Kwa Zulu Natal's Youth Wind Band to play for Musicians and Conductor Osmo Vänskä and participate in Master Classes.
The Clermont Community Choir will open the concert of the acclaimed American Minnesota Orchestra, for the Durban leg of the orchestra's five-city tour of South Africa at the Durban City Hall on Sunday 12 August.
Conducted by Minnesota Orchestra Music Director Osmo Vänskä, the tour marks the first-ever visit to South Africa by a professional U.S. orchestra.
A highlight of the tour will be a piece specially commissioned as a tribute to Mandela by Classical Movements. World-acclaimed composer Bongani Ndodana-Breen was commissioned to write a new work featuring soprano Goitsemang Lehobye which premiered in Minneapolis a few days ago and was an astonishing success.
The Orchestra is about to travel to South Africa to perform in Cape Town, Durban, Pretoria and Johannesburg, as well as at the historic Regina Mundi Roman Catholic Church in Soweto.
Classical Movements President Neeta Helms said, "After working in South Africa since 1994, Classical Movements is very grateful that one of the top orchestras in the United States will make this historic, first-ever tour to South Africa. It is an enormous undertaking and a statement of the importance of Africa and the growth of orchestral music in this most choral of countries. This dynamic and visionary Orchestra is exactly the right musical ambassador to pave the way for others to follow."