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CT Tango Ensemble Live at the Baxter Concert Hall, 19 August 2017

The Cape Town Tango Ensemble returns to the Cape Town Concert Series for an evening of tango inspired chamber music from Piazolla to new works with focus on each of the core instruments of bass, violin, piano and of course the accordian with Charles Lazar, Piet de Beer, Albert Combrink and Stanislav Anguelov. It is […]

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The Cape Town Tango Ensemble returns to the Cape Town Concert Series for an evening of tango inspired chamber music from Piazolla to new works with focus on each of the core instruments of bass, violin, piano and of course the accordian with Charles Lazar, Piet de Beer, Albert Combrink and Stanislav Anguelov.

It is a rare opportunity to see the ensemble in concert where they are able to give full focus to the music. For our concert on 19 August, they will play a carefully selected programme of virtuosic chamber music from the Tango repertoire. Cornerstones of Piazzolla’s works will be interspersed with French and Eastern European concert-tangos, as well as first performances of new works by members of the ensemble itself.

As part of the Baxter 40th birthday celebrations, following the concert there will be a free milonga in the foyer so bring your dancing shoes to dance the night away!

Tickets are available from Computicket: http://online.computicket.com/web/event/cape_town_tango_ensemble/1163238980/0/81196689 and at the Baxter. Special group tickets available for Tango Schools. For more information contact 084 682 1337 or email info@ctconcerts.co.za

“Night Words” by Albert Combrink, premiered at the concert:

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Amelia Chan & Albert Combrink: Sunflower Fund Benefit Concert 15 August 2017

Benefit Concert – in memory of Fred Kleynhans All proceeds go to the Sunflower Fund. Gin Bar, Wale Street,  7:30pm Tickets R220 including refreshments (Honest Chocolate, Trump Coffee etc) Booking: Shelley Windall, shelley@sunflowerfund.org.za We are very excited to be hosting an intimate fundraiser for the Sunflower Fund. The driving force of this is Amelia Chan, who recently […]

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Amelia Chan Sunflower Fund Concert
Benefit Concert – in memory of Fred Kleynhans

All proceeds go to the Sunflower Fund.

Gin Bar, Wale Street,  7:30pm
Tickets R220 including refreshments (Honest Chocolate, Trump Coffee etc)

Booking: Shelley Windall, shelley@sunflowerfund.org.za

We are very excited to be hosting an intimate fundraiser for the Sunflower Fund. The driving force of this is Amelia Chan, who recently lost her newlywed husband to lymphoma.
Amelia is the Concert Master of the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong. She is an exceptional violinist, and will be performing this very personal and moving recital in memory of her late husband, Fred Kleynhans. She is soon to go back to Hong Kong, but would like to express her gratitude to the wonderful haematology team in the Sunflower Ward at Mediclinic Constantiaberg, where Fred was treated. And since he suffered from a blood cancer, the Sunflower Fund had become a cause very close to the couple’s heart.

Violinist Amelia Chan’s performances have taken her around the globe. She has been heard on WQXR, New York; WQED, Pittsburgh; West Virginia Public Broadcasting; BBC Radio Scotland, Scotland; and RTHK Radio 4, Hong Kong. She was formerly concertmaster of the West Virginia Symphony, and has performed extensively with the New York Philharmonic. She has recently collaborated with legendary flautist Sir James Galway as a soloist, and with the French accordionist extraordinaire Richard Galliano in chamber music.

The Gin Bar is privileged to host this benefit concert in memory of Fred Kleynhans. All proceeds of tickets and beverages sold will go to the SunFlower Fund.

The Sunflower Fund creates awareness around the need for blood stem cell donors and provides education as to the process of registering as a donor. We raise funds to cover the tissue-typing costs involved in adding donors onto the South African Registry.

