KZN Young Performers Concert

2017-05-23 06:00
Photo: suppliedSome of the young soloists at in the 2017 Young Performers Concert.

Photo: suppliedSome of the young soloists at in the 2017 Young Performers Concert.

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A HIGHLIGHT for music and vocal students is the annual KZN Young Performers Concert with the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra which takes place on Saturday, May 20 at 7pm at the Playhouse Drama Theatre.

The KZN Philharmonic Orchestra in association with the South African Society of Music Teachers once more presents a once-off concert to showcase the solo skills of 15 of the most promising young KZN orchestral performers and vocalists in a variety concert type format performing an eclectic repertoire of classical highlights, opera arias, and even crossover opera/pop.

The concert features the sublime KZN Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Naum Rousine. It is a red letter day for many of the orchestra players, who have the opportunity of performing publicly with their music students.

The KZN Philharmonic, in association with the South African Society of Music Teachers, held open auditions to talent-scout for young soloists, facilitated by a judging panel of respected musical professionals. Vocalists have to be under the age of 25 and instrumentalists under 23 to qualify. The annual Young Performers concerts have been running for at least a decade.

After a rigorous audition process during which 15 performers were chosen from the original 37 who auditioned, the following soloists who have been selected to perform - trumpet player Brendon o’Loughlin (14) from Thomas More College and Andrew Ward (11) from Chelsea Prep School both of whom study with KZN Philharmonic’s Cathy Peacock.

Rachel Luyt (15) from St Mary’s, who studies the saxophone with KZN Philharmonic’s Kirsten Sayers, Esihle Mthethwa (12) from Wykeham Collegiate who is studying flute with Jennifer du Plessis from Pietermaritzburg, Weien Amy Luo (9) who is at Crawford Prep and is studying piano with Philippa Greenwood, Benjamin Burton (13) and Sabastian Marimuthu (12) are both Highbury pupils studying violin with KZN Philharmonic’s Petya Koleva, Leia Poona (15) is a Crawford College student and plays the violin with KZN Philharmonic’s Elena Kerimova, Ethan Mackenzie (14) studies piano with Melissa Greyvenstein, Siyolisa Nyondo (a fellowship player with the KZN Philharmonic) studies with principal double bass player Simon Milliken, Morgan Coackley (15) who is home-schooled and studies cello with KZN Phil’s co-principal Aristide du Plessis.

Vocalists will also take to the stage: Robyn Gillespie (17), a pupil at Crawford College North Coast, studying voice with Ros Conrad, Avuya Ngcaweni (20) and Luxolo Mahlasela (22) - both studying voice under Lionel Mkhwanazi at UKZN Howard College and Fiona Nomvelo McIlroy (16) at Reddam House, Umhlanga, is being mentored by acclaimed musical theatre performer Tonya Koenderman.

“For many of the young performers, this is a significant opportunity for them as it is their first opportunity to perform with a professional orchestra, and it is often the springboard to their future musical careers,” said Bongani Tembe, chief executive and artistic director of the KZN Philharmonic.

“While serving South Africa with top-drawer professional orchestra concerts, the busy KZN Philharmonic also dedicates much of its time and energy to enriching the community through its far-reaching education and development programme.

The Young Performers initiative is in keeping with this transference of skills which allows industry professionals to engage with our up-and-coming stars and work with the KZN Philharmonic to enable them to benefit from a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and live their dreams,” added Tembe.

Tickets are R40 adults and R25 for pupils and students through Computicket www.computicket.com or Shoprite Checkers Money Market counters.

- Supplied.

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