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VIVA THE DIVA

Wednesday 13 December 2017
Baxter Concert Hall

 



Baxter Theatre Centre Concert Hall
Wednesday 13 December @ 10.30am

Booking opens on Wednesday 15 November
R37pp
To Book:   All Computicket outlets | Computicket Call Centre on 0861 915 8000
ON-LINE BOOKING HERE

Block Bookings for 10 or more people:  R32pp
Only available at Computicket outlets and the Computicket Call Centre on 0861 915 8000

End your year with an imaginative, inspiring celebration. AVIVA PELHAM will dazzle the audience … and is sure to have a few surprises up her sleeve as she showcases exceptional young talent. Don't miss this spectacular gathering!

 


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SANTA'S STORY: Melbourne

For everyone who has asked, here is the link to bookings for Santa's Story in Melbourne: https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=304611

 

 

 

SANTA'S STORY: Sydney

And here is the link to bookings for Santa's Story in Sydney:  http://premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/show.aspx?sh=SANTASTO17

Sat 18 Nov @ 8.30pm: Discount for block bookings of 15+
Sun 19 Nov @ 4.00pm: In support of Maroubra Synagogue **
Sun 19 Nov @ 7.00pm: In support of WIZO NSW
Mon 20 Nov @ 4.30pm: Discount for block boookings of 15+
Mon 20 Nov @ 7.30pm: In support of Moriah College Foundation

** Tickets for Sunday 19 Nov @ 4.00pm available at:
www.maroubrasynagogue.org.au/whats-on

 

 

 

SANTA'S STORY: Cape Town

A Limited Season before its Australian Tour

10 - 15 October 2017
Theatre on the Bay, Camps Bay

 

 

A Limited Season before its Australian Tour

Tue 10, Wed 11, Thu 12, Fri 13 October @ 8pm | Sat 14 October @ 5pm & 8pm |
Sun 15 October @ 3pm

Theatre on the Bay, Camps Bay
Running Time:  1 hour 30 minutes, no interval

R180pp | R160pp | R120pp
Scholars:   Tue, Wed, Thu: HALF PRICE
Students:  Tue, Wed, Thu: HALF PRICE.  At outlets, on presentation of student card.
Seniors:     Wed & Thu @ 8pm: HALF PRICE. At outlets, on presentation of ID.

To Book:   Theatre on the Bay Box Office on 021 438 3300 | All Computicket outlets | Computicket Call Centre on 0861 915 8000
ON-LINE BOOKING HERE

Group Bookings:  Mike de Beer on mike@theatreonthebay.co.za | 021 438 3301, ext 19

 

"This rare theatrical gem will resonate with everyone who sees it." Artslink.co.za

 "A heart-warming story of life and love." The Citizen

 "This passionate story of survival against the odds, soars"  48 Hours

"Evocative … a celebration." Cape Town Magazine

"Aviva Pelham's performance is mesmerizing  … original and diverse … engaging and unique." Whatsonincapetown.com

"Compelling … a captivating and often humorous tale focusing on Santa Pelham, an ordinary woman who lived an extraordinary life." Daily Maverick

 

The critically acclaimed production of SANTA'S STORY plays at Theatre on the Bay for a short season before touring to Melbourne and Sydney.

A moving, one-woman show depicting Santa Pelham's journey of courage, hope and inspiration through discrimination and heart breaking losses, SANTA'S STORY is a triumph of the human spirit.  When 90 year old Santa Pelham was persuaded to write her fascinating life story it was intended that her memoir would be there for future generations. But it became something more: a cathartic experience, an inspiration for song and now, a one-woman show performed by her daughter, Opera Diva, AVIVA PELHAM.

AVIVA brings the moving text to life detailing her mother's journey from Germany, to Spain, to France and then to Africa - punctuated by wonderful live Klezmer music. 3 superb musicians play 7 instruments with songs in Spanish, French, Hebrew, Yiddish and English: Musical Director MATTHEW REID is on clarinet and keyboard, with PETRI SALONEN on violin and NICKY JANSEN on keyboard, guitar, accordion and flute. The production is a theatrical gem and has played to sold out seasons with standing ovations at every performance in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban, Helsinki, London, Cologne and Huerth (Santa's birthplace). SANTA'S STORY was invited to be part of the First International Yiddish Folksbiene Festival in New York in 2015.

Although SANTA'S STORY is a personal one, it honours the millions of people who were murdered mercilessly in the Holocaust. It is a meaningful and unforgettable story of courage, hope, survival, inspiration and one very special woman. Originally directed by multi-award winning Janice Honeyman with designs by the acclaimed Mannie Manim and the late Dicky Longhurst, SANTA'S STORYwill be performed at Theatre on the Bay from 10th – 15th October 2017 before going on tour to Australia.

In a dazzling career spanning 45 years, AVIVA has enchanted audiences, brightened stages and spread the love of song in South Africa and abroad.

 

 

A Comedy of Us Jews

Tuesday 12 September 2017
Jewish Museum

 

| A Comedy Of Us Jews 8pm SOLD OUT || Additional Show added || 12 September at 6pm || Jewish Museum  ||  OUT OF THE SHADOWS INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL |

A Comedy of us Jews

Additional show at 6pm on 12 September 2017

OUT OF THE SHADOWS INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL

Written in Yiddish in 1940 by Jac Weinstein
A satire about a Jewish clothing merchant who 
FALLS IN LOVE  with a MANNEQUIN he has ordered from Paris.

Tuesday 12 September Jewish Museum, Hatfield Street, Cape Town 

8pm show - SOLD OUT 

Additional show added at 6pm 

Book here NOW  http://bit.ly/2wmkmJs
Ticket payment at the venue :  Cash only or Snapscan  

The show forms part of the 'Out of the Shadows' International Festival (10 -17 Sept CT ). 

