A number of singers who studied at the NWU School of Music have made successful performing careers overseas, mainly in Europe. Jacques le Roux is one of these singers, currently engaged as the principal tenor at the Landestheater Linz in Austria. Since leaving South Africa in 2007, he has achieved numerous successes, including being named as the Young Artist of the Year for 2010 by the German Theatre and Orchestra Association, and singing the lead role in the world première of the Philip Glass opera, Spuren der Verrirten (“Footprints of the Lost”), in 2012.
For the first time in almost a decade, Jacques will perform in South Africa again, and his concert tour will include a recital at his alma mater on Tuesday 10 March 2015 at 19:30 in the Conservatory Hall. His collaborator is the highly-regarded pianist, Albie van Schalkwyk.
Their programme consists mainly of German songs, by Erich Korngold and Hugo Wolf, as well as the complete Dichterliebe by Robert Schumann. A very special item is the Four Love Songs on poems by Marlene van Niekerk by South African composer Martin Watt. Watt is also an alumnus of the NWU School of Music, as well as a former lecturer.
Tickets at R90/R60 are available at the Conservatory in Thabo Mbeki Drive (tel. 018-299-1692), PUK Arts in the Heimat Building (F9) on the university campus (tel. 018-299-2844), Protea Bookshop on the Bult (tel. 018-297-1583), online at www.artema.co.za and www.facebook.com/NWU.Music, or 30 minutes before the concert at the box office.