Endler Concert Series
The Stellenbosch University Symphonic Wind Ensemble (SUSWE) is once again presenting a Band Extravaganza as part of the Endler Concert Series on Friday 4 May, 20h00. The Extravaganza, presented on an annual basis, sees the University band, in collaboration with its community partners, presenting an evening of diverse music by ‘bands’ of differing instrumentation.
The marching and community band idiom, so prevalent in the Western Cape, and the South African legacy of field bands has created, perhaps more than any other musical medium, the opportunity to involve a diverse spectrum of amateur and professional musicians in an all-inclusive musical experience.
Participating bands from Cape Town are the Wynberg Boys' and Wynberg Girls' High School Combined Concert Band and SACS High School Concert Bands, conducted by ex-matie, Peter Catzavelos, and Levi Alexander, who is currently enrolled for an MMus at the University. Bands from the Northern Suburbs are Durbanville High School Senior Band and Bellville High School Symphonic Wind Band under the baton of ex-maties Suretha Theron and Riaan van Wyk respectively. Music Perpetua, the combined bands of Paul Roos and Bloemhof, from Stellenbosch, conducted by ex-matie, Renaldo Wales, will also be participating in this exciting evening. A diverse programme of works will be presented by the school bands, including, Appollo: Myth and Legend, The Magnificent Seven, La La Land, The Best of James Bond, El Camino Real and The Great Steamboat Race to name but a few. Stellenbosch University Symphonic Wind Ensemble’s performance will include works such as The Force Awakens (from Star Wars) and Selections from Grease, conducted by Pamela Kierman, and Variations on an African Hymn Song, conducted by student conductor, Kim Heynes.
Saturday 5 May at 20h00 and Sunday 6 May at 16h30, Endler Hall: Stellenbosch University Choir Gala Concert R100/R140
The Endler Concert series is proud to present the Stellenbosch University Choir on Saturday the 5 May at 20h00 and Sunday 6 May at 16h30 in the Endler Hall.
The SU Choir is one of South Africa’s most outstanding youth development and choral programmes. For the past 82 years this choir has reflected the changes of our wider society and today stands as a testament to the power of music to bring about diversity and harmony across societal divide.
In 2017 the SU Choir was ranked first on the Interkultur list of 1 000 international choirs for the fifth consecutive year after participating at the World Choir Games in Riga in Latvia, organised by Interkultur in July last year.
The programme for the Gala Concerts includes works by Hendrik Hofmeyr, Jake Runestad and Andrej Makor. On the lighter side the choir will present new arrangements of a few popular songs: Ed Sheeran’s Supermarket flowers and Joshua na die Reën’s Laat die wind my neem. The rest of the programme comprise an exciting array of choral works that will appeal to a broad audience.
Friday 11 May at 20h00, Endler Hall: SU Jazz Band R40/R60
We celebrate Nelson Mandela’s and Stellenbosch University’s centennial with the Stellenbosch University Jazz Band, conducted by Felicia Lesch, on Friday 11 May at 20h00 at the Endler Hall, Stellenbosch. This concert also pays tribute to the legendary artist, activist and composer, Hugh Masekela. Stellenbosch University Jazz Band has never failed to captivate audiences, and over the years has gained a reputation for vibrant and energetic performances, the most recent being their concert with Sibongile Khumalo, Gloria Bosman, Amanda Strydom and Timothy Moloi during the Woordfees 2018 festival.
Friday 18 May at 20h00, Fismer Hall: KOMPOS R40/R60
The Endler Concert Series and KOMPOS are proud to present a performance event on Friday 18 May at 20h00 at the Fismer Hall. KOMPOS is an established project of the composition division that strives to realize performances of student works and open up new music to audiences in an accessible concert environment. Students of the SU composition division have garnered local and international recognition for creative excellence, and this concert promises to be an enjoyable experience.
The programme for this concert features innovative and beautiful new compositions for solo piano performed by Grethe Nothling. Grethe completed a Master’s of Music at the Cleveland Institute of Music (2008) and Doctorate of Musical Arts (2014) at the University of Iowa. She recently moved from Odeion School of Music, University of the Free State, to accept the position of piano lecturer at the SA College of Music at UCT.
This concert will include an informal discussion about the works, and the audience will have the opportunity to enter the thoughts and composition processes of the composers while discovering some of the surprising challenges of performing new music.
Friday 25 May at 20h00, Endler Hall: Antonio Pompa Baldi R120/R160
The Prestige Series of the Endler Concert Series is proud to present the Italian-born pianist, Antonio Pompa Baldi on Friday 25 May at 8pm in the Endler Hall, Stellenbosch.
Prizewinner in the Cleveland International Piano Competition and Van Cliburn, Antonio Pompa-Baldi is a much-loved artist on the South African and international classical music scene. He has toured extensively in five continents, performing in some of the world’s major concert venues including New York’s Carnegie Hall, Cleveland’s Severance Hall, Milan’s Milan’s Sala Verdi, Shanghai’s Grand Theatre, and Boston’s Symphony Hall. He has also appeared in London, Rome, Tokyo, Seoul, Auckland, Houston, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Kiev, Hong Kong, Beijing, Johannesburg and Cape Town, to name a few. A top prize winner at the 1998 Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud Competition of Paris, France, Antonio Pompa-Baldi also won a silver medal at the 2001 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.
In this solo piano recital performance a highlight on the programme will be the Five French songs of Poulenc and Edith Piaf. By weaving together solo piano arrangements of music from these icons of mid-20th-century French chanson Pompa-Baldi evokes a glittering memory of one of history’s most romanticized eras. Other works on the programme include Hummel ‘s Sonata Op.13 in E flat; Giuseppe Martucci’s Fantasia Op.51; Medtner’s Sonata Tragica; and Roberto Piana’s Improvisations on Neapolitan Songs.