Established in 2009 with a special focus on collaboration and service, Classical Movements‘ extraordinary Ihlombe! South African Choral Festival features a true diversity of international choirs performing for effusive audiences in every venue imaginable, making for what the Cape Times calls “singing that nourishes the body and soul.” Over the past decade, Ihlombe! has featured nearly 90 choirs from some 10 countries throughout the entirety of South Africa. From July 1-20, 2018, the 10th anniversary edition of Ihlombe! will honor the 100th anniversary of the birth of Nobel Peace Prize-winning icon Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela. In the spirit of Madiba’s prized ideals of “Hope, Freedom & Unity,” select ensembles hailing from five major American cities—Atlanta Young Singers (Paige F. Mathis) of Georgia; Singing Sensations Youth Choir (Dr. Hollie Hood-Mincey) from Baltimore, Maryland; Mt. San Antonio College Choir (Bruce Rogers) from Los Angeles, California; Seattle Children’s Chorus (John Hendrix & Kris Mason) of Washington; Children’s Chorus of Washington (Margaret Nomura Clark) of the District of Columbia—will perform 12 collaborative concerts with more than 19 African youth, church and community choirs, exchanging cultures through shared workshops, side-by-side rehearsals and outreach projects across the Rainbow Nation.

On Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at the historic St. George’s Cathedral in Cape Town, the 10th annual Ihlombe! South African Choral Festival’s “Mandela at 100: Voices of Hope, Freedom & Unity” celebration will feature individual performances from all participating ensembles, as well as two world premieres commissioned by Classical Movements’ own Eric Daniel Helms New Music Program for the entire 2018 Ihlombe! mass choir, under the baton of world-renowned University of Johannesburg conductor Sidumo Nyamazele. Decorated University of KwaZulu-Natal professor Phelelani Mnomiya has composed a powerful setting of Madiba’s famous It’s In Your Hands Now speech—delivered on his 90th birthday during the 46664 AIDS charity concert at London’s Hyde Park. Penning his own text for the second Ihlombe! mass choir commission, award-winning University of the Western Cape professor Sibusiso Njeza’s Uthando Nomculo (“Love and Music”) piece urges us all, in his words, “to love more, to see beyond the color of one’s skin, religion and sexuality.”

 
(Ihlombe! 2019: 12-19, July; Ihlombe! 2020: 17-24, July)

“Mandela at 100: Voices of Hope, Freedom & Unity” Concerts:

SUN, JULY 1: 15h00
Church of the Resurrection
24 David Profit St, Bonteheuwel

  • Amici De Lumine Choir; Michaelangelo Cloete – Mowbray
  • Children’s Chorus of Washington; Margaret Nomura Clark – Washington, D.C.
  • Church of the Resurrection Anglican Church Choir; Roger Horne – Bonteheuwel
  • Eersterivier-South Uniting Reform Youth Choir; Ellicson Dourie – Eersterivier

Lucky Draws of R500, R250, R100!

FREE ENTRANCE!
For more information: Roger Horne – 071 900 8402; rogerhorne936@gmail.com


MON, JULY 2: 19h00
Kenmere Primary School Hall
10th Ave, Kensington

  • Children’s Chorus of Washington; Margaret Nomura Clark – Washington, D.C.
  • Kensington Chorale Girls Choir; Lizl Gaffley – Kenmere
  • Kenmere Primary Junior Choir; Lizl Gaffley – Kenmere
  • Kenmere Primary School Choir; Lizl Gaffley – Kenmere

Lucky Draws of R500, R250, R100!

TICKETS: R50
For more information: Lizl Gaffley – 076 026 2512; lizlgaf@gmail.com


SAT, JULY 7: 13h00
Salvation Peart Memorial Corps
883B Ndala Street, White City, Jabavu, Soweto

  • Children’s Chorus of Washington; Margaret Nomura Clark – Washington, D.C.
  • Peart Memorial Songsters; Nomthandazo Mkhize Solomon – Jabavu
  • Vivacious Sound; Nomthandazo Mkhize Solomon – Jabavu

Lucky Draws of R500, R250, R100!

TICKETS: R50
For more information: Nomthandazo Mkhize – 083 540 1702; nomtimki@yahoo.com


SUN, JULY 8: 12h30
St. Charles Lwanga Catholic Church
1916 Block F, Soshanguve

  • Children’s Chorus of Washington; Margaret Nomura Clark – Washington, D.C.
  • Pretoria Serenaders Male Voices – Pretoria
  • St. Charles Lwanga Catholic Church Choir; Evah Mahlaela – Soshanguve
  • Statistics South Africa Choir; Evah Mahlaela – Pretoria

Lucky Draws of R500, R250, R100!

