From 11-18 September 2016, Mozart’s popular opera, The Marriage of Figaro, will be performed on the NWU Potchefstroom Campus, in Ikageng, as well as in Klerksdorp. The production is presented by die NWU School of Music and the NWU Choir Academy®, in collaboration with Umculo and PUK Arts. Umculo’s Opera Incubator was launched early in 2016. Upon invitation from the vocal division of the School of Music, the director of.
by Anri Stenden Prof Piet Koornhof has to be one of the luckiest violinists alive. It’s not often that you get to meet a real member of the Stradivari family on a visit to Cremona, and by chance too!
Instrument(s) / Discipline(s): Voice, African drums, Ethnomusicology.
On Tuesday 6 September 2016 at 19:30 two very different yet closely related musical idioms will share the stage of the Conservatory Hall: the Wind Ensemble conducted by André Oosthuizen, and the Big Band led by Justin Sasman.
by Anri Stenden Did you know that the Singapore Conservatory, with its impressive all-glass frontage (see photo below), 80 sound-proof (and temperature controlled) practice studios, and a 600-seater concert hall, also boasts one of the largest recording studios in Asia?
In 1991, the then chairperson of the student Music Society at the Conservatory, Mr Jaco van der Merwe, organised a week-long music festival celebrating the work of the eccentric French composer, Erik Satie. The festival culminated in an 18-hour-long performance on the Friday night of the composer’s Vexations. As far as could be determined, it was the first performance of this very strange piano work in South Africa.
by Anri Stenden Prof Piet Koornhof has made numerous trips all across the globe for concerts and recordings, including to Europe, North America, Russia and Singapore. Since travelling takes a lot of time, and airports and train stations never have practice rooms, Prof Piet has had to rehearse his repertoire in some very interesting places.
by Prof Jaco Kruger Visitors to the School of Music are welcomed by a colourful mural in the Conservatory’s courtyard. This mural was commissioned in 2008 as part of a broader programme to renovate the interior of the building.
We look back on the second quarter and the amazing things we’ve achieved.
The celebrated Potch Trio, with violinist Piet Koornhof, pianist Tinus Botha, and cellist Human Coetzee, as well as guest artist Alida Bester (double bass), will perform in the annual Dean’s Concert on Tuesday 23 August 2016 at 19:30 in the Conservatory Hall, Potchefstroom.