Spring Season – Concert 1

Programme:

George Gershwin: Porgy and Bess Symphonic Picture
George Gershwin: Summer Time from Porgy and Bess
Bess, You Is My Woman from Porgy and Bess
Gustav Mahler: Symphony no1 in D major Titan

Conductor: Wolfram Christ

Wolfram Christ, long-time first Principal Viola with the Berlin Philharmonic, Principal Viola of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra and Professor at Hochschule für Musik Freiburg, has become highly regarded as a conductor epitomising sincerity and musical integrity.

Praised for his exhilarating and sensitive interpretations, Wolfram Christ has already worked with orchestras on five continents, including the Munich and Scottish Chamber Orchestras, the Royal Danish Orchestra Copenhagen, the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Mozart of Bologna, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Basque National Orchestra San Sebastián, Simón Bolívar Orchestra Caracas, Auckland Philharmonia, KZN Philharmonic Orchestra Durban, Kansai Philharmonic Orchestra, the German Radio Philharmonic Saarbrücken, Camerata Madrid and the South West German Chamber Orchestra Pforzheim. Between 2004 and 2008 Wolfram Christ was Principal Conductor of the Kurpfalz Chamber Orchestra Mannheim. Throughout this time he led the ensemble to a period of increased concert activity at home and abroad, and collaborated with internationally established soloists such as Sabine Meyer, Emmanuel Pahud, and Renaud Capuçon.

Soloist: Linda Nteleza (soprano)

Linda comes from Khayelitsha in Cape Town. She is a postgraduate of UCT Opera school and is a member of Cape Town Opera studio. In 2013 she was a finalist in a prestigeous Belvedere Singing Competition in Dusseldorf and later that year she became an award winner of “I live to sing” documentary in New York.

Linda has an extensive operatic experience, she has performed in opera productions such as Porgy and Bess, Don Giovanni and La Bohem and has appeared in opera theatres in Madrid, Tianjin, New York and Cape Town.

She has also performed at Glimmerglass festival in New York, Aix en Provance and Edinburgh international festivals.

Soloist: Musa Ngqungwana (bass-baritone)

Bass-baritone Musa Ngqungwana, a native of Port Elizabeth, South Africa, has been praised by The New York Times for his “rich, glowing voice and elegant legato,” and by The Wall Street Journal as “a powerful bass-baritone.” Musa graduated with Honors in Performance (First Class) from the University of Cape Town and is also a graduate of the prestigious Academy of Vocal A His concert work has included featured performances with The Philadelphia Orchestra; with the Scottish Symphony Orchestra in Bernstein’s Songfest on its Opening Night concert; and as Pythéas in Sapho with the Washington Concert Opera, Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, U.S. Naval Academy, and at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, South Africa.rts (AVA) in Philadelphia. He is the author of Odyssey of an African Opera Singer, which was published in South Africa by Penguin Random House.

KZNPO (KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra)

Based in the city of Durban and the province of KwaZulu-Natal, the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra is widely regarded as Africa’s premier orchestra. Consisting of 70 fulltime professional musicians who come from more than 20 countries, the Orchestra has, over the past 30 years, earned a reputation for excellence and innovation amongst South African orchestras. A strong vision of high artistic values combined with a comprehensive education and community engagement programme has been fostered by Mr Bongani Tembe, a Juilliard School graduate, who joined the Orchestra in 1994 at the dawn of South Africa’s democracy.

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