2013 - 'The Soul of the Cellist' in South Africa, supported by the Embassy of Austria in Pretoria and MIAGI

2011/2012

Legendary Gilberto Gil at the Market Theatre

37th International Viola Congress arranged by MIAGI in collaboration with the South African Viola Society, in 2009

Festival 2009

Dedicated to Haydn

Instrument collection campaign in Austria
Spring Concert with MYO and MYBB
Report from the 2008 Festival
Festival 2008 Media exposure

2013 - 'The Soul of the Cellist'

About the Artists: Apart from collaboration with young University of Graz/Vienna State opera School graduate 'Tanima', cellist Erich Oskar Huetter who also performed as orchestra soloist together with conductors such as Daniel Barenboim, regularly performs with pianist Paul Gulda and many renowned European chamber formations.

Other Events and Workshops with Erich Oskar Huetter and Tanja 'Tanima' Schmid:

DATE  VENUE
   
31.01.2013 House Concert @ the Austrian Embassy 
   
02.02.2013 Performance @ CMCM
   
04.02.2013 Christelhouse - Workshop
   
05.02.2013 Cape Academy of Performing Arts - Workshop
   
06.02.2013 Workshop @ Genandal
   
06.02.2013 Workshop in Greyton
   
06.02.2013 Dinner performance @ Searles
   
07.02.2013 Beau Soleil - Master classes
   
08.02.2013 Beau Soleil - Master classes
   
09.02.2013 Workshop @ The Planet Art Creative Centre 
   
10.02.2013 Concert @ Khwattu in Darling
   
11.02.2013 Workshop @ Hugo Lambrechts
   
12.02.2013 Lunch hour concert, Stellenbosch University

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Event |May 2011 - opening of the brand new Capegate MIAGI Centre for Music - CMCM - on the premises of the Morris Isaacson School in Soweto. Please visit our CMCM page

New Skool Orchestra Valentines Concert on 14 February 2012, in the Musaion, University of Pretoria

 

2011/MYO & MYBB course with Rhythmic Affairs Gala Concert in the Linder Auditorium in Johannesburg

2010/Celebrating MIAGI's 10th anniversary with the MIAGI Youth Orchestra and Youth BigBand



"When the audience begins to dance in a packed hall one thinks one MUST be dreaming!: The MiagiYouth Orchestra sings, swings, dances and brought, not only with Dvorak's famous symphony, ‘New Worlds' to the Berlin." Der Tagesspiegel

"For this event, the Berlin Konzerthaus hall seating 1 700 could easily have been sold out twice, such was the demand for tickets." Ulrich Deppendorf - director of the ARD television station.

"Congrats to all members of the Orchestra for the Berlin concert! It was one of the best performances I have ever experienced in my life! If I ever needed inspiration for my work I got it from the first to the last minute of your concert!" Blasko Smilevski - Secretary General of Jeunesses Musicales International

Legendary Gilberto Gil at the Market Theatre with special guest appearance by Vusi Mahlasela - the two events on 12 and 13 May 2011 were sold out and the audience seemed to be happy with their investment!

The events were filmed to be featured in  the exciting new documentary film on Gilberto Gil’s life and vision, ‘Connecting South’.

Also featured: Paul Hanmer, Xhosa Muse Madosini, MIAGI Youth Orchestra conducted by       Kutlwano Masote, Wits Choir and Fatima Choral Community Choir from Soweto -

Legendary singer, composer, writer, and thinker Gilberto Gil’s musical work has been influenced by the great variety of  sounds from the Northeast of Brazil, but also samba, bossa-nova, rock and reggae. Gil, whose career goes back to the 1960’s creation of the “tropicalist” movement, released his first records internationally following a  very successful presence at the Montreaux Jazz Festival in 1978. Since then Brazilian Super Star Gil has spent a great part of his active time travelling the world, addressing the conflicts of our reality tin his unique visionary way hrough his poetry.

 

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2009

37th International Viola Congress, 27 July to 1 August 2009 - Thank you to all our wondeful guest artists from over12 different countries from all over the world!

Judging from your feed-back you enjoyed your stay with us - the 37th International Viola Congress was a special and enjoyable event- the first of its kind in South Africa!

The congress ended with the Festive Gala Banquet on the evening of 31 July at Morgenhof Wine Estate... congress photos below...

Morgenhof Wine Estate, situated on the slopes of the Simonsberg mountains outside Stellenbosch, falls under the Simonsberg appellation. This area is renowned for the production of the highest quality grapes producing top quality wines. At the end of 1998, Morgenhof was granted “Estate”, status. “The dedication of the Morgenhof Team, to making quality wines for consumption worldwide, begins in the vineyards, following through to final production.” www.morgenhof.com

The Congress took place at the campus of Stellenbosch University, just 45 minutes’ drive from Cape Town offering an assortment of events for viola enthusiasts and professionals, from master classes and lectures to recitals and orchestral concerts. Participants were introduced to a wealth of South African indigenous music, and much focus was placed on local developmental education initiatives (please see the full congress programme at this page).


The University of Stellenbosch
itself has a proud music history, an outstanding music department, and hosts a number of music festivals on the South African musical calendar. The Endler concert hall is famous for its exceptional acoustics (read more here: University of Stellenbosch).

Situated among the winelands of the Boland (literally “upper country”), the picturesque town of Stellenbosch offers the visitor a very central position from which to explore the entire Cape Peninsula.


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Delvera Hiking

 


Congress Photo Potpourri

Cape Lemons

The above and following photographs - courtecy of Björn Carlén from Norrköpings Symfoniorkester (SON). Visit the SON violas' lovely blog - http://sonviolas.blogspot.com/!

 

The SON VIola Group

Members of the SON Viola Group with congress colleagues

Madosini Latozi Mphaleni and Nosindi Mtimkulu

Kenneth Martinson

Kolwane Mantu, Sheila Masote and Michael Masote

Shoshanguwe Octet

Csaba Erdélyi dancing to some inspiring folk music from Sweden

Valery Andreev - Dwight Pounds, Kobus Malan and Anthony Caplan

Christine Rutledge - Master Class with Jerzy Kosmala

Mass Viola Ensemble rehearsal

David Dalton

Cape Lemons again...

The following photographs - courtecy of Dwight Pounds, violist, historian and photographer for the American Viola Society  ...PAGE UNDER CONSTRUCTION...more photos will follow...

Cape Landscape

Member of the Shoshanguwe Viola Octet

Korey Konkol

The Congress Foyer

Jutta Puchhammer-Sedillot

Violina Anguelov, Jutta Puchhammer-Sédillot and Elna van der Merwe

Welcome speakers - Hester Wohlitz, Robert Brooks and John Roos

Dawne Haddad, luthier

Sasha Mäkilä enjoying the view at a Cape fish restaurant...

Jeanne-Louise Moolman

Csaba Erdélyi

Shoshanguwe Viola Octet

Congress Sponsor

Sheila Browne, Congress Orchestra with Sasha Mäkilä

 ...PAGE UNDER CONSTRUCTION...more photos will follow...

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FAQ: "Viola congress Who's Who?"

MIAGI offered its administrative and technical expertise for the congress. MIAGI facilitated congress related meetings and was in charge of the design & contents as well as the continuous updating of the Viola 09 page at the MIAGI website. MIAGI addressed funders and sponsors, co-ordinated logistics at the congress venue, and managed the congress participants' data base.

