Dear Friends of SA College of Music
I am delighted to be writing to you about our live performances again! Whilst we will not be staging anything that is open to the public at the College itself, we are now allowed to have audiences again in the Baxter Theatre Centre.
Our friends at the Baxter have gone to great lengths to make the venues safe under all the COVID19 protocols. The venues have marked seating, and seats have been blocked off to assure social distancing. Your temperature will be taken on entering the complex, and you will need to supply your details so you may want to bring your own pen.
We are going to start off with a free lunchtime concert on Wednesday 28 October at 13H00 in the Baxter Concert Hall.
MMUS (Performance) student, Ivan Preller, will perform his Interim recital. The programme is:
Piano Sonata No. 8 in A minor K. 310 (1778) – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Notturno, Sei Pezzi No. 3 P044 (1904) – Ottorino Respighi
Pictures at an Exhibition (1874) – Modest Mussorgsky
Tuileries (Dispute d’enfants après jeux)
Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks
Samuel Goldenberg und Schmuӱle
Limoges, le marché (La grande nouvelle)
Con mortuis in lingua mortua
The Hut on Hen’s Legs (Baba-Yagá)
The Great Gate of Kiev
Starting the same day, we are very excited to present the first evening of our opera collaboration with Cape Town Opera – Così fan tutte.
There are four performances in total – Wednesday October 28, Thursday 29 and Friday 30 at 19H00 and Saturday 31 at 3 pm. Booking is at Webtickets.
Reuniting the brilliant team responsible for 2019’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi, this production is directed by Steven Stead and features Cape Town Opera Young Artists alongside talented singers from the University of Cape Town Opera School. The UCT Symphony Orchestra will be conducted by Maestro Jeremy Silver. Costume and set design is by Michael Mitchell and lighting design by Kobus Rossouw.
“Così fan tutte is a fascinating ambiguity: it is a sparkling and delicious comedy until it suddenly isn’t. I have loved this opera for all its contradictions and rich texture ever since I first heard it as an opera-mad teenager. It is still without doubt one of my favourite operas. One of the things I love most about it is the fact that every time I engage with the piece, it reveals another aspect of itself. It cannot be pinned down, and refuses to be categorised. It is as complicated and messy, uplifting and heart-breaking as it is to be human; there are no absolutes. Only the feelings and evidence of the moment.” says director, Steven Stead.
Once again, to accommodate Covid-19 policies and protocols pertaining to lockdown Alert level 1, seating capacity in the Baxter’s Main Theatre is limited and we request that you arrive at least 25 minutes before curtain up.
I look forward to hearing from you, and seeing some of you, at these performances.
SA College of Music