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Albert Combrink (Keyboard)

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Narrative Ensemble Photos by Jan Theron (June 2017)

The Narrative Ensemble recently gave world premiere performances of new South African Chamber music compositions by Anthony Costandius at venues across the Cape Peninsula and the Greyton “Classics 4 all” festival. Jan Theron was on hand to take exquisite photos and Theresa Theron did Video recording. Follow Narrative Ensemble on Facebook. Find Jan Theron Photography […]

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The Narrative Ensemble recently gave world premiere performances of new South African Chamber music compositions by Anthony Costandius at venues across the Cape Peninsula and the Greyton “Classics 4 all” festival. Jan Theron was on hand to take exquisite photos and Theresa Theron did Video recording.

Follow Narrative Ensemble on Facebook.

Find Jan Theron Photography on Facebook.

Listen to the works on SoundCloud.

The dancers of “Prematuur”:

Gisela Iles, Anastasios Constantaras, Mandri Sutherland and Soleil Terblanche. Choreography Saskia Wicomb

The members of Narrative Ensemble: 
Valentina Koleva-Vorster (Violin 1), Maretha an der Walt (Violin 2), Jan-Hendrik Harley (Viola), Cheryl de Havilland (Cello), Albert Combrink (Piano), Liesl Stoltz (Flute), Beatrix Kirsten (Clarinet), Gene Kierman (French Horn), Roxane Steffen (Double Bass).

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CT Tango Ensemble: Winter Milonga @ Alliance Française du Cap 23 July 2017

Winter Milonga @ Alliance Française du Cap Sun 23rd Jul 2017 19:00 – 22:00 (SAST) Alliance Française du Cap, 155 Loop Street, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, South Africa, 8000 PRICE: R110 BOOKING HERE Come and warm up your heart in the middle of the Winter months in the heart of Cape Town. CT […]

Winter Milonga @ Alliance Française du Cap

Sun 23rd Jul 2017 19:00 – 22:00 (SAST)
Alliance Française du Cap, 155 Loop Street, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, South Africa, 8000

PRICE: R110

BOOKING HERE

Come and warm up your heart in the middle of the Winter months in the heart of Cape Town.
CT Tango Ensemble will be performing live at this fabulous venue for the pleasure of those of you who love listening to live Tango music and those of you who love dancing to Tango music.
The CT Tango Ensemble, South Africa’s only Tango Orchestra, comprises:

Stanislav Angelov – Bandoneón & Accordion
Albert Combrink – Piano
Petrus de Beer – Violin
Charles Lazar – Double Bass

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Charles Lazar, Petrus de Beer, Stanislav Angelov, Albert Combrink

CT Tango Ensemble Woordfees2014 Photo by Marlize Stander (13)

 

Sunday Tango at the Shed – Sun 21 May 17h30 – 21h30

Sunday Tango at the Shed – Sun 21 May 17h30 – 21h30 Live tango music by Cape Town Tango Ensemble from 7pm Spier Wine and snacks will be available at The Shed Out door picnic area in safe prime area The largest wooden floor for tango dancers while cocert goers enjoy the music Entrance Under […]

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Sunday Tango at the Shed –

Sun 21 May 17h30 – 21h30

Live tango music by Cape Town Tango Ensemble from 7pm

Spier Wine and snacks will be available at The Shed
Out door picnic area in safe prime area

The largest wooden floor for tango dancers while cocert goers enjoy the music
Entrance Under 16 and over 60 R80, every body else R120
cash bar and snacks available.
Directions: into Santa Pad, off Annendale Rd, Stellenbosch (1,5 km from Barden Powel toward Stellenbosch)

FIND MAP TO “THE SHED” HERE”

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The Shed
This is for those of you who are not sure how to get to the venue on Sunday.
This is the sign you should look for coming off Annandale Road.
Please do not go to the usual main entrance of Spier Wine Estate.
Another way is to look on Facebook for the page of Stellenbosch Waldorf School which right next to the venue or look for the page of The Shed. On both those pages you’d find directions how to get there.

