Listening to the Image – 7th Johannesburg International Mozart Festival

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Sound Installation at Goethe Institut for 2014 Johannesburg International Mozart Festival. Clare Loveday composer. Picture by Johnathan Andrews.
Sound Installation at Goethe Institut for 2014 Johannesburg International Mozart Festival. Clare Loveday composer. Picture by Johnathan Andrews.

The 7th edition of the Johannesburg International Mozart Festival will run from 24 January to 8 February 2015.

This year’s theme, Masquerade, will see a variety of concerts, workshops, master-classes and collaborations which explore the phenomenon of masks and disguises as well as artistic and human identities in a wider sense. Featuring world renowned artists and ensembles, including Sir James Galway, Melvyn Tan and the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, the JIMF also provides a platform for a number of interdisciplinary projects incorporating dance, film and visual arts; and specifically placing great emphasis on educational initiatives for young South African musicians.

As part of the 2015 Johannesburg International Mozart Festival, The Goethe-Institut supports a multidisciplinary collaboration between three emerging young South African Composers and photographer-artist, Lebohang Kganye. Composers Antoni Schonken, Matthew Dennis and Diale Peter-Daniel Mabitsela were each invited to conceptualise and create a new composition in response to Kganye’s photography series entitled Ke Lefa Laka. Curator Mika Conradie, composer-in-residence for the 2015 JIMF, Peter Klatzow, and Jeanne Zaidel-Rudolph were tasked with facilitating the collaborations between composers and photographer, and to guide this process towards the presentation of the 3 new performances, which will consist of live musical performances by a Quintet Ensemble and projected photographic material. The performances will be presented at the Goethe-Institut on 31 January 2015 as part of the 2015 Johannesburg International Mozart Festival. The performances will be followed by a panel discussion with the photographer and the composers.

Goethe Gallery and Auditorium address: 119 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood

Admission: Free

For programming and booking details, see www.join-mozart-festival.org

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