MIAGI further handled the congress marketing & PR (including designs of bookmarks, posters and the congress souvenir programme). MIAGI collected and wrote the content for the newsletters and the souvenir programme with invaluable assistance from Marina Louw from the South African Viola Society (SAVS). Together with Hester Wohlitz, SAVS President and Marina Louw, MIAGI handled the congress invitations as well as the artistic and other programme planning and co-ordination.

The Congress Team (in alphabetical order):

Brooks, Robert - MIAGI: Director

Chumi, Sisa - MIAGI: Logistics

Coetzee, Marius - MIAGI: Viola 09 - Project Co-ordinator

Hedlund, Ingrid - MIAGI: Creative Manager & Webhost

Homola, Ann and GP Wentzel - The Ghoema Route: Viola 09 - Hospitality Host

Louw, Marina - SAVS: Viola 09 - Artistic Co-ordinator

Wohlitz, Hester - SAVS: President - South African Viola Society

Ann and GP Wentzel facilitated the catering, accommodation, tours and transport related to the congress. Thet assisted with arranging ‘prior, during and after the congress day-trips’ - wine-tasting throughout the Boland and surrounds, whale-watching at Hermanus, sight-seeing in Cape Town and surrounds, historical sites and much more. The Ghoema Route also tailor packaged excursions to other African countries. In collaboration with partners in the tourism industry, the Ghoema Route was able to offer special congress rates.

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The following links helped the congress delegates, from over 12 different countries, in making the most of their visit with us

South Africa Explored

Welcome to Cape Town and Western Cape

Western Cape Travel Guide

What is the weather like in Stellenbosch?

Weather forecast Stellenbosch

Here you can find the up-to-date answers to all your questions concerning South Africa and travelling to South Africa (to all questions that we can think of, and to many more!):

2010 Fifa World Cup - South Africa info

 

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SAVS Beads Logo

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The 37 International Viola Congress Programme


The Congress offered an assortment of events for viola enthusiasts and professionals, from master classes and lectures, to recitals and orchestral concerts, here a few of the high-lights:

CONGRESS CONDUCTOR

Sasha Makila
The young Finnish conductor Sasha Mäkilä (34), assistant conductor of the Orchestre National de France, received his education through some of the most renowned conducting schools in the world; the St Petersburg State Conservatory in Russia and the Sibelius Academy in Finland. The beginning of his career included frequent performances as guest conductor of Russian and Finnish orchestras such as the Vaasa City Orchestra, the Jyväskylä Sinfonia, the student orchestras of the Sibelius Academy and the Helsinki Conservatory, the Karelian State Symphony Orchestra, the St Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic and the orchestra of the St Petersburg State Conservatory. In 2006, Mäkilä came to prominence after winning third prize in the 6th International Vakhtang Jordania Conducting Competition in the USA.

Since 2007 Mäkilä has been working with the Orchestre National de France as assistant to Kurt Masur. In 2008 he assisted Maestro Masur in preparing the orchestra for two complete cycles of Beethoven symphonies in Paris and in Bonn, and in 2009, for the Mendelssohn bicentennial year concerts with Orchestre National de France. The first event in this cycle took place in January, with Mendelssohn's oratorio Elias at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris. Sasha Mäkilä is a visiting lecturer at the Helsinki University and at the Sibelius Academy in Finland....read more about Sasha Mäkilä at www.sashamakila.com...

Thank you to the EMBASSY OF FINLAND for funding Sasha Mäkilä's participation!

CONGRESS EXTRA SPECIAL

Louise Lansdowne

37th Viola Congress ‘Extra Special’ HINDEMITH CAVALCADE: The complete works for viola by Paul Hindemith were performed during the course of the congress by students of the South African born violist, Louise Lansdown, from the Royal Northern College of Music in the UK.

To complement this unique event, Luitgard Schader gave a lecture on Hindemith as a composer, and original manuscripts of Hindemith’s works as well as his viola will be on display.

STAR PERFORMERS

Roger ChaseThe highly acclaimed British-born violist Roger Chase will give a performance of the stunningly beautiful viola concerto, Rosa Mystica, by the South-African composer W.H. Bell, and will also be heard in recital. Chase plays on the Montagnana Viola once owned and beloved by Lionel Tertis, with whom he also studied for a time. Chase has worked with many of the major orchestras and recording companies in the world, demonstrating his diverse interests by playing with a folk group on an amplified viola, as a soloist on an authentic instrument, and as an exponent of the avant-garde.

 

Jerzy.Kosmala.(Poland/USA), internationally acclaimed concert and recording artist, will also feature as one of the high profile performers at the congress, in addition to giving open master classes. An erstwhile student of William Primrose, Kosmala has served as a jury member of virtually all of the most prestigious international competitions, including the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition (Isle of Man) and the International Primrose Viola Competition (USA).

 

Csaba ErdelyiWorld-renowned Hungarian-born viola player Csaba Erdélyi (who won the Carl Flesch competition in 1972 when it was still open to both violin and viola) is equally respected and admired for the high quality of his performances, teaching and scholarship. He will perform his acclaimed restoration and orchestration of the Bartok Viola Concerto (World premiere CD available from www. concordance.co.nz)

New viola repertoire performed by outstanding soloists with the South African Viola Congress Orchestra
-K Jacobs:
Approaching Northern Darkness (première), featuring Sheila Browne as soloist.
-JG Ripper:
Brazilian Concerto (première), performed by Korey Konkol.
-D Snow: Jakarta for Violin, Viola, Percussion and Marimbas, performed by Penny and Steven Kruse.
-S Grové (SA): Concertino for Viola, Flute and Chamber Orchestra. The soloists in this work will be Jeanne-Louise Moolman and Helen Vosloo.

Smaller ensembles and chamber music
-M Savikangas (Finland): Nordic Lights and Shadows for Six Violas performed by violists from Sweden.
-K Harding (NZ): Capriccio Rondo for Viola Sextet, performed by South African violists from Gauteng.
-M van Dijk (SA): Viola Sextet, performed by South African violists from Cape Town.
-GP Telemann: Partie Pieces for 2 violas and double bass, featuring violists Kenneth Martinson (USA) and Wouter Raubenheimer (SA).
–A Rolla: Viola Duets performed by Kenneth Martinson (USA) and Valery Andreev (SA).

Other ensembles included the Soshanguwe Viola Octet trained by Hester Wohlitz (SA). The Lyric Piano Quartet from Stellenbosch and a special Congress Quartet featuring Karin Wolf (Ger) completed the chamber music component of the Congress.

Recitals Among the many scheduled performances, Roger Chase (UK), Jutta S Puchhammer (President of the Canadian Viola Society) and Karin Wolf (President of the German Viola Society) were heard in recital. Viacheslav Dinerchtein (Mex/Swiss) presented the Viola Sonata by the Spanish composer Octavio Vazquez, a price-winner of the Prokofiev International Competition for Composers. Paul Elwood’s ‘Capricious Apparitions’ were performed by Juliet White-Smith (President of the American Viola Society) and Timothy Deighton (USA).

Indigenous, traditional African music and intercultural works
Hans Huyssen and Madosini Latozi Mphaleni: The Songs of Madosini - Incidental music for string quartet, clarinet, mhrube, isitolotolo, uhadi, voice and narrator (work commissioned by MIAGI 2002).

Kobus Malan and Anthony Caplan (SA) gave an interesting lecture-demonstration on traditional instruments and music from SA and Africa.

Lecture-Recitals Christine Rutledge (USA) gave a lecture-recital on historically informed performance practise titled “Bach and Beyond”. Carlos Aleixo dos Reis (Braz) also gave a lecture-recital, Carlos Maria Solare (Germany) introduced the viola d‘amore, while Elmarie van der Vyver (SA) discussed the Viola Sonata by Stefans Grové.

Lectures and other events David Dalton (USA) gave a lecture on the Art of William Primrose, while Dwight Pounds (USA) talked about Changing from Violin to Viola. Myrna Layton (USA) talked on the PIVA ARCHIVE, and Michael Masote (SA) on classical music in the years of apartheid rule in SA. The South African luthier Dawne Haddad, who studied and worked in Cremona, gave a slide-show presentation on ‘Cremona’s Masters’

Master Classes for scholars, students and professionals
Jerzy Kosmala (Poland/USA), Timothy Deighton, Juliet White-Smith, and Christine Rutledge (all from the USA), and Jutta Puchhammer- Sédillot (Canada) were available to give master classes at the congress.

Viola Ensembles
Each day began with a mass viola ensemble, exploring both old and new repertoire.

The viola ensemble

The Viola Ensemble at the Bratschistentag 2008, with Emile Cantor as special guest artist

Open Master Classes

Jerzy Kosmala and Timothy Deighton gave open master classes (classes open to the audience)..

...Jerzy Kosmala

Timothy Deighton ....................Jerzy Kosmala

T...Closed Master Classes & Workshops

Jutta Puchhammer-Sédillot, Christine Rutledge and Juliet White-Smith

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Juliet White-Smith

 

 

 

Concise Congress Programme

PRE-CONGRESS EVENTS:

Date  
& Time

Event

Participants

Venue

Fri
24 July

 

 

 

12h00  
-16h00

Orchestra rehearsal

Orchestra only

Fismer

Sat
 25 July

 

 

 

10h00  
-13h00

Orchestra rehearsal

Orchestra only

Endler

14h00
-17h00

Orchestra rehearsal

Orchestra & choir
(Flos Campi)

Endler

Sun
 26 July

 

 

 

9h00
-17h00

IVS Board meeting

IVS Board members

TBC

9h00
-17h00

Congress Special: Peninsula Tour

All delegates. Please pre-book on website!

CONGRESS SCHEDULE (subject to change):

Date  
& Time

Event

Performer/
Presenter

Venue

Mon
27 July

 

 

 

9h00
-9h45

Registration

 

Foyer

10h00
-11h00

Opening Ceremony

Soshanguwe Octet, J Roos (SA),
M Vidulich (NZ)

Endler

11h30
-12h15

Lecture: Hindemith

L Schader (Ger)

Fismer

12h30
-13h45

Lunch Hour Recital

K Wolf (Ger) &
J Puchhammer–Sédillot (Can)

Endler

14h30
-17h30

Orchestra rehearsal

Orchestra & soloists

Endler

15h00
-16h45

Hindemith Cavalcade: Concertos

L Lansdown, RNCM students (UK)

C201

15h00
- 15h45

Lecture: Classical music in Soweto

M Masote (SA)

Fismer

16h00
-17h00

Lecture-demo: African instruments

K Malan & A Caplan (SA)

Fismer

17h15
-18h45

Open master class

J Kosmala (Poland/USA)

Fismer

17h30
-19h00

Viola Café

Soshanguwe Viola Octet

Wijnhuis

20h00
-22h00

Opening Concert (Zaidel-Rudolph, Brahms, Huyssen)

J Puchhammer-Sédillot (Can), V Anguelov (SA), V Andreev (SA), Madosini (SA)

Endler

Tues
28 July

 

 

 

8h30
-10h30

Closed meeting

IVS Board

US staff room

9h00
- 10h45

Mass Viola Ensemble - Kwela

K Mantu (SA)

Fismer

9h00
-11h00

Closed master class

C Rutledge (USA)

C201

11h00
-12h00

Lecture:
Art of Primrose

D Dalton (USA)

Fismer

12h15
-13h45

Hindemith Cavalcade:
Songs, chamber music

L Lansdown, RNCM students (UK)

Endler

12h15
-14h30

Open master class

J Kosmala (Poland/USA)

Fismer

14h30
-17h30

Orchestra rehearsal

Orchestra & soloists

Endler

14h45
-16h00

Hindemith Cavalcade:
Short works

L Lansdown, RNCM students (UK)

C201

15h00
-16h00

Lecture:
Musician’s Injuries

B Paull (Can)

Fismer

16h15
-17h15

Lecture-recital:
Bach and Beyond

C Rutledge (USA)

Fismer

17h30
-19h00

Open master class

T Deighton (USA)

Fismer

17h30
-19h00

Viola Café

Swedish folk music

Wijnhuis

20h00
-22h00

Chamber Music Concert

Various
(Nigeria, SA, Ger)

Endler

Wed
29 July

 

 

 

9h00
-10h45

Mass Viola Ensemble

T Tatton (USA) & Rycroft (SA)

Fismer

9h00
-11h00

Closed master class

J Puchhammer –Sédillot (Can)

C201

10h00
-13h00

Orchestra rehearsal

Orchestra
& soloists

Endler

11h00
-12h00

Hindemith Cavalcade:
Trios

L Lansdown, RNCM students (UK)

Fismer

12h15
-13h00

Lecture: Bartok Viola Concerto

C Erdélyi (USA/Hun)

Fismer

13h30
-14h30

IVS AGM

Open to the public

Fismer

15h00
-16h00

Recital: SA violists

R vd Vyver, V Andreev

Endler

16h15
-17h00

Lecture-recital: Grové Viola Sonata

E vd Vyver (SA)

Fismer

16h15
-18h30

Hindemith Cavalcade:
Sonatas with piano

L Lansdown, RNCM students (UK)

Endler

17h15
-18h45

Open master class

T Deighton (USA)

Fismer

17h30
-19h00

Viola Café

Rolf Klein Quartet (SA)

Wijnhuis

20h00
-22h00

Orchestral Concert -New Repertoire: (Snow, Grové, Ripper, Jacobs)

P & S Kruse (USA), J L Moolman/H Vosloo (SA), K Konkol (USA),  S Browne (USA)

Endler

22h30
-23h15

Hindemith:
Bratschenfimmel

L Lansdown, RNCM students (UK)

Fismer

Thurs 30 July

 

 

 

9h00
-10h45

Mass Viola Ensemble

T Tatton (USA) & E Rycroft (SA)

Fismer

9h00
-11h00

Closed master class

J White-Smith (USA)

C201

10h00
-13h00

Orchestra rehearsal

Orchestra
& soloists

Endler

11h00
-12h00

Lecture: Viola for Violinists

D Pounds (USA)

Fismer

11h00
-12h00

Lecture-recital: Hindemith & Bach

L Schader (Ger), RNCM students

C101

12h15
-13h00

Lecture: PIVA Archive

M Layton (USA)

Fismer

13h30- 14h30

IVS Delegates/
Sections Meeting

Open to the public

Fismer

15h00
-15h45

Recital: Rolla, Telemann, Isang Yun

K Martinson, P Chun, T Deighton (USA)

Endler

16h15
-17h00

Lecture-Recital: Viola d’Amore

C M Solare (Italy/Ger)

Fismer

17h15
-18h45

Open master class

T Deighton (USA)

Fismer

17h30
-19h00

Viola Café

Bochabela Viola Ensemble (SA)

Wijnhuis

18h00
-19h30

Orchestra Rehearsal

Vaughan Williams: with choir

Endler

20h00
-22h00

GALA CONCERT: (Wranitzky, Bartok, Vaughan Wiliams, WH Bell)

