Guest Contributor | Mar 16, 2018 | 0
Swakop to host spectacular Musikwoche
This year’s Swakopmunder Musikwoche will be a smashing event, its organisers say. A number of talented musicians from South Africa, Germany, United States and Namibia will participate in the musical. The Musikwoche event will start on the 9th and will conclude on 18 December.
It will include the premiere of Tutaleni Learns, which is the first part of Desert Express, a tale composed by Engelhard Unaeb. The musical will be performed by the Junior Orchestra and the ‘HarmoniKids’ on 15 December at the Namib Primary Bank Windhoek Kultur Aula.
Other events include a Lecturer Concert at the Namib Primary Bank Windhoek Aula on 13 December; an open air concert at the Amphi Theatre at 16:30 on 14 December; a Junior Orchestra and Ensemble concert at the Namib Primary Bank Windhoek Aula at 19:00 on 15 December and a church concert at the Lutheran Church at 10:00 on 18 December to close the music festival.
This year, the Junior Orchestra and the Ensembles will do a joint performance. This means that the two final concerts will be shorter and will show performances of the choir, the Big Band and the orchestra only.
The Big Band, conducted by Steven Meier from the United States, is also a highlight of this year’s Musikwoche. Meier will be performing at the event for the first time. The choir will be led by Hans-Jochen Stiefel, while the orchestra will be conducted by Alexander Fokkens, who also is the musical director. Nadja Roxin and Charlotte Meaden-Torbitt, both of whom are soloists, will perform the ‘Concerto for two flutes’ by Franz Anton Hoffmeister.
The Mascato Coastal Youth Choir, conducted by Ena Venter, and Vocal Galore will also perform six songs from ‘Carmina Burana’ by Carl Orff during the Musikwoche.
Tickets are available at the Deutch Evangelische Luthern Kirche (Swakopmund) in the mornings only between 08h30 – 12h00.
The Swakopmunder Musikwoche is an annual event and was first held in 1967. Any one who enjoys playing music can participate in the event. Every December, professional and start-up musicians from Namibia and from around the world meet to practise music together for a week and perform in a public concert afterwards. They are taught by renowned lecturers from around the globe.