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Choral spectacular not to be missed!

The Rand Symphony Orchestra and Jeppe High School for Girls present Sir Karl Jenkins’ fabulous ‘Stabat Mater’ in a choral spectacular that is not to be missed!

On Sunday 29 October 2023, at 15:30 at the Linder Auditorium, the Rand Symphony Orchestra will join the Drakensberg Old Boys’ Choir and Voces Libres Chamber Choir in support of the Jeppe High School for Girls’ Choir, Orchestra and Music Staff.  Carel Henn, the conductor of the Rand Symphony Orchestra takes the reins in this mass orchestra and choir production and Megan Napier as the vocal soloist.

Stabat Mater is a 2008 composition for choir and orchestra by Karl Jenkins, based on the 13th-century prayer Stabat Mater. Like much of Jenkins’ earlier work, the work incorporates both traditional Western music (orchestra and choir) with ethnic instruments and vocals, this time focusing on the Middle East.

The concert will open with Elgar’s well-loved Nimrod from the Enigma Variations conducted by guest conductor Andrew Pallet from Jeppe Girls’ High School.

Tickets are available from Quicket or at the venue (on the day).
However, it is advisable to book well in advance for this event.

Click here to book at Quicket.

Details of the event are as follows:
Date: Sunday 29 October 2023
Time:15:30 (Doors open at 15:00)
Venue: Linder Auditorium, Wits Education Campus

The cafeteria will be open from 13:00
Duration of the performance: 90 minutes

This concert is presented with the support of:

 

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Rising Stars Youth Concert 2023

After a successful March concert we return to Trinityhouse in a few weeks’ time for our Rising Stars Youth Concert.  This annual event is a proud tradition of the Rand Symphony Orchestra and a firm favourite among our audience members.

Under the baton of Carel Henn we showcase 10 young soloists who will impress you with their talent and musicality.  The piano, violin, cello, and flute will be represented (the “usual suspects”), but this year we also feature the bassoon, xylophone and voice.

We invite you to enjoy an afternoon of wonderful, varied music with the Rand Symphony Orchestra in a casual atmosphere and support our young upcoming soloists, our Rising Stars.

Information

  • Date: Sunday, 11 June 2023
  • Time: 15h00
  • Tickets:
    • Adults: R180
    • Pensioners:R160
    • Students/Scholars: R120
    • Children under 12: free

Online bookings are encouraged and can be made via Quicket. Click here to book .

Limited tickets will also be available at the door on the day. We are now able to accept credit card payments.

  • Venue:

Trinityhouse Randpark Ridge, 23 Knoppiesdoring Street, Randpark Ridge

 

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Dvořák and Brahms

It is a new year, and how time has flown!  The orchestra started rehearsing again in earnest in January after a well-deserved break. We invite you to join us for our Autumn concert featuring cellist Susan Mouton who will perform the Dvořák Cello Concerto under the baton of our resident Conductor and Musical Director, Carel Henn.  The orchestra will also perform Symphony No. 1 by Brahms.  This ambitious programme reflects the vision and leadership of Carel and the hard work of the orchestra members to raise the standard of playing.  And this is just the start of 2023 – we have much more in store this year.

Programme:

  • Dvořák Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104, B. 191 (soloist Susan Mouton)
  • Brahms Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68

 

Information

  • Date: Sunday, 12 March 2023
  • Time: 15h30
  • Tickets:
    • Adults: R180
    • Pensioners:R160
    • Students/Scholars: R120
    • Children under 12: free

Online bookings are encouraged and can be made via Quicket. Click here to book .

Limited tickets will also be available at the door on the day. We are now able to accept credit card payments.

  • Venue:

Trinity House Randpark Ridge, 23 Knoppiesdoring Street, Randpark Ridge

About the soloist

Susan Mouton grew up in Durban, where she began cello lessons at the age of 10. She studied at the University of Pretoria under Professor Gerard van de Geest. Here she was the recipient of the Pretorium Trust bursary on three occasions, as well one of the winners of the Unisa SA Music Scholarship. During her studies she often appeared as soloist with the University Orchestra, and in 1981 she was one of the soloists in the CAPAB Music Festival. After she graduated, she joined the National Symphony Orchestra in 1983, and was appointed Principal cellist in 1987. She studied with Marian Lewin while completing her Performer’s Diploma at Wits University, and was one of the winners of the Unisa Overseas Study Bursaries in 1987, which she used to spend three months attending master classes in Europe with a number of esteemed cellists, including Arto Noras, William Pleeth, Johannes Goritski and Wolfang Laufer. She was also fortunate enough to attend a Cello Congress in Washington at this time, where she was able to meet one of her heroes, Mstislav Rostropovich. Since 2000 she has been Principal cellist of the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra. in addition to her orchestral playing, she is active as a chamber musician, and is thrilled to have joined the Wits trio in the past few years. Together with her husband, Miroslav Chakaryan, she is also a member of the JPO quartet, and in 2022 became a member of the newly formed Take 4 piano quartet. In 2001, she was on the jury for the National String Competition, and in 2010, she was honoured to be chosen as the only South African string specialist on the jury for the International String Competition. This honour was again hers in 2022, when she was once again on the jury for the 6th International String competition.

