As I write this, I can hear the opera cast rehearsing with director Steven Stead in one room, and the orchestra rehearsing with conductor Jeremy Silver next door. Our co-production with Cape Town Opera promises to be very exciting, and this is, I am told, the first time Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi will be performed in Cape Town. Opening night is on Wednesday 15 May at Artscape’s Opera House, and there are only three performances. Early booking is highly recommended.
However, at the SACM, we have many other concerts taking place before the opera opens.
Next Tuesday 30th April starts with our UCT Symphonic Wind Ensemble, conducted by Alexander Fokkens. This concert features heart-warming marches such as Strauss – Radetzky March, Tchaikovsky – Marche Slave, Schubert – Marche Militaire, Leemans – March of the Belgian Paratroopers, Coates – The Dam Busters March, Beethoven – March for Military Band and some rousing pieces by Sousa. This takes place in the Baxter Concert Hall at 7.30pm.
Africa Month features a plethora of brand new works by South African composers from UCT. On Thursday 2 May, our free lunchtime concert entitled Explorations features recent piano and vocal works by Martin Watt and Hendrik Hofmeyr with Arline Jeftha (soprano), José Dias (piano) and Tertia Visser Downie (piano). This concert is supported by the Composers National Collegium and the National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences. This takes place in the Baxter Concert Hall.
On Thursday 9th May at 1 pm in the Chisholm Recital Room, SACM Composition Students will vie for the fiercely contested Cone of Composition prize. Composers were invited to enter a new, original work for a combination of flute, clarinet, viola and piano. While the judging takes place, a new work by last year’s winner, Alexandros Vavatzanidia, will be performed. This competition is also supported by the Composers National Collegium, and is free of charge to all.
On Saturday 11 May at 7.30 pm, our African Music department will stage the first of its two annual performances featuring the UCT Ibuyambo Orchestra. Ennyana Ekutudde is directed by Dizu Plaatjies and features the undergraduate students in the SACM’s African Music programme. This takes place in the Baxter Concert Hall, and is always heavily supported.
See below for a list of our upcoming daytime concerts. Remember, if you wish to double check that they are happening as scheduled, phone Milton Meyer on 021 650 2640 and he can confirm.