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Monday, August 5, 2019


(Sandile Mabaso)

The KZN Highway area’s principal tenor, Sandile Mabaso, will enthral audiences yet again with an exquisite programme of music by the Great Composers. After the success of his previous presentation of songs and arias from the 17th and 18th century, Mabaso will presenting a programme of art-songs from the romantic era called Sandile Mabaso sings Beethoven, Schubert and Schumann. The recital will be on August 11, 2019, at the Holy Trinity Church in Hillcrest.

Mabaso will be performing with the accomplished Durban-based pianist, Bobby Mills. 

In this recital, the audience will hear Mabaso’s smooth lyric tenor voice sing beautiful art songs. An art song is a vocal music composition, usually written for one voice with piano accompaniment. It is most often a musical setting of an independent poem or text. The programme for this afternoon's concert with consist of Ludwig van Beethoven's beloved song-cycle An Die Ferne Geliebte. Beethoven was the extraordinary composer who continued to compose masterpieces as he was losing his hearing. Three art songs/ lieder by the supremely talented composer Franz Schubert and the ever-green Dichterliebe by Robert Schumann.

“Ludwig von Beethoven, Franz Schubert and Robert Schumann are some of the great composers of Classical Music. Their art songs are smaller compositions when compared to their larger works, yet they’re perfect miniature accounts of these composer’s gifts,” says Mabaso.

“The text was written by the leading lights of German literature, Goethe and Heine et al. They are about the whole experience of romantic love. They cover the zenith of love that is new and the nadir when it ends. The songs are sung in German and there will be translations at the concert for the audience to get the exact meaning of the words,” he adds.

Mabaso began his musical training at the Drakensberg Boys’ Choir School, under the direction of Christian Ashley-Botha. In 2005, he obtained his Bachelor of Music from the University of Pretoria. While a student he sang the roles of Tamino in The Magic Flute (Mozart) and Alfredo in Die Fledermaus (Strauss). He had his first professional engagement in 2006 singing the role of Inkos’ Mathole in Opera Africa’s touring production of Princess Magogo (Khumalo). He toured South Africa and The Netherlands with this production.

From 2006 to 2007 he was a member of the Cape Town Opera Vocal Ensemble where he toured to Germany, France and Sweden in the productions of Showboat (Kern) and Porgy and Bess (Gershwin).

In 2009, he began studying with Professor Werner Nel and was selected to participate in The International Baroque Symposium, held at the North West University, under the leadership of Kobie van Rensburg. In 2010, he sang the role of Acis in Acis and Galatea (Handel) also under the direction of Kobie van Rensburg. In 2012, he has sung the role of Puck in The Fairy Queen (Purcell) for Umculo Cape Festival.

In 2013, he was a finalist in the Mimi Coertse Singing Competition and made his solo debut with the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra in 2014.

The German art-song has been his main focus along with his operatic endeavours. In 2012, he was invited to perform Dichterliebe (Schumann) at UNISA's annual An die Musik recital. He has also presented this work at the Wakkerstroom Arts Festival and the Tatham Art Gallery. In 2013, he presented Brahms’ LiebesliederWalzer, opus 52 & 65 at the Odeion, Bloemfontein. In 2014, he sang On Wenlock Edge (Vaughan-Williams) in Pretoria. In 2015, He sang Die Schone Mullerin in Stellenbosch.

In 2015, he toured a programme of Baroque music with harpsichordist, Andrew Cruickshank along South Africa’s garden route. In 2016, he moved to KwaZulu-Natal and opened his own teaching studio.

The recital will take place at 15h00 on August 11, 2019, at the Holy Trinity Church in Hillcrest. Tickets R75 booked through Quicket or at the door.

For more information contact Mabaso on 084 598 8125 or email: