Aug 07

National Youth Orchestra alumni perform in Cape Town

 

Zanne Stapelberg

Zanne Stapelberg

Hugo Lambrechts Auditorium, Picton Rd, Parow on Sunday August 23rd at 3pm

 

Booking at 021 939 9105 Mon – Fri 10am – 6pm and at the door. R60/R40

Baxter Concert Hall on Wednesday August 26th at 8:15pm

Booking through Computicket and at the door. R80/R40

This month Cape Town concert goers will have the chance to hear opera star Zanne Stapelberg in concert with instrumental virtuosos, violinist Marc Uys and pianist Kathleen Tagg. The concerts celebrate the intimate possibilities of art song with the virtuosic capabilities of solo instruments in a moving program ranging from Saint-Saens and Massenet to Liszt, Falla and Granados.

The three friends have known each other for more than a decade and have performed together many times in the past, but for the first time audiences will be treated to this rare and expressive combination of talent on one stage . Stapelberg and Uys met at the Stellenbosch Conserve in the 1990s, and all three shared time at the University of Cape Town College of Music.

Stapelberg needs no introduction as a great South African diva, whose versatility has earned her widespread acclaim from the press and public alike, as well as the coveted 2008 Standard Bank Young Artist Award. Acclaimed roles include the title role in Handel’s Alcina and Rosalinda in Strauss’ popular operetta, Die Fledermaus as well as Carla in William Kentridge’s European tour of his performance art piece, Confessions of Zeno. She appeared in Cape Town City Ballet’s sold out seasons of the electrifying Queen at the Ballet brought back for two return seasons.

Uys, founder of the greatly acclaimed Sontonga Quartet has performed in many of the world’s great halls from Europe to the Far East, North America and Australia. He moved to New York in 2008 and is currently co-concert master of the acclaimed Arcos Orchestra, as well as being much in demand as chamber musician and soloist.

Tagg has spent the past eight years in New York, where she studied at the Mannes College of Music and Manhattan School of Music, where she now teaches. She has become a frequent performer at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center following her much acclaimed debut in 2004, and performs throughout the USA and Europe.

The concerts, supported by the Rupert Music Foundation, take place at the Hugo Lambrechts Auditorium on Picton Rd in Parow on Sunday August 23rd at 3pm and at the Baxter Concert Hall on Wednesday August 26th at 8:15pm.

Kathleen Tagg

Kathleen Tagg

 

Marc Uys

Marc Uys