Long-awaited African debut by international star violinist Sarah Chang in Cape Philharmonic Concert on June 9
Sarah Chang, one of the world’s most celebrated and captivating violinists, makes her Cape Town debut with the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra in Sibelius’s demanding Violin Concerto on Sunday, 9 June, in the Artscape Opera House at 8pm. On the podium will be Theodor Kuchar, who is collaborating with Chang for the 11th time in this performance. The orchestra will also perform Rossini’s l’Italiana in Algeri overture, the Symphony no 4 in A, “Italian”, by Mendelssohn, and Finlandia, also by Sibelius.
Louis Heyneman, CEO of the Cape Philharmonic, says the orchestra has been working with Kuchar for some time to make this happen.
“It’s not often that a star of this calibre comes to South Africa, and we are delighted to present her first. It’s an opportunity not to be missed, for the considerably gifted Chang is considered to be one of the best there is.” She will also perform, with the KZNPO and Kuchar, in Johannesburg and Durban.
Chang, who at 32 has been an international star for two decades, made her debut at the age of eight with the New York Philharmonic. Since then, she has demonstrated her technical virtuosity and musical insight all over the world in performances with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Berlin Philharmonic, the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra and more. She has also collaborated with the most revered conductors of our time, from Sir Simon Rattle to Valery Gergiev.
Chang was born in Philadelphia in 1981 of musical parents who had recently arrived from South Korea. Five years later, she gave an exhilarating audition, performing the Bruch Violin Concerto, at the Juilliard School where she was subsequently enrolled. At the age of10, she had already recorded her first album which was released by EMI Classics. Chang rapidly rose to fame and was among a very small number of professional musicians to be internationally recognised as a ‘child prodigy’.
Tickets for this concert are from R280 to R420 bookings at Computicket: 0861 915 8000 or Artscape Dail a Seat: 021 421 7695