Full Moon in Johannesburg from 30 April

Following a triumphant 2013 that saw Vuyani Dance Theatre gracing stages from France to the USA, the company will celebrate its 15th anniversary by premiering a new, epic work at the Joburg Theatre in April, Full Moon.

The acclaimed Johannesburg-based contemporary African dance company, founded by award-winning daner, choreographer and artistic director Gregory Maqoma, brings the large-scale production, Full Moon, to the Joburg Theatre’s Mandela stage from Wednesday, 30 April to Sunday, 11 May.

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Full Moon in Johannesburg from 30 April

Following a triumphant 2013 that saw Vuyani Dance Theatre gracing stages from France to the USA, the company will celebrate its 15th anniversary by premiering a new, epic work at the Joburg Theatre in April, Full Moon.

The acclaimed Johannesburg-based contemporary African dance company, founded by award-winning daner, choreographer and artistic director Gregory Maqoma, brings the large-scale production, Full Moon, to the Joburg Theatre’s Mandela stage from Wednesday, 30 April to Sunday, 11 May.

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Carmina Burana at Kirstenbosch

 
Carmina Burana, the setting by Carl Orff of 12th century poems, is one of the most popular works on the concert stage. The Cape Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by National Youth Orchestra Course alumnus and tutor/conductor Alex Fokkens, with the Cape Town Symphony Choir and soloists, will bring this magical music to life in an equally magical setting. This masterpiece is epic in scope, and once you hear its famous and popular start,O Fortuna, known through advertising and film scores, you’ll be hooked!
 
Proceeds from this concert will be used to help …

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Osmo Vänskä for our 50th Birthday!

Osmo Vänskä conducting the South African National Youth Orchestra for their 50th Birthday! Surely nothing can outclass this on the 2014 South African orchestral calendar. Rarely do South African audiences experience a conductor of this calibre in live performance. Add the green-and-gold National Youth Orchestra with a large alumni core performing alongside them and a treat is in store.
Performances, generously sponsored by Sasol, will be on Saturday 6 December in Cape Town and Sunday 7 December in Johannesburg.
“Vänskä isn’t only about meticulous preparation. In concert he’s a wiry dynamo: lean, whippy and indefatigably energetic. His interpretations are the same. He never stops probing and pushing.” (The Times)

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Applications for 2014 are open!

Established in 1964, we are South Africa’s oldest youth orchestra (this year marks our 50th anniversary), and the leading orchestra in the youth orchestral movement. Our National Youth Orchestra members are the national team that represent an incredible youth orchestra movement that stretches from the Western Cape to Limpopo and everything in between. Alumni from our courses have gone on to play for internationally renowned orchestras, and their achievements bare testament to the ability of South African musicians to be exceptional and true ambassadors for our country.

As a participant, you will be part of the Nationals community and benefit from a range of programmes associated with our courses including opportunities for international music exchange, instrument repair courses, musician mentorship, arts administration internships and composition and conducting workshops

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“Reach Out” – our new single with Jimmy Nevis and Jon Savage

Our new single, “Reach Out” for the 5fm Mashlab with Jon Savage and Jimmy Nevis has just been released on iTunes. It is such an honour for the National Youth Orchestra to be part of the special project to pay tribute to the great Nelson Mandela.

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