J Kosmala (Poland/USA) & W Raubenheimer (SA), C Erdélyi (Hun), R Chase (UK)

Endler

Fri
31 July

 

 

 

9h00
-10h45

Mass Viola Ensemble

T Tatton (USA) & E Rycroft (SA)

Fismer

9h00
-11h00

Closed master class

P Chun

C201

10h30
-12h00

Hindemith Cavalcade:
Solo Sonatas

L Lansdown, RNCM students (UK)

Endler

11h15
-12h00

Lecture: Cremona’s Masters

D Haddad (SA)

Fismer

12h15
-13h00

Lunch Hour Recital:
‘The Tertis Project’

R Chase (UK)

Endler

14h00
-14h45

Luthier Display

Various

Endler

15h00
-18h00

Composers’ Forum, chaired by H Hofmeyr (SA)
Composers Forum

J White-Smith, T Deighton, P Elwood, M Savikangas, H Vosloo
Sextets: SAVS Cape Town, SAVS Gauteng, Sweden

Endler

 19h00

Bus departs (from Endler Hall) to Morgenhof.

19h30 for 20h00

BANQUET at Morgenhof Wine Estate.
Viola Passion: L Rennie (SA).
Please pre-book – see website!

Sat
1 Aug

 

 

 

9h00
-10h45

Mass Viola Ensemble

T Tatton (USA) & E Rycroft (SA)

Fismer

11h00
-11h45

Lecture-recital: Brazilian Viola Music

C A dos Reis (Braz)

Fismer

12h00
-12h45

Lunch Hour Recital: (Vazquez: Sonata)

V Dinerchtein (Swiss/Mex)

Endler

13h15
-14h30

Hindemith Cavalcade:
Military Quartet

L Lansdown, RNCM students (UK)

Endler

Mass Viola Ensemble

Various

Closing Ceremony

M Vidulich (President IVS)

14h30
-15h30

Farewell Function: cheese & wine

All delegates

Foyer

 

Stellenbosch and the Endler Hall - Congress Venue

The Endler Hall (completed in 1978) at the University of Stellenbosch
is famous for its exceptional acoustics and has been acclaimed as one of the finest concert halls in the world.

http://academic.sun.ac.za/studio/images/pics/scaled/konserve2.jpg

 

endler

Renowned for its Cape Dutch buildings, university and exceptional wines, Stellenbosch lies in a fertile valley and boasts a mild Mediterranean climate. The town is surrounded by vineyards, orchards and magnificent mountains that form a spectacular backdrop to the town, which is one of the best preserved in South Africa.


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Stellenbosch is affectionately known as ‘Eikestad’ - town of oaks – and the shady streets and secluded lanes with open-air restaurants and coffee shops invite people to linger and savour the delightful
atmosphere of this unique town.

Stellenbosch

 

 

 

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Table Mountain

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Festival 2009|and other highlights

MIAGI Youth Orchestra and Youth Big Band 2009 Highlights

MIAGI YOUTH ORCHESTRA AND YOUTH BIG BAND 2009 HIGHLIGHTS

Date

Event

Place

Venue

Time

25 April to 02 May

MYO and MYBB Orchestra Course

Gauteng

HeronBridge College

 

02 May

Concert

Johannesburg

Linder Auditorium

20h00

05 to 15 August

MIAGI YO & BB Tour of Europe

Kassel and Berlin, other destinations TBC

Festival Kultursommer Nordhessen and young.euro.classic

 

27 August to 09 September

 

National Youth Orchestra and National Youth Big Band of Germany

 

Tour of South Africa

 

Programme:


Ludwig van Beethoven: Leonore Overture No. 3 
Gideon Nxumalo: Jazz Fantasia
Antonin Dvořák: Symphony ‘From the New World’

Apart from Ludwig van Beethoven’s Leonore Overture No. 3 and the monumentalSymphony ‘ From the New World’, by Antonin Dvořák. MYO and MYBB will be sharing a common repertoire piece in 2009: MYO featuring the MYBB as soloist, will together be performing Jazz Fantasia by the late South African composer, Gideon Nxumalo. This work will be performed in the form of a MIAGI commissioned arrangement for Symphony Orchestra and Big Band, by leading South African pianist and arranger, Denzil Weale.

About the conductor:


Marino Formenti - pianist/conductor – Orchestra Course HeronBridge College and Concert, Linder Auditorium
"…a Glenn Gould for the 21st century, a visionary for whom the usual limitations of either technique or tradition are not an issue." - Los Angeles Times.
read more about Formenti at our Artists page and at www.marinoformenti.com

Abouth Jazz Fanatsia:

Gideon Nxumalo – composer of Jazz Fantasia
Gideon Nxumalo is perhaps one of South Africa ’s greatest unsung musical and cultural heroes. A man whose influence is felt today by the living and is still to be felt by generations to come, through the discovery of a collection of his manuscripts and unpublished works.

Born in Kimberly, South Africa in1929 Gideon Nxumalo was a gifted musician, composer, writer, actor and artist - a multi-talented master way ahead of his time. Gideon wrote orchestral works, plays, musicals, symphonies, overtures, jingles and musical themes - one of his most celebrated works being Jazz Fantasia (1962). He was able to embrace a full range of composition and craftsmanship across several genres of music from swing and big band tradition to African indigenous music. While Mozart was an essential inspiration to him, as seen in his string quartet writing and his works for chamber orchestra, he also had a strong identity in African choral singing and an uncanny foresight in preempting an age where the orchestral platform would be married to the art forms of his people and people of the African diaspora.

Gideon Nxumalo or “Mgibe”, as his admirers called him, passed away aged 40 on the 24th of December 1970 but his works remain - a testimony to his legacy - a blue print of his musical aspirations.

MIAGI YO & BB at young.euro.classic in Berlin on 14 August 2009.
We are extremely honoured to have been given this opportunity to perform at this illustrious international youth orchestra festival which sees the best youth orchestras from around the world performing annually to capacity audiences over a three week period. We have been given a very prominent Friday night slot at this festival which celebrates its 10th year of existence in 2009 (more information about young.euro.classic at www.young-euro-classic.de). y.


Upon our return to South Africa the MIAGI YO & BB will be hosting the National Youth Orchestra and National Youth Big Band of Germany during their tour of South Africa between 27 August and 10 September. The tour will include Johannesburg, Pretoria, Bloemfontein, then move via Sterkspruit (a rural community on the route to the Eastern Cape) to Port Elizabeth ending in Cape Town.

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Festival 2009 |Dedicated to Haydn - D2H - Haydn Trio Eisenstadt and South African composer Bongani Ndodana-Breen

Austrian Embassy

 

Thank You to the Embassy of Austria!

 

‘my language is understood throughout the world’ (Joseph Haydn, 1732 - 1809)

Haydn Trio Eisenstadt at Haydn's tomb

Haydn Trio Eisenstadt at Haydn's tomb

Concerts in Cape Town, Pretoria and Bloemfontein:

Haydn Trio Eisenstadt, comprising Harald Kosik (piano), Verena Stourzh (violin) and Hannes Gradwohl (cello) will perform the Haydn commemorative concerts on 7 May in Cape Town at the Baxter Concert Hall (20h15),  10 May in Pretoria at the UNISA Conference Centre, Sunnyside (16h00) and 13 May in Bloemfontein, Odeon Auditorium (19h30) More about the artists at our 'Artists' page.

