Topnews, South Africa in Germany
11. June 2012
Young South African Musicians to Perform at Europe's Major Festivals
MIAGI (Music is a Great Investment), renowned for its incredible dedication in developing young South African musicianship, is sending over 90 young South African orchestral musicians to Germany and Austria for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to perform on a 16 day tour of some of the most prestigious and major European summer festivals.
Performing with the great Austrian multifaceted artist, conductor, composer, painter and sensational jazz trombonist, Christian Muthspiel, the MIAGI Youth Orchestra (MYO) will headline at the already sold-out event Young Euro Classic Festival in Berlin on the 27th July.
The musicians, most of who have been nurtured by MIAGI for years, will embark on a whirlwind tour of Germany and Austria. The orchestra has already received overwhelming media and audience success from having performed in Berlin in 2009, and has been invited back to play the opening night of the Young Euro Classic Festival as just one leg of their amazing European itinerary.
This massive honour puts the MIAGI Youth Orchestra on par with the best youth orchestras from all over the world.
Christian Muthspiel had the pleasure of conducting the MYO in 2011 and due to the great success of that collaboration, MIAGI asked him to lead the musicians once again on their tour. Muthspiel has been inspired by South African culture and has collaborated with one of MIAGI’s talented young musicians – Tshepo Tsotetsi to create a unique piece that will form part of the Orchestra’s touring programme.
Muthspiel explains, “during my first phase of work with the MIAGI Youth Orchestra, I was particularly impressed by the music and dances which the young musicians rehearsed and performed in the evenings merely for their own pleasure. The unconditional passion and ferocity displayed brought a wealth of African tradition before my eyes and sparked in me a desire to draw on this source of power within the orchestra. In discussions with the MIAGI founders, a concept was gradually developed to realize this idea.”
This inspiration birthed the composition that will be headlining the programme during the tour - Christian Muthspiel: Out of South Africa, Symphonic Poem on Themes by Tshepo Tsotetsi.
Tshepo is a highly talented musician from the orchestra that has brought his own compositions from the exciting playing field between traditional folk and jazz, as well as being a highly talented band leader, saxophonist and clarinetist. Tshepo and Christian worked together on various themes during their time together in Vienna and gradually transformed them into a symphonic vocabulary.
Tshepo will also be leading a number of more informal tour performances by a group of MYO musicians with the name 'New Skool Orchestra @ MIAGI', also Tsotetsi's brainchild. The New Skool Orchestra was born as a result of the evenings of music and dance that Mutspiel drew his inspiration from, the so-called ‘Kwela evenings’. The formation offers among others, a flexible, multi cultural, experimental ground to young composers, affording them the chance to hear and thoroughly develop their music with a group of young, energetic musicians.
The programme will also include Leonard Bernstein’s symphonic suite ‘On the Waterfront’, George Gershwin’s ‘An American in Paris’, Claude Debussy’s ‘Prelude a l’apres-midi d’un Faune’ and Antonin Dvorak’s ‘Romance in F Minor for Violin and Orchestra Op. 11’.
South African audiences will have an opportunity to be the first to experience the full programme and wish the young musicians of the MIAGI Youth Orchestra Farewell at the Farewell Concert at the Linder Auditorium on July 15th. This concert was made possible through support through the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund and the Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of South Africa, within the Youth Empowerment through Arts and Culture programme.
Once again MIAGI delivers on its mentorship for these young musicians. MIAGI is a non-profit organisation in its 12th year of changing lives through music. This rare and exciting opportunity will open up a whole new world for the young musicians. Catch them live at their farewell concert as they embark on this life-changing event.
- 15 JULY @ 15h30 – FAREWELL CONCERT AT LINDER AUDITORIUM IN JOHANNESBURG - tickets from 1 June at Computicket and one hour before the event at the door.
- 18 JULY – LUDWIGSBURGER SCHLOSSFESTSPIELE - CONCERT BY NEW SKOOL ORCHESTRA @ MIAGI
- 19 JULY - LUDWIGSBURGER SCHLOSSFESTSPIELE - CONCERT BY MIAGI YOUTH ORCHESTRA
- 21 JULY – CARINTHISCHER SOMMER FESTIVAL – CONCERT BY MIAGI YOUTH ORCHESTRA
- 22 JULY – GRAZ MINORITENSÄLE – CONCERT BY MIAGI YOUTH ORCHESTRA
- 27 JULY – YOUNG EURO CLASSIC FESTIVAL – CONCERT BY MIAGI YOUTH ORCHESTRA - SOLD OUT
- 28 JULY – YOUNG EURO CLASSIC FESTIVAL – CONCERT BY NEW SKOOL ORCHESTRA @ MIAGI
- 29 JULY - DIE FABRIK HAMBURG - NEW SKOOL ORCHESTRA @ MIAGI
- 31 JULY – KAMPNAGEL HAMBURG - CONCERT BY MIAGI YOUTH ORCHESTRA
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