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JPO concert crisis averted


Two concerts by legendary international violinist and now conductor, Pinchas Zukerman, and his wife, the pre-eminent South African born Canadian cellist Amanda Forsyth accompanied by the Johannesburg Symphony Orchestra (JPO), scheduled for the Linder Auditorium later this month were placed in jeopardy as funds allocated to the JPO were not forthcoming.

Photo credit: Credit Tony Hauser

The University of Stellenbosch Symphony Orchestra (USSO) is performing with the Zukerman/Forsyth duo in Cape Town on 22 August and in Stellenbosch on 23 August. Members of this orchestra rallied around the JPO to the save the Linder concert dates by lending their kindness and support by playing in collaboration with twenty-two members of the JPO. The remarkable camaraderie and empathy shown by the USSO means that the concerts on the 27th August and 28th August at the Linder Auditorium will go ahead as planned. All proceeds of these two concerts will go to the JPO as a gesture of support for the orchestra and its members.

Cape Town based promoter, Charl van Heyningen of Charl van Heyningen Enterprises says he is humbled by the classical music fraternity who unselfishly came together not only to save the two concerts but to show their unwavering support of the JPO.

Commencing at 8pm on both concert dates, the duo will perform Beethoven’s Overture to Egmont Opus 84, followed by Malcolm Forsyth’s Electra Rising for cello and orchestra. Whilst Mr Zukerman will conduct Electra Rising and the Beethoven Overture, he will also appear as soloist in the Bruch violin concerto under the baton of USSO resident music director, Corvin Matei. Tickets are on sale at Computicket.

Born in Tel Aviv in 1948, Pinchas Zukerman settled in America in 1962 where he studied at The Juilliard School with Ivan Galamian. He has been awarded the Medal of Arts, the Isaac Stern Award for Artistic Excellence and was appointed as the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative's first instrumentalist mentor in the music discipline. Pinchas Zukerman's extensive discography contains over 100 titles, and has earned him 21 GRAMMY Award nominations and two awards. Mr Zukerman’s international acclaim of several decades also extends to the conductor’s podium. Playing an instrument or conducting, critics and music-lovers the world over rave at the musical prowess of this humble artist.

Zukerman and Forsyth begin their SA concert tour in the Cape where they will perform three concerts commencing on 19 August at Stellenbosch University’s Endler Hall at 8pm. Then on 22 and 23 August at 8pm the duo will perform in the Cape Town City Hall and the Endler Hall in Stellenbosch respectively. After the Linder concerts, the husband and wife duo, joined by pianist Angela Cheng will be in recital at the ZK Matthews Great Hall, Unisa, Pretoria for one concert only on Sunday, 31 August at 4pm.

Thanks to the efforts of the USSO and friends of the JPO, Johannesburg audiences will have the opportunity to experience the musical genius of Pinchas Zukerman together with Amanda Forsyth. To avoid disappointment, book now at Computicket. Ticket prices range from tickets range from R500 to R750. Tickets are available at R350 for pensioners and students. Further information can be obtained at www.computicket.com.


Endler Hall
Tuesday, 19 August at 8pm and Saturday, 23 August at 8pm
Ticket prices: R350 (pensioners) to R450 inclusive

Cape Town City Hall on Friday, 22 August 2014.
Ticket prices: R350 (pensioners) to R450 inclusive

Wednesday, 27 August and Thursday, 28 August at 8pm
Linder Auditorium, Parktown
Ticket prices:
Platinum (Stalls A – L , Balcony rows Az – Dz)………………………R750-00*
Gold ( Stalls rows M – P, Balcony rows Ez – Gz)……………………R600-00*
Silver ( West Mezz & East Mezz rows AA – QQ)………………… …R500-00*
Pensioners/Students (West/East Mezz only)…………………… ….R350-00*
*Inclusive of VAT & any commissions payable

Sunday, 31 August at 4pm
ZK Matthews Great Hall,
Theo van Wijk Building,
Unisa, Pretoria
Ticket prices: R350 (pensioners) to R450 inclusive

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