South African cellist Abel Selaocoe (pronounced Sa-LAU-chay) is redefining the parameters of the cello. Abel combines virtuosic performance with improvisation, singing and body percussion, and focuses on highlighting the links between Western and non-Western musical traditions to help classical music reach a more diverse audience. He’s the perfect guest for Passport to Africa.
In 1890, the Romantic French composer Camille Saint-Saëns traveled to Ceylon, then to Alexandria and Cairo. During his travels, Saint-Saëns collected much of the region’s indigenous music, often transcribing themes on the spot. While in Egypt, he composed Africa, a fantasy for piano and orchestra based on genuine North African sources, including various songs and dances of Egypt and Algeria.
The clock is ticking down! Hard to believe that we’re on the brink of a brand new decade; the 2010s flew by! Here at the Cape Symphony, we’re excited for all the things we have planned to share with you in the future. We’ve got amazing concerts from January to June, some very special appearances this summer that we’ll be sharing with you soon, and more!