Paganini's Passion

Description: Paganini passion Tags: Paganini passionFree State Symphony Orchestra conducted by Bernhard Gueller with soloist Rachel Lee Priday (violin)

Saturday 25 June 2016




The Odeion School of Music and the Free State Symphony Orchestra are collaborating to present an exciting concert on Saturday 25 June when the internationally acclaimed violinist, Rachel Lee Priday, will perform the Violin Concerto No. 1 in D major (Paganini) with the FSSO conducted by Bernhard Gueller. The concert is sponsored by the International Arts Trust.


Paganini was the most celebrated violin virtuoso of his time.  The Violin Concerto No. 1 is an exciting virtuoso showpiece which is extremely challenging for the soloist but at the same time one of his most beautiful pieces ever written. The rest of the programme will consist of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2 in D major and Mozart’s Magic Flute overture.


Rachel Lee Priday, acclaimed for her beauty of tone, riveting stage presence and “irresistible panache” (Chicago Tribune), has appeared as soloist with major international orchestras. Critics have praised her “dazzling, forceful technique”, “rich, mellifluous sound” and “silvery fluidity”.  Rachel has been profiled in the The New YorkerThe Los Angeles TimesFamily Circle Magazine, and The Strad Magazine. Her television credits include appearances on the Disney Channel, “Fiddling for the Future” and “American Masters” on PBS, and the 2000 Grammy Awards ceremony (Los Angeles). In addition, her performances have been broadcast on major media outlets in the US, Germany, Korea, and Brazil. She began her violin studies at the age of four years and later studied with Dorothy DeLay, Itzhak Perlman and Miriam Fried.


Bernhard Gueller has been music director of Symphony Nova Scotia in Halifax (Canada) for the past 13 years. 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 loved by musicians, critics and audience for his musical purity and continually garners praise for the fresh approach he brings to the podium. This is maestro Gueller’s third visit to Bloemfontein and the Free State Symphony Orchestra.



R150 (adults)

Students, on presentation of valid card: R50.00

UFS Staff, on presentation of valid card: R90.00

Pensioners, on presentation of valid card: R90.00

Children (6 to 18 years): R50.00

Block bookings of 10 or more: R90.00

Tickets for the concert are available at Computicket outlets (Checkers, Shoprite shops) or book online at



Ninette Pretorius tel. 051 401 2504

Ella Kotze (FSSO), tel. 051 401 2342

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