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January is Mozart’s birthday and what could be more fitting than the annual Johannesburg International Mozart Festival (JIMF) to celebrate this occasion?
The theme this year is Se Vuol Ballare - If You Would Dance after the eponymous famous aria from Mozart’s opera, The Marriage of Figaro.
In its 5th year now, this Festival officially opens on 27 January 2013 (Mozart’s birthday) and runs until 10 February, but this year organisers have added a pre-concert on 19 January – The Vienna New Year’s Concert. This concert ties in with the ‘dance theme’ featuring the SA Mzansi Ballet Dancers, Nozuko Teto (soprano), Siyabonga Maqungo (tenor), the Johannesburg Festival Orchestra and Richard Cock as the conductor.
The opening concert for the JIMF on 27 January 2013 will feature the Zurich Chamber Orchestra with the South African National Youth Orchestra, performing the Mozart Clarinet Concerto, conducted by the renowned Sir Roger Norrington.
On 21 January, there will be a Children’s concert in Pimville, Soweto; as part of the outreach programme, and on 4 February, an educational concert will be held in Alexandra Township.
On 2 February, the Johannesburg Festival Orchestra will explore the 2013 JIMF dance theme with a performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7, described by Wagner as the “apotheosis of the dance”. This performance will also feature Bongani Ndodana-Breen, 2013 JIMF Composer-in-Residence.
Other recitals will include Cornelia Herrmann on piano on 28 January, famous French pianist Eric Le Sage on 6 February and a song recital of Brahms’s Liebeslieder Waltzes all at Northwards House.
Programme highlights also include a concert, with the screening of a film about composer Morten Lauridsen, with conductor Nicol Matt and about 60 singers, on 29 January at St Columba's Church. There will also be concerts by Buskaid Soweto String Ensemble, as well as the Chanticleer Singers.
On 1 February there is a Chamber Music Concert with James Grace on the guitar and the works are inspired by dance and in particular the Spanish dance form of Flamenco.
The Festival will once again include a Masterclass at the University of Johannesburg on 31 January; as well as a Sound Choreography Project in collaboration with the Goethe Institute at King Kong, on 10 February.
The popular Orchestra from Scratch will happen on 3 February. For this event, the public not only participate as listeners, but actually perform themselves, therefore supporting the JIMF’s commitment to bringing classical music to as wide an audience as possible.
The Johannesburg International Mozart Festival provides a unique combination of classical performances on the highest international level with a keenly intelligent and creative approach to programming, and an enterprising portfolio of all-encompassing education and outreach projects for children, students and audiences of all corners of society. It is the Festival’s ambition and desire to invite people of all backgrounds and ages to join in and be united in the enjoyment and celebration of music.
Full details of the programme are available on www.join-mozart-festival.org
Tickets for the 5th Johannesburg International Mozart Festival (JIMF) will be available from Computicket for the Linder Auditorium, Northwards House and Villa Arcadia concerts phone 011 447 9264, The Fringe book at Joburg Theatre 011 877 6832. Please contact 011 447 9264 for more information and visit www.join-mozart-festival.org Join the Johannesburg International Mozart Festival page on Facebook for regular updates on Festival happenings and competitions.
About the JIMF: Originally organized in 2006 in commemoration of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s 250th birthday anniversary, the Johannesburg International Mozart Festival has developed into a highly successful and well-loved annual classical music event, with popular conductor Richard Cock at the helm as Music Director, together with concert pianist Florian Uhlig as Artistic Director.
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Johannesburg International Mozart Festival
Dates: Saturday, 25th January 2014 - Sunday, 9th February 2014
Linder Auditorium, 27 St Andrews Road Parktown Johannesburg Gauteng South Africa