The final concert of the year hosted by the Free State Symphony Orchestra (FSSO), promises to be an unforgettable night with a star-studded programme.
Concertgoers can look forward to experiencing one of South Africa’s most celebrated musicians and conductors, Gérard Korsten. Born in Pretoria, Korsten began his career as an orchestral violinist and has, since 1996, dedicated his career to conducting, appearing regularly with many European orchestras. He is widely respected as an interpreter of both well-known and rarer works from the 19th and 20th centuries, and commands a wide repertoire in both concert halls and opera houses.
“I have an immense appreciation for the role the FSSO plays in Bloemfontein and in the region, but especially for the vision of its music education programme. It’s an honour to be involved with helping to mentor a new generation of orchestral musicians in the Free State and South Africa,” said Korsten.
The soloist for the evening is internationally acclaimed Italian soprano, Eva Mei, who will be performing a selection of some of the world’s most famous opera arias. The daughter of an Italian family of musicians, Mei, studied at conservatory Luigi Cherubini in Florence. In 1990, she received the Caterina-Cavalieri-Price at the international Mozart Competition in Vienna for her interpretation of Konstanze in Mozart’s Die Entführung Aus Dem Serail. And shortly after that she debuted with the same role at Vienna State Opera, which spearheaded the beginning of her international career. In the last two decades, she appeared in the most significant opera houses all over the world.
The concert, which was made possible through funding by the National Lotteries Commission, will be taking place the Sand du Plessis Theatre on Saturday 3 November 2018 at 19:30. Ticket costs R150 for adults; pensioners and block bookings of 10 and more cost R100; and children aged 3 to 18 years pay R50.
Tickets are available at the Pacofs booking office or contact 051-447-7772 to make a reservation. For enquiries, contact Ella Kotze at the FSSO on 051-401-2342, or visit the FSSO’s Facebook page (@ Free State Symphony Orchestra). – Seithati Semenokane
WIN: You could win a set of two double tickets to the concert. Just answer the following question and inbox your answer to the FSSO Facebook page, www.facebook.com/ FreeStateSymphonyOrchestra/. Competition closes date is Friday, 2 November at 5pm and winners will be notified Saturday morning where to collect their tickets. What is the date of the FSSO’s final concert? The competition closes at 12:00 on Friday 2 November.