UJ Dean’s Concert offers music lovers ‘A Grand Night for Singing’

ROUNDING off 2016’s newly initiated classical music programme, UJ Arts & Culture hosts the inaugural Dean’s Concert 2016, entitled A Grand Night for Singing.

As the grand finale of the year’s programme, this free concert offers Johannesburg audiences a rare opportunity to hear two of South Africa’s rising opera stars – soprano, Siphamandla Yakupa, and tenor, Lukhanyo Moyake – along with the celebrated South African pianist, Christopher Duigan, the award-winning UJ Choir conducted by Renette Bouwer, and the Dean of the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture at UJ, accomplished baritone Federico Freschi.

Siphamandla and Lukhanyo are both soloists at the Cape Town Opera Company, and are fast becoming sought-after artists on international opera stages. This year they were both finalists in the prestigious Hans Gabor Belvedere international singing competition.

Siphamandla’s roles include Musetta in La Bohème, Clara in Porgy and Bess, and Winnie Mandela in the Mandela Trilogy, to name a few. Forthcoming engagements include the role of Clara in Porgy and Bess in Argentina.

Lukhanyo has performed a multitude of roles, including Alfredo in La Traviata, Jaquino in Fidelio, Belmote in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, and Leicester in Maria Stuarda. He is currently preparing the role of Don José in Lisbon, having recently won the Emmerich Smola Förderpreis in Landau, Germany.

Christopher has performed extensively with all major South African orchestras, festivals and stages in a repertoire of more than 25 compositions for piano and orchestra. In recital he has developed a popular following through his innovative presentation and programming.

Recent highlights include performances of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra in Durban and Pietermaritzburg and a seven concert tour in Spain with saxophonist David Salleras and the GIOrquestra.

In addition to his extensive academic accomplishments Federico is a well-known baritone, who studied towards a Diploma in Opera from the UCT College of Music. He has sung principal roles in a number of operas, operettas and musicals, and continues a concert career.

This is a free concert, but audience members are encouraged to make a donation to the Dean’s Bursary Fund in support of deserving students in the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture.

The Dean’s Concert 2016 – A Grand Night for Singing – takes place on Saturday, November 5, 8pm at the UJ Arts Centre, Kingsway Campus. Inquiries: preciousm@uj.ac.za.

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