Following on after festivals in USA, UK, and Australia where all events were sold out,
 "Out of the Shadows: Rediscovering Jewish music and theatre" features star-studded local and international artists. 

Funded by the UK Arts & Humanities Research Council's major project.

More About A Comedy of Us Jews »

The one-act play A Comedy of Us Jews (A komedye vegn undz idelakh) was written in Yiddish by Helsinki-born Jac Weinstein (1883–1976) in the autumn of 1940, during the a period of Interim Peace. Finland had signed peace agreement in Moscow after the so-called Winter War against the Soviet Union, but the country was preparing for further war. Weinstein's play satirizes Jewish clothing trade that had been struck severely by shortage of supply and heavy rationing.

A Comedy of Us Jews was performed by the Jewish Dramatic Society under Weinstein's own direction at the fancy Balder Hall, a well-esteemed venue in the centre of Helsinki. It is likely that this one-act play was part of longer revue with several couplet songs and shorter sketches, all tied together by punchy lines by the master of ceremonies. 

Most Jews in Helsinki were in the clothing business as merchants of readymade clothes. There were dozens of small clothing shops like Weinstein depicts in his play on the streets of Helsinki, often with the shop owner's name on facade. During the war the shortage of supplies made it difficult to run a business, shops were selling whatever they could get hold of and the rationing made the situation even worse. Even if there was something to sell the customers may not have had the right amount of points in the ration cards. The heavy concentration in one business sector put the Jewish community in an economically very vulnerable situation.

Though on the surface a light-hearted comedy, the play reminds the viewers of the occupation of Paris by the Nazis in summer 1940. In June 1941, half a year after the performances of A Comedy of Us Jews, Finland joined Nazi Germany in Operation Barbarossa against the Soviet Union. During this so-called Continuation War which run until autumn 1944 Finnish Jews found themselves in a very peculiar situation fighting as brothers-in-arms with their worst enemies, the Nazis.

About the Cape Town cast »

Lead researcher: Dr Simo Muir (UK) 
Director: Aviva Pelham
Designer: Michael Mitchell
Stage Manager: Kieran McGregor, Assistant SM: Kei-ella Loewe
Translation from Yiddish: Simo Muir
Performers: Nicholas Ellenbogen, Michele Maxwell, Ronnie Chorn, Vanessa Brierley
Song arrangements and musical direction: Mathew Reid
Music: Saul Chaplin/Samuel Steinberg, Jean Lenoir, folk. Hans Krasa, Jac Weinstein, Carlos Saura
Musicians:  Nicky Jansen, Matthew Reid, Petri Salonen.

Don't miss out. For full details of the festival visit  www.ptja.leeds.ac.uk/festivals 
and follow the links to Cape Town.

 

"Aviva is the doyenne of South African opera singers, a fabulous cabaret artist and great director and musician, a dear person, and my choice as director for "A Comedy of Us Jews".
Dr Peter Martens – Stellenbosch University

  

Spring Ball

Saturday 2 September 2017
Century City Conference Centre

 

 

THE AMY FOUNDATION (formerly The Amy Biehl Foundation) SPRING BALL
Saturday 2 September from 7pm
Hosted by the Century City Conference Centre
To Book:   Michelle Bagley on 021 447 1690 | michelle@amyfoundaton.co.za

Event website

Following the incredible success of last year's event, which raised in excess of R925 000 towards programmes that develop and empower youth in vulnerable communities, THE AMY FOUNDATION SPRING BALL 2017 is an evening that you definitely don't want to miss!

Not least because of the incredibly talented creative team behind the live show. Director AVIVA PELHAM, along with choreographers ROXY LEVY and PAUL JOHNSON, are working tirelessly with 140 AMY FOUNDATION children to create a sensational night of music and dance. From being welcomed by Marimaba players to the exuberant Kwaito, pounding Gumboot and rich Traditional dances on stage, it won't be long before you'll be up on your feet cheering. Leading SA comedian ALAN COMMITTIE serves as Emcee, and the much-loved all-female trio 3 TONS OF FUN will belt out tunes that may just have you dancing on the tables! 

Auctioneer JOEY BURKE will once again inspire guests to dig deep into their pockets to help raise essential funds. Fantastic packages, experiences and items - including a boutique European cruise courtesy of Uniworld (worth R80 000), game reserve breaks and various other getaways – will be auctioned to support this incredible cause. THE AMY FOUNDATION operates in six centers in the Western Cape, including Gugulethu, Khayelitsha, Phillipi, Athlone and Bonteheuwel.  Programmes run Monday to Thursday and a light meal is offered daily to each child.

What better way to send a night. Having fun and making a difference to 2 000 youngsters every day!

 

Capturing Santa's Story

13 August 2017
Limmud Conference Cape Town

 

 

Memories & Melodies

Wednesday 17 May 2017
Bellville Civic Centre

 

 

 

Capturing Santa's Story

Sunday 27 November 2016
Cape Town Holocaust Centre

 

Capturing Santa's Story

 

A Night to Remember

4 October 2016
Artscape Opera House

 

Night to Remember

A NIGHT TO REMEMBER

A one night ONLY Gala Concert bringing you unforgettable music performed by
Majozi, Vicky Sampson, CAPA, 3 Tons of Fun,  S.A. Navy Band, Dance For All, Brendan van Rhyn, Cape Welsh Choir, Zip Zap Circus, Janelle Visagie, Given Nkosi, New Apostolic Church Children`s Choir, Bovim Ballet, Amy Biehl Foundation
and many other stunning artists.

 as well as excerpts from District Six, My Fair Lady, Sound of Music and Carousel
is set to get you dancing in the aisles.

We`ll take you on a journey through six decades of music from Elvis and The Beatles,
to spectacular musicals and hits of today.

This fabulous concert is directed by Aviva Pelham and compèred by Nik Rabinowitz. 

