FSSO premieres Stefans Grové Concerto for Viola and Orchestra


The Free State Symphony Orchestra (FSSO) will be celebrating a South African music icon this March with the world premiere of Stefans Grové Concerto for Viola and Orchestra dedicated to FSSO, and Odeion string quartet violist and concert soloist, Jeanne-Louise Moolman.

Conductor, Bernhard Gueller

Grové’s only completed the first movement before his death in 2014 and is known as one of the most significant and important composers in the history of South Africa.
The concert will be held on March 14th at the Odeion School of Music from 19:30, featuring Bernhard Gueller as conductor and Jeanne-Louise Moolman (viola) as the soloist.

Soloist, Jeanne-Louise Moolman (viola)

With a reputation for his mastery of contemporary works, Gueller has commissioned several concerti for Symphony Nova Scotia and has served as music director, principal conductor and principal guest conductor with various orchestras, including being a guest conductor in South Africa for more than 20 years. Jeanne-Louise’s career spans over twenty years of experience as principal violist for several professional orchestras in South Africa. She has performed as soloist with quite a few leading orchestras in the country. In November 2018 she represented the UFS and South Africa at the International Viola Congress in Rotterdam, where she was invited to perform works by South African composers.

The concert will commence with Respighi’s Ancient Airs and Dances Suite No.3, which is an orchestral transcription of music for the lute – an intimate guitar-like instrument with a gently whispering sound. This is followed by the charming, yet technically demanding Viola Concerto in D maj (Stamitz). Haydn’s Symphony No. 104 (his last symphony which forms part of a set of twelve symphonies he wrote for English audiences) is the main work after interval. Although quite a monumental work, it still reveals Haydn’s perennial wit and delight in the unexpected.

Tickets costs: Adults – R100; Students and Children 3 to 18 years – R40. For enquiries, contact the FSSO on 051 401 2342, or visit the FSSO’s Facebook page.

Seithati Semenokane