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16.09.2018 16.00 - 18.00
Odeion - Bloemfontein
Symphony Concert


- In memory of Prof Derek Ochse -
with conductor Anmari van der Westhuizen & soloist Danielle Ceronio (saxophone)

This Odeion Sinfonia is a string only orchestra housed in the Odeion School of Music comprising string students studying at the OSM and string members of the Free State Youth Orchestra. The orchestra was founded by Derek Ochse with Anmari taking over the baton during her first year of residence at the UFS and the Odeion String Quartet (2009). The principle aims of this orchestra are to provide excellent training and valuable experience in string and ensemble playing, to adequately prepare string students for orchestral playing, to present them with numerous ensemble and orchestral concert playing opportunities and to generally promote quality string and ensemble playing.

Anmari is a highly acclaimed cellist and chamber musician and has more than thirty years of experience in playing and conducting chamber music. She is Adjunct Professor and Head of the OSQ. She graduated from the Stellenbosch University (BMusHons, cum laude), from the Mozarteum, Salzburg (Grosses Diplom, cum laude), and from the Hochschule für Musik (Cologne) under the tutelage of Prof Maria Kliegel (Konzertexamen). Anmari has won prestigious competitions and has had extensive chamber music training by members of the world's best string quartets like the Alban Berg String Quartet, the Amadeus String Quartet, the Borodin String Quartet, the Brodsky String Quartet and the Hagen String Quartet. She performed as a chamber musician and soloist in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Faroe Islands, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Poland, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, USA, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Anmari has made several CD recordings, and both her solo CDs with Ilse Schumann received excellent reviews in South Africa and in Austria. She was the conductor / director of the UCT String Ensemble for ten years and is currently the conductor of the Odeion Sinfonia and co-conductor of the Free State Youth Orchestra.

The programme will include the following works:

GF Handel - Concerto Grosso Op. 6 No. 1
R Vaughan Williams - Concerto Grosso
N Stockton - Passacaglia for saxophone/horn and strings orchestra (soloist: Danielle Ceronio – saxophone)
P Warlock - Capriol Suite


Ninette Pretorius (tel. 051 401 2504) / This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it




The Odeion is an intimate theatre on the campus of the University of the Free State with ideal accoustics for chamber music and symphony concerts.