UCT singers perform in new gallery

03 October 2011

Thomas RajnaAn unusual choral concert, New Music Evening, will be performed by the UCT Singers, directed by Jo-Mari Thorne Burgess on 12 October at the Whatiftheworld Gallery in Woodstock. Their program emphasises currently active local composers and includes choral compositions by Thomas Rajna (above), Peter Klatzow, Hendrik Hofmeyr (all present or past staff members of the South African College of Music (SACM), Peter-Louis van Dijk (an SACM graduate) and Eric Whitacre. Works by Alvo Part and JS Bach will also be heard.

This crack ensemble, drawn from the student body of the SA College of Music as well as from music-loving undergraduates from other faculties across the whole spectrum of UCT, is trained and directed by founder Thorne Burgess. The award-winning group has already given recitals throughout the Cape, including performances at the City Hall.

"The Whatiftheworld Gallery is a young gallery that provides a platform for a new generation of emerging South African contemporary artists, so it is a fitting venue, for a group of young singers, in which to present a New Music Evening," said Rajna.

The gallery just recently moved to the historic Woodstock Synagogue. (Tickets are R50 and will be available at the door before the concert. For further inquiries call Ross Dorkin at 072 495 5866.)

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