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Monday, March 25, 2013


(Bongani Tembe is one of the soloists)

Accompanied by the KZNPO and the eThekwini Choristers, top South African soloists combine forces to perform Mendelssohn’s Hymn of Praise this Easter.

In keeping with tradition The Playhouse Company will once again stage a classical, religious work over the Easter weekend. This year’s choice of Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 2, Hymn of Praise, which the composer described as “A Symphony-Cantata on Words of the Holy Bible”, promises to be an uplifting experience for the whole family.

This magnificent semi-staged production will be directed by Marcus Desando and conducted by maestro Lyk Temmingh, with the choir trained by seasoned conductor and choir master, Gerhard Geist.

Accompanied by the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra and the eThekwini Choristers, top South African soloists, Bongani Tembe (tenor), Hanli Stapela (soprano) and Khumbuzile Dlamini (soprano), combine forces to perform Mendelssohn’s masterpiece in The Playhouse Opera.

Originally composed to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Johan Gutenberg’s first movable printing press, Mendelssohn’s Hymn of Praise consists of three orchestral movements followed by eleven vocal movements. The text of various Psalms and Bible verses from Ephesians, Isaiah and Romans inspired Mendelssohn to compose this magnificent work.

Hymn of Praise will be performed on Easter Sunday (March 31) at 15h00. Tickets range from R80 to R100. Early booking is advised from Computicket online, 0861 915 8000 and Shoprite Checkers money market counters or from the Playhouse Box Office, 031 369 9540 during office hours.

Alternatively tickets can be booked via the Playhouse website – or Facebook page “The Playhouse Company”. Bring the whole family, or get a group together, and take advantage of a 10% discount for bookings of 10 tickets or more.

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