UFS Department of Music presents: Wim Viljoen – Organ Recital

UFS Department of Music presents
Wim Viljoen – Organ Recital
Thursday, 5 March 2009

Organ music lovers can look forward to an organ recital with one of SA’s most loved organists and winner of two international organ competitions (in Chartres and Nürnberg), Wim Viljoen.  He will give an exciting organ recital in the Odeion on 5 March 2009.

Wim is currently lecturing organ, harpsichord and organ method at the Department of Music, University of Pretoria where he also heads the Department since May 2008. He completed his graduate studies under prof. Stephan Zondagh (UP) followed by a M.Mus. degree (UCT) and D.Phil. (UP).  He won a SAMRO bursary and the UNISA Overseas Music Scholarship which led to a two year study in Paris under the renowned French organist Marie-Claire Alain.

He is active as concert organist in South Africa and abroad and has already given concerts in the USA, France, Britain, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Belgium, Germany and Czechoslovakia.  He has taken part in international music festivals in Oundle (Britain) and Dax (France).

Wim has already released several CDs: “Sing tot eer van die Here”, “Recital”, “Arioso” (with violinist Zanta Hofmeyr), “O Divine Redeemer” (for Salon Music), “The Trumpet Shall Sound” (with Anton Delen), “Loof die Here” I, II, III en IV (for Fanie Smit), “Universiteitsoord”, and recently with three organists and instrumentalists in a CD titled “Heavenly Organ”. “Recital” was nominated for an award in the instrumental category of the FNB Music Awards (1998).

Wim has given several inaugural concerts for new / rebuilt organs e.g. the inauguration of the organ of the “Veremarksaal” (Port Elizabeth), the rebuilt organ of the cathedral in Litomerice (Czechoslovakia - 1999) and the “Groote Kerk” (Kaapstad - 2002).  He performed for the inauguration of the rebuilt organ of the “Groot Kerk” (Pretoria, built in 1904) with the UP Symphony Orchestra under the baton of prof. Eric Rycroft. 

In 2005 he gave four concerts in England, amongst others at the Westminster Abbey (Londen), and in 2006 he performed in the St. Paul’s Church during the international organ festival in Antwerpen (Belgium).  In 2007 Wim gave three recitals in the USA at the University of North Texas, Wichita State University and the St Anne’s Church in Rochester (New York).


J.S. Bach
“Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme”, BWV 645
“Meine Seele erhebt den Hernn”, BWV 648
“Kommst du nun, Herr Jesu, vom Himmel herunter?”, BWV 650

J.S. Bach
Prelude and Fugue in A minor, BWV 543

F. Mendelssohn
Sonata  in F, Op. 65 no. 1

J.A. Guilain
From: Suite du 2me ton – “Tierce en taille”

L. Marchand
From: “3me Livre” – Dialogue

H. Temmingh
Three Organ Pieces (1995) – “Intrada, Cantilena, Toccata”

Olivier Messiaen
From: “La Nativité du Seigneur”: Nr. III – “Desseins eternal” (Eternal designs), Nr. IX – “Dieu parmi nous” (God with us)

R80 (adults)
R50 (pensioners, students and learners)
Tickets available at Computicket (at all Shoprite / Checkers shops, Mimosa Mall information desk) and at the doors.

Ninette Pretorius (tel. 051 - 401 2504)

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