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OPEN YOUR EYES (article first published : 2003-09-14)

Open Your Eyes, is a Symphonic Rock spectacular featuring the Gateway Philharmonic Orchestra (which is a teaching /community orchestra) with rock ,vocalists and international guest musicians. A fusion of orchestral, classical, rock, indigenous and vocal elements combine to make a new and exciting musical style that is a true reflection of the community and cultural elements of South Africa.

Written with the aim of combining rock and orchestral elements, the music has been composed by Philipp Maier and Cedric van den Schrik and the programme embraces all styles of music. The inimitable and visionary Shawn Philipps, international rock/folk icon will be a guest at the concert. Rock arrangements with classical motifs, instrumentals which feature different sections of the orchestra and arrangements which feature indigenous instruments combined with vocal soloists, have placed this Orchestra into a musical category as yet unexplored in South Africa.

Think Pink Floyd at the Berlin Wall, think Led Zeppelin, think Toto’s “Africa” and you begin to understand the “feel” and “style” of the music which will be presented in this concert.

Open Your Eyes will take place on September 21 at 19h00 in the Xpo Explore venue at the Gateway Theatre of Shopping in Umhlanga.

Tickets range from R25 to R50 available only from Gateway Theatre of Shopping. Contact Shannan Brown on 031 266 4104 or Melanie Roberts on 082 378 7486.




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