Classical music under the stars

The concert will consist of a variety of programmes, from symphony to brass.

The Free State Symphony Orchestra (FSSO) will bring back live concerts in a relaxed, outdoor and lyrical safe outdoor setting on Saturday at the Free State Botanical Gardens. The concert will consist of a variety of programmes, from symphony to brass.

According to FSSO CEO and conductor, Alexander Fokkens, the concert is a way of using symphony music as a platform to come together to show gratitude to frontline workers and everyone who has sacrificed tirelessly to be part of lowering of the curve and the impact of the lockdown on communities.

“We want to acknowledge all the people who risk their lives every day to fight the pandemic, whether they’re doctors, nurses, police or army personnel. It’s an enormous amount of time, effort and risk they take and even if they get fatigued, they always push forward,” he explained.

Fokkens expressed that the FSSO has had to thoroughly consider government regulations and advice from those people on the frontline regarding Covid-19. So after going months without a physical show, they have decided to take concerts outdoors.

“The safety of our musicians, staff, colleagues, patrons, audience members and the people of South Africa is our first priority. Therefore, we are happy under strict regulations and it is with great pleasure that we will be able to proceed safely with 2020 FSSO Symphony concerts on the 31 October 2020 in the lush beautiful gardens of the Free State Botanical Gardens.”

Seating will be arranged cinema style at a safe distance for the concert and this will create an elegant atmosphere for some of the most glorious symphonic music, under the spring season stars. There is no dress code, however, no entry will be allowed without masks.
“After months of watching things on screens this will be a great chance to share a musical experience with other people and that really is something special,” concluded Fokkens.

Tickets are R50 at Computicket. In the event of poor weather, the concert will be presented at 18:00 on 1 November 2020. Your ticket will still be valid for that performance, should it be moved. Due to strict Covid-19 guidelines no tickets will be sold at the gate.

Nomaqhawe Mtebele