For Nelson Mandela’s centenary year, the acclaimed American Minnesota Orchestra, in partnership with Classical Movements, will embark on a five-city tour of South Africa during August 2018.
The US Orchestra Tribute to Madiba’s Centenary – “Music for Mandela” will mark the first-ever South African Tour and cultural exchange with a professional US Orchestra in Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg, Soweto and Pretoria.
The question needs to be asked; “How did the Orchestra miss out on appearing in the ONLY Metropolitan area named for Nelson Mandela – the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropole?”
Conducted by Minnesota Orchestra Music Director Osmo Vänskä, the tour marks the first-ever visit to South Africa by a professional U.S. orchestra.
A highlight of the tour will be a piece specially commissioned as a tribute to Mandela by Classical Movements. World-acclaimed composer Bongani Ndodana-Breen is writing the tribute, titled Harmonia Ubuntu, which will also feature soprano Goitsemang Oniccah Lehobye.
The piece will be performed at concerts in Minnesota in July, after which Vänskä and the Orchestra will travel to South Africa to perform in Cape Town, Durban, Pretoria and Johannesburg, as well as at the historic Regina Mundi Roman Catholic Church in Soweto.
Speaking about their reason for travelling to South Africa, Minnesota Orchestra President and CEO Kevin Smith said, “We recently became the first American orchestra to tour