World première of ‘His Day is Done’ staged in Bay

2016-07-27 06:00
Professor Ed Sarath, of the University of Michigan, USA, composed “His Day is Done” to honour Nelson Mandela’s memory.             Photo: SUPPLIED

Professor Ed Sarath, of the University of Michigan, USA, composed “His Day is Done” to honour Nelson Mandela’s memory. Photo: SUPPLIED

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GIVING voice to the many musical languages of our world is quite an easy task if we treat each as separatist, purist or in isolation.

But what happens when we merge and bridge gaps between them? When classical meets jazz, and Africa meets the Americas; orchestral meets jazz, solo meets choir - harmonies collide and resolve - then we have something exciting, something new, something as diverse as humanity itself.

“His Day is Done”, composed and conducted by Prof Ed Sarath, does exactly that.

The work, with music by Sarath and the words of a poem by Maya Angelou dedicated to Nelson Mandela, will receive its world première right here in Nelson Mandela Bay on Sunday, August 7, at 3pm in the NMMU South Campus Auditorium.

The 75-piece ensemble will showcase many the of the Bay’s foremost teachers, performers, and community musicians alongside the NMMU Symphony Orchestra.

Prof Sarath is Director for the Centre for World Music Performance Studies as well as the Programme in Creativity and Consciousness Studies at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, USA.

As a teacher, scholar, composer, performer, recording artist and speaker, he is an ardent advocator for diversity in music education as a tool for social justice and social cohesion.

“I look forward to sharing this music as a means of forwarding Angelou’s and Mandela’s message—and that of all the world’s peace emissaries—at this moment in human history when the need for unifying and uplifting voices has never been more urgent,” he said.

The prelude to “His Day is Done” will feature Prof Ed Sarath with the 2Tone band and trombonist, Kyle du Preez, in exploring South African Jazz.

The music will include pieces by the former NMMU Jazz Lecturer, Errol Cuddumbey, as well as numerous other well-known SA jazz composers.

Tickets cost R50 for adults and R30 for pensioners and scholars and are available at the NMMU Music Department.

For more details, contact Nicky on 041 504 4235 or Gareth on 079 246 8199. – REPORTER

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