Papageno/Papagena | Schedule

Saturday, 20 January 2018, 7.30 p.m.
Sunday, 21 January 2018, 3.00 p.m.

Linder Auditorium 

“Opposites Attract"

The best way to usher in the New Year, with all the favourites by the Strauss family, in addition to opera arias sung by husband-and-wife team Lukhanyo Moyake and Siphamandla Yakupa, as well as renowned Joburg tenor Nic Nicolaidis. Joburg Ballet delights with their rendition of the Bllue Danube, and much more! Come and join us for this sparkling preview to JIMF 2018.

Siphamandla Yakupe (soprano); Lukhanyo Moyake (tenor); Nic Nicolaidis (tenor); Joburg BalletJohannesburg Festival OrchestraRichard Cock (conductor)

Friday, 26 January 2018, 7.30 p.m.

Northwards House

German-Russian pianist-extraordinaire, Olga Scheps, delights with Schubert's Wanderer Fantasy and Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite arranged for piano. She is joined by JIMF Artistic Director Florian Uhlig for Schubert's Fantasia in F minor for piano four hands, as well as Ravel's Ma mère l'Oye (Mother Goose Suite).

Olga Scheps (piano); Florian Uhlig (piano)

Saturday, 27 January 2018,  3.00 p.m.

Goethe Institute

"Modern Traditions"

Three young South African composers, Cara Stacey, Arthur Feder and Nomapostile Nyiki worked under the guidance of Composers-in-Residence Lungiswa Plaatjies and Matthijs van Dijk exploring the concept of opposites. In collaboration with multi-media artist Naomi van Niekerk, their works will be premiered at this performance, followed by a discussion regarding the creative process, led by Lungiswa & Matthijs.

Cara Stacey (composer); Arthur Feder (composer); Nomapostile Nyiki (composer); Naomi van Niekerk (artist); Lungiswa Plaatjies (facilitator); Matthijs van Dijk (facilitator); members of the Johannesburg Festival Orchestra


Supported by the Goethe Institut


Saturday, 27 January 2018, 7.30 p.m.

Linder Auditorium

"Contrasts & Contradictions"

The Gabriel Duo (Bridget Rennie-Salonen & Gaylen Sales) feature in this exceptional all-Mozart programme including the Flute & Harp Concerto, Symphonies 6 & 29, and the rarely-heard Overture from La Finta Giardiniera.

Gaylen Sales (harp); Bridget Rennie-Salonen (flute); Johannesburg Festival Orchestra; Richard Cock (conductor)


Sunday, 28 January 2018
Rehearsal 11.00 a.m. | Performance 3.00 p.m.

Scott Gym

An orchestral experience for any and all musicians (minimum Grade 3 level). If you would like to participate in this unique experience, contact us at the JIMF Offices +27 (0)11 447 9264

The performance promises to be fun for the whole family. Attendance for the audience is by donation.

Programme includes music by Strauss, Leroy Anderson, Eric Coates, Jacques Offenbach and Andrew Lloyd-Webber, with family favourites such as Somewhere Over the Rainbow, and an ABBA medley.

Richard Cock (conductor)

Supported by Corobrik

Sunday, 28 January 2018, 6.00 p.m.

Northwards House

South Africa's only resident string quartet, from the University of the Free State, are joined by JIMF Artistic Director, Florian Uhlig, to bring you a programme dedicated to female composers.

Programme covers works by Rebecca Clarke, Priaulx Rainier, Fanny Mendelssohn and Sofia Gubaidulina

Odeion String QuartetFlorian Uhlig (piano)

Supported by the Rupert Musiekstigting

Monday, 29 January 2018, 7.30 p.m.

Northwards House

Belgian duo Jolente de Maeyer and Nikolaas Kende bring you a programme dedicated exclusively to brothers and sisters Felix & Fanny Mendelssohn and husband-and-wife team Robert & Clara Schumann.

Jolente de Maeyer (violin); Nikolaas Kende (piano)

Supported by the General Representation of the Government of Flanders

Tuesday, 30 January 2018, 7.30 p.m.

St Francis of Assisi Anglican Church, Parkview

"Fantasy & Reality"

Join Italian piano duo Eleonora Spina & Michele Benignetti performing two Fantasias and exploring the fantasy world of a Midsummer Night's Dream, concluding with the Barber Suite Op. 28, which brings us back to earth with various dances.

Eleonora Spina (piano); Michele Benignetti (piano)

Supported by the Istituto Italiano di Cultura

Tuesday, 30 January 2018, 7.30 p.m.

The Bioscope

Paul Hanmer, Composer-in-Residence 2012, is back for one of our annual favourites. This year he and Phil Cox will be improvising a soundtrack to I Don't Want to be a Man, the 1918 film on which Woody Allen based his mega-hit Victor/Victoria.

