Goema Orchestra :: Summer Season 2013

The Cape Town Goema Orchestra is happy to announce the dates of its Summer Season 2013 concerts. Orchestra performances are scheduled to take place on the first two Saturdays of November, showcasing a new batch of original compositions by six Cape Town composers. The Summer 2013 series is the Goema Orchestra’s first season to take place at the intimate Chisolm Room at the South African College of Music (University of Cape Town).

Founded on principles of fostering creativity and celebrating diversity, the Goema Orchestra provides an opportunity for emerging and established South African composers to platform their works. Established in 2010 under the auspices of the Cape Town Composers’ Workshop (a Section 21 Not-for-Profit Organisation), the project has gone from from strength to strength in its vision to elevate the profile of homegrown orchestral talents and foster a truly representative South African ouvre. Approaching music with this fresh and bold premise, the Goema Orchestra prides itself on being a classical ensemble that grooves.

While the works of musical director Mac McKenzie are most associated with the orchestra, the project has a much larger vision. Compositions to be played include works of Keenan Ahrends, the youngest of the composers. Mandla Mlangeni, Maxim Starcke and Serbian-born Ana Strugar return with new works for their third appearances while Amos Levin makes his Goema Orchestra debut. Mac McKenzie is scheduled to participate with a piece entitled “Cape Dance Variations.”

The project, now in its fourth year, is placing Cape Town firmly on the map in terms of fresh and inventive artistic and cultural output as a city that produces at least six new original symphonic works annually. The Cape Town Composers’ Workshop is currently planning to take a group of Goema Orchestra composers to Switzerland in early 2015. A Swiss Friendship Orchestra performed works by Mac McKenzie in 2012 and will do three concerts with him next year.


Performances: Saturday 2 November 2013 & Saturday 9 November 2013

Venue: C7 Chisholm Recital Room, South African College of Music

Doors Open: 19h30 | Show Starts: 20h00
General Admission: R100 | Students & Pensioners: R70

Contact Renate McKenzie at the Cape Town Composers’ Workshop for bookings, general enquiries, composers’ bios, photos and further information:
Mobile: +27 (0)72 500 2204
Email: composers.workshop.ct@gmail.com

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