To celebrate the New Year in elaborate Viennese fashion, the 2013 Johannesburg International Mozart Festival (JIMF) will be presenting a pre-JIMF celebration on 19 January in the Linder Auditorium at 19:30.
The Viennese New Year’s Concert will feature two of South Africa’s most promising young singers Nozuko Teto (soprano) and Siyabonga Maqungo (tenor), on stage with the South African Mzansi Ballet dancers, accompanied by the Johannesburg Festival Orchestra and conducted by Richard Cock.
Recreating the atmosphere of the concert given to celebrate the arrival of the new year every year in Vienna; music by the Strauss family, Lehar and Kreisler will be played, including the famous Blue Danube waltz, Kaiserwalzer and Radetsky March, amongst many other well-known pieces. Songs celebrating Vienna will be sung by Teto and Maqungo. These include Vienna City of my Dreams andMeine Lippen Sie Kussen so Heiss as well as the famous Drinking Song, Libiamo by Verdi, whose 200th anniversary is being celebrated this year.
Following the merger between The South African Ballet Theatre (SABT) and Mzansi Productions in July 2012, soloists from South African Mzansi Ballet (SAMB) will introduce the spirit of the theme of the 5th JIMF, namely Se Vuol Ballare – If You Would Dance.
The JIMF, an annual celebration taking place around the anniversary of Mozart’s birthday, will run for two weeks at various venues across Johannesburg. The official opening concert is on Sunday 27 January, and the Festival runs until Sunday 10 February. This concert will feature the Zurich Chamber Orchestra with the South African National Youth Orchestra, performing a Mozart clarinet concerto, conducted by the renowned Sir Roger Norrington. The full JIMF programme is available on www.joi n-mozart-festival.org.
The Johannesburg International Mozart Festival provides a unique combination of classical performances on the highest international level, with a creative approach to programming. An enterprising portfolio of education and outreach projects for children, students and audiences invites people all backgrounds and ages to join in the enjoyment and celebration of music.
Tickets for the 5th Johannesburg International Mozart Festival (JIMF) will be available from Computicket for concerts at the Linder Auditorium. Tickets for concerts at Northwards House, Villa Arcadia, St. Columba’s Church, and the Wits Art Museum can be booked by phoning the JIMF Office on (011) 447 9264; and for concerts at The Fringe at the Joburg Theatre, (011) 877 6832. For any further enquiries please contact (011) 447 9264 or visit www.join-mozart-festival.org. Join the Johannesburg International Mozart Festival page on Facebook for regular updates on Festival happenings and competitions.
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