Please join us to celebrate Red Cross War Memorial Children`s Hospital 60th birthday

and help raise funds for their music therapy programme.

Please support this wonderful cause

4th October at Artscape Opera House at 7.30pm

Booking at Computicket.

Thank you!

Thank you to everyone who attended A NIGHT TO REMEMBER to raise funds for the Music Therapy project at Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital .

Herewith an official thank you from Limile »

 

 

Thanks for your assistance in wanting to support the incredible healing power that the music therapy programme brings to so many little lives.

Deep appreciation

Aviva

 

Night to Remember

Night to Remember

Night to Remember

 

Viva the Voices

26 October 2016
Bellville Civic Centre

 

Viva the Voices

Check the shows in which Aviva has been the Leading Lady and realize she is an amazing performer! She has dominated the performing industry for 40 years and is fluent in singing, acting, directing, producing, advising, coaching, and mentoring young talent etc. etc.

Bellville Civic Theatre in Voortrekker Road
26 October 10:30 a.m.

Tickets  R50  (R40 for 10 ticket orders)

  Info and bookings:  Patrick  021 976 1227    pdmaitland@telkomsa.net

 

Memories & Melodies

 

Aviva Pelham 4th week 26 Oct
ViVa the Voices Stunning new talent Aviva has found
S.A. Navy Band 16 Nov
We have booked the Navy Band and have the Army Band as a backup to play if the Navy Band is on a military assignment. We are having our year-end party after the Navy Band. Bring a plate of eats; we will supply tea, coffee, juice, and wine.
Tribute  Cliff Richard and The Shadows 1st Wednesday 07 Dec
They are back with their lively concert 
Gordon Epstein  Rat Pack songs Milnerton 18 Jan
Mike Laatz  Evergreen Band and Singer 15 Feb
Cape Flats Tenors 15 Mar
Johannes Slabert & Shirley Sutherland 19 Apr
To be advised 17 May
Hungarian Trio 21 Jun
Mathew Reid 19 Jul
Aviva Pelham 16 Aug
Andrew Ford 20 Sep
Shannon Fourie 18 Oct
Alvon Collison 15 Nov
Army Band 13 Dec

The 2017 Performers we are trying to obtain, have not been finalised

Our year end party is after the Navy Band Concert.
Bring a plate of eats and put it on the central table when you arrive
Bring your own glass and keep it with you until the party.
We will supply tea, coffee, fruit juice, and wine,
but you must help yourself. You can have tea or coffee before the concert,
but nothing from the central table. Tidy up when you go.
There are no glasses, so if you forget you have a problem
Examples of eats: fancy bread, sandwiches, cheese, sausages, samoosas, meat balls, chicken, boiled eggs, cottage pie etc, raw veggies, peanuts, chips , melk-tert, cheese cake, ice cream, dates, etc. Try to be different.

Tickets only R50  (R40 for 10 ticket orders)

Info and bookings:  Patrick  021 976 1227    pdmaitland@telkomsa.net

 

Celebration Birthday Concert

30 October 2016
6 Spin Street Restaurant Gallery, Cape Town

 

Birthday concert

CELEBRATION BIRTHDAY CONCERT

An unusual concert will take place on Sunday 30th October 2016 at 3 p.m. at 6 Spin Street Restaurant Gallery in Cape Town. It is to celebrate the recent 91st birthday of South African concert pianist Sylvia Schulman and will feature some of the artists with whom she has been associated in the past and with some of whom she is still performing. Well-known musicians are Aviva Pelham, Brad Liebl, Hilda Sandak-Lewin, Marcelle Volckaert , Peter Kramer and there are also surprise artists! As Sylvia herself is an agent for Kawai pianos, one of these superb instruments will be on loan from Ian Pemberton-Smith Pianos for the event.

The programme will feature beautiful solo songs and duets accompanied by Sylvia who will also play various piano solos.

Tickets will be R130 and will include a welcoming drink of wine or fruit juice and "after-glow" snacks with a choice of tea or coffee.

Phone 0828550534 for booking details. Booking is essential for catering purposes.

 

FUAD into the FUTURE

27 February 2016

 

Fuad into the Future

FUAD into the FUTURE

is a benefit concert for well-known tenor Fuad (Frankie) Sawyer
who lost a leg to diabetes a year ago.

Directed by Aviva Pelham, Frankie will be joined onstage by thrilling tenors:

Nicola Cencherle, James Bhemjee, Ifriky Tadadjeu-Sokeng, Eugene Jephta.

Stunning Sopranos: Lana English, Rene Osbourne & Jean Halls
Flamenco specialist Saudiq Khan, a Malay choir
and a host of former Eaon Group singers.

DON'T MISS THIS WONDERFUL EVENING of STUNNING SINGERS,
SIZZLING ENTERTAINMENT and SPIRIT LIFTING  NOSTALGIA

Date: 27th February 2016
Venue: Joseph Stone Auditorium – cnr Klipfontein & Protea Rd, Athlone
Time: 7.30pm

BOOKING at COMPUTICKET

 

Fuad into the future

 

 

Summer Celebration Concert

6 December 2015

 

Summer Celebration

 

 

Fabulous Fiesta Gala Dinner

10 October 2015
Grand West Casino

 

Fabulous Fiesta

Each year, Aviva directs the Amy Biehl Foundation Gala.

Why not support this amazing project  - changing children's lives together

 

Presenting Aviva - Morning Tea

29 July 2015

 

Presenting Aviva

 

Santa's Story - Durban

15 August 2015
The Playhouse Company, Loft Theatre, Durban

 

Santa's Story

 

Santa's Story - New York City

17 - 18 June 2015
SAFRA Hall, Museum of Jewish Heritage, NYC

 

Santa's Story

Santa's Story

Santa's Story NYC

Santa's Story in New York:

Diva, Aviva Pelham was invited to perform her one woman show, Santa's Story at the First International Folksbiene Yiddish Festival in New York on 17th and 18th June 2015. Once again the audience was blown away by the moving story of the life journey of Aviva's remarkable 97 year old mother, Santa and rose to their feet at the end.

