“Se vuol ballare, Signor Contino? – If you would dance, my little Count?”. This is what Figaro asks, somewhat belligerently, in his famous cavatina from Mozart’s opera The Marriage of Figaro. Translating Mozart’s creative spirit and constantly initiating new ideas, the 2013 Johannesburg International Mozart Festival picks up on the dance theme, and presents various concerts that fuse music and movement. A number of choreography concerts take place at this year’s Festival, probing the art of improvisation through combined explorations of music and dance. On Wednesday 30 January, Bach Solo cello suites embedded in free improvisations will be accompanied by dance choreography, with Erich Oskar Huetter (cello) and Tanima (dance). Supported by the Austrian Embassy, in collaboration with MIAGI, this concert takes place at The Fringe, Johannesburg Theatre, at 20:00. On Thursday 7 and Friday 8 February at 19:30, the Wits Art Museum will host two unique examinations of this theme. "Moving Mozart" will see acclaimed South African dancers Mamela Nyamza and Kirsty Ndawo on stage with Andreas Kern (piano); performing to the works of Mozart, Schumann and Eggert. The rhythmic force of percussion meets dance when Duo FourIVTwo (marimba and vibraphone) share the stage with Thabo Rapoo from Tshwane Dance Theatre, the following day. On Monday 4 February, internationally acclaimed violinist, broadcaster, conductor, speaker, educator and writer Ruth Waterman will discuss, illustrate and dance aspects of J. S. Bach’s Partita no.3 in E major BWV1006 for solo violin. Taking the audience “behind the notes” into the world of the interpreter in an illuminating exploration followed by a concert performance, Waterman will pull out all the stops by attempting to dance the minuet, as well as playing an unusual sarabande on the piano. She will also show how Bach chose to recreate the prelude in a glittering version for full orchestra. “Our reverence for Bach and his enormous output . . .
The most beautiful garden in Africa hosts Freshlyground on Sunday February 3 as part of the Old Mutual Summer sunset concerts. One of the most popular bands in South Africa and having released their fifth studio album late in 2012, Take Me To The Dance, Freshlyground will be wowing the audience with some new sounds and old favourites. They have managed to navigate 10 years in the South African music industry, no mean feat for a band this size. Their ascension was rapid - they became a household name in South Africa in 2004 with the release of the smash-hit album Nomvula, and every album released since has generated at least one radio hit: Doo Be Doo, I’d Like, Pot Belly, Fire is Low & 2010’s world-wide hit with Shakira, Waka Waka. Freshlyground are pushing creative boundaries with their new CD and championing alternative ways of distribution and marketing. With a focus on making their music more accessible to more people around the country, and at a cheaper price, the album is marketed and distributed by Pick n Pay, The CD is bundled with a goodie bag, including free shirt. The album is also be available for digital download from the band’s website freshlyground.com, as well as iTunes and Amazon.com. URL: http://www.sanyo.org.za/events/ Twitter: Facebook: YouTube: Author: Jessica Miller from Hippocommunications. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: None To gain access to None image/s please Like, Tweet or +1 this article: [l2g] Images: [/l2g] . . .
February 2013 has just promised to be one of the most phenomenal months of the year with the announcing of Cosmic Gate’s “Wake Your Mind South Africa Tour” landing in Cape Town on the 8th February and moving over to Johannesburg the following night. The German trance duo, Bossi and Nic Chagall are back in SA after their previous sold out tour in April 2012, accompanied by leading vocalist Emma Hewitt, ready to give all Electronic Dance Music fans an electrifying night of bass blasting trance tracks that will have them dancing the night out. Having met out of pure chance in a record label office, the duo have proved to be one of electronic dance music’s most successful and most enduring partnerships creating a perfect in-studio/behind-the-decks storm. Ten years into their career they became the highest-climbers on DJ Mag’s 2009 Top 100 chart, appeared in DJ Mag’s list of Top 100 spinners for eight consecutive years and landed amongst the biggest DJs in the world. Australian songstress Emma Hewitt’s distinctive style and lyrics have earned her a legion of passionate fans around the world and placed her as one of the most recognisable voices in the EDM industry. Having earned herself numerous accolades including #1 Vocalist Of 2012 by Bearmedia UK, #2 on the illustrious A State of Trance Annual Countdown and an International Dance Music Award (Best Euro/HiNRG Track) at the 2010 Winter Music Conference in Miami, Emma is at the top of her game. Supporting Cosmic Gate is Ørjan Nilsen for his first ever SA performance. This Norwegian prodigy has been collaborating with major names such as Armin van Buuren and Leon Boiler, and in 2012 received a nomination for an International Dance Music Award for Best Break-Through DJ confirmed by his tremendous rise to #32 in the DJ Mag Top 100. His catchy melodies and chunky energetic tracks have seen him steadily grow into a world phenomenon. Joining this grand line-up at both shows is SA’s very own DJ Fresh. The “Big Dawg” . . .
