Classical Music with a Twist
NATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL 2018 - GRAHAMSTOWN
The original “little mermaid”, Undine merges music, story-telling and multi-media to create an enriching yet tragic show that will appeal to old and young alike. Presented in the manner of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, this production takes you on a journey of music and emotion that will enthral and delight throughout.
Undine, the water nymph, falls in love with the knight Huldbrand. Although they marry, both Undine’s otherworldliness and Huldbrand’s human past threaten to tear them apart. Follow Undine on her journey of love, betrayal, heartache and ultimately her discovery of what it means to be human.
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Who we are
Tatiana Thaele is an award winning flutist. She has appeared as a soloist with all the large orchestras in South Africa and has been featured as a soloist in the Last Night of the Proms with Richard Cock. She is the runner-up of the 2016 ATKV Muziq competition, winner of the 2014 Grahamstown Music Competition and a semi-finalist and prize winner at the 2016 SAMRO Overseas Scholarship competition. She has played in various music festivals, including the Suidoosterfees and FynArts Festival.
Tatiana is driven by a passion to build a love and appreciation for music and art in South Africa and internationally. She has headed up various entrepreneurial ventures including a YouTube channel called The Flute Practice and various concert productions. Through her teaching, performing and various productions she hopes to inspire people from all walks of life and all ages to love and enjoy music and other art. It is with this purpose that Concept Concerts was born.
Theresa Dwyer is a accomplished pianist, teacher and organizational powerhouse. She obtained her BMus degree at The South African College of Music, UCT, majoring in Piano Performance under Prof Francois du Toit and Mr Jose Dias and Music Theory under Prof Hendrik Hofmeyr. She spent many years ushering and being involved in other capacities at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown.
Her work encompasses helping organize many important music concerts and events including the James Galway Festival in 2015. She currently works for the Cape Town Concert Series.
Theresa is enthusiastic, positive and passionate about music and education (and especially music education). She has been incredibly inspired in the past by her many music teachers and wishes to spread her own love of Western art music as far as possible. Theresa believes that combining music with storytelling and other artistic mediums is a perfect platform to encompass wider audiences and cross cultural communications.
What we do
Concept Concerts offers classical music concert programmes, but with a twist. Whether we are adding art, dance, theatre, storytelling or multimedia presentations to the music, we strive to make these elements work together to create a diverse, entertaining and complete experience. For more information on our different programmes and how we bring these elements together, check out our Concert Programmes.
We believe that everyone should have access to art, however, many people find art, particularly Western art music or classical music, difficult to understand and relate to. We believe that by collaborating the arts we can help people understand and get access to the true power and meaning of art and culture in society. We are not suggesting that you have to love or even like it but you should at least have an opportunity be allowed to understand it!
We tell stories, bring music to life, explore the lives of humans past and present, laugh, create beauty, challenge the world we live in and even our audiences. At the same time we try to be all inclusive so that no one is unwelcomed. What we do is audience focused; our goal is to serve society through the arts and your input is very welcomed and necessary. So contact us anytime with suggestions, ideas, comments or feedback!
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Yohan Chun (Piano)
She has achieved great success at prestigious national music competitions including winning the Fine Music Radio Bursary Competition in 2016. Other highlights include collaborating as a guest artist with Cape Town City Ballet and representing UCT at the Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival.
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In 2012 he began studying Jazz performance at the University of Cape Town. He also has completed a performance Diploma from the Associate Board of the Royal Schools of Music. He plans to write and perform music in soul, jazz, and other genres.
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Francois Botha is a pianist living in Cape Town, South Africa and is active in the classical, jazz and popular music scenes. While actively pursuing his career as a solo artist, he is also an experienced accompanist and collaborator and has worked with some of the finest local artists as well as abroad.
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Anna van der Merwe (Violin)
Born in South Africa, Anna is currently pursuing a Masters degree at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz in the class of Prof. Sylvia Viertel. Anna completed her undergraduate studies with Distinction at the University of Cape Town in the class of Prof. Farida Bacharova. She received numerous awards during her studies there and won prizes at several competitions.
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Emma Luyendijk (Piano)
During her time as a student Emma won several competitions including the Lionel Bowman Prize for Beethoven Playing, The Robert Andrews Prize and the Laura Searle Prize for Concerto Playing. In 2016 she performed Bartok’s Third Piano Concerto with the UCT Symphony Orchestra conducted by Richard Cock.
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Julia Rinderle (Piano)
The promising young German pianist Julia Rinderle fascinates her audience with a strong stage presence and highly sensitive and profound playing. After her recital at the famous Kaisersaal in Ottobeuren, Germany, she was praised as an “enchantress of the piano” with a “flush of sounds and colours” (Memminger Zeitung, 18 June 2014).
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Tatiana Thaele (Flute)
South African born Tatiana Thaele has enjoyed a diverse and exciting career so far. She has performed as a soloist with all the top orchestras in the country and has been featured as a soloist in the South African The Last Night of the Proms conducted by Richard Cock.
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The Flute Player
Combining music and storytelling, this original classic-style fairy tale follows a young girl on her journey of discovery through music. The story is told in the manner of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, alternating narration with well- and lesser-known classical melodies. Featuring Tatiana Thaele with flute and narration and Theresa Dwyer on piano, this adventure will delight old and young alike.
The show will be presented at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown in July/July 2018.
The Violin Girl
A story told through music and words. The Violin Girl is written by Capetonian author Chantal Stewart and set to music from the classical and popular repertoire by Duo Bel Canto.
It takes us into the world of a busking violinist and her relationship with a passer-by. A love story of intimacy and longing emerges from this unlikely setting, where the personal and impersonal nature of sharing music is explored.
This show premiered in September 2015 with the following award winning Cape Townian musicians: violinist Anna van der Merwe, Sinéad Symons (cello) and Cherie Barnardo, lead vocalist and pianist of the band The Perfect Shadows
The Violin Girl
In Ovid's epic poem 'Metamorphoses' we first encounter the wood nymph Syrinx and the beginnings of the water nymph, Undine.
But what does Syrinx have in common with Undine? Both must suffer for love, both must sacrifice their very essence and transform to survive, both show us what it means to be woman, to be human.
This production combines music and literature to explore the tale of these two beings. Through the flute and piano music of Debussy and Reinecke and accompanying poetry and stories, we unravel the magic and tragedy of these mythical women.
Multimedia presentations, theatrical staging and compelling story-telling help produce a truly nourishing musical experience. This show was created in collaboration with renowned German pianist Julia Rinderle and was premiered in March 2015. For more information on Julia Rinderle.
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She has achieved great success at prestigious national music competitions including winning the Fine Music Radio Bursary Competition in 2016. Other highlights include collaborating as a guest artist with Cape Town City Ballet and representing UCT at the Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival. In 2017, she was given a full scholarship to attend a piano festival in Germany and has toured internationally with the musical, "The Sound of Music". Furthermore, she has appeared as an ad hoc member of Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra as a percussionist.
Besides classical piano, her interests lie in jazz, musicals and pop music. Her most recent project is the newly-formed "Best of Both Concert Series" in which she and her partner, Francois Botha, collaborate with other musicians to promote and perform live music of various genres.