Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Early Christmas carols for chamber music enthusiasts

With the Christmas carols already ringing, local classical and chamber music enthusiasts will have their Christmas carols early this December at the maiden 2010 Christmas Concert.

The black tie event, which promises to be a not-to-be-missed event for local chamber and classical music lovers, will bring together the crème de la crème of local stars in the chamber and classical music genre under one roof in what is expected to be a glittery night at the Gaborone Sun on the 4th of December.

Speaking in an interview with Sunday Standard Lifestyle, the event organiser, Alimah Anderson, said the main aim is to showcase and create a platform for recognition of talent in Botswana.

“It is said that some of our local artists are recognised internationally but are not known in the country. We, therefore, aim to create an annual black tie event that will bring the corporate world, the government and Batswana together to appreciate the talent we have in the country,” Anderson said.

She added that the event also seeks to expose the other genres of music that are in existence in the country but are obscure. For the black tie event’s maiden appearance on local social circles, the event organisers have roped in the internationally acclaimed Three Tswana Tenors and Tshenolo Batshogile.

Both the tenors and Batshogile have a repertoire for their very professional and polished performances on stage.

The all male Three Tswana Tenors act is made up of friends Boyce Batlang, Setso Kgabung and Tshepiso Gaborone. The trio, who are mentored by David Slater, have in their five years of existence as an act, exhilarated Batswana at corporate events with their classical, choral type music, which Slater says Batswana have received well.

Batshogile, on the other hand, has established herself as a force to be reckoned with in the local music scene. The soloist, who is also part of the Sedibeng Choral Society, spent the better part of the last two years in France where she studied music in Paris.

According to her manager, Andy Batshogile, the soloist has performed in Europe, both as a solo act and as part of the Sedibeng Choral Society. The acts will be accompanied by ‘amazing musical pieces by Northside Choir and Orchestra,’ Jen Summers, as well as local break dance troupe Unique Moves.

According to Anderson, the event organisers in conjunction with the Northside Primary School will donate toys to one charity of the primary school’s choice to spread the spirit of Christmas to the less fortunate. She says they are also working with some local artists who have painted a picture of the three tenors to be auctioned at the event.

Anderson says all proceeds from the auction will go to two charities, which are yet to be named. Tickets for the event are priced at P1 500 but can be bought at P1000 at Gabz Fm. A buffet and goody bags are included in the package.

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