Harmonious sounds to grace Bloemfontein

Anneke Lamont will be the piano soloist at the Love Italy performance this coming weekend. PHOTO: Supplied

This spring, the Free State Symphony Orchestra (FSSO) will present the blooming sounds of the ‘Love Italy’ performance at the Sand du Plessis Theatre on 3 September 2022.

Pieces such as Ottorino Resphigi’s Trittico Botticelliano, P.151 (1927), Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K.466 (1785), and Felix Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4 in A major ‘Italian’, and Op.90 (1833) will be depicted through the strings.

The performance will be led by the Principal Guest Conductor Gérard Korsten and piano soloist Anneke Lamount.

Gérard Korsten. PHOTO: Supplied

Korsten began his career as an orchestral violinist. After studies with Ivan Galamian at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia, he went to Salzburg, where he trained with Sandor Vegh, becoming concertmaster and then Assistant Music Director of Camerata Salzburg, of which Vegh was Principal Conductor. He has thus far conducted over 100 orchestras in 24 countries and has served as Principal Conductor of the London Mozart Players, the South African State Theatre in Pretoria, and the Uppsala Chamber Orchestra in Sweden.

Anneke Lamont is the Head of Piano at the Odeion School of Music at the University of the Free State. She has performed with the Odeion String Quartet and was part of the Kunstefees in Bloemfontein where she played and recorded the Diabelli Variations by Beethoven for KYKnet. She performed Beethoven’s 3rd Piano Concerto in Bavaria, Germany, under the baton of Michi Gaigg in 2019.

She has been involved at the UNISA national and international competitions as accompanist and member of the jury for twenty years. She was duo partner in the Crowson duo with Christopher Duigan, as well as with flautist Handri Loots, cellist Anzél Gerber, as well as tenor Nicholas Nicolaidis. Anneke is a founder member of the International Woodwind Competition in Bloemfontein and vice-president for the South African Society of Music Teachers (SASMT) in the Free State.

The performance will be held at 19:30 and tickets for the orchestra are available at Pacofs at R120. For enquiries, contact the FSSO on 051-401-2342, or visit the FSSO’s Facebook page at Free State Symphony Orchestra.

Compiled by Bonolo Moloi