Re­nan Koen

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