MIAGI Youth Orchestra is touring to EuropeMiagi
MYO is embarking on an orchestral odyssey through Europe with a Show off before Take off concert at the Linder Auditorium on 15 July at 15h30.
MIAGI (Music is a great Investment) is renowned for its incredible dedication in developing young South African musicianship. It is sending over 90 young South African orchestral musicians to Germany and Austria for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to perform on a 16-day tour of some of the most prestigious and major European summer festivals.
The musicians, most of who have been nurtured by MIAGI for years, will embark on a whirlwind tour of Germany and Austria. The orchestra has already received overwhelming media and audience success from having performed in Berlin in 2009, and has been invited back to play the opening night of the Young Euro Classic Festival as just one leg of their amazing European itinerary.
Performing with the great Austrian multifaceted artist, conductor, composer, painter and sensational jazz trombonist, Christian Muthspiel, the MIAGI Youth Orchestra (MYO) will headline at the Young Euro Classic Festival opening event on 27 July. This concert at the Konzerthaus in Berlin (a hall seating 1 700) was sold out in less than 72 hours.
This massive honour puts the MIAGI Youth Orchestra on par with the best youth orchestras from all over the world.
Christian Muthspiel had the pleasure of conducting the MYO in 2011 and due to the great success of that collaboration, MIAGI asked him to lead the musicians once again on their tour. Muthspiel has been inspired by South African culture and has collaborated with one of MIAGI’s talented young musicians – Tshepo Tsotetsi - to create a unique piece that will form part of the Orchestra’s touring programme.
Muthspiel explains, “During my first phase of work with the MIAGI Youth Orchestra, I was particularly impressed by the music and dances which the young musicians rehearsed and performed in the evenings merely for their own pleasure. The unconditional passion and ferocity displayed brought a wealth of African tradition before my eyes and sparked in me a desire to draw on this source of power within the orchestra. In discussions with the MIAGI founders, a concept was gradually developed to realize this idea.”
This inspiration birthed the composition that will be headlining the programme during the tour - Christian Muthspiel: Out of South Africa, Symphonic Poem on Themes by Tshepo Tsotetsi.
Tshepo is a highly talented musician from the orchestra who has brought his own compositions from the exciting playing field between traditional folk and jazz, as well as being a highly talented band leader, saxophonist and clarinetist. Tshepo and Christian worked together on various themes during their time together in Vienna and gradually transformed them into a symphonic vocabulary.
Tshepo will also be leading a number of more informal tour performances by a group of MYO musicians with the name 'New Skool Orchestra @ MIAGI', also Tsotetsi's brainchild. The New Skool Orchestra was born as a result of the evenings of music and dance that Mutspiel drew his inspiration from, the so-called ‘Kwela evenings’. The formation offers among others, a flexible, multi-cultural, experimental ground to young composers, affording them the chance to hear and thoroughly develop their music with a group of young, energetic musicians.
The programme will also include Leonard Bernstein’s symphonic suite ‘On the Waterfront’, George Gershwin’s ‘An American in Paris’ and Claude Debussy’s ‘Prelude a l’apres-midi d’un Faune’.
South African audiences will have an opportunity to be the first to experience the full programme and wish the young musicians of the MIAGI Youth Orchestra Farewell at the 'Show off before Take off' concert at the Linder Auditorium on July 15 at 15h30.
This concert was made possible through support through the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund and the Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of South Africa, within the Youth Empowerment through Arts and Culture programme.
Once again MIAGI delivers on its mentorship for these young musicians. MIAGI is a non-profit organisation in its 12th year of changing lives through music. This rare and exciting opportunity will open up a whole new world for the young musicians. Catch them live at their farewell concert as they embark on this life-changing event.
15 JULY @ 15h30 – Farewell concert at Linder Auditorium in Johannesburg
18 JULY – Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele - New Skool Orchestra @ MIAGI
19 JULY - Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele - Miagi Youth Orchestra
21 JULY – Carinthischer Sommer Festival, Congresshaus Villach – Miagi Youth Orchestra
22 JULY – Minoritensaal, Graz – Miagi Youth Orchestra
27 JULY – Young Euro Classic Festival, Konzerthaus Berlin – Miagi Youth Orchestra - Sold Out
28 JULY – Young Euro Classic Festival, Konzerthaus Berlin – New Skool Orchestra @ Miagi
29 JULY - Die Fabrik, Hamburg - New Skool Orchestra @ Miagi
30 JULY – Die Fabrik, Hamburg - Miagi Youth Orchestra
For more information visit www.miagi.co.za e-mail email@example.com or call 012 320 5154.
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Linder Auditorium, 27 St Andrews Road Parktown Johannesburg Gauteng South Africa