Santa's Story has had 3 sold out seasons in Cape Town and has also been performed in Johannesburg, Helsinki, London, Hurth, Cologne and now, New York.

 

Santa's Story - Camps Bay, Cape Town

3 - 14 February 2015
Theatre on the Bay - Camps Bay, Cape Town

 

Santa's Story

Santa's Story

 

Amy Biehl Foundation Gala Dinner

1 November 2014

 

Amy Biehl Foundation Gala Dinner

 

Santa's Story - Cologne

3 November 2014

Santa's Story

 

Perinatal Mental Health Project :: Circles of Support

16 August 2014

 

Circles of Support

 

Circles of Support Finale

Aviva Pelham and PNHP company in the finale of Circles of Support

 

Practicing

Practicing with iGugu Le Kapa for CIRCLES of SUPPORT fundraiser

 

Peace Festival Cape Town

1 June 2014

I had the supreme privilege of being part of the Peace Festival in Cape Town recently. The event took place in the Company Gardens. With the sun streaming down on us and birds circling overhead, I sang The Prayer with a talented young tenor, Levy Sekgapane. Every member of the audience held a blue or white balloon. The entire programme was so moving.

Let's continue to support the initiatives of the International Youth Peace Group. By each of us always behaving with respect and love of our brothers and sisters and living life with forgiveness and joy in our hearts, we can change this violent world into one of peace and fulfilment.

Peace Festival

 

Igugu le Kapa - Launch Concert

Saturday 29th March 2014

Igugu le Kapa

 

Viva Opera

24 October 2013

Viva Opera

 

 

Santa's Story - JW3 London

Sunday 20th October 2013

Anne Frank Trust

 

A touching story of survival
Excerpt from 'Out and About' by Fiona Chisholm in the Constantiaberg Bulletin »

At the opening night of Cape Town City Ballet's (CTCB) Pas de Deux at Artscape on Thursday September 26, I saw opera diva Aviva Pelham, after a flying visit to the Finnish Embassy in Joburg.

Aviva is taking her sell-out one-woman show Santa's Story to the grand-sounding Finlandia Hall in Helsinki from Monday October 14 to Saturday October 19, followed by performances on October 21 and 22 in London. To get the required travel documents she had to shoot up to Joeys with her producer Greg Karvellas and two members of her band to have their fingerprints taken.

"Spending thousands on four air tickets bit a hole in my budget," said Aviva. "To my surprise, only seven of my fingers produced prints. I asked the official what would happen if none of them did? Would they use my toes? But he didn't think it funny ..."

Santa's Story, now attracting international interest after 40 local sold-out performances, is Aviva's moving portrayal of her mother's journey of courage and hope through discrimination and heart-breaking losses. It is a personal Holocaust story, fleshed out with songs in Yiddish, German, English, Hebrew and Spanish and performed to wonderful Klezmer music.

There is a certain irony that after all her running from persecution, Santa is experiencing some uncertainty about getting her visa for a "friendly" visit to the UK.

If her age doesn't count against her, she will make her London debut at the aged of 95 – joining Aviva at newly opened Jewish Community Centre in North Finchley to sing and dance together. Theirs is an act that always brings the audience to their feet in a standing ovation and ensures not a dry eye in the house.

 

Aviva Pelham with Viva the Voices

14 September 2013

Viva the Voices

Riaan Hunter, Goitsemang Lehobye and Levy Segkapane at
Skal's 60th Birthday celebration at Cape Sun Hotel on 14th September.

 

Birthday exhibition at Frank Joubert Art Centre

11 September 2013

Frank Joubert

 

Frank Joubert event

 

Family Symphonic Fun concert at Artscape

28th July 2013

Symphonic Fun

Aviva Pelham introducing all the instruments of the Cape Philharmonic Youth orchestra, conducted by Brandon Phillips, with the Dominican School for the Deaf (Wittebome) singing the Finale Song.

 

Family Symphonic Fun

 

67 minutes for Madiba

18th July 2013

Madiba Day

I had the thrill of teaching the Amy Biehl Foundation Choir a song about Madiba HE WALKED TO FREEDOM - which I had the privilege of singing to Madiba. Then the choir members were presented with Tshirts by Cynthia and Gavin Marsden hand painted by Herzlia Highlands little ones. What a wonderful experience for us all.

 

Aviva hosted "An Enchanted Evening of Opera"

A Fundraiser for the UCT Opera School on 5th June 2013 at the College of Music, Cape Town

Enchanted Evening of OperaEnchanted Evening of Opera

Dr Max Price, Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof Kamal Khan,
Director of the UCT Opera School, Aviva and wonderful young singers.

 

Amy Biehl Foundation Choir singing Holy Ground

Amy Biehl Foundation Chir

I had the privilege of singing HOLY GROUND with the Amy Biehl Foundation Choir on May 12th at the Table of Unity on Table Mountain. What a special event -  in aid of raising funds and awareness of abuse against women and children. Spectacular setting and excellent food by gourmet chefs. Unmissable!

 

Santa's Story

15 May - 2 June 2013
Fugard Theatre - Cape Town

LATEST:  Due to overwhelming public demand SANTA's STORY has now been extended to June 2nd.

Santa's Story

 


The Fugard Studio is proud to present:

Opera Diva Aviva Pelham in
SANTA'S STORY
15 to 26 May 2013

LATEST:  Due to overwhelming public demand SANTA's STORY has now been extended to June 2nd.

FUGARD THEATRE
Book Computicket or phone 021 461 4554


When 90 year old Santa Pelham was persuaded to write her fascinating life story it was intended so that her memoir would be there for future generations. But Santa's story became something more: a cathartic experience, an inspiration for song and now, a one-woman show performed by her daughter, Opera Diva, Aviva Pelham.

