Dear Music Lovers
I hope you are all keeping well as schools and businesses start to open and we settle into the next phase of whatever 2020 can be!
In the arts world we are also finding new ways to evolve. Level 4 came with new media rules allowing for some creation of online production. This means that – in the right circumstances – artists can meet together in the same (distanced) space and this bodes well for allowing creatives a chance for both making output and gaining income in the coming months.
Here are some new initiatives to look out for:
Concerts Connect launches its classical recital series this coming Sunday 24th May. German/Russian award winning violinist Alissa Margulis (who has been locked-down in Cape Town since March when her flight to Vienna was cancelled) will perform a mix of ‘Sunday Afternoon’ pieces from Beethoven to Saint-Saens with pianist Luis Magalhaes. This series aims to connect music lovers through established Music Societies around the country who have been presenting world class concerts for many years. This new medium also allows for new listeners to join from around the world and each concert will take place in an iconic venue. While alcohol might be on lockdown – we can still be transported through the latest camera technology into the idyllic gardens and house of the Lourensford Wine Estate where the first concert will take place. Tickets are being sold at Quicket and if you purchase your ticket under the Cape Town Concert Series – 50% of the proceeds will be donated to the Theatre Benevolent Fund for musicians in need.
Penny Lane Studios, based in Plumstead have also begun a series of online concerts with artists including Kyle Shepherd and the Unity Band.
On Sunday 24th they present an intimate concert with songstress Lynelle Kenned and pianist Stefan Lombard entitled Still the Soul Soars with a mixed programme of light classics, covers, musical theatre favourites and art songs. The concert starts at 5pm and tickets are on Quicket with a portion also going to the Theatre Benevolent Fund.
While this online format can never replace the live experience it does at least keep us connected through music – and there is also a flexibility with the performances. Most performances are available for up to 3 days or more after the performances, so you don’t have to worry about missing anything! One such concert was released last Sunday from the Atterbury Theatre with Charl du Plessis and his Trio where they played some of their favourite music in a show called Ode to Joy. This concert is available until June and tickets are available from optog.co.za
Another new online venture beginning on Wednesday 27th May is a show called Spotlight. Produced by Rowan Bakker of &Scene it features Kate Normington hosting and interviewing some of South Africa’s top musical theatre artists currently living overseas. The first 4 shows include interviews with Amra-Fay Wright, Sifiso Mazibuko, Suanne Braun and Edward-Baker Duly. For more information https://www.plugintheatre.co.za/post/scene-launches-exciting-new-mid-week-prime-time-chat-show
Don’t forget – Fine Music Radio continues to provide the essential service of classical and jazz music 24 hours a day on fmr.co.za 101.3fm and dstv Channel 838. They are a community radio station without any major funding, and also facing tough times – with around 60% of their advertising revenue currently withdrawn. If you have any need for advertising in the future do give them a call and in the meantime they have a membership drive where for just R320 you can help keep Fine Music Radio on air for a whole year. Full details from www.fmr.co.za.
Lastly do keep our Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra and City Ballet in your thoughts – both organisations are, by nature, designed to perform in close ensemble with an audience. They sent us this message and yearn to be back on stage. Enjoy!
Thank you for making dates with music online and keeping the arts in your hearts.
Until the end of May: Charl Du Plessis Trio Ode to Joy @optog
Thursday 21st May: The Unity Band @Quicket
Sunday 24th May: Alissa Margulis & Luis Magalhaes @Quicket
Sunday 24th May: Lynell Kenned & Stefan Lombard @Quicket
Wednesday 27th May: Spotlight with Kate Normington@&Scene