Female conductor for FSSO’s 5th Symphony

International female guest conductor, Carla Delfrate, who is regarded as one of the finest female conductors in the world.

For the first time in history, the Free State Symphony Orchestra’s (FSSO) fifth symphony concert will be conducted by a female conductor.

On Saturday 13 October 2018, the FSSO offers a stellar line-up with visiting Italian female conductor, Carla Delfrate, as well as two of South Africa’s most acclaimed pianists, Albie van Schalkwyk and Charl du Plessis.

The programme for the evening will include two of Mozart’s notable compositions. Overture to the opera Le Nozze di Figaro (Marriage of Figaro) and the Concerto in E flat major for two pianos, K365, as well as Beethoven’s light-hearted and cheerful Symphony No. 8 in F major. 

Carla Delfrate is regarded as one of the finest female conductors in the world. Born in Parma, Italy, she graduated in oboe and conducting from the A. Boito Conservatoire in her hometown, with the guidance of mentors Piero Guarino and Daniele Gatti. She was artistic secretary of the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa and of the Teatro delle Muse in Ancona. From 2005 she undertook the same role within the Fondazione Orchestra Giovanile Luigi Cherubini, led by Riccardo Muti. She is now a professor of the Orchestra Exercises course of the Conservatoire of Mantua after her teaching experiences in the Conservatoires in Adria, Cagliari, Milan, Bologna, Parma and Frosinone.

The FSSO concert takes place from 19:30 at the Odeion. Tickets are R150 for adults; R100 for pensioners and block bookings of 10 and more and R50 for children aged 3 to 18 years. Tickets are available at any Computicket outlet or online. For enquiries, contact Ella Kotze at the FSSO on 051-401-2342.