Chitarra e Canto (Guitar and song)  with Linette van der Merwe and Jonathan Moolman 11 May 2024 5pm

R240.00

Dr. Linette van der Merwe, a mezzo-soprano and lecturer at the University of Pretoria’s Faculty of Education, made her professional debut in 2002 as Alisa in Donizetti’s “Lucia di Lammermoor.” Since then, she has captivated audiences with her performances in various operas including Verdi’s “La Traviata” and Bizet’s “Carmen.” Linette’s repertoire also extends to contemporary Afrikaans Lieder, showcased in her acclaimed CD “Droomuur.” Beyond her performances, Linette serves as chairperson of Sempre Opera, promoting exceptional opera productions, and chairs the Wakkerstroom Music Festival. She’s a renowned adjudicator in vocal arts and has been under the tutelage of Emma Renzi since 1999.

Jonathan Moolman, a graduate of the University of Pretoria with an MMus degree in guitar performance, has left an indelible mark on the South African music scene. His performances, including appearances on national television and radio, highlight his mastery of the guitar. Jonathan’s collaborations with renowned musicians such as Duo Siquiera-Lima and the Johannesburg Guitar Quartet attest to his talent. He’s also an esteemed adjudicator in guitar competitions and has recorded several acclaimed albums, including “Music of Spain.” Jonathan’s dedication to his craft is evident in his custom-made guitar by South African luthier Hans van den Berg.

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Chitarra e Canto (Guitar and song)

The collaboration of an opera singer with a guitarist in a solo performance is in itself a unique event rarely
encountered on stage in the classical paradigm. While often seen in more commercial settings, voice with
guitar accompaniment is tradition and can be seen in music genres spanning baroque to contemporary
Latin music. The guitar, being a solo instrument in its own right, has been described as an orchestra in
miniature. For this reason, it can be the ideal complement to a vocal performance rather than being too
loud an instrument to overpower. Programs for voice and guitar are intimate and open up a unique
connection with audiences that bigger, louder ensembles could not.
Mezzo-soprano Linette van der Merwe and Jonathan Moolman on guitar joined forces to create a program
that will be to everyone’s taste. Chitarra e Canto debuted at this year’s Wakkerstroom Music Festival, and
both festival concerts were sold out.  Audiences can look forward to a concert with a diverse repertoire ranging from Purcell to Gershwin.

Dr. Linette van der Merwe, a mezzo-soprano and lecturer at the University of Pretoria’s Faculty of Education, made her professional debut in 2002 as Alisa in Donizetti’s “Lucia di Lammermoor.” Since then, she has captivated audiences with her performances in various operas including Verdi’s “La Traviata” and Bizet’s “Carmen.” Linette’s repertoire also extends to contemporary Afrikaans Lieder, showcased in her acclaimed CD “Droomuur.” Beyond her performances, Linette serves as chairperson of Sempre Opera, promoting exceptional opera productions, and chairs the Wakkerstroom Music Festival. She’s a renowned adjudicator in vocal arts and has been under the tutelage of Emma Renzi since 1999.

Jonathan Moolman, a graduate of the University of Pretoria with an MMus degree in guitar performance, has left an indelible mark on the South African music scene. His performances, including appearances on national television and radio, highlight his mastery of the guitar. Jonathan’s collaborations with renowned musicians such as Duo Siquiera-Lima and the Johannesburg Guitar Quartet attest to his talent. He’s also an esteemed adjudicator in guitar competitions and has recorded several acclaimed albums, including “Music of Spain.” Jonathan’s dedication to his craft is evident in his custom-made guitar by South African luthier Hans van den Berg.