Blown away at VC's concert

11 October 2010

Darren EnglishDarren English performs on the opening night of the Vice-Chancellor's Concert.

Every year the Vice-Chancellor's Concert showcases the rising talent of UCT's South African College of Music (SACM), which has programmes in African music, composition, jazz, opera, Western classical music and world music.

Vice-chancellor Dr Max Price's guest appearance at this year's concert was fitting in its own way: this is the SACM's centenary year and the programme ensured it was a tribute to South Africa's music heritage.

Price kicked off with saxophonist Basil 'Manenberg' Coetzee's composition Manenberg, a South African jazz classic. For the first time, the SACM featured ensembles from their brass department, including a piece on the mighty Von Beckerath organ, followed by a piano solo (Olga Rademan playing Liszt) and a selection of music performed by the college's opera students, who played to critical acclaim earlier this year.

Dizu Plaatjies performed traditional African music, and the concert ended with a blast from the UCT Big Band, directed by Professor Mike Campbell and featuring special guest marimba player Bongani Sotshonondza.

View photo album of the concert.

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