Budding soloists perform at classic concert

Young musicians who will take part in the Odeion Sinfonia Concert on 8 September 2019, four of whom will be soloists on the evening.

Young musicians will be showing off their solo talents at the upcoming Odeion Sinfonia Concert. The concert will take place at the University of the Free State’s Odeion School of Music (OSM) where musicians will perform classical music.

The programme will consist of two double concerti and two themes & variations. “The two double concerti were specially included to give an opportunity to young musicians playing in the orchestra to perform as soloists,” stated Ninette Pretorius of OSM. The concert will take place on 8 September 2019 at 16:00 in the Odeion and will be presented in loving memory of Derek and Anne Ochse.

The Odeion Sinfonia Concert will be conducted by acclaimed cellist and head of the Odeion String Quartet, Anmari van der Westhuizen. PHOTO: www.ufs.ac.za

The Odeion Sinfonia is a strings-only orchestra housed in the Odeion School of Music, and is made up of string students studying at the OSM as well as string members of the Free State Youth Orchestra. The orchestra is under the direction of the highly acclaimed cellist and chamber musician, Anmari van der Westhuizen, who has more than thirty years of experience in playing and conducting chamber music.

“The principal aims of this orchestra are to provide excellent training and valuable experience in string and ensemble playing, in order to adequately prepare string students for orchestral playing,” said Pretorius. “It will also present them with numerous ensemble and orchestral concert playing opportunities and to generally promote quality string and ensemble playing,” she added.

Young musicians will be performing Vivaldi’s Concerto Alla Rustica for string orchestra RV 151, and Bach’s Concerto for two violins in D minor, BWV 1043 among others. The concert will include Pieter Joubert and Maria Yazbek on violin as well as Chris van Zyl and Ashlin Grobbelaar on cello.

Music lovers young and old are welcome to attend and admission to the concert is free. – Nomaqhawe Mtebele