Oct 24

Advent Concert with the National Youth Orchestra’s Baroque Ensemble

The music lives on – despite social distancing!

This year the annual Advent Concert by the South African National Youth Orchestra (SANYO) will be presented exclusively online – and for the first time ever in partnership with Klein Karoo Klassique and the Klein Karoo National Arts Festival (KKNK). SANYO will be playing a program of baroque music perfectly suited for this time of year to prepare us for the joyful event of Christmas – and you can enjoy the music in the comfort of your own home.

“It is a privilege to be able to perform at all during this period,” says Managing Director of SANYO, Sophia Welz. “To us this concert is a beacon of hope as well as a showcase of our pride in our country, our young musicians and the arts.”

Every ticket sold will contribute towards helping SANYO carry on their wonderful work, says KKNK Artistic Director, Hugo Theart. “Like many other performing arts organisations, SANYO too had a tough 2020. We believe it is important to support young talent.”

Works performed during the program of 45 minutes are Gaudete (Piæ Cantionis), Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland (JS Bach), Sinfonia to Cantata no.29 (JS Bach) and Sinfonia V from Six Symphonies en Quatuor contenant les plus beaux Noëls Francois et Etrangers (Michel Corrette).

For the first time in 57 years, it will not be the full orchestra gathering for the performance; instead, a smaller ensemble will bring you the music.

The members of the ensemble are Gilah Kellner (violin, Johannesburg), Jason Oppelt (violin, Cape Town), Kamohelo Moshoaliba (viola, Bloemfontein), Vaughan McLea (cello, Johannesburg), Kyle Smith (double bass, Cape Town) and John Reid Coulter (harpsichord, faculty).

This concert is made possible by the generous support of the SAMRO Foundation, Friends of Orchestral Music Cape Town and the Academy of Sound Engineering.

The concert will be available for viewing from 20 December at 18:00 up to and including 31 December at midnight.

The standard ticket price is R80 and R50 for students and pensioners. Once you’ve purchased your tickets, you’ll receive a link to stream the concert on a device of your choice.

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