FOLLOWING a highly successful organ and classical music festival last year, the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) Alumni Association has collaborated with the Summerstrand Dutch Reformed Church to bring a new tradition of academic festival concerts to the Bay this week.
With more than 150 performers lined up, organisers of Thursday night’s Alumni Festive Concert have promised the event will be even bigger and better than last year’s.
The concert will feature, the NMMU Clarinet Quintet, the NMMU Choir conducted by Junita van Dijk and the 80-piece Grey High Symphonic Winds under alumnus Shawn Lyon, poetry by Professor Janet Cherry, organ solos by alumni Christiaan Carstens, Devandre Boonzaaier and Antonio Lawack, as well as an organ and clarinet piece by Professor Albert Troskie and Tiaan Uys, among others.
NMMU Alumni Association vice-president and concert programme coordinator Evert Knoesen said: “This year’s theme focuses on celebrating 20 years of democracy, and 20 years of the excellent NMMU choir. NMMU prides itself on providing sustainability careers for its students and alumni, so what better way than to showcase local talent?”
All the performances lined up for the concert featured former and present students of the university, the NMMU political sciences and MBA graduate said.
“Money raised from the sale of tickets will towards a fund the alumni association has put together for the development of organ and classical music,” Knoesen said, adding tickets have been selling briskly.
The concert is the only academic festive concert, with a full procession of academics, civic leaders and clergy, in the country.
“Everyone who loves music is invited, and graduates and academics are welcome to dress in their academic regalia to take part in the academic procession before the show,” Knoesen said.
Tickets are R50 for adults and R30 for pupils, students and pensioners.
The concert will start at 6.30pm and tickets may also be bought at the entrance, subject to availability.
To make a booking for the concert, contact Knoesen on 074-610-4496 or send an e-mail to evertk@ equisol.co.za – Balisa Ntloko