Boston youth orchestra to tour SA

Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (BPYO) and its co-founder Benjamin Zander will perform concerts in Cape Town.

The 120-member Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (BPYO), led by its co-founder Benjamin Zander, will embark on a 19-day, multi-city tour, performing seven collaborative concerts in Cape Town, Pretoria, Soweto, Johannesburg and Makhanda in June.

A focal point of the tour will be interactions and side-by-side collaborations with local ensembles and musicians around the country, including the Hugo Lambrechts Symphony Orchestra.

On Monday June 19, they will have a music session with over 200 South African and American musicians playing together from the BPYO, Settlers High School Orchestra, Bellville High School Symphonic Wind Band, DF Malan High School Wind Band, Fairbairn College, Westerford High School Symphony Orchestra, San Souci and Rustenburg Girls’ High School and Rondebosch Boys’ High School.

BPYO will be performing two gigantic works in the orchestral repertoire – Strauss’s Ein Heldenleben and the rarely heard Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony with Gauteng choristers, Sidwell Mhlongo, Andiswa Makana, and Bongiwe Nakani Mcetywa, on Tuesday June 20, at Cape Town City Hall, in the city centre, at 7pm; and on Wednesday June 21 at the Hugo Lambrechts Music, in Parow, at 7pm. Tickets cost from R200. Book through Quicket.

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