International maestro to conduct symphony concert


The international maestro, Conrad van Alphen, will be conducting the Free State Symphony Orchestra together with one of South Africa’s finest pianists, Catherine Foxcroft, on Saturday, 19 May 19:30 at the Odeion School of Music at the University of the Free State. The concert will open with Haydn’s L’ Isola Disabitata Overture with the rest of the programme comprising Beethoven’s dramatic yet pleasurable Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor and Bizet’s sensational Symphony 1 in C major.
The well-established Dutch/South African conductor, Conrad van Alphen, has gained tremendous popularity with orchestras and audiences alike for the manner in which he rehearses and performs. Van Alphen is known as much for his entrepreneurial spirit and depth of preparation as he is for performances that combine exceptional sensitivity, vision and freshness.
Catherine Foxcroft is hailed as one of South Africa’s most sought after pianists, she combines a vibrant career in music as soloist, chamber musician, pedagogue, and researcher. Currently Head of Department and Associate Professor at the Department of Music and Musicology Rhodes University, Foxtrot frequently performs as a soloist with South African orchestras, and appears nationally and internationally in recitals.
Tickets to the concert are available from Computicket outlets as follows: Adults R150; block bookings of 10 and more people R100; and children 3 to 18 years cost R50. For more information on the concert visit or alternatively contact Ella Kotze on 051-401-2342.