Since iTunes was launched in South Africa in December, numerous South African musicians have taken advantage of a global audience by uploading their original music onto one of the world’s biggest online music stores. One such original artist is Julian Graham, whose single “Tonight” is proving popular locally and in Europe and the United States. “iTunes has the advantage of taking fresh talent and putting it in the global spotlight. It's now so much easier to share my music and that's everything musician's need right now ,” says Graham. “I have a huge catalogue of music purchased on iTunes since early December that is world class and previously unavailable to me. I have also discovered a broad range of South African musicians that I never knew about before.” Graham’s hit “Tonight” is available for download at https://itunes.apple.com/za/album/tonight-single/id591800869?ls=1 for a nominal fee of R6.99. Graham is studying music at Berklee College of Music Online and is using the profits from the sale of his song to fund his tertiary education. URL: http://www.youtube.com/julezg101 Twitter: @julez4music Facebook: https://facebook.com/juliangrahammusic YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eg_nGAC4LTA Author: Angela Graham from Julian Graham Music. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: One To gain access to One image/s please Like, Tweet or +1 this article: [l2g] Images: Julian Graham Photographer: [/l2g] . . .
Press release For immediate release 15 January 2013 TACIT reaches out with hearts, voices and guitar strings for charity TACIT is putting their soul-capturing talents together the 16th of February at the Jamrock Theatre in Brackenfell to raise funds for the Luck Lucy Foundation. Freshly back from over international waters the six musicians are determined to put together a phenomenal one night only show to express their support and help lift the financial burden on this important organisation. TACIT has been dubbed by United Arab Emirates media as the best band in Bahrain, and possibly the UAE. Their music is a collection of passion, creativity and honed skill. It is influenced by various genres ranging from jazz, to rock, to blues. Every performance is a journey through some of the world’s greatest music - reminiscing the classics from Bon Jovi; Queen; Whitney Houston; Bryan Adams; Michael Jackson; and Tina Turner to keeping up to date with the Top 40 such as hits from Lady Gaga; Maroon 5; Bruno Mars; Jason Derulo; Chris Brown; to David Guetta. The Lucky Lucy Foundation is a non-profit organisation with a mission to relieve the plight of cruelly neglected and abused township and street animals. The foundation also aim to socially uplift and educate needy and underprivileged children and people around Cape Town. They have been improving the lives of animals and families since its commencement in 2010. Booking is essential as no tickets will be sold at the door. Tickets available from Santina at 083 703 4240. There will be a cash bar and guests are welcome to bring their own snacks or platters. All proceeds goes to the foundation. [Ends] Events details: Date: 16th February 2013 Venue: Jamrock Theatre Address: Shop 57, Brackenfell Shopping Centre, Old Paarl Road, Brackenfell, 7560 Time: Doors Open 19:00 Cost: R120 per ticket Tickets available from Santina at 083 703 4240 For more event details contact: Starlet . . .
Hot music on a hot summer’s afternoon at the most beautiful garden in Africa - that’s what you can expect on Sunday 27 January at the latest Old Mutual Summer Sunset concert. The combination of super talent Toya Delazy with opening act by Lindiwe Suttle makes for a fabulous blend of music genres and sure to be crowd pleasers. Hailing from eMahlabathini near uLundi, KwaZulu-Natal, Toya Delazy has made a real impact on South African Top 40 Radio with the release of her debut and follow-up singles Pump It On and Love Is In The Air. This talented young singer-songwriter trained as a jazz pianist but Toya’s more recent influences lie somewhere between Hip Hop, Electro, Alternative and Pop. Her debut album Due Drop was released in 2012. Singer-songwriter Lindiwe Suttle will be opening the afternoon. Her debut album Kamikaze Art walks the line between avant-garde and mainstream with a balance of up-tempo songs and ballads. Her music has been described as organic electronic soul. The Old Mutual Summer Sunset Concerts take place at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden (RhodesDrive , Newlands, Cape Town) on Sundays from 17h30 – 19h00. Gates open at 16h00. For further information and ticket prices, please telephone 021 799 8783/8620 or visit the website www.sanbi.org or www.oldmutual.co.za/music Tickets can be booked on www.webtickets.co.za Facebook: Old Mutual Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts Twitter: @KirstenboschNBG URL: http://www.sanyo.org.za/events/ Twitter: Facebook: YouTube: Author: Jessica Miller from Hippocommunications. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: None . . .
