Bay musical societies come together in concert

Feather Market Organ Society and the Port Elizabeth Music Society host joint concert

From left, David Bester, Segun Soyemi, Erika Bothma, Albert Troskie and Junita Lamprecht-Van Dijk
From left, David Bester, Segun Soyemi, Erika Bothma, Albert Troskie and Junita Lamprecht-Van Dijk
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A joint concert of the Feather Market Organ Society and the Port Elizabeth Music Society will take place in the Dutch Reformed Church in Louis Botha Crescent, Summerstrand, at 7.30pm on Tuesday.

The cream of local artists will be heard in Soirée Musicale with Albert Troskie and Friends.

At the heart of this concert is Prof Albert Troskie, who has been responsible for much of the arrangements and playing for this concert.

Troskie will be heard in an organ solo titled Who Are These Before God’s Throne.

He will also be joined by musical friends such as pianist Erika Bothma, violinist David Bester and trumpeter Tania Leurquain-Steyn.

With Bothma, Beethoven’s Ode to Joy will be heard as a duet between organ and piano. Bester will join the organ in the well-known Adagio for organ, violin and string orchestra.

Leurquain-Steyn will blend her trumpet sounds with that of the organ in pieces such as Te Deum by Charpentier and Fantasie alla Marcia on the Dutch National Anthem, “Het Wilhelmus” with Ps 134 (Old 100th).

Bester, the conductor of the Nelson Mandela University String Ensemble (Nmuse), will enrich the evening with numerous contributions.

He will conduct the Nmuse in On Wings of Song by Mendelssohn and will join Bothma (piano) in Songs my Mother Taught Me, by Dvorak.

Counter tenor Segun Soyemi will join the string ensemble in an aria by Handel – Flavio Re de’Lombardi.

Oboist Andre Visser’s interpretation of the Adagio from Marcello’s famous Oboe concerto will be a highlight. He will be joined by Nmuse. Bothma will perform the well-known second Scherzo by Chopin, while the NMU Choir, with conductor Junita Lamprecht-Van Dijk, will perform an African medley.

Tickets, at the door, are R50 (adults), R40 (pensioners), R30 (students) and free for pupils.

Inquiries: Theresa Cunliffe on 041-504-2250 (office hours), Bothma on 082-308-4494 or Troskie on 082-726-9595.

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