Aviva brings the moving text to life detailing her Mother's journey from Germany, to Spain, to France and then to Africa - punctuated by wonderful live Klesmer music.

In a career spanning almost 40 years, Aviva has enchanted her audiences, brightened stages and spread the love of song in South Africa and abroad. She is a highly sought after singer, director and lecturer.

Born into an extremely musical family in Zimbabwe, her home was filled with music and every member of the family sang. In addition to Opera, Teaching and Performing qualifications, she obtained a Master's Degree from University of Cape Town. Since making her debut in the role of Norina from "Don Pasquale" she performed extensively on local and international stages, television and radio. She has worked with numerous illustrious conductors including Janos Furst, Piero Gamba, Hubert Sudant, Victor Yampolsky and Reinhard Schwarz.

Aviva has dominated the stage as Violetta in "La Traviata", Rosina in "Barber of Seville" and is equally at home as Musetta in "La Boheme", Susanna in "Marriage of Figaro", Gilda in "Rigoletto", Norina in "Don Pasquale", Marcellina in "Fidelio", Adina in "L'Elisir D'Amore", Zerlina in "Don Giovanni", and Oscar in "Un Ballo in Maschera"

In addition, she has starred in the leading roles in operettas including "Die Fledermaus", "La Belle Helene", "La Perichole", "Night in Venice", "Student Prince", "Great Waltz", "Merry Widow" as well as countless musicals such as "My Fair Lady", "Sound of Music", "The King & I", "Fiddler on the Roof", "Man of La Mancha", "Kiss Me Kate", "Into the Woods" and "Kismet" notching up over two thousand performances and delighting audiences all over the world.

During her illustrious career, Aviva has been recognised with many awards which include several Vita Awards, the Nederburg Opera Prize, the Fred Dalberg Award, The Bell'Arte Award and the Department of Arts and Culture Merit Award for her outstanding contribution to the Arts and the International Rotary Paul Harris Award.

Aviva lectures part-time at UCT Opera School and is passionate about diverse outreach projects and mentoring young talent.

Santa's Story will be directed by multi-award winning Janice Honeyman with designs by the acclaimed Mannie Manim and Dicky Longhurst who round up a heavy-weight artistic and creative team.

 

A Grand Evening of Singing

Friday 9 November 2012

 

FOMT

Following last year's acclaimed concert under the direction of Brad Liebl, the Friends of Maynardville Theatre (FOMT) are delighted to invite you to this year's sparkling event:

A Grand Evening for Singing

on Friday 9 November 2012 at 18:00 for 18:30 until 20:00

Venue: Chisholm Recital Room, College of Music, Middle Campus, UCT

Join us for an evening of musical delights with talented performers:

Aviva Pelham is one of South Africa's most gifted and loved artists. She sings an exceptionally wide range of repertoire from opera, musicals, operetta, oratorio and cabaret. Aviva is passionate about outreach projects, lectures part time at UCT Opera School, directs widely and has recently starred in the sold-out season of Santa's Story at the Fugard Theatre. She is also passionate about Shakespeare and Maynardville!

Brad Liebl, summa cum laude from University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and UCT Associate Professor of Classical Voice, has graced the stages of concert halls and opera houses throughout South Africa for almost two decades and returns to USA to sing on an almost annual basis.

Janel Speelman has appeared in the UCT Opera School's productions of "Cosi fan Tutte" and "La Bohème" and is currently completing her BMus Honours at UCT. She was a finalist in the Schock Foundation Chamber Music Competition in 2009 and 2010. She is an active member of ComArt, a non-profit community organisation in Elsies River, founded by Mr John Davids and Professor Virginia Davids, her voice teacher.

Lukhanyo Moyake has appeared in major productions for Cape Town Opera ("Der Rosenkavalier" and "Abduction from the Seraglio"). He is completing his Postgraduate Diploma in Opera and studies voice with Brad Liebl. In 2010 he was first-place winner in The Schock Foundation Voice Competition. Cape Town Opera and UCT Opera School have kindly released him to perform in the Maynardville benefit programme.

Victor Tichart, accompanist and well known concert pianist and teacher at the UCT School of Music.

Tickets are limited and are on a strictly 'first paid, first served' basis.

Cost: R300 per person

Includes a complementary glass of Diemersfontein wine or fruit juice with canapés by Robert Mulders

All profits from this exclusive and intimate event go towards
the upgrade of the famous Maynardville Open-Air Theatre

Parking available at the Music School and the nearby Baxter Theatre

To purchase tickets, make payment into FOMT's bank account:
Bank name: Standard Bank.
Branch Code: 025309.
Branch name: Constantia
Account name: Friends of Maynardville Theatre.
Account number: 624785661
Reference: initials and surname

Please send proof of payment, using your initials and surname as the reference, to headoff@mweb.co.za (preferable) or fax to 021 671 6404

 

Aviva on Aviva

Wednesday 7 November 2012

Aviva on Aviva

 

 

Santa's Story

29 August to 9 September 2012

 

Santa's Story

 


The Fugard Theatre is proud to present:

Opera Diva Aviva Pelham in
SANTA'S STORY
At the Fugard Studio Theatre
29 August to 9 September 2012.


When 90 year old Santa Pelham was persuaded to write her fascinating life story it was intended so that her memoir would be there for future generations. But Santa's story became something more: a cathartic experience, an inspiration for song and now, a one-woman show performed by her daughter, Opera Diva, Aviva Pelham.

Aviva brings the moving text to life detailing her Mother's journey from Germany, to Spain, to France and then to Africa - punctuated by wonderful live Klesmer music.

In a career spanning almost 40 years, Aviva has enchanted her audiences, brightened stages and spread the love of song in South Africa and abroad. She is a highly sought after singer, director and lecturer.

