The South African Singers (SA Singers), in close collaboration with the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra, is delighted to present the 20th-anniversary celebration with the world premiere of The Crucifixion, composed by Nqobile Nkonzo.
Since its inception in 1999, the SA Singers has been committed to providing various platforms to inspire & empower artists in South Africa and beyond its borders through stage opportunities of greater magnitudes. This grand celebration, set to take place at the Durban City Hall on Saturday 16 November 2019, will mark the organisation’s milestone alongside its accomplishments over the past 20 years, and further propel its cause.
This prestigious gathering will also debut The Crucifixion, composed and orchestrated by Nqobile Nkonzo, accompanied by the renowned KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra. ‘For an introvert, and somewhat reserved person like myself, composing has always been a great alternative to being at the centre stage. I never anticipated growing to the point of earning the recognition of the acclaimed SA Singers, and it is truly an honour to have them premiere my work at this 20th-anniversary celebration. As a growing composer, this kind of appreciation has assured me that what began as a time beguiling hobby is an actual gift. This has encouraged and inspired me to continue composing and fine-tuning my other existing compositions,’ says Nqobile.
‘The aforementioned is evidence of the developmental concept the choir promotes and lives by. The focus and projection of the SA Singers through this celebration is to turn a new page to the cause of its contribution and to the genre and the community at large,’ says Vumile Nomanyama, Music Director of the SA Singers.
The programme will also include a segment dedicated to some of the choir’s monumental renditions over the past two decades. This will allow the choir to tap into its archives drawing out the best of its ever great renditions ever performed over the two decades. ‘The SA Singers is known for its unprecedented achievements in the Choral fraternity. It has, indeed, lived up to its name and did justice in servicing its devotees and enthusiasts advocating excellence in the genre it represents since its inception. This celebration, therefore, seeks to embrace and mark the exceptionally exquisite contribution the SA Singers has added to the genre. It has engraved itself in the hearts and minds of the people of Southern Africa through memorable performances that have left the audience breathless and spiritually elevated in various platforms, in particular; the KZN Arts & Culture Choral Music Competition, the Old Mutual National Choir Festival, and the Melting Pot Arts Festival,’ concludes Mr Nomanyama.
Tickets cost only R150. Booking is through webtickets at selected Pick ‘n Pay outlets or online: www.webtickets.co.za The concert will be from 17:00.
The 20th-anniversary celebration of the SA Singers in collaboration with the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra is empowered by eThekwini Municipality.