 

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Sasolburg Concert

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November Gala Concert

The Rand Symphony Orchestra, with the support of The Rupert Music Foundation and under the baton of Carel Henn, will present our Gala Concert for this year at the Linder Auditorium. We are delighted to be performing again at this wonderful venue.

Landi Schaap, Soloist
Landi Schaap, Soloist

The programme will consist of Beethoven’s Egmont Overture, The Variations (on a Theme by Paganini) by Rachmaninov, with soloist Landi Schaap, and Elgar’s Enigma Variations – a beautiful programme for which we are currently rehearsing. We know you will enjoy it as much as we do!

Tickets are available from Quicket (click here) or at the door.

Adults: R180
Seniors and Students: R150
Children under 12: R120
Groups of 10 or more : R160 per ticket

For School Group Bookings at a much discounted rate, please contact us by e-mail (tickets@randsymphony.co.za ) call or Whatsapp – 0835593156.

The Restaurant next to the Auditorium will be open before the performance and during interval.

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

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Youth Concert 2022 Highlights

The 2022 edition of the Rand Symphony Orchestra’s “Rising Stars” Youth Concert featured 11 soloists, playing works from 11 composers from the baroque to 20th century, on 5 different instruments in the strings, brass and wood-wind families, not forgetting the piano (the wood-string family? – ed).

WS Pianos sponsored the piano that was used in the concert.

This year’s participants included:

Emily and Lilian Geekie, who are sisters, book-fanatics and coffee aficionados;

Jayden Li, a martial artist, outdoor enthusiast and chinchilla-owner;

Mbali Phato, who enjoys serving her community and plans to pursue a career in music;

Talita Smith, who also sings and plans to study music performance and music therapy;

Chi-Chi Juan, who has performed in Carnegie Hall and is active in the Johannesburg Junior Council;

Sara Stoffberg; who loves animals and is currently learning Arabic;

Kehan Taljaard, who is also an accomplished saxophonist and enjoys Dixie and Big Band music;

Marilize Diedericks, who started her own chamber orchestra and also plays the french horn;

Simon Holm, who plays in a trombone quartet and Dixie band;

Annie Chang, who is an internationally accomplished musician and plans to study law.

While the Youth Concert programme is always just as diverse as its young soloists, the movement from Xian Xinghai’s “Yellow River Concerto” performed by Annie Chang certainly broadened the orchestra’s horizons. In another refreshing change of scenery for the orchestra, the well-known violin show-piece “Czardas” by Monti was brilliantly interpreted on the alto saxophone by Talita Smith.

This year the concert took place in the hall of the St Bonifatius German Catholic Church in Sundowner which graciously accommodated the orchestra’s requirements in terms of date and rehearsal schedule. The concert would however not have been possible at this venue without the generous sponsorship of WS Pianos who provided the piano used by the soloists.

Jayden Li (12) was one of the young soloists at this year’s concert

The Rand Symphony’s Youth Concert is a non-competitive showcase of the young talent in Randburg and surrounding areas, drawing interest from as far as afield as Soweto and Pretoria. Each participant received a Certificate of Achievement at the end of the concert.

Each participant received a Certificate of Achievement

The Rand Symphony’s Youth Concert is an annual event and auditions take place in January or February each year. The selected participants then meet the orchestra in April and May for a mere 3 rehearsals each before the final dress rehearsal and concert.

Applications for the 2023 Rand Symphony Youth Concert will open in September on this website.

 

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Autumn Concert

We invite you to join us for our Autumn concert featuring violinist Jonathan Mayer who will perform Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto.

Our Wonderful conductor, Carel Henn, will once again hold the baton, and the members of the Rand Symphony Orchestra whilst playing for ‘The Love of Music’, will also be playing in the hopes of peace throughout the world.

Programme:

  • Rimsky-Korsakov Easter Overture
  • Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto (soloist Jonathan Mayer)
  • Mozart Symphony No 35 (‘The Haffner’)

Information

  • Date: Sunday, 27 March 2022
  • Time: 15h30
  • Tickets:
    • Adults: R180
    • Pensioners:R150
    • Students/Scholars: R120
    • Children under 12: free

Online bookings are encouraged and can be made via Quicket. Click here to book .

Limited tickets will also be available at the door on the day. We are now able to accept credit card payments.