Born into an extremely musical family in Zimbabwe, her home was filled with music and every member of the family sang. In addition to Opera, Teaching and Performing qualifications, she obtained a Master's Degree from University of Cape Town. Since making her debut in the role of Norina from "Don Pasquale" she performed extensively on local and international stages, television and radio. She has worked with numerous illustrious conductors including Janos Furst, Piero Gamba, Hubert Sudant, Victor Yampolsky and Reinhard Schwarz.

Aviva has dominated the stage as Violetta in "La Traviata", Rosina in "Barber of Seville" and is equally at home as Musetta in "La Boheme", Susanna in "Marriage of Figaro", Gilda in "Rigoletto", Norina in "Don Pasquale", Marcellina in "Fidelio", Adina in "L'Elisir D'Amore", Zerlina in "Don Giovanni", and Oscar in "Un Ballo in Maschera"

In addition, she has starred in the leading roles in operettas including "Die Fledermaus", "La Belle Helene", "La Perichole", "Night in Venice", "Student Prince", "Great Waltz", "Merry Widow" as well as countless musicals such as "My Fair Lady", "Sound of Music", "The King & I", "Fiddler on the Roof", "Man of La Mancha", "Kiss Me Kate", "Into the Woods" and "Kismet" notching up over two thousand performances and delighting audiences all over the world.

During her illustrious career, Aviva has been recognised with many awards which include several Vita Awards, the Nederburg Opera Prize, the Fred Dalberg Award, The Bell'Arte Award and the Department of Arts and Culture Merit Award for her outstanding contribution to the Arts and the International Rotary Paul Harris Award.

Aviva lectures part-time at UCT Opera School and is passionate about diverse outreach projects and mentoring young talent.

Santa's Story will be directed by multi-award winning Janice Honeyman with designs by the acclaimed Mannie Manim and Dicky Longhurst who round up a heavy-weight artistic and creative team. The production previews on the 29th August at 8pm and opens on the 30th August. The final performance in this limited season is scheduled for Sunday the 9th September 3pm. For the full production schedule and further details please visit www.thefugard.com or call the Theatre's box office.

Bookings are now open through Computicket or via the Theatre's box office on 021 461 4554. Friends of the Fugard benefit from the usual generous discounts on offer. If you are not yet signed up as a Friend of the Fugard you may do so by calling the Fugard Theatre box office.

There is plenty of safe, secure parking across the street in the Harrington Square parking lot.

Santa's Story

 

Morning Melodies

Christmas Party 2012

Delighted children at Child Welfare Hermanus with the Xmas presents they received from Aviva Pelham's hugely successful MORNING MELODIES at the Baxter Theatre

 

Charne Hugo Benefit Concert

Friday 6 July 2012

 

Charne Hugo Benefit Concert

Charne Hugo Benefit Concert

 

Silent Dreams

Sunday 3 June 2012

 

Internationally acclaimed South African singer Aviva Pelham, set in motion a fundraising project to support the relentless efforts of the Dominican School for Deaf Children to supply hearing aids to children who cannot afford to buy their own.

With a stellar cast of professional South African artists, 
Ms Pelham is directing a concert:

Silent Dreams which will take place
in the Cape Town City Hall on
Sunday, 3 June 2012 at 3pm

Because of her vision we are all giving
of our time, creativity, passion and talent to this project, free of charge.

We ask you to use your influence to:

 Move friends, family, colleagues and acquaintances to buy tickets
and attend the Silent Dreams concert.
The cost is R75 for adults and R40 for children.

For bookings call: 021-761 8046

Silent Dreams

Background information

While the Dominican School for Deaf Children receives a government subsidy, it is not enough to support all the needs of the children. Fundraising is an ongoing activity at the school. The school has turned the downside of insufficient government funding into one of its strengths.

They demonstrate excellent governance and management of funds with a well-functioning governing body, an annual external audit, biennial audits by the  Western Cape Education Department, a well functioning finance committee and a full-time accounts clerk who reports directly to the school principal. This gives peace of mind to any prospective donor, because funds raised will be used appropriately. The school children come from all over South Africa. Since many of the children come from far away, they live in the school hostel. The children start their schooling before they are five years old. Most of them come from extremely impoverished homes where the idea of spending R5 000. plus on a hearing aid is an unachievable dream.

Please give Silent Dreams your compassionate consideration and join  Aviva Pelham, baritone Barend Coetzee, organist Johan Woodland, mime artist Sjaka Septembir, creative director of one of South Africa's leading magazine titles, Robin Verhoog, Solva Burger and others in their volunteer service to make this benefit concert a success.

Give of your time and money, attend the concert and move others to do so too! 

For ticket bookings call 021-761 8046

For succinct information on deafness and the need for hearing aids, visit:
http://www.mywilmingtonhearing.com/assets/Our%20Ears%20Never%20Sleep.pdf

Viva Funtasia

Tues 28 & Wed 29 February 2012

 

Viva Funtasia

 

 

Opera in a Convent Garden

Sunday 5 February 2012

Opera in a Convent Garden

 

Cast on the bridge

Aviva with the singers for 'Opera in a Convent Garden' - 5th February at 5.00pm

 

Cast of Opera in a Convent Garden

Cast of 'Opera in a Convent Garden'

 

Morning Melodies
Morning Melodies Christmas Party

Delighted township children receiving presents from Aviva Pelham's MORNING MELODIES

 

AVIVA and VIVA the VOICES

Saturday 14 December 2011

AVIVA and VIVA the VOICES

 

Amy Biehl Foundation: Music Alive

Saturday 19 November 2011

Amy Biehl Music Alive

 

 

Journey of Life

4 December 2011

 

To celebrate this Festive Season, Orion organisation (Therapeutic and Training Centre for People with Disabilities) will be hosting a Concert at the AGS Church in Goodwood on Sunday, 4 December 2011.