Two Works (Costandius) – Greyton Festival 20 May 2017, 3pm

“Two Works” (Anthony Costandius) – Greyton Festival 20 May 2017, 3pm “Some Rooms in an Empty House” & “The tragic Tale of Torbalan and De Oude Rode Ogen” Moravian Church: Greyton BOOK HERE: Tickets R130 For the first time Classics for All audiences can enjoy a collaboration between music and movement in what promises to […]

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“Two Works” (Anthony Costandius) –
Greyton Festival 20 May 2017, 3pm

“Some Rooms in an Empty House” & “The tragic Tale of Torbalan and De Oude Rode Ogen”

Moravian Church: Greyton

BOOK HERE: Tickets R130

For the first time Classics for All audiences can enjoy a collaboration between music and movement in what promises to be a unique and thought-provoking experience.

“Some Rooms in an Empty House”, one of the Two Works by South African composer Dr Anthony Costandius, is a minimalistic, expressionistic work that takes the listener on a conceptual “House Viewing” during which a total of nine rooms are shown. It starts in the “Green Room” and then moves through “A room of forgotten passions”, “A room for songs”, “On being a monster without under a bed under which to hide”, “A room for touching”, “A room for clocks winding down”, “A room for Fools” and ends in “the Last Room”.

Performance Art group PREMATUUR (see pictures of dancers) gives abstract expression to the music of Costandius through movement. PREMATUUR’s ethos is to shift the boundaries of known theatrical practices by using progressive exploration to establish vocabulary, orchestrated by choreographer Saskia Wicomb.

Musicians (NArrative Ensemble):
Valentina Koleva-Voster and Maretha van der Walt (violin)
Jan-Hendrik Harley (viola)
Cheryl de Havilland (cello)
Albert Combrink (piano)

Dancers:
Soleil Terblanche, Robert Viljoen, Mandri Sutherland, Gisela Iles and Saskia Wicomb (Choreographer)

The performance of TWO WORKS is on Saturday 20 May at 15h00 in the Moravian Church in Greyton. Tickets from Computicket.

Choreographer Saskia Wicomb

Choreographer Saskia Wicomb

“The tragic Tale of Torbalan and De Oude Rode Ogen”

The second work, “The tragic Tale of Torbalan and De Oude Rode Ogen” is a satirical opera for violin (Valentina Koleva-Voster) and double bass (Roxane Steffen), based on the legend of a duel between the scary monster-like Torbalan and Oude Rode Ogen, resulting in the rescue of children.

In Greyton so fair
Will be told, for the first time, a tale so rare,
Of Torbalan, the Sackman, and his quest to Linz
And his rival, De Oude Rode Ogen, purveyor of sins.
Both race to steal little Adolf, a boy so rare,
Only to be caught in his wily snare:
Alas, Torbalan and De Oude Rode Ogen both expire,
leaving little Adolf to set the world on fire….

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Some Rooms in an Empty House – Greyton Festival 20 May 2017, 3pm

A FIRST FOR CLASSICS FOR ALL: A UNIQUE COLLABORATION BETWEEN MUSIC AND MOVEMENT Some Rooms in an Empty House Greyton Festival Saturday 20 May 2017 3pm Moravian Church: Greyton BOOK HERE: Tickets R130 For the first time Classics for All audiences can enjoy a collaboration between music and movement in what promises to be a […]

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A FIRST FOR CLASSICS FOR ALL: A UNIQUE COLLABORATION BETWEEN MUSIC AND MOVEMENT

Some Rooms in an Empty House

Greyton Festival

Saturday 20 May 2017

3pm

Moravian Church: Greyton

BOOK HERE: Tickets R130

For the first time Classics for All audiences can enjoy a collaboration between music and movement in what promises to be a unique and thought-provoking experience.

“Some Rooms in an Empty House”, one of the Two Works by South African composer Dr Anthony Costandius, is a minimalistic, expressionistic work that takes the listener on a conceptual “House Viewing” during which a total of nine rooms are shown. It starts in the “Green Room” and then moves through “A room of forgotten passions”, “A room for songs”, “On being a monster without under a bed under which to hide”, “A room for touching”, “A room for clocks winding down”, “A room for Fools” and ends in “the Last Room”.

