Mozart Requiem

Internationally acclaimed South African choir, Gauteng Choristers, will once again wow their local fans with a dazzling performance set to take place at Gold Reef City’s Lyric Theatre on Saturday, 12 August 2017.

With August being women’s month the concert will celebrate and highlight the careers of

two of South Africa’s most successful women in classical music, viz, Dr Sibongile Khumalo and Pretty Yende. Choral music enthusiasts can look forward to being serenaded by the choir’s history making collaboration with renowned songstress, Dr. Sibongile Khumalo, SA international opera stars Pretty Yende, Musa Nkuna as well as rising star pianist Tumelo.
This list of Opera stars will be completed by Aubrey Lodwyk who is a proud member of Gauteng Choristers and is carving an international career as an opera singer.

Gauteng Choristers - a registered non-profit entity – boasts an extensive track record both locally and internationally. Directed by the talented Sidwell Mhlongo, the choir has performed to sold-out performances in South Africa, European countries such as Italy, Belgium, Spain, Austria, Switzerland, and Hungary as well as the United Stated of America.

Built on the foundation of being a Centre of Excellence in choral and operatic singing since
1998, Gauteng Choristers continues to grow into a powerful brand in the choral music and related musical genre in South Africa and abroad. The choir primarily focuses on choral singing at the highest level as well as choral singing development.

THE CONCERT:
The first half of the concert will see 27-year-old self-taught pianist Tumi Ramonti from township of Soshanguve, Tshwane performing the 2nd and 3rd movements of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major, (Emperor Concerto) with orchestra. In classical music,
piano concertos are typically virtuoso showpieces which require an advanced level of technique on the instrument, including melodic lines interspersed with rapid scales, arpeggios, chords, complex contrapuntal parts and other challenging material.

Tumi Ramonti’s performance will be followed by a world premiere of The Crucifixion by father and son collaboration of veteran South African composer Leslie J Nkuna's cantata, orchestrated by his son Musa Nkuna. This world first is a great achievement in South
Africa’s classical and choral music scene as it has never been performed on stage with a full
orchestra.

The second half of the concert will be all systems go with Mozart's Requiem KV626 as the empress of song Dr. Sibongile Khumalo, SAMA Award winner and international opera star Pretty Yende and internationally acclaimed baritone of Aubrey Lodwyk take to the stage to perform this classical masterpiece.

This is Mozart’s last composition which he wrote while on his death bed in 1791. Musa Nkuna will again render his world class tenor to complete the four soloists, a world class choir and an orchestra, required to perform Mozart’s Requiem Mass.

MAKING A DIFFERENCE and FINDING THE RIGHT FIT
As a nation, cultural diversity is our pride and it is through arts and culture that we experience its expression. It is for this reason that the Gauteng Choristers is proud to collaborate with Wits School of Arts (WSOA) to raise funds for underprivileged arts students.

Proceeds from the concert will go towards funding the poor art students and those who fall
within ‘the missing middle’. Gauteng Choristers has committed to donating R30,000 from tickets proceeds to the initiative.
The choir further challenges corporates to participate by matching this figure so that more
funds can be raised to support needy art students.

The concert also aims to highlight the importance of education and successful careers in opera and classical music. All the artists that will be on stage are a living example of South Africans who came from previously disadvantaged backgrounds and were able to overcome all obstacles to succeed to the highest level.

This event will be held annually event to raise funds for WSOA as well as to highlight new SA talent within classical and choral music. With a special focus on leading woman in classical music, like Dr. Sibongile Khumalo a veteran singer sharing a stage with a young
international star Pretty Yende. The choir believes that by giving upcoming choral musicians
an opportunity to share a stage with SA’s distinguished international stars, will go a long way in growing the industry and creating an opportunity for them to make a living through this music genre.

Gauteng Choristers is looking forward to hosting members of the audience from all over SA and neighbouring countries.Tickets prices range from R200-R350, available online at www.webtickets.co.za or purchase
in-store at Pick n Pay.

For more information please contact Gauteng Choristers Marketing and Communications
Manager:
Malesedi Maphunye-Sefamela
Email: Malesedis@gmail.com

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Cnr Northern Parkway & Data Crescent, Ormonde, 2197
Johannesburg
12 August , Saturday 19:00

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