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PORGY AND BESS (article first published : 2004-02-21)

Based in Dallas, USA, the Turtle Creek Chorale will present a concert version of Porgy and Bess by George Gershwin featuring South African artists studying at SMU in Dallas at the Jubilee Hall, University of KwaZulu-Natal on March 5. Among these performers will be popular Durban singer Bronwen Forbay.

The principal roles will be sung by graduate and artist students from South Africa currently studying at SMU. The company of SMU students recruited and taught primarily by Professor Barbara Hill Moore, will repeat this program in four cities on tour throughout South Africa from March 1 to 14. The Turtle Creek Chorale’s Chamber Chorus and One Achord will provide the 100-voice chorus for the Dallas performance and the University of Natal Opera Chorus in Durban.

The University of Cape Town Orchestra and Opera Chorus will be featured in the performance on March 9at the Baxter Theater at the University of Cape Town. Other performances take place on March 3 at the University of Port Elizabeth and on March 10 in the UNISA Conference Hall, Sunnyside Campus, Pretoria.

An American musical masterpiece, The Gershwins’® Porgy and Bess (SM) is a timeless love story set in Charleston’s Catfish Row. Weaving together themes of pride, prejudice, pathos, and passion, the score is thrilling and heartwarming.

The concert version includes many of the Gershwins’ classic songs including Summertime; I Got Plenty O’ Nuttin’; It Ain’t Necessarily So; I Loves You, Porgy; My Man’s Gone Now and There’s a Boat Dat’s Leavin’ Soon for New York.

More details from the University’s music department on 031 260-3353.




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