Performance Art group PREMATUUR (see pictures of dancers) gives abstract expression to the music of Costandius through movement. PREMATUUR’s ethos is to shift the boundaries of known theatrical practices by using progressive exploration to establish vocabulary, orchestrated by choreographer Saskia Wicomb.

Musicians:
Valentina Koleva-Voster and Maretha van der Walt on violin, Jan-Hendrik Harley on viola, Cheryl de Havilland on cello and Albert Combrink on piano.
Dancers:
Soleil Terblanche, Robert Viljoen, Mandri Sutherland, Gisela Iles and Saskia Wicomb

The second work, “The tragic Tale of Torbalan and De Oude Rode Ogen” is a satirical opera for violin (Valentina Koleva-Voster) and double bass (Roxane Steffen), based on the legend of a duel between the scary monster-like Torbalan and Oude Rode Ogen, resulting in the rescue of children.

The performance of TWO WORKS is on Saturday 20 May at 15h00 in the Moravian Church in Greyton. Tickets from Computicket.

Choreographer Saskia Wicomb

Choreographer Saskia Wicomb

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CT Tango Ensemble: PIAZZOLLA & BEYOND – Greyton Festival 21 May 3pm

The Thirteenth Greyton/Genadendal Classics for All Festival – 19-21 May 2017 CT Tango Ensemble: PIAZZOLLA & BEYOND Sunday 21 May 3pm The Oaks Estate BOOK HERE Visit the Festival WEBSITE   CLASSICS FOR ALL GOES TANGO! The Ehlers family of the historic The Oaks Estate near Greyton invites Classics for All festival-goers to the final […]

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The Thirteenth Greyton/Genadendal Classics for All Festival – 19-21 May 2017
CT Tango Ensemble: PIAZZOLLA & BEYOND

Sunday 21 May

3pm

The Oaks Estate

BOOK HERE

Visit the Festival WEBSITE

 

Charles Lazar, Petrus de Beer, Stanislav Angelov, Albert Combrink

Charles Lazar, Petrus de Beer, Stanislav Angelov, Albert Combrink

CLASSICS FOR ALL GOES TANGO!

The Ehlers family of the historic The Oaks Estate near Greyton invites Classics for All festival-goers to the final concert of the 2017 Classics for All, on Sunday 21 May at 15h00.

Cape Town Tango Ensemble will be performing PIAZZOLLA AND BEYOND, featuring the music of the great Argentinean composer of the 20th Century and Bandoneon virtuoso Astor Piazzolla.

Astor Piazzolla started his new style of music during the 1950’s. It took Tango music from the dance halls of Buenos Aires to the Concert stages throughout the world. Piazzolla inspired many classical musicians to perform his music during his lifetime and after his death.

The Cape Town Tango Ensemble consists of Stanislav Angelov (accordion), Petrus de Beer (violin), Albert Combrink (piano) and Charles Lazar (double bass).

The Oaks Estate will be open to (ticketed) concert-goers from 13h00. Marianne and her team will be selling cake, coffee and tea before and after the concert, while Gert and his helpers will be selling their popular estate wine, the Nguni Shiraz.

 

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Kim Kallie Performance Academy Showcase 14 March 2017

Students from the Kim Kallie Performance Academy present a selection of pieces especially selected to showcase individuals’ abilities, technique and growth as performers. Kim and Albert’s students will be performing once again at HQ Bar & Restaurant, Heritage Square in Cape Town. Date: Tuesday 14 March 2017 Time: 6:00 for 6:30pm – 8:00pm Tickets: R195* each (includes HQ tapas selection) Tickets […]

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Students from the Kim Kallie Performance Academy present a selection of pieces especially selected to showcase individuals’ abilities, technique and growth as performers. Kim and Albert’s students will be performing once again at HQ Bar & Restaurant, Heritage Square in Cape Town.

Date: Tuesday 14 March 2017
Time: 6:00 for 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Tickets: R195* each (includes HQ tapas selection)

Tickets are limited to 140, on a first come first served basis. Seating is unreserved.

PLEASE NOTE: Doors open at 6:00pm. The performances will start at 6:30pm sharp, so please allow time to find seating, order from the bar and be served before the show commences.

