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Posted on: Monday, 14 March 2011

The First Stellenbosch International String Symposium

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This year will see the first ever International String Symposium comes to South Africa and it will take place between March 22nd and 26th at the University of Stellenbosch.

The music department at the University of Stellenbosch has, over the years, become well known with their innovative projects with both the Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival and the Endler Concert Series setting a benchmark for the rest of the country to follow.  The concerts feature internationally acclaimed artists along with the best South Africa has to offer.

This year the symposium will feature public master classes, lectures and evening concerts from the faculty of 18 string players from both South Africa and other countries around the world.  Daniel Rowland, the well known and much loved violin sensation is a member of the international part of the faculty.  Daniel is joined by the equally talented and accomplished Priya Mitchell and Cobus Swanepoel, the award winning cellist who was born in South Africa but now lives in Switzerland completes the international line-up.

Concert goers will be treated to a concert at the Endler Hall on each night of the Symposium with the final two nights (25th and 26th of March) featuring the University of Stellenbosch Symphony orchestra.  Both evenings include Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony and March 25th will feature Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations (Cobus Swanepoel will perform solo) and Sibelius’s Violin Concerto (Priya Mitchell will play solo).  The Elgar Violin Concerto will be performed with Daniel Rowland playing solo on March 26th.

Cobus Swanepoel also features in the concert on March 22nd.  The programme includes the Brahmn E minor cello sonata and the gypsy-like ‘Dumky’ trio by Dvorak.  Priya Mitchell presents sonatas by Schubert and Grieg on March 23rd. After her performance she will be joined by other member of the faculty in a quarter for piano and strings by Schumann.

The Symposium will present a concert of octets by Shostakovich, Bruch and Enesco featuring the entire faculty on March 24th.  A lunch hour concert featuring Daniel Rowland and Luis Magalhães will happen on March 25th.  Lunch hour concerts on the other days of the Symposium will feature students enrolled in the Symposium.

Tickets & Contact:

Tickets are available from Computicket and at the door.
For more information contact Louise Howlett on 021 808 2358 or 084 682 1337.

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