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Monday, February 19, 2018

BOOK LAUNCH WITH FELICITY KEATS



All are welcome to the launch of Felicity Keats's new book titled On Writing, Right Brain and Dancing Pencils on February 28, 2018, at 17h30 for 18h00.

Join the author and guests for a panel discussion about the book and get your own copy on the evening. Entry is free, snacks and drinks will be served.

RSVP to info@dancingpencils.co.za or contact Ayanda Hlabisa on 031 464 1556 or 079 256 6725.

The KZNSA Gallery is situated at 166 Bulwer Road, Glenwood, in Durban. More information on 031 277 1705, fax 031 201 8051 or cell 082 220 0368 or visit www.kznsa.co.za

THE PERFECT MATCH



The Perfect Match can be seen on M-Net Movies Premiere, DStv Channel 104 on February 21 at 20h00.

Directed in 2016 by Bille Woodruff, the movie stars Terrence Jenkins, Cassie Ventura and Paula Patton

This is an American romantic comedy about the perils of trading a “perfect” bachelor’s existence for a “perfect” relationship in search of “perfect” happiness. As it turns out, “perfection”, in love and in life, is a silly delusion.

Charlie is handsome and bright and never has a shortage of female admirers. He is also determined to stay single and reap the benefits of his popularity. Then his friends pose a challenge to him: Stick with one woman for a month, and see how it touches your heart... Rating:16SNL

THE AUNER QUARTET FOR FOM



Friends of Music is proud to present a leading string quartet from Austria on March 6. The Auner Quartet comprises Daniel Auner (1st violin); Barbara Auner (2nd violin); Nikita Gerkusov (viola), and Konstantin Zelenin (cello).

The Auner Quartet is said to display ‘’stylistic confidence and willingness to impress with emotions”, and that “for all four of them - chamber music seems to be the essence of music itself".

The Quartet, from Vienna, is rapidly gaining popularity and recognition in the world of chamber music. It was founded in the spring of 2013 by the four young artists who come from Austria, Brazil and Belarus, but share the same educational background.

As passionate chamber musicians, independent from any contracts with orchestras, the quartet strives not only to explore the extensive quartet repertoire, but also to present their unique voice within the music. They bring refinement and prowess to both new and established repertoire.

Their programme includes Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 4 in C Minor, Op. 18; Mozart’s String Quartet in D Major KV 136; Schubert’s Quartettsatz in C Minor and Johanna Doderer’s String Quartet Nr. 4 “Mattsee”.

The Prelude Performer for the evening will be Dhenishta Mikaela Chetty (soprano) a 17-year-old matric pupil year at Maris Stella Girls School. She is a member of her school choir and the KZN Youth Choir. Her programme will include I Could Have Danced All Night from My Fair Lady by Frederick Loewe/ Alan Jay Lerner and Deh vieni non tardar from Le Nozze di Figaro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Her accompanist is Dana Hadjiev.

Tickets R120 (R100 FOM members and R20 students R20) available at the door. The concert will take place on March 6 at 19h30 at the Durban Jewish Centre, 44 KE Masinga (Old Fort) Road, Durban. There is safe parking.

THE LAST DROP



The theatre production company Lunchbox will be touring to Durban schools this week with one of its educational theatre shows, The Last Drop, with deals with water awareness. Each show runs for approximately 40 minutes.

The tour, which is funded through National Lotteries Commission, will include Benjamin Primary in Pinetown; Pitlochory Primary in Westville North; Rustic Manor Primary in Phoenix; Junagarth Primary in Merebank West; Dirkie Uys Primary in Wentworth; Amanzimtoti Primary; Kusakusa Primary in Nqubev Msinga; Kwathambo Primary in Malagazi, and Ekuphilini Primary in Amanzimtoti.

