Category Archives: Classical Music

BASA Award nominees

  One of the most exciting things for the arts is the formation of a sponsoring partnership with a corporate sponsor.  The BASA Awards are based on the premise of drawing attention to these corporate sponsors, and acknowledging the role … Continue reading

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I am so jealous of all the people at the National Arts Festival this year. Today I wish I were hearing Pendo Masote in concert. Pendo Masote is a young violinist who is making waves in classical music circles. He … Continue reading

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Lamento, a patchwork pastiche, pleases

Claudio Monteverdi’s (1567-1643) musical magic enchanted audiences at The Market Theatre tonight. He was a Catholic priest best known as a composer and musician. He is the person who made the transition between Renaissance music with its polyphony and Baroque … Continue reading

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Nataniël performs for the JMS

Nataniël  is a classically trained musician and a South African entertainment icon.  He is preparing a concert especially for the Johannesburg Musical Society – the oldest continuously running community organisation in Johannesburg. Fans of Nataniël  will know that he is … Continue reading

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Instrumental – James Rhodes’ haunting autobiography

Subtitled “A memoir of madness, medication and music“, this is a quick, but not an easy, read.  The introduction contains a warning about triggers for compulsive behaviour.  That warning is timely.  Take note of it.  I landed up doing a … Continue reading

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Joburg Ballet’s Cinderella

Press release below: Cinderella – the perfect ballet for Spring   A dazzling night, a glittering ball, something wonderful is sure to happen when the ultimate fairytale – Joburg Ballet’s production of Cinderella – returns to Joburg Theatre for just … Continue reading

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What’s right with South Africa?

On Thursday 14 April 2015 I attended a concert at the Linder Auditorium. On the podium was one of my heroes, Kutlwano Masote.  Masote is from a musical dynasty, a cellist and conductor.  His father is a fine musician who … Continue reading

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