  • Venue:

Trinity House Randpark Ridge, 23 Knoppiesdoring Street, Randpark Ridge

About the soloist

Jonathan (27) has a Licentiate in Music Performance for Violin from ABRSM (2017). He started playing the violin in 2003, and plays on a Galea violin.

He began violin lessons in Durban with Atina Petrova, and in 2009, after moving to Johannesburg, started lessons with Irene Tsoniff. In 2015 Jonathan studied under Prof. Farida Bacharova at the University of Cape Town, and in 2016 returned to Johannesburg to continue his studies with Irene Tsoniff.

Jonathan attended the New Virtuosi International Violin Masterclass course in Italy 2014, studying under Russian violinist Professor Felix Andrievsky of the Royal College of Music; and England 2017, studying under violinists Professor Ani Schnarch of the Royal College of Music, and Yin Ke of Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore.

The recipient of numerous awards and prizes including the runner-up to the finals of the UNISA national strings competition (2021), and finalist in the ATKV-Musiq (2017) and Artscape (2013).

He has performed throughout South Africa as a soloist including theKZNPO’s Young Performers 2009, the JPO’s Youth Concerto Festival 2010 and 2011, the South African Tattoo 2012 and 2013; the KZNPO National Youth Concerto Festival 2014; the South African National Youth Orchestra Britten Double Concerto for Violin and Viola 2016, and Kutlwano Masote’s Mediterranean Classics at Nirox 2017.

He has been concert master of several orchestras including the KZN Youth Orchestra guest appearance at the Stellenbosch Chamber Music Festival 2009, and for the same Festival’s ‘Concert Orchestra 2009’; the Johannesburg Youth Orchestra 2010 to 2014, and concert master for the South African National Youth Orchestra at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown 2013.

Jonathan currently plays for the JPO as well as The JPO String Quartet. He regularly performs with numerous ensembles, orchestras and groups, across various musical genres, and contracts as a session musician.

Note on the programme.

This programme was decided on and put together last year, pre-dating the current conflict in Eastern Europe by more than six months. The Rand Symphony Orchestra is a Non-Profit Company, now registered as a PBO, who play together “For the Love of Music”. We have no political agenda. We cannot, at this proximity to the performance, move away from the exquisite works that were chosen then. These works in no way reflect any political ideals, but are exquisite music, which we know will bring peace of mind to those who listen to it.

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November concert

Join us in a new venue for a performance befitting of the title “Heroic” and end 2021 on a positive note.

Under the baton of Carel Henn, the orchestra will open the concert with the Wedding March by Mendelsohn.

This will be followed by the Guilmant Organ Symphony No. 1 with soloist Marnus Greyling.

The performance ends with the triumphant “Eroica” Symphony (No. 3) by Beethoven.

Tickets available from https://qkt.io/RSOOrgan or at the door.

  • Date: Sunday, 28 November 2021
  • Time: 15h00
  • Tickets:
    • Adults: R180
    • Pensioners:R150
    • Students/Scholars: R120
    • Children under 12: free
  • Venue: St Bonifatius Catholic Church, Cnr Puttick Ave and Kowie Road, Sundowner Ext 8, Randburg, 2194, Johannesburg

About the soloist

Marnus Greyling frequently performs with the Symphony Choir of Johannesburg, Johannesburg Festival Orchestra, Gauteng Philharmonic, Apple Green Orchestra, Johannesburg Bach Choir, Chanticleer Singers and Buskaid Soweto String Ensemble. Highlights include a performance in St Albans Cathedral, England, of Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as a live BBC Radio Broadcast to over 3 million people in the UK.

For more information, visit: https://www.marnusgreyling.com

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Picnic Variety Concert

Bring your picnic basket and blanket and join us for a variety performance, outdoors on the lush green lawn of Domus Dei Randburg-Suid.


Under the baton of Carel Henn, the full orchestra will perform concertos by Mozart, Mendelssohn and Vivaldi with soloists Annie Chang, Daniel Spies and Marilize Diedericks.

The orchestra will also perform a variety of works by Beethoven, Elgar, Brahms, Strauss and Dvorak.

Chairs will be available if seating is required.

Tickets available from https://qkt.io/RSOPicnic2021 or at the door.

Details

  • Date: Sunday, 24 October 2021
  • Time: 15h30
  • Tickets:
    • Adults: R180
    • Pensioners:R150
    • Students/Scholars: R120
    • Children under 12: free
  • Venue: Domus Dei Randburg-Suid, 30 Jean Road, Blairgowrie
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Hold music

While the Rand Symphony Orchestra’s performances are “on hold” we invite you to join our resident conductor Carel Henn on 15 August 2021, 14h00 for a free, live-streamed performance of Six Suites for unaccompanied cello by J.S. Bach.

For more information, view this event on Facebook (https://fb.me/e/2madagvNZ) or Quicket (https://qkt.io/henn-rso-fund)