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GRAHAMSTOWN MUSIC (article first published : 2000-06-12)

The music component of this year’s Standard Bank National Arts Festival taking place from June 30 to July 8 ranges from classical to traditional and brass to voice.

Winner of the 2000 Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Music, Gloria Bosman, combines jazz and gospel to produce a show as smouldering and honey-rich as her famous voice. Musicians joining her on stage will include saxophonist Moses Khumalo.

The New Arts Philharmonic Orchestra presents two shows: a symphony concert that will include the Beethoven Triple Concerto Op.56 for piano, violin and cello and a Proms concert.

Internationally renowned Finnish composer-pianist Heikki Sarmanto brings his New Hope Jazz Mass, a synthesis of Finnish folk music and American gospel located within a modern jazz idiom. All texts, except three written by Aina Swan Cutler, are taken from the new Lutheran liturgical service. The Festival production will use South African singers and musicians.

New Music Indaba 2000 is a unique celebration of music by composers from South Africa, America and Europe. Featured ensembles include Sisu (Norway), Loos (Netherlands), Duke Quartet (UK) as well as many South African artists. The music will range from experimental to African choral.

Acclaimed British concert pianist Joanna MacGregor and South African jazz phenomenon Moses Molelekwa join up to create a fusion of classical and jazz piano.

Three local favourites also perform: The SA Navy Band, under the baton of Commander Mike Oldham will delight Festival audiences with their varied programme that includes classical music, big band and jazz. The members of the AngloGold Choir, an all-male choir from AngloGold's Vaal River Operations near Orkney in the North West Province, have voices that feed the soul. Their repertoire ranges from the classics to folk music and traditional African music. The Chanticleer Singers, formed by Richard Cock in 1980, are regarded as South Africa's leading chamber choir. Their scope is wide and comprises of both serious and light music ranging from Renaissance to contemporary.




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