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Sir Roger Norrington, a leading light on the classical music scene for almost 50 years, will conduct the Zurich Chamber Orchestra with celebrated South African clarinetist Robert Pickup as soloist. In a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity selected members of the South African National Youth Orchestra will join them on their tour. Tickets are R250 and are available from Computicket - www.computicket.co.za Concert details • Friday, 1 February 2013, 19.30 - Cape Town, New Apostolic Church in Silvertown (near the Joseph Stone Auditorium in Athlone) URL: http://www.sanyo.org.za/events/ Twitter: Facebook: YouTube: Author: Jessica Miller from Hippo communications. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: One To gain access to One image/s please Like, Tweet or +1 this article: [l2g] Images: [/l2g] . . .
The deadline for registration of Fringe productions wanting to take part in the 2013 edition of the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown is 18 January 2013. The Festival will take place from 27 June to 7 July 2013. The National Arts Festival Fringe is unique in South Africa in that no selection criteria are applied – participation in the Fringe is open to everyone. The Fringe has mushroomed in size since its inception in 1979 when a diminutive 10 events comprised the Fringe – it now consistently boasts over 400 events across all the arts genres. Disciplines include children’s theatre, film, comedy, drama, physical theatre, dance, cabaret, visual art, performance poetry, music theatre, and the full scope of music genres. All interested artists, performers, directors and producers can request application forms and information booklets from the Fringe Office, by email – email@example.com, or telephone – 046 603 1103, or fax – 086 233 2119. Forms are also available, and can be submitted, via the Festival’s website – www.nationalartsfestival.co.za/artists. The deadline for registration is Friday 18 January 2013. The National Arts Festival is sponsored by Standard Bank, The National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund, Eastern Cape Government, Department of Arts and Culture, City Press and M Net. URL: http://www.nationalartsfestival.co.za/artists Twitter: Facebook: YouTube: Author: Fiona Gordon from The Famous Idea Trading Co. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: One To gain access to One image/s please Like, Tweet or +1 this article: [l2g] Images: Photographer:Photographer: Photographer: [/l2g] . . .
Composer Bongani Ndodana-Breen has written a wide range of music encompassing symphonic work, opera, chamber music and vocal music. He is the 2013 Composer-in-Residence for the 5thJohannesburg International Mozart Festival (JIMF), opening on 27 January 2013, with the theme If you would Dance? According to The New York Times his “… delicately made music - airy, spacious, terribly complex but never convoluted - has a lot to teach the Western wizards of metric modulation and layered rhythms about grace and balance.” The work that he is bringing to JIMF will be a piano concerto called Mzilikazi, based on a theme from Prof. Mzilikazi Khumalo's Bawo Thixo Somandla, an anthem he wrote 40 years ago at the height of the difficulties of South Africa’s struggle for liberation. “The piano concerto to me shows us how far we have come as a country, how we were resilient during the darkest of times, the hardships we endured as a people. This gives hope for our future, we can overcome anything acting together as a people,” said Ndodana-Breen. Performers around the world have performed his music, including the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, Belgian National Orchestra, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Vancouver Opera Orchestra, Symphony Nova Scotia, KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic, New York City’s Vox Vocal Ensemble, MusicaNoir, Chicago’s Cube Ensemble and Ossia. Ndodana-Breen has received commissions from Wigmore Hall, Vancouver Recital Society, Madam Walker Theatre Indianapolis, SAMRO, UNISA, Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival, the Emancipation Festival of Trinidad & Tobago, Hong Kong Arts Festival, Luminato Festival of Toronto, the Haydn Festival Eisenstadt for the Haydn 200th anniversary, and now also the Johannesburg International Mozart Festival. He is the composer of Winnie, The Opera, based on the life of Winnie Mandela, which premiered to great acclaim in April 2011 at the State Theatre in Pretoria. Other operas include the children’s chamber opera . . .