Tickets available soon at Computicket (Cape Town and Bloemfontein), and one hour before the event at the venue (UNISA Conference Centre)

Programme:

Joseph Haydn: Piano Trio Eb major, Hob.XV/29
Bongani Ndodana-Breen (Piano Trio 2009, Dedicated to Haydn): ‘Two Nguni Dances’
Joseph Haydn: Piano Trio C major, Hob.XV/27
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Franz Schubert: Piano Trio Eb major, Op 100

About D2H:

Haydn Trio Eisenstadt ranks as one of Austria’s leading small ensembles. The trio, which will perform for the first time in South Africa, is engaged in a project named D2H, short for DedicatedToHaydn. The project commemorates Joseph Haydn, who deceased in 1809, exactly 200 years ago this year, and it has an illustrious history. 100-years ago a similar initiative launched by a French music journal, commissioned six leading French composers of the day – Maurice Ravel, Claude Debussy, Paul Dukas, Reynaldo Hahn, Vincent d’Indy and Charles Widor - to each write a short piece for piano inspired by Haydn, 'Hommage à Joseph Haydn'. The D2H project is the brainchild of Harald Kosik, the trio’s pianist, and Dr Walter Reicher, director of the Haydn Festival Eisenstadt. Haydn lived in Eisenstadt, where he worked as court composer in the court of Prince Esterhazy. For the Haydn Bicententary 2009, D2H has commissioned six Austrian composers, six composers from across the rest of Europe and six composers from other continents to contribute brand new pieces for piano trio. One of the composers picked to contribute, is South African composer Bongani Ndodana-Breen (34). Ndodana-Breen, based in Canada (where he also works as a conductor) is one of South Africa’s leading young composers (read more about the composer at our ‘Artists’ page). Ndodana-Breen’s new composition for the D2H project is called ‘Two Nguni Dances'.

(more about D2H and Haydn Trio Eisestadt at www.d2h.at)

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Events|Instrument collection campaign in Austria

The MIAGI instrument collection campaign will take place in six major cities in Austria in 2009; the cities of Vienna, Salzburg, Graz, Linz, Klagenfurt and Innsbruck. The collected instruments (including strings, bows and other instrument related equipment) will go to MIAGI’s Instrument Library.

The MIAGI Instrument Library consists mainly of instruments collected during two successful instrument collection campaigns held in Germany in 2003 and 2006 in collaboration with the Hamburger Abendblatt. The Library provides high quality instruments on loan to young music students in South Africa. More information will follow...

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Events|Spring Concert - the MIAGI Youth Orchestra and Youth Big Band performed at the Linder Auditorium on 08 September!

The concertSAGC logo was funded by the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Cultural Fund of the Southern African–German Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Goethe-Institut Johannesburg and was billed as a Spring Concert by the German Cultural Attaché, Mr Andreas Haack.

 

SA German Cult Fund

The Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany funded the visit of the young German conductor, Patrick Lange to conduct the MYO (read more about Maestro Lange at our ‘Artists’ page).

The MIAGI Youth Big Band performed under the direction of Jannie ‘Hanepoot’ van Tonder (read more about 'Hanepoot' van Tonder at our ‘Artists’ page).

The concert was in effect the high-light of a reunion of musicians who attended the 2008 MIAGI Youth Orchestra Course in Cape Town in April. The young players gathered at the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site, at Maropeng on Saturday 06 September for intensive rehearsal sessions read the report on this event at our education page.

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About the Cradle of Humankind at Maropeng: The Cradle of Humankind was declared a World Heritage Site in 1999 beCradle of Humankindcause of the area’s exceptional contribution to our understanding of the history of humanity, over more than 3-million years. All together, there are 15 major fossil sites in the Cradle of Humankind, of which Sterkfontein Caves is the most famous. The fossils 'Mrs Ples' and 'Little Foot' were both discovered at the Sterkfontein Caves, as well as thousands more fossils of hominids, which are human ancestors, as well those of plants and animals. More hominid fossils have been found in the Cradle of Humankind than anywhere else on Earth.

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Festival|MIAGI Festival 2008 Report

One of the main purposes of the MIAGI Festival, and of other public MIAGI events, is to use the publicity received through these to promote our organisation’s key objectives.

Music education and engaging in musical activities are effective tools of positive social development. Music also unites people, thus offering an invaluable contribution to community and nation building.

On an individual level, music assists children in developing life skills, awakens their creativity and acts as a catalyst for positive social interaction.

The Festival offers MIAGI a platform of showcasing our main activities, such as our nationwide Youth Orchestra and Youth Band movement, our work for increased understanding across ethnic and other borders, and our work to bring lesser-known African music cultures well-deserved recognition and exposure in an international context.

In this way, we aim to attract long-term supporters for our organisation, while at the same time raising the profile of other organisations that are working towards the same goals as MIAGI.

MIAGI Youth Orchestra Course 2008

The annual MIAGI Youth Orchestra Course was held from April 26 to May 3, at St Cyprian’s Girls High in Cape Town (please refer to the separate MIAGI Youth Orchestra Course report), as a run-up to the MIAGI Festival. 99 enthusiastic children and youth that had been selected through an extensive auditioning process around the country formed the MIAGI Youth Orchestra, Youth Chamber Orchestra and Youth Big Band. The children were offered free board and lodging, as well as tuition from first-class musicians/music pedagogues from South Africa and abroad. The conductors were Maestro Cem Mansur and big band leader, Jannie ‘Hanepoot’ van Tonder, who both deepened the successful and affectionate rapport that was initiated at the MIAGI Youth Orchestra Course 2007. Transport for the children who were flown to Cape Town from their respective towns and cities was also arranged and paid for by MIAGI. We are particularly grateful for the support we receive from our major funders, such as the Department of Arts and Culture, for our work among South African children and youth.

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The Government of Finland:

MIAGI’s Education Programme has, since inception of our organisation, also had a major supporter and funder in the Embassy of Finland. As a thank-you to the Finnish government, MIAGI 2008 celebrated Finland by bringing three world-renowned Finnish musicians to the festival: Ralf Gothóni (pianist, and principal conductor of the English Chamber Orchestra in London), Elina Vähälä (violinist and 1999 Young Concert International Auditions winner in New York) and Arto Noras (since his success at the Tchaikovsky competition in Moscow, by many considered one of the world’s leading cellists).

The Gala Concert 2008

MIAGI, in partnership with the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra, celebrated South Africa’s indigenous music and musicians. In this groundbreaking concert that was the first event of the CPO’s Symphony season (Fall/Winter 2008), Thikundwi kha Sialala Venda Ngoma drummers and dancers and Ensemble Uthingo (kudu-horns) were offered an opportunity to show their unique art form and perform for the CPO’s subscription audience. It was undoubtedly also the first time in history that an exceptionally skilled and strong group such as Thikundwi kha Sialala, consisting of 27 Venda musicians and dancers, performed together with a professional symphony orchestra such as the CPO. This colourful concert also formed part of MIAGI 2008 Celebrating Finland, in a programme presenting ‘Dances from North and South’.

The programme: Ciacona & Tshikona – Dance from North and South for Venda Ngoma drummers and dancers, kudu-horns and classical orchestra by South African composer Hans Huyssen (who also conducted the work), was commissioned for MIAGI 2007 and premiered to great public acclaim at the 2007 Festival Gala Concert at the Johannesburg City Hall.  Conductor and pianist Ralf Gothóni and violinist Elina Vähälä performed Felix Mendelssohn’s Double Concerto for Violin and Piano. Dances from the North were offered by Arto Noras, with a piece by Aulis Sallinen: Chamber Music III ‘The Nocturnal Dances of Don Juanquixote’, for Cello and String Orchestra.

