FS Youth Orchestra showcases Beethoven

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Leader of the Odeion String Quartet and Free State Symphony Orchestra concert master, Samson Diamond, will be the soloist in the Romances.

Violinist Samson Diamond will be joining the Free State Youth Orchestra (FSYO) in a thrilling symphony concert showcasing Beethoven’s Two Romances for Violin and the Symphony No. 7 in A major.
The concert will be held on 3 May 2019 at the Odeion School of Music, at the University of the Free State, led by conductor, Alexander Fokkens.
The orchestra will be showcasing Beethoven’s Two Romances for Violin and the Symphony No. 7 in A major, which highlights how his music captures a mood or emotion, and through composition, brings it out into the open, exploring what it means to the listener.
Samson, leader of the Odeion String Quartet and Free State Symphony Orchestra concert master, will be the soloist in the Romances.
“These two works, along with the Ingoma of South African composer, Hendrik Hofmeyr, really reach out to the essence of being a young musician, which is why we chose them for the FSYO to perform. The young musicians encapsulate the beauty of the Romances and the Second movement with joyful exuberance and song of the rollicking Finale and the songs from Ingoma,” said conductor, Alexander Fokkens.
Wilhelm Richard Wagner German composer, theatre director, polemicist and conductor who is chiefly known for his operas, said of the 7th Symphony of Beethoven: “If anyone plays the Seventh, tables and benches, cans and cups, the grandmother, the blind and the lame, aye, the children in the cradle fall to dancing.”
To prove his point, it is reported that on one evening, Wagner danced to the entire symphony, accompanied on the piano by Franz Liszt.
This exciting concert is free to the public and will begin at 19:30. For more information contact the FSYO on 051-401-3873 or visit the FSYO’s Facebook page at Free State Youth Orchestra. – Seithati Semenokane
seithati@centralmediagroup.co.za