|Summer 2009 is the Inaugural Ihlombe! South African Choral Festival |
A festival like none other with 10 days showcasing America's artistic excellence alongside South Africa's great choral traditions.
Classical Movements, in association with The Choral Institute of South Africa - CHORISA, is gearing up for our brand new international music festival - the Ihlombe! South African Choral Festival. The inaugural Ihlombe Festival, taking place July 8-20, 2009 at dynamic venues in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Pretoria, Soweto and Stellenbosch, South Africa, will include at least 14 choirs, 10 workshops with renowned choral leaders, 6 concerts - including individual and joint choral performance opportunities, thrilling choral exchanges, 1,150 participants and a new music commission.
The premise of the Ihlombe! festival is to offer South African audiences an opportunity to hear the most diverse and exciting South African and American choral groups. Each concert will have different choirs participating with their own music repertoire and conductors. Each concert will end with a South African piece learned at workshops and conducted by leading South African conductors.
The 6 concerts in Cape Town, the Cape Province and the Gauteng area have attracted some of the leading choirs in South Africa and from USA.
2009 Ihombe Participants include:
From the Opening concert in Soweto's Historic Regina Mundi Church to the landmark Linder Auditorium, the University of Stellenbosch's beautiful Endler hall to the Town ship concert in Guguletu, the Ihlombe! festival is working hard to reach all kinds of audiences in South Africa and bring varied choirs to them.
- The Grammy Award winning Soweto Gospel Choir - Soweto, SA
- The landmark Imilonji KaNtu Choral Society - Soweto, SA
- The globetrotting Drakensberg Boys' Choir - Winterton, SA
- The historic Morgan State University Choir - Baltimore, MD, USA
- The Grammy Award winning Pacific Boychoir - San Francisco, CA, USA
- The Yale Whiffenpoofs celebrating their 100th Anniversary - New Haven, CT, USA
- The glorious Symphony Choir of Johannesburg - Johannesburg, SA
- The unique sound of the Cenestra Male Choir - East Rand, SA
- The innovative Chamber Choir of South Africa - East Rand, SA
- The diverse Mpumalanga Youth Choir - Mpumalanga, SA
- The delightful Madrigal Singers of the University of Stellenbosch - Stellenbosch, SA
- The original Stellenbosch Konservatorium Vocal Ensemble - Stellenbosch, SA
- The energetic African Chord Melodies Choir - Gugulethu, SA
- Fezaka High School Choir, winners of the 2009 Terrasano Competition - Guguletu, SA
In addition to the 6 concerts, Classical Movements is arranging two days of workshops in Cape Town and Johannesburg. There will be a total of 10 workshops by leading choral conductors and these will be offered to hundreds of South African choir conductors.
Clinicians will include:
Johann van der Sandt - Conductor of the Drakensberg Boys' Choir
Eric Conway - Conductor of the Morgan State University Choir
George Mxadana - Founder & Music Director of the Imilonji KaNtu Choral Society
Kevin Fox - Conductor of the Pacific Boychoir
Rudolf de Beer - Artistic Director & Conductor of Schola Cantorum, Univ. of Stellenbosch
Leon Starker - Conductor of Pro Canthu Choir
Themba Madlopha - Artistic Director of the Cenestra Male Choir
Richter Grimbeek - Conductor of Jeugland HS Boys and Girls Choirs, & the East Rand Youth Choir
Lizl Gaffley - Conductor of the Kensington Chorale
Richard Cock - Artistic Director & Conductor of the Johannesburg Festival Orchestra & the
Symphony Choir of Johannesburg
In keeping with one of the core beliefs of Classical Movements, the profits from the concerts will be shared between South African groups that are working hard to help under-privileged communities and youth programs. These musical institutions and organizations are the Melodi Music Trust, the Amy Biehl Foundation & Music programs as well as the All Saints Blind Choir.
The joint concerts, workshops, learning new music, dancing and drumming, as well as individual and massed choir performances all combine to make the festival the largest American and South African choral gathering ever.
Over 1,150 performers join together for the
Inaugural Ihlombe! South African Choral Festival
Mark your calendars for the
2010 Ihlombe! Festival
July 28 - August 9
2011 Ihlombe Festival
June 29 - July 11