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11 May 2014

JPO's 2nd 2014 Season, 1st Concert

The 1st concert of the new season, literally started with a bang - the opening percussion for Rossini's Overture to The Thieving Magpies. Bright, and upbeat (despite the nature of the tale); it was a great piece to start the new season. The JPO, led by celebrated South African conductor Conrad van Alphen, put on a great show to a nearly full house; a welcome change from the half full houses in the past concerts this year.

A crowd favourite, Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No 2 followed the overture, this time being performed by another celebrated South African musician - Nina Schumann. It's a piece I love, and was performed expertly by the soloist and the orchestra. The orchestrated version of Musorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition finished off the evening - and was certainly a great selection of classical music.

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