National orchestra to play at City Hall

Conductor Marin Alsop PICTURE: Nancy Horowitz

The Mzansi National Philharmonic Orchestra will perform on Saturday August 12 at the Cape Town City Hall at 7.30pm as part of their second national tour.

The tour will be led by Marin Alsop, the first woman conductor to serve as the head of a major orchestra in the USA, UK, South America and Austria, with soloist Masabane Cecilia Rangwanasha, the award-winning Limpopo-born soprano who is the current BBC Radio 3 New Generation artist, winner of the Cardiff Singer of the World, and Daily Maverick’s Artist of the Year runner up for 2022.

The repertoire to be performed includes an operatic first half, featuring dramatic arias followed by Mahler’s Symphony No. 5.

“Following our successful tour last year, I’m very excited to return to South Africa, a country rich in culture and heritage,” says Alsop.

“It is a joy to work with musicians who are committed to excellence and to perform for enthusiastic audiences from diverse backgrounds. This is a country which demonstrates music’s unique power to bring people together, and I love the way Mzansi Philharmonic embodies this quality.”

The Mzansi Philharmonic was launched in 2022, as part of an initiative of the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture to broaden the orchestral experience of the country, transform the orchestral sector and to brand South Africa positively around the world. The orchestra consists of up to 110 non-permanent musicians who are drawn from regional orchestras, universities, and freelance musicians.

Tickets cost from R150. Book through Quicket.

Soprano Masabane Cecilia Rangwanasha PICTURE: Vera Elma Vacek