Orchestra starts programme on French note

2018-02-28 06:00
Pianist Bryan Wallick. Photo: Supplied

Pianist Bryan Wallick. Photo: Supplied

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The Free State Symphony Orchestra (FSSO) will start this year’s programme on a French note with pianist Bryan Wallick offering a taste of French music.

The show will be held in the Sand du Plessis Theatre in Bloemfontein on 10 March. The programme includes Orpheus in the Underworld Overture (Offenbach), Concerto in G major for Piano (Ravel) and Symphony in D minor (Franck), with Alexander Fokkens on the podium.

A gold medallist of the 1997 Vladimir Horowitz International Piano Competition in Kiev, Wallick has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and South Africa.

He has also performed at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall with the London Sinfonietta and at the St Martin-in-the-Fields Church with the London Soloist’s Chamber Orchestra.

Also billed to perform at the event is Fokkens, the artistic director and chief executive officer of the FSSO and the conductor of the Free State Youth Symphony Orchestra.

He has been music director of the Cape Town Symphony Choir since 2005 and has held the position of general music director of the Swakopmund Musikwoche in Namibia since 2010.

With March being Francophonie month, the FSSO seized the opportunity to partner with the Alliance Française de Bloemfontein to celebrate French language and culture.

Tickets are available at Pacofs and Computicket. Tickets cost R150 for adults, R100 for students and pensioners (on presentation of valid cards), R100 for group bookings of ten people and R50 for children (aged six to 18 years). Dial 051-447-7772 for reservations.

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