The MIAGI Festival 2008 Intercultural Work

For the 2008 Festival, MIAGI commissioned composer, arranger and pianist Isak Roux to compose a full jazz gospel cantata.

South African composer Roux's work is deeply rooted in Africa. It draws from traditional American spirituals and township jazz rhythms, using ethnic instrumental elements such as Venda horns, penny whistles, djembe drums and marimbas. The structure, drawing from the classical cantata, juxtaposed this unique African texture with the classical in an interesting way. In Coming Home, Roux brought traditional spiritual music – often associated with America – back to its ancestral home. To this end, the narratives of the spirituals were re-interpreted and translated into South Africa's indigenous languages, creating 'a triumphant vision of our past, present and future as a testimony to the power and creative endurance of the human spirit,' to quote Roux.

Earlier successful MIAGI/Roux collaborations have included the ‘No Boundaries’ CD, with Ladysmith Black Mambazo and the English Chamber Orchestra, nominated for a Grammy Award in 2006. Also in 2006, his work for orchestra and four pennywhistles was presented in Bern, Switzerland, by Kwela Tebza and the Bern Symphony Orchestra.

MIAGI Patron, Unicef Goodwill Ambassador and world renowned Violinist, Maxim Vengerov:

MIAGI was proud to once again present Maxim Vengerov, world-renowned violinist, conductor, Unicef Goodwill Ambassador and MIAGI patron. It was Vengerov who in 2003, during his first visit to South Africa, coined the expression ‘Music Is A Great Investment’ - MIAGI, giving our organisation its current name.

In January 2007 Vengerov became recipient of the World Economic Forum’s Crystal award. The award honours artists who have used their art to reach out to other cultures and has been given to many a distinguished artist over the years. Vengerov was being honoured, not only for his artistry, but for his passionate commitment to human dialogue across all boundaries of nationality.

It was in this context Vengerov generously accepted MIAGI’s invitation to return to South Africa, to assist us in promoting our objectives. Four major events were scheduled, at the Cape Town City Hall, the Linder Auditorium in Johannesburg, at The Westcliff - a MIAGI accommodation sponsor, and at the Morris Isaacson School in Soweto. Vengerov interacted with the audience in his inimitably inspirational and entertaining way and conducted the MIAGI Youth Chamber Orchestra in two public ‘Masterclasses for Orchestra’. At the MIAGI/Unicef VIP dinner at The Westcliff, Vengerov held a speech for 89 selected, high-ranking MIAGI and Unicef VIP guests in the distinguished presence of Macharia Kamau, Country Representative Unicef South Africa, and the patron of Maxim Vengerov’s visit to South Africa, Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe.

Dr Moloi-Motsepe is a businesswoman and Executive Director of the Motsepe Family Foundation, and is passionate about the development of young people in the creative arts and industries.

 “I believe that music is a powerful tool and gives a message of life and hope for a better future for our children.” says Dr Moloi-Motsepe. “South Africa is a medley of cultures.  The end of the apartheid era has opened up a cultural renaissance in our country. The raw talent in our creative industries needs to be nurtured and allowed to fully develop. It is to this end that I feel honoured to be the patron of this initiative, which brings to our shores one the world’s outstanding cultural leaders, in Maxim Vengerov.”

Excerpt from a message from Macharia Kamau, Country Representative Unicef South Africa:

“It was with great pleasure that we received the news that Maxim Vengerov, world renowned violinist would be returning to South Africa in his capacity of  MIAGI honoured guest and Unicef Goodwill Ambassador. 
In 1997, Maxim became the first classical musician to be appointed envoy for music by Unicef.  In this role he has met with and performed for disadvantaged children in Uganda, Harlem, Thailand, Kosovo and here in South Africa. Through this work he inspires children to learn and grow through music education and encourages donors to support Unicef assisted programmes around the world.  He aims to do no less for South Africa through the wonderful partnership with MIAGI. We commend Maxim for his willingness to share his extraordinary talents with music lovers in the country, but most of all, for his tireless promotion of music and music education to enhance the cognitive and social development of children and youth. 

Worldwide, music is recognised as a tool for positive social change and its benefits are vast. MIAGI stresses that “music is a great investment” and the reality is that children who engage in music-related activities are far more likely to complete their studies and avoid negative social behaviours such as gang-violence and substance abuse.

Unicef is proud of its partnership with MIAGI and congratulates MIAGI and Maxim on their important work to improve children’s lives through the most powerful universal language of music”.

During his sojourn in South Africa, Maxim Vengerov made a site visit to the planned MIAGI Music Centre at the Morris Isaacson School, turning the sod at the proposed building site in the presence of representatives from MIAGI, Unicef South Africa and the media. The architects presented the building plans and showed the delegation around the premises. A warm reception in the headmaster’s office (with coffee, food and snacks) finished this touching, symbolic event. His visit has already proven to have been a highly successful partnership endeavour together with Unicef South Africa and under the distinguished patronage of Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe.

MIAGI is indebted and infinitely thankful to Maxim Vengerov for his deep commitment and immense generosity and support.

Workshops and Opportunities for 50 specially gifted, aspiring young South African Artists:

As in previous years, the most renowned musicians offered workshops for children from MIAGI-supported music education initiatives (Maxim Vengerov’s ‘Masterclasses for Orchestra’) and at the South African College of Music at the University of Cape Town (Arto Noras and Ralf Gothóni). Cellist Abel Selaocoe (16) was chosen to play as soloist with the MIAGI Youth Orchestra. He gave three public performances, one under the baton of conductor Cem Mansur, and two under the baton of conductor Maxim Vengerov. Abel received many hours of private tuition from Maxim Vengerov, who also gave him his personal recommendation as a highly worthy candidate for scholarships. MIAGI is currently trying to facilitate a much-needed scholarship that will enable Abel to effectively pursue his studies.

MIAGI Socializing 2008 – the VIP Cocktail Events – the Soirée at the Vineyard Hotel – the Delegation of high-ranking Personalities from the Culture and Business Sectors in Finland:

MIAGI is well-recognised for the exceptional high-profile networking opportunities our events offer. We understand well the importance of offering such opportunities to key players from the national and international governmental, cultural and corporate sectors, and believe in Unesco’s statement that ‘sustainable development and the flourishing of culture are interdependent’.

The Finnish VIP delegation that accompanied the three Finnish artists were offered an unforgettable experience, with accommodation at the Vineyard Hotel - a MIAGI accommodation sponsor, tickets to all the MIAGI events including all MIAGI VIP after-concert cocktail events and a bush holiday at Inyati Private Game Reserve, a MIAGI accommodation sponsor. The Gala Concert cocktail event was generously co-hosted by the City of Cape Town and the event after the Youth Chamber Orchestra Concert with Maxim Vengerov, by the Joan St Leger Lindbergh Arts Foundation. MIAGI also organised a VIP Soirée together with the Vineyard Hotel and Spa. This event offered an unusual musical mix with performances by the Isicathamiya group Thokozani Brothers, Jazz pianist Tete Mbambisa and singer Vuyisua Mbambisa, as well as classical artists such as Ralf Gothóni, Elina Vähälä and the young up-and-coming violinist from the MIAGI mentor-and-protégé programme, Anele Mhlahlo.

MIAGI’s Venues:

MIAGI has throughout the years utilised less popular venues, such as the Cape Town and Johannesburg City Halls, in an attempt to draw the public’s attention to these excellent historical venues that need and deserve thorough renovations.

