Day of the Giants


Day of the Giants
In celebration of Pierre Boulez's 90th birthday

Sunday 28 June 2015
Goethe Institut / 11.00am - 5.00pm
Free admission

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Photo: Boulez (c) Universal Edition, Eric Marinitsch

Celebrate the 90th birthday of Pierre Boulez, one of the giants of 20th century music.

Join Jill Richards and Waldo Alexander for an informal, informative and interactive day of fun and music. We will explore Boulez' work, and discuss his relationships with two other giants: John Cage and Karlheinz Stockhausen, with music performed by Wits students. Hear one of the classics of 20th century repertoire: Cage's 4'33", as well as the Boulez 2nd piano sonata, Anthèmes (with live electronics), and Domaines played by clarinettist Morné van Heerden.

Do join us for a lively day of music, videos, food and discussion. No knowledge required, only your ears!

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This event is generously supported by the French Institute of South Africa (IFAS) and the Goethe-Institut. Prosound is proud to be part of this noteworthy event in the supply of audio products including Maestro speakers, DPA microphones and a Midas mixing console.

> More about Pierre Boulez

He was born in 1925 in France, is a composer, teacher and leader of French orchestra. This man is an influential personality of contemporary musical landscape and intellectual French!

> Watch an extract of a representation of Pierre Boulez here


11:00 Introduction by Jill Richards and Waldo Alexander, and Charles Courdent (IFAS) and Norbert Spitz (Goethe‐Institut South Africa)

11:15 Pierre Boulez, Piano Sonata No. 2 – performed by Jill Richards

12:00 Pierre Boulez, Domaines for solo Clarinet – performed by Morne van Heerden

12:25 Speaker’s Corner 1

12:45 Pierre Boulez, Anthèmes 2 for solo Violin and live electronics ‐ performed by Waldo Alexander and Dr Cameron Harris, with sound design by Mark Malherbe

13:45 4 New Compositions by WITS Alumni – In response to the works of Pierre Boulez.
Composers: Victoria Hume: How to organise delirium
Diale Mabitsela: The Seventh Room
Felicity Mdhuli: fEMalE dEErs & gOldEn sUns Samora Ntsebeza: syzygy
Performers: Jill Richards, Morne van Heerden and Waldo Alexander

14:40 John Cage, Imaginary Landscape – performed by students of the WITS School of the Arts and conducted by Dr Andile Khumalo
Performers: Amanda Mullins, Stacey Vorster (WITS Lecturer), Dr Susan Harrop‐Allin (WITS Lecturer), Doron Kanar, Rubi Castro, Kgabo Chuene, Masechaba Phakela, Thomas Nichol, Phumelele Mzimela, Thulisile Msezane, Khanyisile Peterson, and Lebohang Letsoenyo.

15:10 Panel Discussion – Dr Andile Khumalo, Dr Lindelwa Dalamba and Felicity Mdhuli

15:35 Speakers Corner 2

15:50 Karlheinz Stockhausen, Helikopter Streichquartett – DVD screening

16:20 John Cage, 4’33” – performed by Brooks Spector

16:30 John Cage, 4’33” No. 2 (for the audience to join in as they wish)