Heavenly voices heard in event

2019-04-17 06:01

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The Free State Symphony Orchestra (FSSO) will commemorate the passion of Christ with a performance of J.S. Bach’s Easter Oratorio on Good Friday (19/04).

The event, which is free of charge, takes place in the Anglican Cathedral in Bloemfontein from 18:00.

The Cathedral Singers, comprises mainly of students and staff of the University of the Free State (UFS), will be led by the FSSO conducted by Alexander Fokkens.

The soloists are Lynelle Kenned (soprano), Teresa de Wit (alto), Lance Phillip (tenor) and Thesele Kemane (bass).

Kenned is an opera singer, television presenter and actress. She is a graduate of the University of Cape Town (UCT) Opera School and a member of the award-winning South African Sopranos.

Her various soprano roles include works by Handel, Mozart, Puccini, Rossini, Janacek and her most recent productions being West Side Story, Heavenly Quartez with the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra and Calling Us Home.

Mezzo-soprano De Wit obtained her Unisa Performer’s Licentiate in 2009. She began her opera training as fellow of the Cape Town Opera Studio and was affiliated with the Black Tie Ensemble.

Phillip received his earliest musical training as a chorister at the St Thomas Choir School in New York from 1983 to 1986 under Dr Gerre Hancock. He studied Music at the University of Pretoria and graduated with a B Music degree (Composition) in 1995 under Henk Temmingh. He is a tenor and conductor, and was assistant director of Music at Christ Church, Arcadia, from 1997 to 2009.

Phillip holds a Master’s degree in Choral Conducting from the UFS.

Kemane is a graduate from UCT and the Juilliard School in New York and was part of the Frankfurt Opera for the 2016-’17 season.

He participated in the Young Artist Programme of the Glimmerglass Festival and was invited to the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia (Rome) and the Internationale Meistersinger Akademie (Germany).

In Cape Town he performed in Le Nozze di Figaro, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, The Rakes Progress, Tales of Hoffmann, Don Giovanni, Viva la Mamma, Il Viaggio a Reims, Handel’s Messiah and Haydn’s Creation. He is currently a lecturer at the Odeion School of Music.

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