R36m boost for Jhb orchestra

2009-12-30 18:06

Johannesburg - The Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra (JPO) will kick off 2010 on a high note with a R36m cash injection from the Lotto, it said on Wednesday.

"The National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund has agreed to fund the JPO's four seasons of symphony concerts per year, as well as its affiliated development and education projects, for the next three years," spokesperson Bridget van Oerle said in a statement.

The funding would enable the JPO, which would celebrate its tenth year of existence in 2010, to continue creating work for classical musicians and training new talent. This was in addition to providing a space for connoisseurs of fine music.

"The JPO has scheduled four six-week seasons of high-quality music fare for 2010," she said.

The first six-week symphony season for 2010 would start on February 10 and continue until March 18. The second season would run from May 5 to June 10, the third season from July 28 to September 2 and the fourth from October 6 to November 11.

During the first season, internationally renowned South African-born conductor Grard Korsten, Bulgaria's Emil Tabakov and Japan's Yasuo Shinozaki would each conduct the JPO for two weeks.