FSSO end-of-year spectacle

Vanessa Tait-Jones, soprano soloist PHOTO: ARTLINK.CO.ZA

The final concert of the FSSO end-of-year spectacle for the year promises a showcase of what is believed to be one of the greatest choral works ever written. Artistic Director and CEO of the FSSO, Alexander Fokkens, will conduct the orchestra as they will be playing Brahm’s Ein Deutsches Requiem with Vanessa Tait-Jones and Luthando Quave as soloists.

Cantando@Bloem, Cathedral Singers and Imbila from the University of the Free State will also join them on the stage of Sand du Plessis Theatre.

Soprano soloist, Vanessa Tait-Jones, performs as soloist in various concerts, oratorio performances and music festivals across the country. Tait-Jones obtained her MMus degree cum laude from Stellenbosch University, majoring in Voice. She lectured singing at three universities – Rhodes, Stellenbosch University and UKZN (currently). She also specialises in vocal health and was involved at an interdisciplinary voice clinic at Tygerberg hospital for four years.

Luthando Qave, baritone soloist PHOTO: ASCOLTA-ARTISTS.COM

She will be joined on stage by baritone soloist, Luthando Qave. Qave has performed on many international opera stages and is praised for his versatile vocal talent. He completed his musical studies at University College of Opera in Stockholm, Sweden and made his international debut in 2008. Since then he has taken on many well-known roles in opera performances across Europe.

The orchestra will be led by Alexander Fokkens, who has stood on many different podiums, internationally and locally, conducting some of the most experienced orchestras all over the world. These three outstanding South African musicians will be joined on stage by distinguished choirs: Cantando@Bloem, Cathedral Singers and Imbila. The evening promises to deliver an astounding performance of Ein Deutsches Requiem as an end-of-year spectacle.

Tickets are available from Pacofs as follows: adults – R100; students and children 3 to 18 years – R40. For more information, contact the FSSO on 051-401-2342, or visit the FSSO’s Facebook page (@ Free State Symphony Orchestra.

Seithati Semenokane