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FAMILY TRIO (article first published : 2001-02-3)

Friends of Music’s first recital of the year on February 6 at 19h45 at the SABC features the talented family trio of Linda Bukhosini, her husband Bongani Tembe and their daughter Nondumiso Tembe. Titled In Song, the programme will also feature Gerhard Geist on piano.

Tenor Bongani Tembe is the Chief Executive and Artistic Direct of the KZN Philharmonic. Holding bachelor and master of music degrees from the prestigious Juilliard School in New York, he has excelled on both concert and opera stages. In 1987, he became the first black South African to appear in a principal operatic role in a nationally and internationally televised NAPAC production of Die Fliegende Holländer and has also performed for many dignitaries including President Mbeki, former President Mandela, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness Prince Philip.

Soprano Linda Bukhosini has performed with numerous leading conductors and world-renowned musicians in South Africa, Brazil, Germany, the USA and Malaysia. Her expansive vocal repertoire includes operatic, concert and indigenous South African music styles. Until recently the Playhouse Company's director of arts, education and development, she holds both the bachelor and master's degrees from Juilliard.

Nondumiso Tembe is fast becoming a professional artist to contend with. She has appeared in Playhouse Company productions such as Annie. Still a scholar at Durban Girls' College, she is also a proficient violinist.

Gerhard Geist started his career as an opera conductor under the renowned Hungarian maestro, Sir Georg Solti, at the Frankfurt Opera in Germany. There he had the opportunity to work with the best singers and musicians in numerous productions. He was also assistant to Herbert von Karajan at the Salzburg Festival and was professionally attached to various opera houses in Germany and Austria. He came to South Africa at the invitation of the Free State Performing Arts Council and for more than a decade did pioneering work as resident conductor for Pacofs and Artistic Head of the Free State Musicon. Since retiring from these posts he has conducted on a freelance basis, and has made several appearances with the KZN Philharmonic.

The programme includes works by Strauss, Tosti, Donizetti, Tchaikowsky, Lloyd Webber, Bernstein, Alban, Berg and Bellini.

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