Time: 18h00 (sharp) until 19h30

Aviva Pelham & Riaan Hunter will be taking you through the Journey of Life" with other well-known artists: Friedel Mitas, Conroy Scott, Charne Hugo, Priscilla Cloete & Wilge Children, Unique; The Ingoma Music Ministries, the Zion Kids; Nue-light Productions (Priscilla, Riana, Kimbo & Elton). The Guest Speaker at this occasion is Nicky Abdinor (clinical psychologist born without arms & Ambassador of Orion's Art Project)

Adults  are invited to bring along an offering (towards Orion's Xmas party) and children a used toy (wrapped) for a child at Orion.

For more information you can contact:
Priscilla Cloete (021) 572 8490/1 or 082 326 5218 or pro@orionorganisation.co.za

 

Orion - Journey of Life

 

 

Brundibár

A children's opera by Hans Krasá

 

PERFORMANCES

From the 18-21 July, coinciding with Nelson Mandela International Day, Artscape, Cape Town Opera and Magnet Theatre will present a double bill: the Brundibár opera, and a play, "The Children and the Bees", specially written for The Brundibár Project.

During the Holocaust, Hans Krasá’s childrens opera was performed 55 times in the Nazi ghetto ,Terezín, before its composer and many of the children in the cast were transported to the gas chambers of Auschwitz.

www.thebrundibarproject.co.za

Now, 68 years later, this new production initiated by the Cape Town Holocaust Centre, is directed by Aviva Pelham and designed by Michael Mitchell. Since the 1970’s, Brundibár has been performed in hundreds of cities around the world, often in conjunction with educational programmes about the Holocaust and Human Rights. Performed as a double bill with a new play by Magnet Theatre, the two give new life to Brundibar’s universal message.

 

BRUNDIBÁR OPERA

Performed for the first time in South Africa, Brundibár tells the tale of a poor  family whose children seek money to buy milk for their sick mother, only to  have their quest thwarted by an evil organ grinder named Brundibár. With the help of three intelligent animals, the children defeat the unjust bully and return home in triumph.

The childen’s cast performing the opera will be directed by renowned opera singer Aviva Pelham and choreographed by Roxy Levy, with set & costume  design by Michael Mitchell

ComposerHans Krasá
LibrettoAdolf Hoffmeister with English translation by Joža Karas
DirectorAviva Pelham
ConductorAlexander Fokkens and Warren Patentia
ChoreographyRoxy Levy
Set and costume designMichael Mitchell
Chorus MasterLinda Claasen

 

THE CHILDREN AND THE BEES

The acclaimed Magnet Theatre will perform the complementary play under the  direction of Mark Fleishman, assisted by Frances Marek, Faniswa Yisa and Alex Halligey. Staff, trainees and the children’s cast will use South African storytelling tradition to explore the themes of displacement, migration and refugees.

Playwright: Mark Fleishman, Frances Marek, Faniswa Yisa, Alex Halligey, Magnet trainees and cast
Director: Mark Fleishman assisted by Frances Marek, Faniswa Yisa, Alex Halligey

The performances form part of Cape Town Opera’s 2011 Educational and Community Outreach programme and Artscape’s Audience Development and Education Programme.

School workshops and a significant exhibition of children's writing and artworks will run concurrently with the performances.

 

PERFORMANCES

DATES & TIMES:
Monday, 18 July 2011 at 19h00
Tuesday, 19 July 2011 at 19h00
Wednesday, 20 July 2011 at 15h00
Wednesday, 20 July 2011 at 19h00
Thursday, 21 July 2011 at 19h00

Ticket prices are R45 for adults, R20 for scholars and 10% off all bookings of 10 or more.

Book at Computicket
Discounts only available at Computicket outlets or through the Call Centre 083 915 8000

Artscape Dial-a-seat 021 421 7695
For corporate bookings email: sales@capetownopera.co.za

 


 

SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER Ela Weissberger
The Cat from the original Brundibár cast

Pre-performance Talk Tuesday 19 July Artscape

24 July at Cape Town Holocaust Centre
Booking essential 021 462 5553

PRE PERFORMANCE TALKS
Aviva Pelham  will give a preformance talk on Brundibár on 21st July at 6.15pm in the ORR at Artscape with Michael Mitchell (designer) and directors of the Magnet production Children and the Bees

www.thebrundibarproject.co.za

Nelson Mandela Day

 

Brundibar set
Brundibar costume
A model of the Brundibár Opera set and costume design by Cape Town Opera’s designer, Michael Mitchell

 

Brundibar Project

ATTENTION ALL SCHOOLS

THE BRUNDIBÁR PROJECT
comes to ARTSCAPE!

DON’T MISS OUT- BOOK NOW!


 

The Brundibár Project incorporates a wonderful programme for learners to explore through music, drama and art, themes linked to Languages, Social Sciences, Life Orientation, Arts and Culture, and History, and is endorsed by the Arts & Culture Department of the WCED.

From 18 - 21 July 2011, children from Cape Town will be performing at the Artscape Theatre in Brundibár, the children’s opera, as well as a play written specially for young people.  Both the opera and play deal with the issue of human rights and overcoming hardship.

The opera, Brundibár, is about a brother and sister who must make a plan to save their sick mother. They are helped by three clever animals to chase away a nasty bully named Brundibár.

From 14 - 24 July, in the Artscape foyer, an exhibition of children’s artworks developed by learners from Ibhabhathane and the Frank Joubert Art Centre will be displayed, alongside a special exhibition on loan from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, the Jewish Museum in Prague and Památník Terezín, of the art and writing of children from the Nazi ghetto, Terezin.

Each day during the week (18-21 July), there will be facilitated, interactive workshops for learners in Grades 6-11 (maximum 80 children) in the Theatre Foyer from 10am – 2pm. The broad theme of the workshops is Human Rights. The workshops support the National Curriculum in a variety of subjects. During the workshop, the learners will examine the history of the Brundibár Opera during the Holocaust, engage with the art exhibition, and explore human rights through art and creative writing exercises.

