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Carnival of the Animals, Randall Wicomb ahead


The Music Department is putting on five performanc­es of the Carnivalof­theAnimals between 20 and 23 October.

There are four morning performanc­es for schools (which are sold out except for Wednesday) and one evening performanc­e at 7.30 pm on Thursday 22 October. The evening performanc­e will include performanc­es by the Rhodes vocalists, and tickets are available at the door.

Conducted by Johan Pretorius, this fun production paints a vibrant, musical picture of a variety of lovable animals (such as tortoises, birds, chickens, elephants, wild asses and a swan) using orchestral instrument­s and pianos.

Musical depictions are interspers­ed with a fun storyline, making it accessible and educationa­l for children from five and older.

The Rhodes orchestra and pianists will provide the musical backdrop to this 30-minute show.

DSG staff members Kwazi Mkula and Liz Rennie, as well as talented performers from DSG, Graeme and Kingswood, will be joining the students for the production.

Morning shows on October 20, 21 and 22 at 10.30am and October 23 at 10am.

Evening performanc­e includes Rhodes vocalists, at 7.30 pm.

Performanc­es are in the Beethoven Room, Department of Music and Musicology, Rhodes University.

Tickets: R15 for morning performanc­es, R50 and R20 for evening performanc­e.

Meanhile, on Saturday 24 October at 7pm, Randall Wicomb will perform in the Neels Heunis Hall at PJ Olivier.

His show is Kleur my lewe, my lied, for which you can book a table, bring your own picnic basket and drinks and enjoy an evening of good music. Tickets are R60. Contact Strauss de Jager on 083 633 0881 or Mariëtte 046 622 4539 (mornings).

Wicomb has been known as an Afrikaans folk singer for more than four decades. Many would know him for the popular song Dans met die rooi rok.

Randall is very ill, suffering from cancer, but he still performs as it gives him pleasure and energy.

He will be talking about his biography, Kleur – My Lewe, My Lied, launched in Stellenbos­ch on 14 October. In it, he takes a close and honest look at his life. The story follows his life in search of his identity and the reasons for his success and failures.

After being diagnosed with cancer, this is Randall’s moving search for meaning, the unveiling of himself through humour and sincerity. He is a multiaward­ed singer and, with his bandana and blue guitar, a household name to South Africans.

At the back of the book is a CD with fresh recordings of his most popular songs. CDs and books will be on sale at the performanc­e.

For bookings, call Strauss at 083 633 0881.

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