Serenading the City

A group of Johannesburg’s finest musicians will gather for the third annual Dean’s Concert on Saturday, November 3, 2018, at the University of Johannesburg Art Centre Theatre (Kingsway Campus – corner of Kingsway Avenue and University Road, Auckland Park), at 7.30pm.

The Dean’s Concert offers audiences an elegant celebration of contemporary and classical delights by distinguished musicians and rising stars, to create an extravaganza of music, free of charge.

Professor Federico Freschi, the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture (FADA), and renowned pianist Christopher Duigan, will be joined on stage by an illustrious collection of artists, including the international award-winning UJ Choir conducted by choirmaster Renette Bouwer, Johannesburg Youth Orchestra Company, soprano Loveline Madumo, and saxophonist David Salleras.

In addition to being the Dean of FADA, Professor Freschi is an accomplished baritone who studied opera at the UCT College of Music, and has sung principal roles in a number of operas, operettas and musicals. Continuing their concert career together, Christopher Duigan brings with him extensive experience performing with all major South African orchestras and appearing on stages at national and international festivals.

Taking gold in both its categories at the World Choir Games 2018, the UJ Choir is a powerful addition to the Dean’s Concert.

With an established repertoire spanning over two decades, the Johannesburg Youth Orchestra Company (JYOC) has an audience of dedicated fans around Gauteng and the country.

Joining the luminous array of voices for this one-night only gala is soprano Loveline Madumo who has made a name for herself performing a variety of roles on South African and international stages. As an established artist and music practitioner, Madumo keeps the art and craft of opera alive with her series of outreach concerts and education programmes in townships across the country.

Blending the sumptuous collection of sounds on stage with his instrumental virtuosity and a Mediterranean spirit is Spanish saxophonist David Salleras. His award-winning career as a composer and recording artist thrills audiences across the globe, and now Salleras brings his unique style of sound to Johannesburg after a successful season at the Grahamstown National Arts Festival performing with Professor Freschi.

While the Dean’s Concert is free, seats are limited, and booking is essential. Audience members are encouraged to make a donation to the Dean’s Bursary Fund, in support of deserving students in the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture.

Reserve your seats by emailing [email protected]

 

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Neo Magasa

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