Rheinland-Pfalz Youth Orchestra from Germany

October 3, 2018 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Brooklyn Theatre
c/o 13th Street & Thomas Edison
R310, R260, R210, R160

Rheinland-Pfalz Youth Orchestra
Wednesday 3 October 19:00
Albert Horne, Conductor

The Rheinland-Pfalz Youth Orchestra was founded in 1973 and is one of the best ensembles of its kind in Germany. In addition to performing regularly in Rhineland-Palatinate, the orchestra travels abroad from time to time to perform and find new audiences. The Orchestra sees itself not only as an ambassador for Rhineland-Palatinate but also as a group that represents the role of music in extracurricular programs for young people in Germany. Past tours have seen the orchestra performing in Israel, Greece, Spain, Mexico, the United States and China.


Beethoven’s Symphony No.3, Op.55
Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2 (Megan-Geoffrey Prins, Piano )

At the initiative of Peter Stieber, President of the Landesmusikrat (State Music Council), and Prof. Dr. Ivo Meinhold-Heerlein, who chairs the LJO-Förderkreis (the LJO Sponsors’ Circle) and regularly spends time in South Africa as an honorary professor at the University of Cape Town, the idea arose to bring the LJO to South Africaagain, 20 years after its successful debut tour of the country. The project has been in planning for over a year, and its contours have now taken concrete shape. Performances have been arranged in both South Africa and Botswana. The orchestra will be touring in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Gaborone, Cape Town and Stellenbosch and performing at both nations’ great concert halls.

The first part of the concert represents a connection between Germany/Europe and South Africa. »Ingoma« was written by the South African composer Hendrik Hofmeyr in 1998. His work incorporates versions of Thula, babana and Uqongqothwane. After that, the South African pianist Megan-Geoffrey Prins will play Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2 together with the youth orchestra which integrates also some other young South African musicians. The second part will be formed by Ludwig van Beethoven’s third Symphony, also called Eroica. Conductor will be Albert Horne who was born in South Africa and works currently at the State Theatre Wiesbaden, Germany.

Concert dates:

  • Tue, 2 Oct 2018, Johannesburg, Linder Auditorium
  • Wed, 3 Oct 2018, 19:00, Pretoria/Tshwane, Brooklyn Theatre
  • Sat, 6 Oct 2018, 20:00, Gaborone, Maitisong Theatre
  • Thu, 11 Oct 2018, Cape Town, City Hall
  • Fri, 12 Oct 2018, Stellenbosch, Endler Hall

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Wed 3 October 19:00

Block A (Adult) – R310 Block B (Adult) – R260
Block A (Senior) – R260 Block B (Senior)- R210
Block C (Row P, Q, R) – R160


Brooklyn Theatre (012-460-6033)
Greenlyn Village Centre
C/o Thomas Edison and 13th Streets
Menlo Park

 Megan-Geoffrey Prins, Piano 

Megan-Geoffrey Prins, from Riversdale, South Africa, is a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate at the Cleveland Institute of Music. He recently completed the Master of Music program as a piano student of Antonio Pompa-Baldi at the same institution. Praised for his technical prowess, imaginative interpretation, and keen sensitivity, Prins has received numerous awards from competitions in South Africa and abroad, including first prizes at the UNISA 120th Anniversary Competition, the inaugural Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival Competition, the 5th UNISA National Piano Competition, the 2016 Muziq Instrumen-tal Competition, and the 2017 SAMRO Overseas Scholarships Competition. In 2012, Prins re-ceived the Sadie Zellen Piano Prize from the Cleveland Institute of Music and in 2017 he was awarded the Maurice and Judith Kaplow Prize for Uncommon Creativity.

Prins made his concerto debut at the age of 11. By the age of 14, he had performed concerti with all the major orchestras in South Africa including the Cape Town Philharmonic Orches-tra, the Kwa-Zulu Natal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra, and the University of Stellenbosch Symphony Orchestra. In recent years, Prins has traveled to South Africa, the USA, Italy, France, Switzerland, and Mozambique for solo performances. Prins is an active chamber musician. He frequently collaborates with artists in the CIM community and for the Stars in the Classics concert series in Cleveland, OH. He served on the faculty of the Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival in 2016 and 2017. While studying in the USA, Prins returns to South Africa annually for concert performances, teach-ing engagements, and community outreach. Prins is currently raising funds to complete his last year of doctoral study at the Cleveland Institute of Music. For more information, please visit www.megangeoffreyprins.com. 

 Albert Horne, Conductor 

South African-born Albert Horne studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in Lon-don. He worked as Chorus Master and conductor at Cape Town Opera in South Africa from 2007 to 2014, and under his leadership their chorus was voted “Best Opera Chorus of the Year” at the 2013 International Opera Awards in London. In 2012 he was Chorus Master for concert performances of Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess” at the Philharmonie in Berlin, with Sir Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker. He has conducted the Munich Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria (Melbourne), Orchestre Pasdeloup in Paris, as well orchestras in Malmö, Tel Aviv, Bordeaux, London (ENO) and Cardiff. Albert Horne has been Chorus Master and Conductor at the State Theatre of Wiesbaden since the start of the 2014/2015 season, where he has conducted “Candide”, “Madama Butterly”, “Boris Godunov”, “La Bohème”, “Pe-ter Grimes” and a Symphony Concert, as well as the world premiere of Søren Nils Eichberg’s opera “Schönerland”.

From the first moments of the relatively well-known overture, Albert Horne signalled that premium quality would be served here…Wiesbaden’s “Candide” goes well beyond the usual operetta routine. – FRANKFURTER RUNDSCHAU