The NWU School of Music has increased the number of concerts in its official concert series for this year by a third, with 8 concerts that will be presented in Potchefstroom during March, April and May. As usual, it caters for a wide variety of interests and tastes. For the 25th year, Potchpourri! opens the concert series — on Tuesday 8 March — with jazz, cabaret, big band, musicals, PDQ.
Monday 28 July • Dr Truida van der Walt is adjudicating at the Philip Moore Music Competition at Jeppe High School for Girls from Monday to Wednesday. • Ms Yvonne-Marié Brand is presenting master classes at Hugo Lambrechts Music Centre from Monday to Wednesday. Tuesday 29 July • 12:10 — Student Assembly in Oppibib • 19:30 — Piano Recital by Robert Auler in the Conservatory Hall. Wednesday 30 July 10:00.
The Italian-American pianist, Antonio Pompa-Baldi, is a regular visitor to South Africa, but will perform in Potchefstroom for the first time on Sunday 25 May 2014 at 15:30 in the Conservatory Hall. As the winner of the Cleveland International Piano Competition in 1999 and silver medalist in the 2001 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, he performs regularly in the world’s major concert venues and has already released more than 20.
Tinus Botha, senior lecturer in piano at the NWU School of Music, will present a solo piano recital on Sunday 16 March 2014 at 15:30 in the Conservatory Hall. His programme will follow a fairly traditional pattern of Baroque, Classical and Romantic repertoire, including the well-loved Polonaise-Fantasie by Chopin. But as an enthusiastic performer of South African music, he will close the concert with Stefans Grové’s famous Nonyana, the Ceremonial.