More than 100 guests attended a cocktail function at the Baxter Theatre’s Long Bar on 26 August 2014 for the opening night of UCT Opera School and Cape Town Opera’s collaboration of Il viaggio a Reims. The event provided an opportunity to profile Makudupanyane Senaoana and Thesele Kemane, winners of the Olitalia & Rialto Foods Opera Bursary. The award is worth R50 000.
Jean-Pierre Steyn is a well accomplished man with the future, quite literally, in his hands. At 26 this South African College of Music Masters student is already an award-winning composer and songwriter whose work has been featured locally and abroad. Currently signed to the Universal Music Group, Jean-Pierre was recently asked to write music for the American triple-platinum selling artist, Jackie Evancho.
Dr. Nomusa Makhubu participated in the 2014 Dakar Biennale or Dak’Art where she was awarded the Le Fresnoy prize in the international exhibition category. The award is a residency at Le Fresnoy: Studio National Des Arts Contemporain in Tourcoing, France. Dr. Makhubu is a lecturer in Art History and Visual Culture at the Michaelis School of Fine Art.
The Musicology unit at the South African College of Music hosted Professor Ruth Smith from Cambridge University recently. This is the second visit to the University of Cape Town for the Handel scholar who was in the country to participate in the St George’s Singers Handel oratorio performance ‘Theodora’, the L’Orfeo Barockorchester under Barry Smith as well as to deliver two public lectures on George Frideric Handel.