Queen of the Marimba coming to the Bay

2016-08-03 06:00
Magda de Vries will be playing the marimba with the NMMU Wind Symphony.        Photo: SUPPLIED

Magda de Vries will be playing the marimba with the NMMU Wind Symphony. Photo: SUPPLIED

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COMBINING the scintillating sounds of winds and brass and the woody warmth of the marimba is definitely something not to be missed.

The NMMU Wind Symphony presents “Marimba and Winds” conducted by Gareth Williams and featuring South Africa’s foremost classical marimbist, Magda de Vries.

“As part of the wind symphony’s vision to engage students with professional musicians in a performance environment, we have been working on the concept with Magda for more than a year,” says Williams.

The marimba is known as the “queen of mallet percussion”, but this could aptly describe Magda de Vries as well.

Her graceful flair on stage and spontaneous enthusiasm and passion for music both on and off the stage make her one of South Africa’s most remarkable artists.

Born in Nelson Mandela Bay and bringing with her extensive national and international performance experience, Magda has won numerous prestigious competitions both locally and abroad.

Most recently she was nominated for a Kanna Award for Best Classical Music performance at the KKNK.

Magda will perform among others, the Alfred Reed Concertino for Marimba and Winds with the NMMU Wind Symphony.

This colourful piece has it all. From the beautifully visceral melodies, through to a playful animated character in movement two, to driving ragtime rhythms in the finale - the piece explores intimately the entire sonic range of the marimba.

The concert programme also includes Danzon No. 2 by Marquez, Holst’s First Suite for Military Band, with Mieke Struwig as clarinet soloist, and Persis by James L. Hosay, as well as a few surprise items.

The wind symphony boasts some of SA’s finest young wind players, many of whom recently performed with the SA National Youth Orchestra in Cape Town, as well as taking part in ensembles and orchestras at the Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival.

“We are truly excited about this concert,” says Williams. “We have collaborated with Magda since 2010 and finally managed to find the right time for this piece. The audience can look forward to seeing a world class soloist perform in her hometown too, which is a treat not to be missed.”

The performance will take place on August 14 at 3pm in the NMMU South Campus Auditorium.

Tickets will be sold at the door at R50 for adults and R30 for pensioners, students and scholars.

For more info call 041 504 4235 or email nbosman@nmmu.ac.za

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