Media Interviews:

MIAGI Executive Director Robert Brooks, Creative Manager Ingrid Hedlund, Education Consultant Frank Sturgess, and the key festival artists Cem Mansur, Sibongile Khumalo, Kutlwano Masote, Isak Roux, Maxim Vengerov and Abel Selaocoe as well as the children partaking in the MIAGI Youth Orchestra Course were interviewed for numerous live television and live radio interviews around the country (please refer to the separate media report below for more details).

The MIAGI Festival Concerts, May 03 to May 21-2008,
the public events in detail:

Cape Town and Johannesburg came alive in the month of May when the MIAGI Festival 2008 rolled into town! MIAGI has for the past eight years wowed fans across South Africa with its exciting festival, celebrating the unity in diversity of our country and musical heritage by fusing distinctly African with Western classical sounds. This year MIAGI once again presented an eclectic line-up of local stars, aspiring young musicians and international greats such as Maxim Vengerov, Sibongile Khumalo, Thikundwi kha Sialala Venda Ngoma Drummers and Dancers, the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra, Hans Huyssen, Kutlwano Masote, Thinus Maree, Ralf Gothóni, Arto Noras, Sibongile Mngoma, Elina Vähälä, Isak Roux and the Chamber Orchestra of Johannesburg. The festival kicked off with a free concert at the Cape Town City Hall on May 3, featuring the MIAGI Youth Orchestra and Youth Big Band with young up-and coming cellist Abel Selaocoe as soloist.

MAY 03, 20h00, CAPE TOWN CITY HALL – MIAGI YOUTH ORCHESTRA CONCERT – FESTIVAL 2008 OPENING CONCERT

The MIAGI Youth Orchestra, Youth Chamber Orchestra and Youth Big Band with Cem Mansur (conductor), soloist Abel Selaocoe (cello) and Jannie ‘Hanepoot’ van Tonder (big band leader). It was a ‘free entrance event’ through which MIAGI once again successfully promoted our nationwide Youth Orchestra and Youth Big Band movement. It was also the Festive Opening Concert of the MIAGI Festival 2008

The MIAGI Youth Orchestra, Youth Chamber Orchestra and Big Band had prepared the programme at the MIAGI Youth Orchestra course 2008, held between April 26 and May 3, at St Cyprian’s Girls High in Cape Town (please refer to the separate MIAGI Youth Orchestra Course report). The young players were led by Turkish-born conductor Cem Mansur and South Africa's Jannie ‘Hanepoot’ van Tonder. On the programme: Giuseppe Verdi’s Overture to La Forza del Destino, Luigi Boccherini’s Cello Concerto in B flat major, Edward Grieg’s Peer Gynt suite nr. 1 and Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Marche Slave, together with some of South Africa’s best jazz composers such as David Ledbetter, Merton Barrow, Dudu Pukwana, Errol Dyers and Douglas Armstrong.


MAY 06, 20h15, BAXTER CONCERT HALL, CAPE TOWN – ‘CHAMBER MUSIC AT ITS BEST’

MIAGI Celebrates Finland – MIAGI’s Education Programme has since inception of our organisation had a major supporter and funder in the Embassy of Finland. In this concert ‘Chamber Music at its Best,’ MIAGI presented three premier musicians from the international stages, Ralf Gothóni (piano), Arto Noras (cello) and Elina Vähälä (violin).

On the programme, Ludwig van Beethoven: Seven variations on ‘Bei Männern, welche  Liebe fühlen’ from Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Trio in D Major (‘Ghost Trio’), Antonin Dvorák: Piano Trio in E Minor (´Dumky´).


MAY 08, 20h00, CAPE TOWN CITY HALL – GALA CONCERT

MIAGI Celebrates Finland and South Africa’s indigenous music and musicians in a concert presenting Dances from North and South - MIAGI Festival 2008 Gala Concert – MIAGI in partnership with the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra. Thikundwi kha Sialala Venda Ngoma drummers and dancers, Ensemble Uthingo (kudu-horns), Hans Huyssen (conductor) Ralf Gothóni (piano and conductor), Arto Noras (cello) and Elina Vähälä (violin) performed together with the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra

The programme: Ciacona & Tshikona – Dance from North and South for Venda Ngoma drummers and dancers, kudu-horns and classical orchestra by South African composer Hans Huyssen, was commissioned for MIAGI 2007 and premiered with great public acclaim at the 2007 Festival Gala Concert at Johannesburg City Hall.  Conductor and pianist Ralf Gothóni and violinist Elina Vähälä performed Felix Mendelssohn’s Double Concerto for Violin and Piano. Dances from the North were offered by Arto Noras with a piece byAulis Sallinen: Chamber Music III ‘The Nocturnal Dances of Don Juanquixote’, for Cello and String Orchestra.


MAY 14, 20h00, CAPE TOWN CITY HALL - MASTERCLASS FOR ORCHESTRA WITH THE MIAGI YOUTH CHAMBER ORCHESTRA, CONDUCTED BY MAXIM VENGEROV

Maxim Vengerov and the MIAGI Youth Chamber Orchestra – ‘Masterclass for Orchestra’– a MIAGI/Unicef partnership under the distinguished patronage of Dr. Precious Moloi–Motsepe

MIAGI's patron, world renowned violinist Maxim Vengerov joined the festival in support of MIAGI’s objectives and the MIAGI Youth Orchestra Programme in his capacity as UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. Vengerov, who has since 2000 also been dedicating himself increasingly to conducting, is considered one of the most extraordinary musicians of his time, and the supreme violinist of his generation. He shared his thoughts with the audience, and worked with the young players before the performance – this very special event, which eluded an 'easy definition' was billed as a: ’Master Class for Orchestra with Maxim Vengerov'. A passion of Vengerov’s life is his involvement with young people through giving public master classes.

On the programme: Mozart’s overture to the Marriage of Figaro, Luigi Bocherini’s Cello Concerto in B flat major, Edward Grieg’s Peer Gynt suite nr. 1


MAY 17, 20h00, JOHANNESBURG CITY HALL – THE JAZZ AND GOSPEL CANTATA ‘COMING HOME’ BY ISAK ROUX

‘Coming Home’, Jazz Gospel Cantata by Isak Roux sung and spoken in English, Zulu, Sesotho and Afrikaans. Sibongile Khumalo (mezzo soprano), Robert Brooks (tenor), Thinus Maree (baritone), Sibongile Mngoma (narrator), Isak Roux (piano) with the Gauteng Choristers, the Chamber Orchestra of Johannesburg and an all star Jazz Rhythm Section conducted by Kutlwano Masote.


MAY 18, 15h00, LINDER AUDITORIUM, JOHANNESBURG – MASTERCLASS FOR ORCHESTRA WITH THE MIAGI YOUTH CHAMBER ORCHESTRA CONDUCTED BY MAXIM VENGEROV

Maxim Vengerov and the MIAGI Youth Chamber Orchestra – ‘Masterclass for Orchestra’ - a MIAGI/Unicef partnership under the distinguished patronage of Dr. Precious Moloi–Motsepe – the programme: please see above, May 14,  Cape Town City Hall.


