Young artists to debut with orchestra

Singer Zelmarie Barnard is one of 11 young artists who will perform at the classical youth concert.

Young instrumentalists and singers will take to the stage alongside the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra (CPO) at Artscape tomorrow, Saturday October 1, at 7.30pm, as the Youth Classical Concert celebrates its 51st anniversary.

The concert will showcase 11 young soloists who were chosen in auditions adjudicated by Nina Schumann, Patrick Tikolo, Neil Robertson, Bongiwe Nakani, Marvin Weavers and Brandon Phillips, who will be conducting the concert as resident conductor of the CPO.

Phillips is also music director and conductor of the Cape Town Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.

The concert has grown extensively over the years to accommodate the interest and talent of young instrumentalists and musicians.

This event, with support from the City of Cape Town, acknowledges that talent and provides an opportunity for young musicians to gain professional experience by performing with the CPO.

The emphasis of the concert is a celebration of young musical talent and not a competition.

Louis Heyneman, CEO of the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, said: “With musicians of the calibre of those performing, we know that classical music in South Africa is in a good place.

“We are justifiably proud that many of the young performers are products of our own vast education and development programme. This collaboration with Artscape gives young people, many for the first time, the chance to gain performance experience with a symphony orchestra as soloists, and helps prepare them for a future in music.”

Artscape CEO, Marlene le Roux said it was a privilege that Artscape and the CPO can host the Youth Classical Concert after two years of restrictions on a bigger scale in the Opera House in order to offer patrons such an eclectic repertoire.

“I sincerely appreciate the dedicated effort and enthusiasm of this year’s participants. Music is a universal language that can be understood by all. It is a cohesive factor that binds cultures together and Artscape thrives on inclusivity in all arts genres.”

Tickets prices range from R50 to R100 and can be bought at Computicket or Artscape Dial-a-Seat at 021 421-7695.

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