Paul Hanmer (keyboard); Phil Cox (trumpet)

Wednesday, 31 January 2018, 7.30 p.m.

Northwards House

In total contrast to many of the other concerts so far, Charl and his trio take us on a journey of discovery through classical music with a twist. The programme will include dazzling arrangements of many classical favourites.

Charl du Plessis Trio

Supported by the Rupert Musiekstigting

Wednesday, 31 January 2018, 7.30 p.m

St Francis of Assisi Anglican Church, Parkview

2012 Composer-in-Residence Paul Hanmer's new work will be premiered at JIMF 2018. This astounding work, titled Mass for the First Peoples, as well as Fauré's Requiem, will be performed by the Chanticleer Singers, and, appearing for the first time in the Mozart Festival, the Applegreen Orchestra, conducted by Tim Roberts.

Phil Cox (trumpet); Magdalene Minnaar (soprano); Aubrey Lodewyk (baritone); Applegreen Orchestra; Tim Roberts (conductor)

Supported by CapVest



Thursday, 1 February 2018, 7.30 p.m.

Northwards House

Festival Pablo Casals Director and former Paris Conservatoire Professor Michel Lethiec performs a programme covering everything from Schumann and Mendelssohn to Berg and Finzi.

Michel Lethiec (clarinet); Florian Uhlig (piano)

Supported by the French Institute of South Africa (IFAS)

Friday, 2 February 2018, 2.00 p.m.

The Spaceframe Theatre, the Linder Auditorium Complex

Running a successful business is a fine-tuned balancing act that requires a range of deft skills. BASA invited a few of their boardroom regulars to try their hand at co-ordinating and conducting a different collection of individuals... the orchestra! Richard Cock takes six CEOs through their paces in an amusing and educational way.

Entrance is by donation.

The Johannesburg Festival OrchestraRichard Cock (facilitator)

Supported by BASA

Friday, 2 February 2018, 7.30 p.m.

The Deutsche Schule, Johannesburg

A special production to introduce opera to young concert-goers. Magdalene Minnaar directs this family-friendly Mozart opera extravaganza. In one hour, this fantasy story of enlightenment, birds, flutes and queens of the night will captivate your imagination and uncover the world of opera in an accessible and easily-digestible way.

Magdalene Minnaar (director); José Dias (piano); Nicholas Nicolaidis (Papageno); Jessica Ng (Queen of the Night)

Friday, 2 February 2018, 7.30 p.m.

Northwards House

Up to six candidates will be selected to participate in the JIMF 2018 vocal masterclass. One of these participants could be chosen to study for a year in Germany. This recital is the culmination of a week's worth of work with renowned German tenor, and former director of the Hochschule in Cologne, Josef Protschka.

Participants of the vocal masterclasses 2018Annalien Ball (piano); Josef Protschka (facilitator and trainer)

Supported by the Oppenheimer Memorial Trust

Saturday, 3 February 2018, 4.00 p.m.

Venue TBC

"Sacred & Profane"

Buskaid Soweto String Ensemble, joined by Jude van der Wat on harp, will lead us through various periods of music both sacred and profane, from French Baroque to 21st Century Soweto.

Buskaid Soweto String Ensemble; Jude van der Wat (harp); Rosemary Nalden (conductor)


Saturday, 3 February 2018, 8.00 p.m.

Linder Auditorium

Distinguished pianist and Lithuanian National Artist Muza Rubackyte presents an alluring programme of piano works by the giants of the composition world: Mozart, Scarlatti and Beethoven, in addition to Schumann's Arabesques and Carnaval.

Muza Rubackyte (piano)

In association with the Johannesburg Musical Society

Sunday, 4 February 2018, 11.00 a.m.

Linder Auditorium

"Heroes & Villains"

Richard Cock leads the audience through the fantastic orchestral story of Tintinyane, by 2015 Composer-in-Residence Peter Klatzow. The story is of an heroic girl who is captured by a forest monster, and whose brothers fail to save her. However, she makes a plan for herself and escapes. The programme includes various other orchestral works relating to heroes and villains.

Johannesburg Festival Orchestra; Peter Terry (narrator); Richard Cock (conductor)

Sunday, 4 February 2018, 3.00 p.m.

The Spaceframe Theatre, Linder Auditorium Complex

The final concert of the Festival features a new commission by Composers-in-Residence Matthijs van Dijk and Lungiswa Plaatjies, performed by the unconventional and extremely popular Cape Town-based ShhArt Ensemble. In addition, the programme will include unusual and exciting South African works, featuring traditional African instruments, interfacing with a Western classical ensemble. This is an apt conclusion to our Festival of opposites and contrasts.

The SshArt Ensemble