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Two jazz concerts feature at the fifth Wakkerstroom Music Festival
The 5th Wakkerstroom Music Festival takes places 20-22 March 2015 – a weekend filled with classical music at the foot of the Drakens-berg Mountains.
The Wakkerstroom Music Festival is a non-profit organisation whose main aim is to raise funds that will enable promising music students to further their studies. Sponsors who have already given their support to make this wonderful weekend possible are SAMRO, Hunt Essential, BASA and Nolands, and Nedbank Arts and Culture. The WMF’s media partner is the e.tv Sunrise Breakfast Show.
Of the 20 performances, of mainly classical music, over the weekend, audiences can look forward to two jazz performances. The festival opens on Friday the 20th at 19:00 with with a performance by the popu-lar Odeion String Quartet with Samson Diamond from Bloemfontein, and a classical jazz concert by the University of Pretoria’s Jazz Ensem-ble, under the direction of Barbora Tellinger.
The University of Pretoria has a fairly young jazz department and this will be their first appearance at the Wakkerstroom Music Festival, with hopefully many more to follow. Led by jazz vocal lecturer, Barbora Tel-linger, and jazz pianist and M.Mus. student and lecturer Phuti Sepuru, this ensemble of gifted students will showcase why their skills were chosen to represent the University of Pretoria’s Department of Music. Their repertoire includes material from the Great American Songbook style of jazz, African composers and some original works.

On Saturday the 21st at 16:00 audiences will be treated at Hunt Essen-tial with a unique performance by the Affies Swing Ensemble at the wa-ter hole, where the animals will be drinking water. The Affies Swing Ensemble was founded in 2007 and currently consists of 17 boys who are a compilation of top members of the Symphony and Concert Or-chestras of Affies. The programme consists of typical jazz and swing classics which will certainly find favour with the audience. Mr. Braam van Tonder has been the conductor of the Affies Swing Ensemble since January 2013. For more information about the fifth Wakkerstroom Mu-sic Festival’s programme, ticket sales, accommodation, as well as more information about the second Wakkerstroom Music Festival Bursary Competition, please visit the festival’s website www.wmfestival.co.za. Any queries can be sent to info@wmfestival.co.za.
For comments or more information, please contact:
Linette van der Merwe 082 923 1549
E-mail: linette@wmfestival.co.za