Free State Symphony Orchestra conducted by Germán Gutiérrez
Soloist: Jan Hugo (piano)
Thursday 2 August 2012

HAYDN: Symphony No. 88
GINASTERA: Variaciones Concertantes
BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 5 (“Emepror”)

An international renowned conductor, a brilliant young pianist and a piano concerto that is regarded by many as the king of concertos are the elements that make the next FSSO concert an event not to be missed.

The Columbian-born conductor Germán Gutiérrez, who is visiting South Africa for the first time, will be on the podium. He has served as Director of Orchestras and Associate Professor of Orchestral Studies at Fort Worth’s Texas Christian University (TCU) as well as Director of TCU’s Latin American Music Center and biennial Latin American Music Festival since 1996. Maestro Gutiérrez is a frequent guest conductor of professional orchestras in the Americas, Europe, Asia and Oceania.
In 2006, he was invited to conduct the Czech National Symphony in historic Smetana Hall as part of the 110th anniversary of Carl Orff’s birth, where he led the orchestra in a performance of Carmina Burana. Maestro Gutiérrez has also appeared with the Fort Worth Symphony, Auckland Philharmonic (New Zealand), Bogotá Philharmonic, Puerto Rico National Symphony, Sinfónica del Teatro Municipal de Rio de Janeiro, and Porto Alegre Symphony Orchestra (Brazil), among others. He also makes regular appearances with orchestras in his native Colombia.

Born in Bloemfontein, Jan started his music tuition at the age of 7 with Claudine van Breda in Pretoria. At the age of 11 he participated in the International Competition for Pianists in the Czech Republic and at 12 years he won the Musicon Senior Primary Piano Competition in Bloemfontein and the Sanlam Music Competition in Cape Town. Just 13 years old, Jan was invited to further his studies in Italy and became a student of Francesco Cipolletta at the Istituto Superiore di Studi Musicali "Vecchi-Tonelli" in Modena, Italy.

He has played recitals in Rome, Milan, Bologna, Modena and various other towns in Italy, in important concert-seasons of Italian music associations. Jan has also performed as soloist with the Kwa-Zulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra, Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra and the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra. He performed as soloist with the Orchestra of the Istituto “Vecchi-Tonelli” in the Teatro Comunale of Modena and he is also active in chamber music. In 2011 he was the winner of the Unisa National Piano Competition in Pretoria.

The concert will start with one of Haydn’s most beautiful symphonies – the Symphony No. 88. This will be followed by Ginastera’s Variaciones Concertantes - a work that is seldom performed (possibly because of the difficulty of the piece). It is however, a beautiful work with folkloric and traditional materials in which all the principal players have important solos. The evening will end with Beethoven’s majestic Emperor Concerto which is regarded by many pianists as the king of concertos.

R120 (adults)
R80 (pensioners)
R50 (students / scholars / groups of 10 and more)

Tickets are available from Computicket (Shoprite / Checkers, Mimosa Mall)
Book online at www.computicket.com  

Ella Kotze (FSSO), tel. (051) 401-2342 (08:00 – 13:00)

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