TICKETS: R20
For more information: Evah Mahlaela – 081 805 0221; evahnkele@gmail.com


FRI, JULY 13: 19h00
Regina Mundi RC Church
1149 Mkhize St, Moroka, Soweto

  • African Youth Choir; Bulelani Khala – Diepkloof
  • Atlanta Young Singers; Paige F. Mathis – Atlanta, Georgia
  • Imilonji KaNtu Choral Society; Gobingca George Mxadana (OIS) – Soweto
  • Seattle Children’s Chorus; John Hendrix & Kris Mason – Seattle, Washington
  • Singing Sensations Youth Choir; Dr. Hollie Hood-Mincey – Baltimore, Maryland

Lucky Draws of R500, R250, R100!

TICKETS: R25
For more information: Neo Motswagae – 082 968 7344; neom@uj.ac.za or Thami Nkomo – 082 762 3926; thaminkomo24@gmail.com


SAT, JULY 14: 18h00
Hillbrow Theatre
30 Edith Cavell St, Johannesburg

  • Amabhukudwana; Junior Ngwenya – Johannesburg
  • Atlanta Young Singers; Paige F. Mathis – Atlanta, Georgia
  • Imbizo; Mandla Khumalo – Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
  • Izinkanyezi Zezulu; Philani Moyo – Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
  • Seattle Children’s Chorus; John Hendrix & Kris Mason – Seattle, Washington
  • Singing Sensations Youth Choir; Dr. Hollie Hood-Mincey – Baltimore, Maryland

Lucky Draws of R500, R250, R100!

TICKETS: R40 & R20 for pensioners and students
For more information: Mandla Khumalo – 072 733 9986; mandlakm1@gmail.com


TUES, JULY 17: 18h30
Church of the Resurrection
24 David Profit St, Bonteheuwel

  • Atlanta Young Singers; Paige F. Mathis – Atlanta, Georgia
  • Church of the Resurrection Anglican Church Choir; Roger Horne – Bonteheuwel
  • Eersterivier-South Uniting Reform Youth Choir; Ellicson Dourie – Eersterivier
  • Fezeka High School Choir; Monde Sibiya – Gugulethu
  • Mt. San Antonio College Choir; Bruce Rogers – Los Angeles, California

Lucky Draws of R500, R250, R100!

FREE ENTRANCE!
For more information: Roger Horne – 071 900 8402; rogerhorne936@gmail.com


TUES, JULY 17: 18h30
Bongweni Church Hall
Old Apostolic Church, Khayelitsha

  • Mkhuseli Young Adult Choir; LwandoThyuthu – Khayelitsha
  • Bongweni Male Choir; Lwando Thyuthu – Khayelitsha
  • Seattle Children’s Chorus; John Hendrix & Kris Mason – Seattle, Washington
  • Singing Sensations Youth Choir; Dr. Hollie Hood-Mincey – Baltimore, Maryland

Lucky Draws of R500, R250, R100!

FREE ENTRANCE!
For more information: V. Mantshontscho – 072 392 4120; bongani.magatyana@gmail.com


 

TICKETS: R60 & R30 pensioners and students via Quicket.co.za

WEDNESDAY, JULY 18: 19h00
St. George’s Cathedral | 5 Wale St, Cape Town

Mandela at 100: Voices of Hope, Freedom & Unity

Atlanta Young Singers; Paige F. Mathis – Atlanta, GA
iGugu le Kapa Chamber Choir; Phumelele Tsewu – Gugulethu
Kensington Chorale Girls Choir; Lizl Gaffley – Kenmere
Mt. San Antonio College Choir; Bruce Rogers – Los Angeles, CA
Seattle Children’s Chorus; John Hendrix & Kris Mason – Seattle, WA
Singing Sensations Youth Choir; Dr. Hollie Hood-Mincey – Baltimore, MD
South African Youth Choir; Phil Robinson – Cape Town


THURS, JULY 19: 19h00
St. Mark’s Cathedral
116 York St, George

  • Atlanta Young Singers; Paige F. Mathis – Atlanta, Georgia
  • South Cape Children’s Choir; Jan-Erik Swart – George

Lucky Draws of R500, R250, R100!

TICKETS: R60 & R30 pensioners and students
For more information: Mimi Haasbroek – 082 585 0632; mimihaasbroeklm@gmail.com


THURS, JULY 19
Desmond Mpilo Tutu Secondary School
Mbekweni, Paarl

  • Seattle Children’s Chorus; John Hendrix & Kris Mason – Seattle, Washington

(Concert for Students and Faculty)


FRI, JULY 20: 19h00
Nederduitse Gereformeerde Kerk (Dutch Reformed Church)
57 5th Ave, Newton Park, Port Elizabeth

  • Atlanta Young Singers; Paige F. Mathis – Atlanta, Georgia
  • East Cape Youth Choir; Petrus Meyer – Port Elizabeth

Lucky Draws of R500, R250, R100!

