Free State Symphony Orchestra

Free State Symphony Orchestra
Thursday 3 March 2011

Conductor: Arjan Tien
Soloist: Maria du Toit (clarinet)

Hendrik ANDRIESSEN Variations on a theme by Kuhnau
WEBER Clarinet Concerto No. 2
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 7

Dutch conductor Arjan Tien has been working with South African orchestras since 1998 - the Kwa-Zulu Natal Philharmonic, Chamber Orchestra of South Africa, th JPO and the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra. This is the first visit of the popular conductor to Bloemfontein. In 2000, at short notice, Arjan Tien was invited to conduct the Netherlands Youth Orchestra, and in 2001 he made a successful debut in the summer season of the Amsterdam Concertgebouw. 2002 marked the beginning of a successful relationship with the Metropole Orchestra, recording with them the film music for the awarded Dutch film "Twin Sisters", which has also been released on CD. His second CD with the Metropole Orchestra, “Quand tu dors” with Wende Snijders, received an Edison Award, the oldest and most prestigious Dutch music award. His extensive symphonic and opera repertoire ranges from Baroque to Contemporary music.

He has conducted numerous television, radio, CD and DVD recordings and several world premieres, appearing in Austria, Germany, Greece, Hungary, the Netherlands, Slovenia, South Africa, Serbia Montenegro, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey, where he worked with orchestras such as the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic and the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra (Ankara), L'Orchestre Symphonique de Bienne, the KwaZulu Natal Philharmonic Orchestra (Durban), the Chamber Orchestra of South Africa, the Metropole Orchestra, the Cape Town and Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestras, the Residentie Orchestra (The Hague), the Arnhem Philharmonic, the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, and the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra.

Principal clarinettist of the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra in Cape Town, Maria du Toit is not only recognised as a distinguished orchestral musician, but indeed as one of South Africa’s finest solo instrumentalists. She has won numerous prizes in South African instrumental competitions, and in 2006 also the first prize of the international clarinet competition Jeunesses Musicales held in Bucharest, Romania.

Du Toit has appeared on various occasions as soloist with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, the Johannesburg Philharmonic and in 2002 with the FSSO. Active also as recitalist and chamber musician, her performance credits include the Stellenbosch International Chamber music Festival, Aardklop Arts Festival, Klein Karoo Klassiek, Darling Festival, Greyton Festival, Cape Town Concert Series, Stellenbosch Festival, International Classical Music Festival South Africa and UNISA Concert Series, among others.

(adults) per concert
R80 (pensioners, students and learners) per concert

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Ella Kotze
(FSSO), tel. 051 – 401 2342 (8:00 – 13:00)

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