Ticket price includes delicious HQ tapas, and a cash bar will be available. Parking is available across the road from Heritage Square.

To stay for dinner afterwards, bookings are essential! Reserve a table in advance with Matt at HQ: 082-4927769 / matt@hqrestaurant.co.za. Please mention you are a Showcase guest at the time of booking, and we’ll treat you to complimentary dessert!

Highlights from last year’s July Showcase:

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Meet the Artists: Concert in a Convent Garden 2017 – 5 February, 17h30

Concert in a Convent Garden Sunday 5 February 2017 17:30 – 19:30 (Picnic gates open at 15:30) R150 /30 /u10 free – All proceeds go to charity Booking at Quicket Starring: Katlego Maboe, Adelia Douw, Magdalene Minnaar, Given Nkosi & Musical Director Albert Combrink Address: St John’s Road, Wynberg, Cape Town An annual event, formerly […]

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Concert in a Convent Garden
Sunday 5 February 2017

17:30 – 19:30 (Picnic gates open at 15:30)

R150 /30 /u10 free – All proceeds go to charity

Booking at Quicket

Starring: Katlego Maboe, Adelia Douw, Magdalene Minnaar, Given Nkosi & Musical Director Albert Combrink

Address: St John’s Road, Wynberg, Cape Town

An annual event, formerly in the guise of “Opera in a Convent Garden”, this has become one of the very special outdoor musical events the beautiful city of Cape Town has to offer. Audiences are entertained in the exquisite gardens of Springfield Convent, to a picnic concert which has for years consistently brough top artists before the public. This year, the singers comprise, as usual the gamut of genres from Jazz, to musicals, pop to light opera. Our top team of performers include TV personality Katlego Maboe, Jazz songstress Adelia Douw, Soprano Diva Magdalene Minnaar, and one of our top tenors, Given Nkosi, led by Musical Director Albert Combrink, with concert Master Lucia di Blasio Scott.

Bring a Picnic basket and blanket, as the venue is child friendly and perfect for a sunset concert under the trees. Refreshments and drinks will be for sale at the event.

BOOK AT QUICKET

or call 021 797 9638 or 082 781 1708

Adults R150 / Scholars R30 / Children under ten free

MEET THE ARTISTS

ADELIA DOUW:

 

KATLEGO MABOE

Magdalene Minnaar

 

Given Nkosi:

CV’s of the performers:

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Singer and TV Personality Katlego Maboe

Singer and TV Personality Katlego Maboe

 

Katlego Maboe: Paving his way to success

Trilingual Katlego Maboe is not only host of The Expresso Show* – the Feel Good Breakfast Show broadcast weekdays from 06h00 to 09h00 – but also a second season of Strictly Come Dancing (2014 and 2015).

Awarded the title of Presenter of the Year at the 2015 and 2016 South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs) as well as at the 2016 YOU Spectacular Awards, Maboe has grown year-on-year into a well-known TV presenter, singer, voice-over artist, MC, model and actor.

Speaking fluent Afrikaans, English and Setswana, accompanied by an on-point sense of humour, Maboe effortlessly maneuvers around any given situation and transcends any demographic border.

Amongst his many accolades, Maboe was crowned the most stylish male celebrity in South Africa at the 2014 YOU Spectacular Awards, and featured in the 2015 South African Menswear Week modelling for Presidential Shirts.

Maboe’s biggest passion by far has always been music; a burning passion he has fueled since becoming a member of the North West Children’s Choir in 1998. His love for singing manifested itself in his involvement in the well-known South African acapella boy-band, Flip a Coin, as one of the group’s lead vocalists and beat-boxers.

Hailing from the town of Potchefstroom, Maboe completed his schooling at Potchefstroom Central School and Potchefstroom High School for Boys, matriculating in 2004. Thereafter he proceeded to study for a B.Com degree in Chartered Accountancy at the North West University which he completed in 2007.

