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  • Behind the scenes at the Orchestre Symphonique Genevois

    OSG orchestra and audience from stage 2019 11 24
    Photo credit: © 2023 Orchestre symphonique genevois
    There are always amazing shows and concerts throughout the Suisse Romande area. When you unite a great orchestra with an acoustic and historical concert hall, you won't be disappointed. We caught up with Joannah C. Wengler to tell us more about the Orchestre Symphonique Genevois (OSG) and their upcoming concert on 1 April 2023.
    Joannah writes, "Founded in 1977, the Orchestre Symphonique Genevois (OSG) is an ensemble that crosses boundaries: between nationalities, mixing people from the local area with internationals from around the globe; between generations, with musicians from 18 to 80 years of age; and between professions — doctors, physicists, UN staff, historians, librarians, students... and even musicians make up this extraordinary orchestra. They come together under the leadership of professional conductor Hervé Klopfenstein because they share one thing: their love of music."
    Over more than 40 years, the OSG has given more than 380 concerts in Geneva, French-speaking Switzerland and neighbouring France. Counting 60-80 musicians — depending on the repertoire — it is an integral part of Geneva's cultural life. It also plays a formative role for some young musicians. In recognition of these two roles, the City of Geneva subsidises the OSG.
    Joannah continues, "I first joined the OSG shortly after arriving in Geneva in 2003, introduced by a mutual friend from CERN. After a successful audition I played both in the second and first violins, taking part in many concerts in Victoria Hall in Geneva, but also further afield in the region, in places like Lausanne Cathedral, Nyon Temple, and Belley (France). Highlights have included recording Mahler’s first symphony in Victoria Hall, performing Dvorak’s Stabat Mater with the Motet de Genève, and playing with renowned soloists like Lionel Cottet (cello) and Michel Tirabosco (pan pipes)."