Possibly rating in as the musical capital of the entire continent, Johannesburg is giving a tribute to who might possibly rate in as the most widely recognized musical genius in history: Mozart. January 27th of this year will bring with it a loving celebration in the South African Lightning City and a 14 day event featuring a host of singers, dancers and performances.
January is Mozart’s birthday and what could be more fitting than the annual Johannesburg International Mozart Festival (JIMF) to celebrate this occasion? The theme this year is Se Vuol Ballare - If You Would Dance after the eponymous famous aria from Mozart’s opera, The Marriage of Figaro.
In its fifth year now, this festival officially opens on Sunday, 27 January 2013 (Mozart’s birthday) and runs until Sunday, 10 February, but this year organisers have added a pre-concert on Saturday, 19 January – The Vienna New Year’s Concert. This concert ties in with the ‘dance theme’ featuring the SA Mzansi Ballet Dancers, Nozuko Teto (soprano), Siyabonga Maqungo (tenor), the Johannesburg Festival Orchestra and Richard Cock as the conductor.
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