Friday Lunch Hour Classical ConcertsTheatre on the Square
Concerts take place every Friday at 12:45 for 13:00 at the Old Mutual Theatre on the Square; tickets are R30 and include coffee and biscuits.
Sibikwa Arts Indigenous World MusicProject
The Sibikwa Arts Indigenous Orchestra was founded in 2009 with financial support from MMINO (The South African – Norwegian Music Education Co –Operation) extensive auditions were held and 15 candidates selected. The Ensemble was mandated to revive the use and appreciation of South African traditional instruments and place them within a 21st century context. The Ensemble attended classes three times a week in Marimba, African Percussion and Drumming, Music Theory, learning to play Kudu Horns, Dinaka Pipes, Kalimba and traditional bow instruments such as the Uhadi and Makube. Further financial support was forthcoming from the National Lottery Distribution Board which enabled the Ensemble members to rehearse daily and work on a new and interesting sound which gradually emerged. Some of the Ensemble members composed their own songs and put this into their repertoire. The Orchestras first major success was in 2010 when they composed a score for a dance piece entitled “Place of the [Wo] man” choreographed by the Artistic Director of the Sibikwa Arts Dance Company ,the dance piece won an Ovation Award at the Grahamstown National Festival of the Arts.
Gradually the Ensemble built its repertoire and played at corporate functions, conferences, events and presented lecture demonstrations in schools. The Orchestra has received training in facilitation skills enabling them to introduce the traditional instruments to a new generation of South Africans. 2011 saw the Ensemble come in to its own with a trip to Berlin to perform at the Delphic Games, performances at the Jaffna Folk Music Festival in Sri Lanka and an Ovation Award at the Grahamstown National Festival of the Arts for their programme entitled Re –Alignment 1 which incorporated three brass players and produced a new vibrant sound.
The Ensemble has recently recorded an album “Celebration” for the general public and an album for schools to assist teachers to introduce their learners to South African indigenous instruments .Each member of the Orchestra is multi –talented and capable of playing 18 different instruments during their performance. The Musical Director of the Orchestra is the renowned percussionist and musician Tlale Makhene who produced the “Celebration “ CD.
Violin & Piano Programme
David Tombak and Colleen Mare
David Tombak was born in the former USSR. He studied the violin and musicology at Jazeps Vitols Conservatory in Riga.
For 12 years he was a member of the Symphony Orchestra of the Opera & Ballet Theatre in Riga. He later moved to South Africa to join DSO & the then SABC Orchestra in JHB. David Tombak is at present a freelance musician & a music teacher.
Colleen Maré studied music at Unisa and Pretoria Technikon, and also completed an Honours degree in Communication. At the age of 11, she performed as a soloist with the Johannesburg Symphony Orchestra. She had piano lessons from Joseph Stanford, Adolf Hallis, Ada Lewkowicz and Claudine van Breda. She worked at PACT Ballet State theatre as repetitor for ten years. She performed as soloist with the PACT orchestra in the following works: Agon, Taming of the Shrew, Rubies- Stravinsky, Who Cares – Gershwin and War & Peace – Tchaikovsky. She performs regularly at weddings and functions and also with the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra. She teaches pianoforte, music theory and accompanies many musicians in South Africa. She completed a Masters Degree in Music with specialization in Music Education in 2009 at the University of Pretoria.
Allan Thompson’s Clarinet Quartet
Allan Thompson (clarinet), Violeta Miljkovic (viola), Carel Henn (cello)
Srdjan Cuca and Jacques Fourie (violins)
The Goldberg Quartet with Malcolm Nay
Zanta Hofmeyr, Wessel Beukes, Morkel Combrink and Daline Wilson
We reserve the right to alter or change programmes without prior notice.
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Daphne Kuhn or Mika Stefano
Old Mutual Theatre on the Square
011 883 8606
011 883 9673 (fax)
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