Choral lovers of Port Elizabeth can look forward to a weekend of world-class entertainment with the Hannover Vokalensemble from Germany who will be performing alongside the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) Choir on 22 and 23 August 2015.
This forms part of the Hannover Vokalensemble’s tour of South-Africa and promises to be a memorable experience, with the ensemble being famous for their renditions of Eric Whitacre’s compositions. Whitacre, one of the most respected contemporary composers, was so overwhelmed and impressed by the ensemble’s dedication and artistic ability, that he personally conducted them for their special CD-album of Whitacre music. This tour is supported by the MIAGI (Music Is A Great Investment) project – a proudly South-African project supporting excellence in the musical arts, thereby providing support to only the finest groups and projects in South-Africa.
The Hannover Vokalensemble will give their first performance alongside the NMMU-Choir on Saturday, 22 August at 18:00 at the Summerstrand Dutch Reformed Church. Here these two choirs will not only be showcasing the best of their respective repertoires, but also singing as a mass choir the innovative work of Dr Peter-Louis van Dijk, namely his San Gloria. This work is known for its powerful juxtaposition of ancient Latin texts with the colourful sound of the Khoi-San culture, thereby promising a unique experience for each and all.
The NMMU Choir will furthermore be delivering performances of the ever popular Bohemian Rhapsody – a version arranged by Dr Peter-Louis van Dijk which has garnered the choir international acclaim. The Romantic piece Hvad Est Du Dog Skjøn, a rendition of the Afrikaans folk song Al Lê Die Berge Nog So Blou as well one of the choirs signature medleys, Uxam, will amongst other pieces also be forming a part of their programme. Entry fee for this performance is R75 for adults and R40 for students and pensioners.
Sunday, 23 August, sees these two choirs once again sharing a stage at the Weis Memorial Congregational Church in Schauderville. Here a youth choir from the northern areas will be joining them for an even more varied performance. Entry fee for this performance is R20 per person.
These performances form part of an exciting time for Port Elizabethan choral- and music lovers, with the highly anticipated final rounds of the ATKV-Applous competition recently taking place in the Feather Market Hall, as well as the Kuesta University Choral festival which NMMU will be hosting over the weekend of 11 and 12 September 2015.
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