Music lovers in South Africa are in for a treat this spring! On their first official South Africa tour, the German Youth Orchestra, popularly known as Grafinger Jugendorchester (GJO) brings a musical extravaganza to Jozi, Soweto and Tshwane.
As part of the 'Orchestra in Motion Africa' initiative, 60 classical young musicians will collaborate with the Johannesburg Youth Orchestra on September 2 from at the Wits Great Hall at 3pm.
Concert-goers can enjoy classic pieces such as 'Rhapsody in Blue' by George Gershwin, 'Air on G String' by Johann Sebastian Bach and 'You Raise Me Up' by Rolf Lovland.
Turning it up a notch, the talented German musicians will perform their interpretation of 'Dream on' by Aerosmith and an orchestrated swing version of 'No Good' in Heavy rock by Kaleo, as well as some “funky” film music from the movie, Beverly Hills Cop.
In Pretoria, revellers will have the opportunity to enjoy a variety of pieces from Rock, Swing, modern Bavarian, and Ballades when the Orchestra performs at the German International School on September 4 at 7pm.
“We are delighted to be visiting South Africa for the first time. This is an excellent opportunity for our young musicians to experience the colourful, diverse culture of South Africa and to share the German culture with our counterparts.
"We also look to forward to sharing the musical talents of the GJO with a variety of audiences in South Africa and to have an exchange of ideas and experiences with the young African musicians," says Hedwig Gruber, Director and Conductor of the Grafinger Youth Orchestra.
1 September 9 am: A visit to Eyethu Music School, where the Youth Orchestra will spend time with their Sowetan counterparts.
September 1 at 3pm: Youth Orchestra will have a flash mob at Nelson Mandela Square.Nelson Mandela Square Sandton, Johannesburg.
September 5 and 6 at 9am: Hammanskraal community where the orchestra will have an opportunity to meet and interact with local musicians and dance groups.
The tour was made possible by The state of Germany, Bavaria, the German Business Community and German and South African Rotary Clubs.