For more information contact Stuart Palmer, director of Lunchbox Theatre through www.lunchbox.org.za

Sunday, February 18, 2018

NATIONAL YOUTH ORCHESTRA NATIONWIDE AUDITIONS



(The trumpet section of the National Youth Orchestra)

Deadline: Applications close on February 23, 2018.

Hundreds of young musicians are expected to apply to audition for a place in the prestigious green-and-gold symphonic team, the South African National Youth Orchestra.

Orchestras are formed each year at courses run in the holidays and comprise South Africa’s top young musical talent. Members include players from communities across the country chosen on merit through two auditions. The first is an anonymous recorded audition, after which a live audition is played behind-screen, in front of an expert audition panel.

The National Youth Orchestra has supported the training and development of South Africa’s young musicians through its courses and development programmes for over half a century. Its legacy is far-reaching with representation of alumni in top professional orchestras in South Africa, and indeed across the globe. The orchestra has performed with the likes of Archbishop Tutu, Sir James Galway, Sir Roger Norrington, Barbara Hendricks and Judith Sephuma, just to name a few.

This year the National Youth Orchestra boasts a whole series of courses and programmes for young orchestral musicians under the age of 25, which help to equip young people with the skills to perform in a professional musical environment and introduce them to a necessary network of fellow musicians.

In May, a selection of National Youth Orchestra musicians will play for Umculo’s production of Bach’s St John Passion, directed by acclaimed opera director and tenor, Kobie van Rensburg, in Johannesburg and three of our musicians will tour to Amsterdam for an incredible exchange programme with one of the world’s best orchestras, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.

The National Youth Orchestra 2018 meets in Bloemfontein in the June/July holidays for its Winter Course; and in Pretoria and Johannesburg in August, in a historic partnership, the orchestra for 2018 will have the once-in-a-lifetime chance to have a side-by-side five-day Immersion Experience with the Grammy Award-winning Minnesota Orchestra, the first major American orchestra to tour to South Africa, and their internationally acclaimed conductor, Osmo Vänskä. Vänskä returns to South Africa for the first time since conducting our 50th anniversary concerts in 2014.

The Minnesota Orchestra will give master classes, the orchestras will play chamber music together, have a day of side-by-side rehearsals, and our young musicians will have the opportunity to expand their musical network, while learning from some of the best musicians in the world. As a bonus the young musicians will also attend one of the Minnesota Orchestra's performances on their tour that includes Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg, Soweto and Pretoria.

The December Summer Course for the ever-popular National Youth Wind Orchestra will be in Cape Town this year.

There are special projects including the What It Takes courses for individual instruments, arts administration internships, a Words on Music course for writers, and young composer projects, that run throughout the year.

These courses are filled with challenges and fun for the young musicians and open up a world of musical and other opportunities.

To make the courses open to all who wish to attend, bursaries, scholarships and payment plans are available. Applications are now open and can be completed online on their website at www.sanyo.org.za. Young musicians wishing to apply must play an orchestral instrument, be of at least Grade 7 music level, be 25 years old or younger in 2018, and be a resident of South Africa.

Applications close on February 23, 2018.

As National Youth Orchestra patron Archbishop Tutu explains: “Music is important in the lives of young people, it is rare not to see a young person engrossed in music. The National Youth Orchestra is important because it opens up another world of music to the youth. It allows them to become makers of the music not just listeners. Youth in South Africa have so many opportunities available to them and my hope is that they are able to engage themselves fully in these opportunities.”

Anyone able to sponsor a young musician or contribute to the bursary fund in any way, should email Sophia on team@sanyo.org.za or call 083 2722 117. The NYO is grateful for support from the SABC Foundation, Academy of Sound Engineering and the Department of Arts and Culture who make the auditions possible.

"Thank you for such an amazing course. I had such a great time and you guys did so much for us all and really made it a once in a lifetime experience, and we have you to thank for the unique exposure that will truly NEVER be forgotten. It was so much fun and an even better way to send 2016 off with a bang!" – Giulio Beltramo (Violin), National Youth String Orchestra 2016.