Throughout his life, Maboe has been very active in cultural, sporting and academic activities; taking a keen interest in various sporting codes; excelling to provincial level in cricket. In 2015 Maboe put his athletic abilities to the test when he took part in the charity boxing match Unfinished Business. Pitted against Lunga Shabalala, Maboe won the match 3-0.

Appointed a HOPE Cape Town Goodwill Ambassador in 2014, Maboe is regularly involved in philanthropic projects that focus on education and health, such as his ongoing community work with HOPE Cape Town and riding the Cape Town Cycle Tour twice in the name of charity (with Michael Mol in 2011 for Open Gate, and in 2013 riding for Pick n Pay in support of the Velokhaya Cycling Club).

Follow Katlego Maboe on social media:

ADELIA DOUW

Jazz Songstress Adelia Douw

Jazz Songstress Adelia Douw

Adelia was born in a small township called Delft and started singing before she could talk. Her musical journey started as a 3 year old in Elsies River where
she used to entertain her family and friends singing ‘old school jams’. She became one of the youngest members of the church choir participating in every school concert, church play and community activities. Adelia wanted to share her love and passion for singing and music with the world.

At the age of 16 she was introduced to a programme started by Cape Outdoors Adventure, Sport and Training (COAST) and the Department of Social Development in her community, called THE DELFT BIG BAND which was under the musical direction of the legendary Ian Smith, trumpeter, singer, and music educator. This was when her dreams became a reality. Ever since then she has travelled the world with the band, visiting Sweden on two occasions to perform for Queen Sylvia of Sweden at the World’s Children’s Prize for the rights of a child after which Adelia made her debut at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival in the 2010, as one of the youngest vocalists to perform, in the process winning a scholarship to the Berklee College of Music in Boston, USA to attend their summer programme.

Upon her return from the US she went on a tour with the DELFT BIG BAND to France, performing on world renowned stages. Back in South Africa while
at college she landed the lead role of EVITA in her college production of EVITA, graduating with Merit in Performing Arts.
Adelia, as the songstress of the Delft Big Band, is a regular at corporate gigs and large scale events where she has performed in front of huge crowds and
honed her skills as a professional vocalist. In addition to performing with the very busy Delft Big Band, she performs with the likes of Ian Smith and Andrew Ford
and other jazz legends, as part of smaller quartets and trios on the jazz scene. She recently recorded a song with DJ/producer, DJ Nibblez. Recently she has
been a solo vocalist at large scale concerts such as at Nederburg Picnic Pops, the Oude Libertas Ampitheatre and the City of Lights Festival. She had the honour of
serenading Ahmad Kathrada for the “Freedom for the City” ceremony. She has held her own solo shows at the famous Crypt Jazz Restaurant and the Winchester
Mansion’s Jazz Brunch.

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TWITTER: @adeliadouw

MAGDALENE MINNAAR

Soprano Magdalene Minnaar

Soprano Magdalene Minnaar

MAGDALENE MINNAAR

South African soprano Magdalene Minnaar has entertained audiences across the globe with her versatile voice and enigmatic stage presence, evident in her acclaimed performances of the female lead in the international touring production Show Boat and The Phantom of the Opera, as well as with international superstar Josh Groban on his recent tour in South Africa. A recent Kyknet Fiesta and Fleur du Cap nominee and SAMA winner, Magdalene has won numerous awards and prizes including the Mimi Coertse Bursary Competition (winner), the UNISA Voice Competition (song prize), a Kanna Award as part of the South African Sopranos (Best Classical Production) and also the prize as Best Overall Production at this year’s Clover Aardklop for the opera Poskantoor which Magdalene produced as well as singing the lead role.

After receiving her Honours degree in Music with distinction from the College of Music at the University of Cape Town, she was accepted into the prestigious Cape Town Opera Studio where she performed and studied many roles, including Gilda (Rigoletto), Zerlina (Don Giovanni) and understudy of the Queen of the Night in William Kentridge’s celebrated version of The Magic Flute. In 2009 she was awarded a WBHO bursary for overseas study, which lead her to the New York Opera Studio where she furthered her studies. Highlights of her subsequent career as opera singer include the opening of the Cape Town Stadium, RMB Starlight Classics, Sean Bovim’s Queen at the Ballet and SuperSkouspel in 2015.