MAY 20, 20h00, BAXTER CONCERT HALL, CAPE TOWN – CEM MANSUR CONDUCTS THE UCT SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Cem Mansur and the UCT Symphony Orchestra - MIAGI in partnership with the South African College of Music. Soloists: two young South African College of Music students - MIAGI protégé Pretty Yende (soprano) and Tzu-Fan Tang (violin)

Born in Istanbul, Cem Mansur has conducted the English Chamber Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hungarian State Orchestra and worked with many world-renowned soloists such as Janos Starker, Midori, Dmitri Alexeev and Håkan Hardenberger.  Mansur has further conducted opera at prestigious stages such as the National Theatre in Prague and the Kirov Opera. He was conductor of the Istanbul Opera between 1981 and 1989 and principal conductor of the City of Oxford Orchestra from 1989 to1997. He is President of the Ipswich Choral Society in England and Artistic Director of the Akbank Chamber Orchestra in Istanbul.

Richard Strauss: Vier Letzte Lieder (Four Last Songs), Pretty Yende (soprano)
Maurice Ravel: Tzigane, Tzu-Fan Tang (violin)
Alexander Borodin: Symphony No. 2

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Festival 2008|Media Exposure

SOME 30+ MAJOR ARTICLES ABOUT MIAGI AND THE FESTIVAL EVENTS WERE PUBLISHED IN THE FOLLOWING NEWSPAPERS AND MAGAZINES, in addition to “mentions” in the events pages of many of these.

CAPE TOWN:
Athlone Community Paper
Cape Argus
Cape Argus (Weekend)
Cape Times
Die Burger
Weekend Post
Tygerburger
People’s Post

FREE STATE
Die Vrystater

JOHANNESBURG
The Citizen
Die Beeld
Die Rapport
People’s Post
Pretoria News
SA Jewish Reporter
The Star
The Times
The Weekender

NATIONAL
Business Day
Mail & Guardian
Sunday Independent
Sunday World
The Sowetan
Classic Feel Magazine
The Blue Train
Audio & Visual SA
Techsmart
Teenzone
Jet Club
Wine Tourism News
GQ Magazine

THE FESTIVAL RECEIVED EXTENSIVE COVERAGE THROUGH TELEVISION AND RADIO

LISTINGS AND RECORDINGS:
Afro Café’s events calendar – Afro Café also filmed the Jazz Gospel Oratorio at Johannesburg City Hall on May 17.

LIVE TELEVISION INTERVIEWS WITH MIAGI KEY PEOPLE AND ARTISTS:
Lunch Time on e-tv
Morning edition e-tv
SABC Africa 180 Degrees

LIVE INTERVIEWS WITH THE MEMBERS OF THE MIAGI YOUTH ORCHESTRA:
KTV
Frenzy

17 LIVE INTERVIEWS ON FOLLOWING RADIO STATIONS WITH MIAGI KEY PEOPLE AND ARTISTS:

Regional Radio Stations: Ofm, Fine Music Radio, 702 Talk Radio
National Broadcaster: SAfm, RSG, Radio 2000
Community Stations: CCfm, Bush Radio

ADDITIONAL ONLINE PUBLICITY

LISTINGS AND ARTICLES:
24.com
702 website
Art Zone
Cape Town Natural
City of Johannesburg Entertainment
Leisure Time
MIO
Rapid Info

PUBLICITY, PUBLIC AND MEDIA RESPONSE

MIAGI enjoyed significant media coverage for the 2008 Festival.  The press in the Cape, especially, were most supportive of and enthusiastic about the events.  The SABC also provided many opportunities for interviews, which were broadcast nationally; while Fine Music Radio in Cape Town provided consistent regional coverage.  ClassicFEEL magazine has provided continuous exposure of MIAGI.  The goodwill, in the form of discounts and free publicity, that was shown to MIAGI, before and during the Festival, clearly demonstrates the media’s abiding interest in, and support for our organisation.

The financial value of the publicity is expressed as AVE. The AVE, or Advertising Value Equivalent, is the amount that would have had to be paid for the same exposure/reach in an advertisement, and is calculated using circulation/audience figures and the advertising rate-card prices for the various media.

Not all reports have been received from the news monitoring service, but to date, the AVE for the MIAGI 2008 Festival is R1,595,473, of which R202,572 is for broadcast (radio & TV) and R1,392,901 for printed media.  Most electronic (online) media is excluded - it is not always possible to calculate the AVE for on-line presence.

In total, 26 interviews were given, of which 17 were radio and TV interviews, both live and pre-recorded: Fine Music Radio interviewed Cem Mansur, Robert Brooks and Ingrid Hedlund live in the 13h00 to 14h00 slot on three consecutive Mondays.  Jan Stofberg was interviewed by RSG, a pre-recorded interview that was broadcast on 13 May in the arts programme.  Talk Radio 702 interviewed Robert Brooks by telephone on 16 May – this was a vital interview, taking into account the relative lack of print-media coverage in Johannesburg.  Interviews were given on a number of community stations as well – the spread between the different categories of radio (public broadcaster, commercial and community) was a very good one.

Printed-media coverage was as diverse as could be, with the Festival being discussed in the Wine Tourism News, The Blue Train and the Jet Club magazine and twice in the Audio & Video SA magazine!  It was even mentioned in GQ Magazine.  In addition to this eclectic mixture, almost all of the major daily and weekly newspapers carried articles, interviews or mentions of the Total MIAGI Festival 2008.

Public and Media Response

The responses received from audience and participants alike have been positive, with negative comments relating more to arbitrary matters (such as the fact that no refreshments were for sale at some events) than about the Festival events themselves.  We have taken note of these comments, and will endeavour to address them in the future. Here are some of the comments:

The interaction I witnessed between the children was wonderful to see, sharing technical exercises and methods of playing etc. (parent of MYO participant)

Many thank you to all the instructors who have had an amazing impact on our youth that enjoys playing together in this kind of environment. (parent of MYO participant)

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to be a part of it. It was a great privilege for me! (MYO participant)

A few samples of Emails received:

Thankyou for ALL the LOVELY INSPIRING concerts we’ve seen this year !!

The concert on Sat night in Cpt City Hall was, in short-brilliant!

My sincere thanks for a remarkable evening and afternoon. It was memorable!

It was heartwarming to experience the beautiful music created by the talented group of kids!

A great evening. Loved the Mendelssohn. As to the 'Ciacona & Tshikona': found it exhilarating and refreshing!

Such wonderful visuals and music.  I think this ['Ciacona & Tshikona'] is the best yet of African and Western fusion!

Standing ovation for MYO – fantastic playing!

And in the press…

Die Burger, 8 Mei 2008

’n Ryk luisterervaring

Met die tweede deel was die samespel puik… ook die finale presto-deel was uiters geslaagd.

 

Die Burger, 10 Mei 2008

... die tjellis Arto Noras, wat dit hier uitgevoer het. Hy het die talle moeilike frases met groot welslae behartig.

Die KFO se strykers het hier goeie spel gelewer onder Huyssen se meelewende leiding.

Gothóni het agter die klawers indrukwekkende spel gelewer en terselfdertyd die orkes gelei in dié uiters opwindende [Mendelssohn} dubbelconcerto.

 

Cape Times, 15 May 2008

It proved a delightful romp through a variety of dance forms, incorporating references to diverse dance forms and composers in a witty picaresque. Noras demonstrated a sure-fire technique in the taxing instrumental writing.

… a stylish and invigorating account.

 

The Weekender, 24 May 2008

Coming Home certainly is [unusual]; but it is a carefully modulated work that straddles these different musical styles with both sophistication and gusto.

The standing ovation was, however, well deserved. The musical scope of this “jazz gospel cantata” is impressive and it is to be hoped that Coming Home will be performed again soon.




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