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The ODEION SCHOOL OF MUSIC CAMERATA (OSMC) is embarking on a concert tour to Gauteng from 26th – 28thof September 2019 under the baton of Elsabé Raath.

“Consecutive international win for the OSM Camerata at the Ictus International Music Competition, USA, 2018”

“The OSM Camerata is a SA export-ensemble for art music from South Africa” – 13th International Conservatory Festival, Rimsky Korskov Conservatoire, St. Petersburg (Russia)

The OSMC was transformed into an organic entity radiating commitment, musicality, and devotion.” Louis van der Watt, Stellenbosch

In the first concert 26 September, the OSMC will perform in the new JAVETT ARTS CENTRE AT UP http://javettup.art/  (designed by the prolific South African ArchitectPieter Mathews)in the Bridge Gallery where the ensemble will present a lunch-hour concert commencing at 13h00. The Javett Arts Centre at UP will be officially opened on the 24th of September and the entire week is replete with concerts and events celebrating the inauguration. The OSMC lunch hour concert features the music of our times.

On the   27th of September, the OSMC will present a gala concert in the University of Pretoria’s Musaion Concert Hall at 19H00, in collaboration with the UP Department of Music and the GAUTENG CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL http://www.gcmf.co.za/. This concert will serve as the launch of the 2019 GAUTENG CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL.  This year the festival (strings) will take place from 29th November – December the 7th with respected Finnish concert violinist and pedagogue Réka Szilvay as master lecturer and mentor.

The last concert will take place at the University of the Witwatersrand ATRIUM and presented by the Wits School of Arts Concert Series.  Free admission to all concerts.

Tour Dates and Concert Halls

For this OSMC concert programme, two young talented musicians were invited to perform as soloists with the OSMC. Cellist Chris van Zyl is studying under the tutelage of Prof Anmari van der Westhuizen at the Odeion School of Music he will recite the Haydn Cello Concerto No.1 C Major Movement 3. Pianist Annerike Du Plessis is a student at the SA College of Music at the University of Cape Town studying under the tutelage of Prof. François du Toit. Du Plessis will concertize the Piano Concerto by No. 1 Johann Sebastian Bach in D minor, BWV 1052 III Allegro as well as the Vier Slovak Folksongs  Négy tót népdal for Chamber Orchestra & Piano, Sz. 70,  by  Béla Bartók. The concert programme will include also works by South African composers Martie Driessen and H Pieter van der Westhuizen as well as Béla Bartók, György Ligeti, Pēteris Vasks and Jacobus Gallus. South African Composers Lance Phillip, Gerhard De Jager and Gerrit Jordaan orchestrated some of the works for Chamber Orchestra

The OSMC was founded by Marius Coetzee in 2012 as a flagship chamber orchestra.  The main objective of this strategy was creating a catalyst for excellence. From a pedagogical perspective, the OSMC serves as a feasible incubator for the nurturing of fully rounded musicians who are thoroughly prepared for the demands of their trade as orchestral musicians, soloists and conductors. The OSMC recently forged a professional internship with the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra to solidify and advance the skills of the young orchestral musicians on an even higher level. In September the ensemble, will their first orchestral masterclass with Maestro Gérard Korsten.

Another noteworthy objective is the introduction of exceptional repertoire not often heard on South African stages. The performance and commissioning of music by South African composers are considered a priority. Since the inception of the OSMC in 2012, several new works have been commissioned from South African composers.

The OSMC enjoyed numerous successes since its inception in 2012. The ensemble was awarded the first prize at both the 2017 & 2018 International Ictus Music Competition USA as the winners of the category for Conservatory and University Orchestras under the baton of Xavier Cloete. 

HÄNDEL MASTERPIECES – Orchestral, Choral & Vocal Highlights, a co-production between the NORTH-WEST CONSORT (North-West University School of Music) and the OSM CAMERATA (UFS Odeion School of Music), was last year nominated for a kykNET FIËSTA AWARDas the best classical music production of the year 2018.

A particular highlight in the OSMC’s career was the participation in the 13th International Conservatory Festival in St Petersburg Russia, where the ensemble received a standing ovation during a gala concert in the Glazunov Concert Hall at the Rimsky Korsakov Conservatory. Another highlight was the world première of the Cello Concerto for an African Cellist by the South African composer, Hans Huyssen, with SA cellist, Heleen du Plessis as the soloist. The CD was released in 2014 on the New Zealand Classical Music label, ODE RECORDS in Auckland, New Zealand. The CD was one of five CDs nominated for the New York Violoncello Society award. (October 2017)

Contact Marius Coetzee, Artistic Director, for more information. [CoetzeeML at ufs.ac.za]