14 and 15 January 2021
Groote Kerk, Adderley street, Cape Town
Doors open 6:15pm, concert 7–8pm
21 February 2021
NG Kerk Moedergemeente, Kuils Rivier
Doors open 3:15pm, concert 4–5pm
Presented in association with NG Kerk Moedergemeente
In 2018 and 2019, Cape Town Opera’s chorus toured Europe with a programme of religious and spiritual songs. Grace Notes was performed to sold-out shows in Germany, Hungary, Austria and Cape Town.
Inspired by that programme’s enormous popularity, CTO Chorus Master Marvin Kernelle has compiled a new one-hour showcase of uplifting African and African-American spirituals.
Affording an opportunity to reflect on the current global crisis, it’s an evening of soul-stirring music that celebrates the spirit of caring, resilience and joy that has buoyed humanity during a difficult year. ‘We wish this concert to be a reminder of the vital role music plays in healing our world,’ says Chorus Master Kernelle of the programme which includes traditional songs as ‘Muhona Makutu Tanga’ and ‘Mahlo A Bona’ and rich arrangements of ‘Elijah Rock’, ‘Ev’ry Time I Feel The Spirit’ and ‘Didn’t My Lawd Deliver Daniel?’
Soloists in the concert include Brittany Smith and Luvo Rasemeni, with choreography by Shaun Oelf.
With thanks to The Lorenzo and Stella Chiappini Charitable Trust, Sigrid Rausing Trust, Western Cape Government DCAS, Kirsh Foundation, Judith Neilson Head Trust for their support.