Win 4 tickets to German orchestra

Members of the 90-strong Bundesjugendorchester (BJO)/National Youth Orchestra of Germany which is to perform in the Durban City Hall at 4pm on Friday, August 9.

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BY BILLY SUTER 

DURBAN’S KZN Philharmonic Orchestra hosts a public-holiday afternoon concert in the Durban City Hall at 4pm on Friday, August 9, featuring the 90-strong Bundesjugendorchester (BJO) / National Youth Orchestra of Germany – and good news is that a SoSuterBill follower and three friends will be there free of charge.

To win four tickets to attend the event, which marks the first concert of the German team’s countrywide tour, simply see the entry details at the end of this story.

Conductor Alexander Shelley is bringing the BJO on tour to South Africa to mark the youth orchestra’s 50th anniversary.  The concert on August 9 is being presented by the KZN Philharmonic in collaboration with MIAGI (Music is a Great Investment).

Conductor Alexander Shelley.

“We are delighted to be hosting the BJO. It is so exciting to have some of the next generation’s most promising young musicians performing in our city. It perfectly complements our extensive youth initiatives and Young Performers Project,” says  KZN Philharmonic artistic director and chief executive, Bongani Tembe.

“I urge all young aspiring musicians, as well as our loyal audiences to come and be inspired!”

This stand-alone concert takes place just before the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra (KZNPO) opens its four-concert 2019 Spring Season, which runs in the Durban City Hall every Thursday from August 22 to  September 15, each concert starting at 7.30pm.

Soloist for the August 9 concert is South African songstress Msaki – a singer, songwriter and composer from East London, known for her soulful folk. She delivers her music in raw fashion, while telling gentle stories of love, loss, home, revolution and hope.

The National Youth Orchestra of the Federal Republic of Germany (BJO) is based in Bonn and features accomplished young musicians between the ages of 14 and 19. Their repertory programme comprises classical and romantic orchestral music and new works by composers such as Hans Werner Henze and Karl Amadeus Hartmann.

They have also performed world premieres by, among others, Peter Ruzicka and Bernd Franke, and  enjoyed high-profile international showcase concerts such as sharing the stage with Sting in 2010.

The young musicians qualify for membership by auditioning in front of a jury. The orchestra works under the guidance of private teachers, including members of the Berlin Philharmonic and their respective conductor. Many former members now play in professional orchestras and have become well-known soloists.

Guest vocalist Msaki – a singer, songwriter and composer from East London,

The August 9 concert will be under the baton of Alexander Shelley, one of the most exciting conductors on the international podium today.

Born in London in October 1979, Alexander, the son of celebrated concert pianists, studied cello and conducting in Germany. In August 2017 Alexander concluded his tenure as chief conductor of the Nürnberger Symphoniker, a position he held since September 2009.

In January 2015 he assumed the role of principal associate conductor of London’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with whom he curates an annual series of concerts at Cadogan Hall. He is also music director of Ottawa’s National Arts Centre Orchestra and tours both nationally and internationally.

On the August 9 programme is Walton’s Johannesburg Festive Overture; Hendrik Hofmeyr’s Three Sangoma SongsA Symphonic Picture – a 1942 album arranged by George Gershwin’s good friend Robert Russell Bennett which includes most of the best known songs from the Gershwin opera, Porgy and Bess; and the cheery, almost pastoral Symphony No 2 by Brahms.

The tour of Das Bundesjugendorchester is supported by the Foreign Office of Government of the Federal Republic of Germany

Tickets for both the BJO concert and the KZN Philharmonic’s World Symphony Series 2019 Spring Season are available at Computicket. Call 0861 915 8000 or book online atwww.computicket.com.

For more information call (031) 369 9438 during office hours.

Note that the BJO SA tour continues as follows:

August 12: Soweto, Morris Isaacson Center for Music

August 13: Pretoria, University of Pretoria

August 14: Stellenbosch, Spier Estate

August 15: Cape Town City Hall:  opening CPO’s Aug–Sept Symphony Season

August 16: Khayelitsha

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WIN FOUR TICKETS TO SEE DAS BUNDESJUGENDORCHESTER  IN DURBAN ON AUGUST 9

To put yourself in line to win FOUR tickets to see the touring Das Bundesjugendorchester  – at the Durban City Hall at 4pm on Friday, August 9  – you simply have to be a follower of my site. At no cost.

If you are not already a follower, simply leave your email address in the space provided towards the end of the cover page of this site, sosuterbill.com

You will then be a follower, and receive email notification whenever I file a new story.

Once you have subscribed (there is no cost), send your NAME and PHONE NUMBER via email (NOT THIS SITE’S CONTACT FORM) to sosuterbill@gmail.com and place the words ‘GERMAN ORCHESTRA’  in the subject field. 

NOTE WELL: The lucky winner of the four tickets will be chosen and notified after 6pm on Sunday, August 4. (The winner was Fiona Kaplan)

NOTE: PLEASE READ ENTRY DETAILS CAREFULLY AS SOME PEOPLE ARE ENTERING COMPETITIONS INCORRECTLY.

ALSO NOTE THAT ONLY ONE ENTRY PER SUBSCRIBER WILL BE CONSIDERED.

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