In a dynamic celebration of young talent, the Johannesburg Youth Orchestra Company joins forces with Born To Perform for three shows only in “A Night with the Stars” at UJ Arts Centre Theatre in Auckland Park on Friday 27 May at 19h30 and Saturday 28 May at 14h30 and 19h00.

The Johannesburg Youth Orchestra Company (JYOC) is a full symphony orchestra and is without doubt, one of Jozi’s hidden treasures, made up of over 70 young musicians who have delivered quality performances since their inception over 20 years ago  and who continue to excel.

Add to this mix, the incredible talent of the Born To Perform youngsters who burst onto the entertainment scene following their successful inaugural Gala Concert last July, and you have a 2-hour concert that’s accessible and fun whilst giving the audience an experience of music and vocal excellence at its best.

Industry greats Samantha Peo and Timothy Moloi add their voices to further enhance the concerts as guest artists, thus ensuring a non-stop journey of pure delight for old and young.

Audiences will be treated to a diverse selection of hits from classic standards like The Greatest Love of All and The Impossible Dream to orchestral classics like Holst’s Jupiter and John Williams’ Olympic Spirit. Other instantly recognizable hits will include You’re The Voice, Radiohead’s CreepUptown Funk to the Labrinth/Emile Sandé massive hit Beneath Your Beautiful and a number of other fantastic surprises thrown into the mix.

A Night with the Stars will be produced and directed by Maestro extraordinaire Bryan Schimmel and conducted by Eddie Clayton.

Says Schimmel; “I joined the Board of Directors of the JYOC a little over a year ago to be able to lend my experience and capabilities to this fantastic organisation and support the advancement of youth in the arts. My vision for  the 2016 A Night with the Stars  is to position the youth as the stars of the show showcased in a mind-blowing event that promises maximum entertainment, emotional impact and youthful energy.”

Schimmel continues; “When one thinks of a youth orchestra, it is easy to assume that they are not as good as a professional ensemble. Under the firm and nurturing hand of conductor, Eddie Clayton, the young musicians of the JYOC perform with a sense of musicianship, precision, tuning, style and experience comparable to any professional orchestra and I am thrilled to be working with them. I have also assembled a first class creative team of seasoned design and technical professionals who are all lending their expertise and experience to ensure  a spectacular event..“

Here’s just a taste of what to expect from A Night with the Stars 2016: https://youtu.be/6Rdfus51L0c

For more information, please contact the JYOC office at

Phone:                       011-484 1257

Email:                         info@orchestracompany.org.za

A Night with the Stars stars the JYOC and Born To Perform, featuring Samantha Peo and Timothy Moloi and is being staged for 3 shows only at UJ Arts Centre Theatre (University of Johannesburg Kingsway Campus, Auckland Park) on Friday 27 May at 19h30 and Saturday 28 May at 14h30 and 19h00.

Tickets are R200 & R250 and booked through Computicket on www.computicket.com or 0861 915 8000.

Group Bookings of 10 or more tickets qualify for discounted rates of R185 and R235 and are also available through Computicket.

The Johannesburg Youth Orchestra Company is a Not for Profit Organisation, with these “A Night with the Stars” concerts being their main fundraising event for 2016. 


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