NMMU Wind Symhony presents final lunch hour performance

2015-05-20 06:00
The NMMU Wind Symphony presents Cinematic Soundscapes 

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THE NMMU Wind Symphony presents Cinematic Soundscapes on Wednesday, May 27, as the final lunch hour performance on NMMU Music Department’s calendar for the first half of 2015.

Cinematic Soundscapes will take the listener on an intercontinental musical journey from one of the bastions of European artistic life in Scenes from the Louvre to the Italian cinematic classic Nuovo Cinema Paradiso by Morricone, said conductor, Gareth Williams.

Williams has been conducting and directing ensembles for the last 20 years and has been conductor of the NMMU Wind Symphony since the start of this year. He has experience in conducting various ensembles from instrumental groups to choirs, as well as big bands.

As co-founder of Twotone Music he and his wife, fellow NMMU alumnus and lecturer, have produced concerts and festivals with a spate of national and international performers that have always focused on using homegrown talent. Williams is lecturer in clarinet and saxophone at NMMU.

He is adamant that the “NMMU Wind Symphony boasts some of the finest young wind instrumentalists in the country.” Numerous players regularly perform as members of the Sasol National Youth Orchestra and The National Youth Wind Orchestra.

Grant Snyman (Clarinet), Tiaan Uys (Saxophone) and Zihle Ndika (Tuba) are part of the MIAGI orchestra that regularly perform nationally and at international festivals. Dylan Barker (French Horn) has performed as soloist with both the KwaZulu Natal Philharmonic and the East Cape Philharmonic Orchestras.

The programme will also include Chorale and Alleluia by Howard Hanson and some splendid Puerto Rican polyrhythms in a traditional dance called “Bambuco”. Finally they land back home with a medley “Freedom is coming” with guest vocal performers from TwoTone’s Talent Factory.

The concert takes place on May 27 at 1pm in the South Campus Auditorium. Entrance to the concert is free. For more information contact Nicky Bosman on 041 504 4235

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