FSSO Symphony concert
Thursday 29 July 2010
Soloist: Mark Uys (Violin)
Conductor: Bernhard Gueller
The UFS Department of Music and the Free State Symphony Orchestra have decided to collaborate in presenting combined concert series. This is a result of a need for better co-ordination of solo-, ensemble- and orchestral activities. Therefore the new name: Muzik@UFS. A series will consist of four to five concerts which will normally be presented on Thursdays. The first concert season of 2010 will consist of 5 concerts.
Marc Uys was born in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, where he had his first violin lessons at the age of four. He holds a Master of Music degree, from the University of Cape Town, with distinction.
From 2002 – 2006, Marc was the first violinist and manager of the Sontonga Quartet. This group worked extensively with composers from Kevin Volans to Terry Riley and Osvaldo Golijov, championing many new works in South Africa and abroad, with performances in venues such as the Victoria National Gallery in Melbourne, Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Barbican in London and Lincoln Center, New York. Solo work includes collaboration with harpist Jacqueline Kerrod in New York, chamber music performances and coaching at the "Stiftfestival 2007" in Holland, as well as performances throughout South Africa. Marc plays a fine 18th century Italian instrument on generous loan from the Lindbergh Arts Foundation and a 2004 "peanut" violin by Oleg Alexeyev.
Bernhard Gueller is principal guest conductor of the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra and has been music director of Symphony Nova Scotia since 2002.
Well known to audiences internationally for the passion, mastery and drama he brings to the concert hall podium, Gueller is also acclaimed for his “profound interpretations”, the “stunning responses he gets from musicians” and the excitement he elicits. He is celebrated by musicians, critics and audience for his musical purity and continually garners praise for the fresh approach he brings to the podium.
His career has taken him to many top concert halls from America and Australia to Russia, Japan, China, Korea, South Africa and Brazil, as well as countries in Europe such as Spain, Italy, France, Norway and Sweden and his native Germany. He has served as music director and principal conductor with various orchestras, including the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra and the Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra, a position he relinquished last year.
R120 (adults) per concert
R80 (pensioners, students and learners) per concert
Tickets @ Computicket (Shoprite / Checkers, Mimosa Mall, Izami Bloemiste)
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Only R360 for the whole season - a massive discount of up to R240!
Ella Kotze (FSSO), tel. 051 – 401 2342 (8:00 – 13:00)