Rhodes in har­mony: gala con­cert

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TPhoto: Sup­plied he Rhodes Univer­sity Sym­phony Orches­tra, con­ducted by David Scarr will per­form in the Guy But­ler The­atre, Set­tlers Mon­u­ment on 27 Sep­tem­ber, at 7.30pm.

The per­for­mance show­cases the Rhodes Univer­sity Sym­phony Orches­tra in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the NMMU orches­tra, top young mu­si­cians from lo­cal schools St An­drew's Col­lege and Kingswood Col­lege, as well as mem­bers of the ECPO and lo­cal mu­si­cians.

The 60 minute pro­gramme in­cludes some all-time mu­si­cal favourites such as the Mozart Clar­inet Con­certo 2nd mvt played by NMMU clar­inet­tist Mieke Struwig, Rach­mani­noff’s Pi­ano Con­certo No 2 1st move­ment played by pi­anist Cather­ine Fox­croft, Verdi’s aria Bella Figlia dell’ amore (Rigo­letto) as well as Khu­malo’s Ihubo Lika Mvelin­qangi – Hymn of the Cre­ator (uShaka) sung by vo­cal quar­tet Jo-Nette Le Kay (so­prano), No­siviwe Mqwebedu (mezzo so­prano) Sibu­si­sio Mkhize and Siba­balwa Yoko (tenors), Njab­ulo Mthimkhulu (bari­tone).

The cur­tain will rise to the sounds of the Rhodes Wind­band con­ducted by Lind­say John­ston and con­clude with a guest per­for­mance by the Rhodes vo­cal­ists and Rhodes Cham­ber Choir per­form­ing Mozart’s Lac­rimosa ( Re­quiem). Spon­sored by SAMRO, the pro­gramme fea­tures City Slick­ers orig­i­nally com­posed in 2002 by South African com­poser Grant McLach­lan for a TV doc­u­men­tary de­pict­ing the lives of pen­guins and their great­est hazard, oil.

A can­dle-lit cheese and wine reception fol­lows the con­cert in the foyer.

Tick­ets are R100 for adults, con­ces­sions R50, stu­dents and schol­ars R40, school block book­ings R30. Cheese and wine reception is R80. Pre-book­ings are avail­able at the Rhodes Mu­sic De­part­ment from Denétha Peters (

Tick­ets will also be on sale at the door.

The con­cert is an an­nual fund-rais­ing ini­tia­tive. All pro­ceeds from the con­cert will be al­lo­cated to the Mu­sic De­part­ment’s 1st year bur­sary, awarded an­nu­ally to a prospec­tive BMus stu­dent in need of fi­nan­cial aid. Two BMus stu­dents are cur­rently funded by the pro­ceeds from the 2016 Gala con­cert.

Rhodes Univer­sity vo­cal­ists.

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