Dear Friends of the College
Welcome to our year of concerts in 2019!
I am delighted to kick off on a positive operatic note:
No fewer than ALL the nominees for the Fleur du Cap Opera category this year are staff, students and alumni of the SA College of Music. Thanks so much to Fleur du Cap for including these categories:
BEST PERFORMANCE IN AN OPERA – MALE
Aubrey Lodewyk in Mandela Trilogy as Mandela 3
Bongani Kubheka in Don Pasquale as Don Pasquale
Lukhanyo Moyake in Mandela Trilogy as Justice
Lunga Hallam in Don Pasquale as Ernesto
Makudupanyane Senaoana in Maria Stuarda as Robert Leicester
BEST PERFORMANCE IN AN OPERA – FEMALE
Brittany Smith in Der Fledermaus as Adele
Brittany Smith in Don Pasquale as Norina
Janelle Visagie in La Voix Humaine as Elle
Violina Anguelov in Maria Stuarda as Elisabetta
Vuvu Mpofu in Maria Stuarda as Maria Stuarda
Add to this, two other nominees for SUPPORTING ACTOR AND ACTRESS in a MUSICAL OR MUSIC THEATRE SHOW are also “ours”, namely
Conroy Scott in Calling Us Home as Ivan
Lynelle Kenned in Calling Us Home as Grace
More positive opera news is that we have two new staff members in the Opera and Singing department at UCT: A/Prof Jeremy Silver – Director of the UCT Opera School, and singing teacher Paulina Malefane. Our singing and opera department is now complete again, and this bodes well for our first Collaboration with Cape Town Opera –
Vincenzo Bellini: I Capuleti E I Montecchi in May at Artscape.
As if this were not exciting enough, we were delighted when tenor Levy Sekgapane offered to perform a fundraiser recital in aid of our Opera School on Tuesday 26 March. Levy has been performing to packed houses in Europe since winning some of the world’s major competitions, and as I write, he and Jeremy Silver are discussing repertoire.
On a more sombre note, we start off our concert year on Tuesday 19 February with a Gala Tribute to our much loved and missed George Stevens. Jeremy Silver will accompany Paulina Malefane and senior students from the UCT Opera School, plus UCT will launch the George Stevens Opera Scholarship.
More excitement in the first quarter is a piano recital by Olga Kern. This concert is a collaboration with the Cape Town Concert Series, and they will be handling the booking. However, if you are a voucher-carrying Friend of the College, then your voucher will get you into this concert, subject to availability. Please let me know in advance if you wish to attend as the CTCS also have members who may have booked the seats you like. If this happens, Louise Howlett and I will seat you as close as possible.
I would like you to consider continuing as a Friend of the College, or becoming such a Friend, as you will find it has many benefits for you.
- Firstly, I will keep your seat/s for you, so you won’t have to battle with the public.
- Secondly, one of your vouchers will gain you entry to the Olga Kern concert, which I am unable to arrange any other way as her concert is a collaboration with the concert series.
Also entry to Levy Sekgapane’s fundraiser – normal price will be R300.
Also entry to Camerata Tinta Barocca on – normal price R120.
- Thirdly, your vouchers will entitle you to enter our symphony concerts, the Opera collaboration with Cape Town Opera, our Opera Kaleidoscope and other fabulous concerts that we present. [There are a few collaborations which do not allow for the FOC programme, but these will be clearly indicated in our brochure.]
BECOME A FRIEND OF THE COLLEGE for 2019
Friends of the College support the SACM by purchasing a set of 15 vouchers at a generous discount price before the concert year starts to boost the concerts fund at the beginning of the year. Further vouchers may then be purchased at a pro-rata rate throughout the concert year. Tickets are transferable, so family and friends may attend concerts with you or even without you. This also makes them the perfect gift for someone who has everything.
These vouchers are also valid for the lowest price range in the house over the first three performances of the student opera collaborations with Cape Town Opera. Your tickets may be upgraded if you pay the difference at Computicket or at the box office on the night, subject to availability. A few concerts are not valid for the FOC series, but those are concerts organized by other organisations and will be listed as such.
