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
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
CV’s of the performers:
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:
- Twitter: www.twitter.com/katlegomaboe
- Instagram: instagram.com/katlegomaboe
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/katlego.maboe.page
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.
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.
www.magdaleneminnaar.com / www.biblioteek.co.za / www.minnaar.net
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.