TICKETS: R50
For more information: Petrus Meyer – 072 833 6226; petrus_meyer@yahoo.com


 

“Mandela at 100: Voices of Hope, Freedom & Unity” Choirs:

Founded by Dr. Hollie Hood-Mincey, Singing Sensations Youth Choir was established to expose underprivileged youth in the Baltimore, Maryland metropolitan area to the diverse and multifaceted aspects of the performing arts. Supporting the belief that all youth deserve the right to thrive in and be empowered by the arts, the ensemble is committed to helping children master skills and experience the joy of performing with artistry, while developing the self-discipline and confidence that will ultimately enhance many areas throughout their lives.

Now in its 29th season, the Seattle Children’s Chorus, under the direction of John Hendrix and Kris Mason, has been uniquely committed to the preservation of sacred literature for young voices. SCC has also provided a rich base of outstanding choral literature from a variety of historical and cultural backgrounds. The group has had many opportunities to participate in festivals and performances regionally, nationally and all over the world, including Europe, South America and Canada.

Formed in 1994, the Mt. San Antonio College Chamber Singers from Los Angeles, California consist of 39 auditioned vocalists, performing works from the Renaissance through to the newest pieces of the 21st century. Under the baton of Bruce Rogers, the ensemble has won numerous awards in the United States and has been internationally recognized for performances in Canada, Australia and China, as well as on concert tours to Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Austria, British Isles, Bulgaria and Italy.

Established in 1995, Children’s Chorus of Washington was led for its first 20 years by founder Joan Gregoryk, who established the organization’s reputation for artistic excellence. Widely recognized as one of the country’s leading youth choruses, CCW provides outstanding choral music education to young vocalists aged 5-18 from throughout the Greater Washington, D.C. area, regardless of economic status or prior experience. This season, CCW embarks on a new era under the artistic leadership of Margaret Nomura Clark.

Nurturing both current and future artists, the Paige F. Mathis-led Atlanta Young Singers provide performance, education and service opportunities boys and girls aged 7-18 in five different choir levels. Singers are encouraged to join at a young age and continue their commitment and development throughout their elementary, middle and high school years. Presently, AYS serves more than 180 students—representing over 100 public, private and home school environments—across 65 zip codes throughout the state of Georgia.

Ihlombe! Testimonials:

“Unforgettable memories of a perfect itinerary, around-the-clock assistance,
impressive landscapes, the most cordial encounters and great concerts remain with us.”

Christoph Bachmann | Founder & Director of Choirs, Jugendchor Konservatorium Winterthur

“Musically, we had an opportunity to hear some very fine choirs from South Africa and the United States.
Culturally, we visited places that will change our lives forever, giving us all memories that will last a lifetime.”

Dr. Eric Conway | Choir Director & Fine Arts Chairman, Morgan State University

“Classical Movements is making leaps and bounds in promoting not only music,
but sharing, cultural diversity and a true appreciation of humanity.”

George Gobingca Mxadana | Director, Imilonji kaNthu Choral Society

“South Africa is an extraordinary destination for choral music,
and the team at Classical Movements helped us create an unforgettable trip.”

Dr. Jeffrey Douma | Music Director, Yale Alumni Chorus

 “Ihlombe! was the best travel/performance experience I’ve ever had. The choirs we performed
with were outstanding, as were the excursions. Thank you for the positive change on my life,
as well as the lives of all who experienced Ihlombe!”

Timothy Sharp | Music Director, Miami Children’s Chorus

Ihlombe! Press:

“Ihlombe! is a life-changing cultural, social, and educational opportunity to travel to another country.”

-Washington Informer, Gale Horton Gay | April 24, 2013

“A grand concert at Pretoria City Hall…exhilarating performances.”

-Pretoria News | July, 2013

“One of the aims of the [Ihlombe!] festival is to see choirs performing out of their usual areas, and that goes beyond merely just hosting international groups. Even local choirs will have the opportunity to branch out into new communities. ‘The music here is very compelling. People around the world should know about it,’ says Neeta Helms.”

-Cape Times, Terri Dunbar-Curran | Aug. 5, 2010

“Despite cultural differences, music does play a huge role in bringing people together. This was endorsed during the Ihlombe! South African Music Festival held at the University of Pretoria on Saturday.”

-Pretoria Rekord, Thokozile Mnguni | July 25, 2014

“Ihlombe! showcases not only local talent but unique circumstances too, such as the All Saints Blind Choir from Ga-Rankuwa. They have also partnered with accomplished names in choral music, like George Kamxadana. Then there is the issue of the premiere taking place in Soweto. The township affords the Canadian and American choirs a chance to witness a part of our country that they would otherwise not have seen.”

-The Citizen, Sibusiso Mkwanazi | July, 2010

“The prestigious Ihlombe! South African Choral Festival…”

-Washington Post, Petula Dvorak | July 25, 2013

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