R720 for 15 performance vouchers, which works out at R48.00 per performance, while normal prices range from R75 to R300 depending on the productions.
Our glossy brochure is currently being printed, but here – in brief – is a list of our concerts for 2019:
(Subject to change.)
Tuesday 19 Feb at 7.30 pm, Baxter Concert Hall
A Gala Tribute to George Stevens, featuring Paulina Malefane and seniors students of the UCT Opera School, accompanied by Jeremy Silver.
Tuesday 26 Feb at 7.30 pm, Baxter Concert Hall
Camerata Tinta Barocca
Tuesday 5 Feb at 7.30 pm, Baxter Concert Hall
Piano recital: Grethe Nöthling “An die ferne Geliebte” – a tribute to Clara Schumann
Tuesday 12 March at 7.30 pm, Baxter Concert Hall
UCT String Ensemble, conducted by Alexander Fokkens
Monday 18 March at 7.30 pm, Baxter Concert Hall
Piano Recital: Olga Kern
Tuesday 26 March at 7.30 pm, Baxter Concert Hall
Fundraiser: Levy Sekgapane (tenor) and Jeremy Silver (piano)
Tuesday 2 April at 7.30 pm, Baxter Concert Hall
UCT Symphony Concert, conducted by Eric L. McIntyre. Soloist: Estelle Roux (piano)
Concerto pour piano et orchestra, FP146
Tuesday 9 April at 7.30 pm, Baxter Concert Hall
UCT Big Band
Directed by Darryl Andrews
Wednesday 10 April at 7 pm, Baxter Concert Hall
Fine Music Radio Bursary Awards
Classical and Jazz
Tuesday 23 April at 7.30 pm, Baxter Concert Hall
BFF – Becky Steltzner (clarinet), Farida Bacharova (violin) and François du Toit (piano)
Tuesday 30 April at 7.30 pm, Baxter Concert Hall
UCT Symphonic Wind Ensemble
Directed by Alexander Fokkens
Saturday 11 May at 7.30 pm, Baxter Concert Hall
African Music, presented by Dizu Plaatjies
Tuesday 14 May – Saturday 18th May, Artscape
Tuesday 21 May at 7.30 pm, Baxter Concert Hall
Student Showcase presented by François du Toit
Tuesday 16 July at 7.30 pm, Baxter Concert Hall
Piano recital: Esthea Kruger
Tuesday 23 July at 7.30 pm, Baxter Concert Hall
Piano Exchange Concert
Tuesday 30 July at 7.30 pm, Baxter Concert Hall
UCT Big Band directed by Darryl Andrews
Tuesday 6 August at 7.30 pm, Chisholm Recital Room
Music students of Amanda Tiffin and Andrew Lilley
Tuesday 13 August at 7.30 pm, Baxter Concert Hall
Tuesday 20 August at 7.30 pm, Baxter Concert Hall
UCT Symphony Concert – Concerto Festival
Conductor: Bernhard Gueller
Tuesday 3,4,5 September at 7.30 pm, Baxter Concert Hall
SACM Jazz Festival
Tuesday 10 September at 7.30 pm, Baxter Concert Hall
Grethe Nöthling and Friends – A concert of South African works
Tuesday 17 September at 7.30 pm, Baxter Concert Hall
The Schock Foundation Prize for Chamber Music, final round
Friday 26, 27 September at 7.30 pm, Baxter Concert Hall
Tuesday 1 October at 7.30 pm, Baxter Concert Hall
UCT Symphonic Wind Ensemble
Tuesday 8 October at 7.30 pm, Chisholm Recital Room
Student Showcase, arranged by Hendrik Hofmeyr
Saturday 12 October at 7.30 pm, Sarah Bartman Hall
UCT Symphony Concert conducted by Alexander Fokkens
Featuring the Symphony Choir of Cape Town and the UCT Symphony Orchestra
Programme: Missa Solemnis
Tuesday 23 October at 7.30 pm, Baxter Concert Hall
The Schock Foundation Prize for Singing
Tuesday 29 October at 7.30 pm, Baxter Concert Hall
The Laura Searle Prize for Piano Concerto Playing
I look forward to seeing you all again soon.