Masekela and the CBSO

(Songs & instrumental music from South Africa)

Friday 7 May 2010 at 7.30pm

Symphony Hall, Birmingham +44 (0)121-780 3333

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Michael Seal  conductor
Hugh Masekela  trumpet
Town Hall Gospel Choir  
CBSO Young Voices
– in partnership with Birmingham Music Service  

As the eyes of the world turn to South Africa this summer when it hosts the 2010 World Cup, we welcome Hugh Masekela, a living legend. Born in South Africa seventy years ago, he quickly emerged as one of his country’s leading musicians, his music reflecting the struggles, sorrows, joys and passions of his country. Masekela returns to Symphony Hall for a unique collaboration with the CBSO and the Town Hall Gospel Choir, for whom he has written a new work, as well as performing Jason Yarde’s new Trumpet Concerto.

This is promoted jointly by the CBSO / THSH (and also forms part of the Birmingham International Concert Season) therefore different discounts apply. Please check when booking by phone/in person.

Article by Peter Bacon, Birmingham Post:

http://www.birminghampost.net/life-leisure-birmingham-guide/birmingham-culture/music-in-birmingham/2010/05/06/jazz-diary-hugh-masekela-s-power-undimmed-by-age-65233-26381271/

Review by Peter Bacon, Birmingham Post:

http://www.birminghampost.net/life-leisure-birmingham-guide/birmingham-culture/music-in-birmingham/2010/05/14/review-hugh-masekela-and-the-cbso-at-symphony-hall-65233-26431846/

… “Masekela sang, he played, he imitated the train whistles, he danced at the front of the stage, and around him his fellow South African singers, Black Voices, the Town Hall Gospel Choir, the CBSO Young Voices and the orchestra itself under Michael Seal somehow transformed all the mixed emotions of the piece so that what might have been a journey to hell became a ride to salvation and glory.

Masekela asked the audience to stand for Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrica, but they would have doubtless been up out of their seats anyway. They certainly stayed up for the encore: Free Nelson Mandela.”

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