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This year’s South African Music Concert at the NWU Schoiol of Music is again part of a series of events that focuses on the performance of newly composed works, and it is again sponsored by Concerts SA and the SAMRO Foundation.

The programme of our concert this year focuses on younger composers, of which three are still in their twenties. Magdalena de Vries (percussion) will perform works by David Bowerhoff (Termiete) and Franco Prinsloo (Front). She will also join forces with Olivier Barrier (oboe) and Armand Moolman (clarinet) to perform Estampes by Armand Moolman who is currently completing his MMus in Composition under Prof Hannes Taljaard. Armand and his compositions will be at the centre of this concert: he will also accompany the soprano, Marilize Hattingh, in two songs from a song cycle that he is working on — As ek nie was. Furthermore, a choir work of his, entitled If I should die, will be performed by a six voice ensemble. A welcome presence at our concert is always the composer Clare Loveday, and two of her works will be showcased: van jou water drink (also performed by Magdalena de Vries) and Johannesburg Etude 2 for piano (performed by Mareli Stolp).

The concert will take place on Tuesday 2 August 2016 at 19:30 in the Conservatory Hall. Tickets at R75/R50 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.

Earlier on this Tuesday, ISAM (Information Centre for Southern African Music) will present three other events with free admission that promote the performance of new music:
12:15-13:00 ~ Learning New Music (Oppibib): Clare Loveday will lead a discussion of performers and composers
13:15-13:45 ~ Lunch Hour Concert (Conservatory Hall): works by Debussy, Volans and Rainier for clarinet (Morné van Heerden) and piano (Mareli Stolp)
16:00-17:30 ~ Meet the Composers & Performers (Pretorius Music Studio): an informal get-together