Heavenly harmonies, cool marimba and hot jazz

04 August 2008

(From left) VC Dr Max Price and Prof Peter Klatzow; amaAmbush; the UCT Choir; and the UCT Big Band.

Last week's annual Vice-Chancellor's Concert for the UCT community showcased dazzling talents from the South Africa College of Music (SACM), providing the perfect opportunity for MC Professor Peter Klatzow, SACM director, to welcome UCT's "new out-of-the-box Vice-Chancellor", Dr Max Price.

On stage to greet the audience, Price, a keen saxophonist himself, joked that the SACM hadn't invited him to perform, fearing his prowess might upstage them.

"They know they need to practise before playing with me."

First up was the UCT Choir, under the direction of Margaret Barlow, followed by the African rhythms of marimba band amaAmbush, directed by Ross Johnson. The big sounds of Mike Campbell and the UCT Big Band completed an enjoyable evening.

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