Youth Concerto Festival starts off spring season

Alexander Fokkens, conductor of the Free State Youth Orchestra. PHOTO:

The Free State Symphony Orchestra (FSSO) will host the much anticipated Youth Concerto Festival this coming spring, on 2 September 2017. This event will take place at the Odeion at 19:30 and the FSSO’s resident conductor, Alexander Fokkens, will be on the podium.
The concert will feature eight talented young soloists who auditioned to perform with the FSSO earlier this year. The programme is a mélange of piano, violin, recorder and flute instrumentalists playing concertos by Mozart, Saint-Saëns, Ravel, Kabalevsky, Monti, Mouquet and Bruch. It also includes a vocalist (tenor) who will perform a famous aria from La Boheme (Puccini).
The Youth Concerto Festival is one of the numerous activities that the FSSO has undertaken towards the education and promotion of orchestral playing at the highest level for young musicians, simultaneously developing their professional capacity. The orchestra’s main objective is to serve as an “integrated music educational pipeline”, which integrates orchestral education of the youth with orchestral performance to create a learning experience that will give learners the opportunity to follow a seamless path in music education.
Admission: R150 (adults); Students, on presentation of valid card: R50; UFS staff, on presentation of valid card: R100; Pensioners, on presentation of valid card: R100; Children (6 to 18 years): R50; Block bookings of 10 or more: R100. Tickets are available at Computicket outlets (Shoprite/Checkers) or book online at
For more information on the concert and enquiries, contact Ella Kotze on 051-401-2342.