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Monday, July 12, 2010


This month, the magazine celebrates the 92nd birthday of Nelson Mandela.

This month in CLASSICFEEL celebrates the 92nd birthday of Nelson Mandela, looking at two operatic productions paying tribute to South Africa’s most famous citizen.

In July, the not-to-be-missed launch of Opera South Africa will be inaugurated with a special birthday concert of songs and operatic excerpts dedicated to Madiba while in June, Cape Town Opera presented African Songbook: A Musical Tribute to the Life of Nelson Mandela to popular acclaim. There is also report back on a visit to Liliesleaf, site of the infamous apartheid police raid of July 11, 1963, that led to the Rivonia trial.

Also featured is renowned tenor Andrea Bocelli, who appears in Johannesburg in Celebrate Africa - The Grand Finale, and interview Amaury Vassili, the world’s youngest tenor. John Roos, Director of the UNISA Music Foundation, reports back on the International Competition for Pianists in Memory of Vladimir Horowitz, which took place in Kiev in the Ukraine in April.

This month, CLASSICFEEL profiles Remix, a full-time dance company that has been leading the way in integrating dancers with disabilities into teaching and performance for the last ten years. In addition, we interview Janni Younge, puppeteer extraordinaire and winner of the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Theatre 2010.

Finally, three lucky readers stand the chance to win African Cream CDs, featuring a variety of great music from South Africa and the rest of the continent. All of this and much more can be found in the July issue of CLASSICFEEL, on sale now.