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Rhodes University Symphony Concert

Date: 22 September 2018 19:30 - 11 September 2018 20:30
Location: Guy Butler Theatre, Settler's Monument
Organiser: Catherine Foxcroft (Phone 046 603 8491)
Event Type: Music Concerts


RU Symphony Concert 2018

The Rhodes University Orchestra is proud to present its annual Symphony Concert on 22 September 2018 at 19h30 in the Guy Butler Hall, Monument, Grahamstown. This year the orchestra will also perform on 23 September 2018 at 15.30 in the Nelson Mandela Unuversity South Campus Auditorium, Port Elizabeth. Conducted by David Scarr, the programme presents the prizewinning soloists Mvume Mdidimba (bassoon), Emma Farquarson (soprano) and Analisa Kelemi (mezzo soprano). The concert will also feature the RU Vocal Ensemble and guest virtuoso violinist, Naomi Fokkens. The programme includes:


Shostakovich                     Waltz from the Jazz Suite (arr. Lindsay Johnston)                                              

Mozart                                 Bassoon Concerto 1st mvt (Soloist Mvume Mdidimba)

Mozart                                  Figaro excerpt – Finale Act 4 (RU Vocalists)                          

Mendelssohn                    Violin Concerto 3rd mvt (Soloist Naomi Fokkens)

Delibe                                   Lakme Duet (Soloists Emma Farquharson and Anelisa Kelemi)                     

Dvorak                                 Symphony No 8 3rd and 4th mvts                                                                                               

Tickets: R 100 Adults, R 50 Concessions (pensioners, students, scholars), R40 Block bookings. Bookings: music@ru.ac.za and at the door.

Reception: R 80 pre-bookings ONLY at music@ru.ac.za

Peter Kramer from Classics 4 u Cape Town will be trading CD’s and DVD’s at the Monument from 11 am, as well as at the concert. This will grant you the opportunity to stock up on classical audio material.

This is a fundraising event. All proceeds of the concert are donated to a 1st year BMus bursary.



MVUME MDIDIMBA is currently a 3rd year BA student majoring in Instrumental Studies and Legal Theory at Rhodes University. He completed Trinity Grade 8 in 2014 with distinction, and played for the National Youth Orchestras between the years 2012 and 2017. He performed as 2nd bassoonist with the Eastern Cape Philharmonic Orchestra between 2014 and 2017, and is a guest bassoonist for the NMU Orchestra. He was awarded 3rd place in the RU Mavis Hill Competition in 2017.

EMMA FARQUHARSON is currently a BA Music Honours student studying voice with Jo-Nette Lekay. She has staged two successful shows at the Grahamstown National Arts Festival: “Opera Found” (2017 – Standard Bank Encore Ovation Award) and “A Feather on the Breath of God” (2018 – Arena Production). Emma has been the recipient of several music scholarships at Rhodes, and is a member of the Golden Key International Honours Society. She was awarded 3rd prize in the 11th National Grahamstown Music Competition 2017 and 2nd prize in the RU Mavis Hill competition in 2017.

ANELISA KELEMI is currently a 3rd year BA student majoring in Psychology, Sociology and Instrumental Studies (Voice). She is a student of Jo-Nette Lekay and since her school years at Victoria Girls’ High School in Grahamstown, Anelisa belonged to various ensembles and choirs in the area. Recently she was part of the KWANTU Community Choir who performed at the Wold Choir Games in Pretoria. She belonged to the RU choir for the past 3 years as well as an intern and a member of the Cathedral choir for 9 years. At the Grahamstown National Arts Festival, she was part of the vocal ensemble who performed with the virtuoso violinist Neo Motsatse. 

NAOMI FOKKENS is currently studying with Prof. Farida Bacharova at UCT. She is a Grade 11 learner at Westerford High School, where she is Concertmaster of the orchestra and first violinist in the Westerford String Quartet. As a violin soloist, she has appeared on three occasions with the Westerford High School Orchestra, at the Hugo Lambrecht Music Centre Concerto Festival. She has received numerous prizes and medals at the local Eisteddfods; in 2015 she was the Bronze medal winner at the Hubert van der Spuy National competition and in 2017 passed her ABRSM Grade 8 practical exam with distinction. In August 2018, she performed the Violin Concerto by Mendelssohn with the Westerford HS Orchestra, and is excited to make her Eastern Cape debut of the same work with the Rhodes University Orchestra in Grahamstown and Port Elizabeth.


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