Hailed a “musical rebel” by the press, she has collaborated widely across genres, working with internationally acclaimed producers and musicians, including an operatic electronic collaboration with her brother Louis, entitled MiNNAAR.

In 2010 Magdalene started Biblioteek Productions, which provides a platform for artists of all walks to collaborate on theatrical music productions and conceptual Classical concerts. These projects include the acclaimed Afrikaans opera Poskantoor and Waansin often being labeled as “Ground-breaking work”. Apart from starting four new acclaimed concert series’ (In The Dark, Little Maestros Classical Concerts for Parents & Tots, Co/Mission), it is with Biblioteek that Magdalene had made her directing debut in 2011, following her lifetime passion of creating beautiful and inspiring theatre. She will be co-directing Cape Town Opera’s Orfeo later this year, and a new international musical in 2017.

FOLLOW MAGDALENE:

TWITTER: @BiblioteekZA

www.magdaleneminnaar.com / www.biblioteek.co.za / www.minnaar.net

 

GIVEN NKOSI

Operatic Tenor Given Nkosi

Operatic Tenor Given Nkosi

GIVEN NKOSI

BIOGRAPHY:

Given Nkosi was born in Witbank (Mpumalanga), enrolled at the South African College of Music (University of Cape Town) for Performers Diploma in Opera under the direction of Professor Angelo Gobbato and Associate Professor Virginia Davids and completed his Post Graduate Diploma in Opera Performance with the same institution in 2009.

He has been involved in productions such as Cossi fan Tutte, La Rondine, Manon, La Boheme, Wherther and many others. He appeared as soloist with the Cape Town Philharmonic during the 2004 Youth Music Festival and performed with the Tirisano National Youth Choir at the Choir Olympics in Bremen. In 2001 and 2002 won he won the National Championship of Tirisano School Choir Competition and 2003-4 won the National Championship South African Post Office Competition.

In 2005 he was selected as the best male singer for the Schock Foundation Prize. He has performed in Cosi fan Tutte (Ferrando) at Artsacpe, as well as Handel’s Messiah with the New Apostolic church in Silvertown (Cape Town), Mozart’s Solemn Vespers, Vivaldi’s Magnificat and Mendelssohn’s Elijah also with the New Apostolic Church in Silvertown (Cape Town). Has recetly perfomed Puccini’s Messa di Gloria (Johannesburg – South Africa).

He went on to play different roles, as listed below:

Ferrando Cosi fan tutte University of Cape Town 200

Ruggero La Rondine University of Cape Town 200

Des Grieux Manon University of Cape Town 200

Don Ottovia Don Giovanni University of Cape Town 200

Primo Soldatti L’incoronazione di Poppe 200

Nemorino L’Elisir D’Amore University of Cape Town 200

Valzzachi/Italian Tenor Der Rosenkavalier Cape Town opera 201

Edgardo Lucia Di Lammermoor Cape town Opera 201

Robins Porgy and Bess Cape Town Opera 2010

Rudolfo in La Boheme Cape Town Opera 2012

The Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto Israel Opera 2012

Wherther in Wherter Israel Opera 2012

He has been to Italy on his first International Competition which he got to the semi-final 2007. In September 2007, he was invited to and enjoyed masterclass lessons in Bulgeria under the tutelage Raina Kabaivanzka. Given Nkosi is a firm favourite with Cape Town audiences in roles such as Valzacchi as well as the Italian tenor in Der Rosenkavalier and the Praise Singer in African Songbook.In November 2010 he joined the Israeli Opera Studio in Tel Aviv, Israel, for three months as the 2010 Graham Beck Opera Ambassador and returned in 2012 to 2014 to play The Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto and Wherther in Wherther. He has been interviewed locally and internationally. In 2010, he was interviewed by CNN.

In 2011, he was invited and attended masterclass lessons under Renata Scotto in Rome.

 

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