  • To bring your learners to a FREE morning workshop 18-21 July 2011:
    Contact: Natalie Barnett nataliebarnett@iafrica.com or SMS 083-653-7129
    by 10 June 2011 (first 3 to book will receive complimentary tickets for 1 adult & 2 scholars)
  • To take your learners to a performance 18-21 July 2011 (7pm) or Wed 20 July (3pm):
    Contact: Computicket www.computicket.co.za / 083 915 8000 / Dial-a-seat 021 421 7695
    Ticket Prices: R20 for learners; R45 for adults. 10% discount for a group of 10 or more

The Brundibár Project is a partnership between the Cape Town Holocaust Centre, Artscape, Cape Town Opera, Magnet Theatre, Frank Joubert Art Centre and various individuals involved in the arts, and is supported by the Arts and Culture Department of the WCED

Visit our website: www.thebrundibarproject.co.za

 

PDF   Brundibár Chronicle     From the Cape Town Holocaust Centre

 

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Friends of Maynardville Theatre

Friday 21 October 2011

FOMT

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Singing of Pelham 1,2,3

 

Singing of Pelham 123 Email Email website

 

Divalicious

4 Aug 2011

Divalicious

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FREE Lunch Box Concerts with Cape Town Opera

 

CTO lunchbox concert

 

CTO lunchbox concert

 

Poetry in Motion with Cape Town City Ballet

 

Poetry in Motion

 

Audition for BRUNDIBÁR - A Children's Opera by Hans Krása
Tuesday 12 April from 3pm - 5pm
Artscape Theatre Centre -  Room 301
(entrance through stage door)
For children between the ages of 7 and 16
Also looking for boys between the ages of 10 & 14 years

To book your audition slot contact Serena at Cape Town Opera
021 410 9919 or email SerenaD@capetownopera.co.za

ABOUT BRUNDIBÁR - A CHILDREN'S OPERA

Under the direction of renowned opera star, Aviva Pelham, Brundibár, the children’s opera, written specially to be performed by children, is going to be staged at the Artscape Theatre from 18 - 21 July 2011.

Children from the ages of 7 to 16 years who are interested in being part of this wonderful event are welcome to audition. The auditions will be held in Room 301, Artscape Theatre Centre on Tuesday 12 Aprilfrom 3pm to 5pm.

Before the audition, an audition slot must be booked by emailing Serena at:
SerenaD@capetownopera.co.za or calling her on 021 410 9919 at Cape Town Opera.

If you are chosen to be part of the opera, you will have to be free for Music Rehearsals every Tuesday afternoon starting from 26 April 2011 from 3.30pm to 5pm; Production Rehearsals 28 June to 17 July; Performances 18 to 21 July in the Artscape Theatre (evenings at 7pm and one 3pm matinee) as well as Schools’ performances 25 to 29th July 2011.

You will need written consent from a parent or guardian to be part of the opera and to attend rehearsals and performances.

Brundibár is the tale of two children who seek money to buy milk for their sick mother. Their quest is thwarted by an evil organ grinder named Brundibár, but with the help of three intelligent animals, the children defeat the unjust bully and return home in triumph.

The Brundibár Project is a collaboration between the Cape Town Holocaust Centre, Cape Town Opera, Artscape, Magnet Theatre, the Frank Joubert Art Centre, Ibhabhathane and members of the South African Arts Community and encompasses the staging of the opera Brundibár and a specially devised play. The Project draws its inspiration from the story and the performances at the Nazi ghetto/camp, Terezín (1943).

For media information please contact Berniece Friedmann
021 434 4951 / 082 892 5877 bernfried@kingsley.co.za

 

ORT Azey! The Yiddish Song Festival

16 March 2011

Gold Reef City, Johannesburg

 

Yiddish Song Festival

 

Viva l'Amore!

January 2011

 

Viva l'Amore

 

Orion Gala Dinner

13 November 2010
Southern Sun, Cape Town

 

Orion Gala Dinner

 

PDF   Download the Invitation here

 

Gold of Africa Annual Gala Dinner

20 November 2010: 19h00 for 19h30
Cape Sun

 

Gold of Africa Gala Dinner

 

Gold of Africa Gala Dinner

Aviva singing "There can be Miracles" with Sibongile Mngoma and the ABF choir
at the Amy Biehl Foundation Gala Dinner.

 

Morning Melodies

24th November 2010  at 10.30am
Baxter Theatre

'Sondheim and Company'
with Aviva Pelham, Brad Liebl and Godfrey Johnson

Book at Baxter or Computicket

 

Divalicious

25 August 2010:  19h30

 

Divalicious

 

Amy Biehl Youth Spirit Award

14 Aug 2010: 15h00 to 17h30

 

Amy Biehl Youth Spirit Award

 

Dance for all

1 August 2010 - 19h00

Artscape Theatre

DO NOT MISS THIS SHOW - one night ONLY

 

Dance for all

www.danceforall.co.za

 

Celebrate 70

31 May 2010

 

Celebrate70

 

YOM YERUSHALAYIM with 'Mabazo' choir 

12 May 2010 - Cape Town

 

Mabazo Choir

 

Feast of Song

Dinner and music at the Foodbarn
1 May 2010

The Foodbarn
The Foodbarn in Noordhoek was very excited to host Aviva Pelham together with some of the wonderful local talent she is currently mentoring, for an evening of Feast and Song. All proceeds from the evening was donated to the Motor Neurone Disease Association of South Africa.

 

 

 

Midsummer Melodies

Sunday 14 February 2010

 

Midsummer Melodies

 

The Magic of Music

23 & 24 February 2010

 

The Magic of Music

 

The Amy Biehl Foundation Fundraising Gala Event

CTICC: 7th November 2009 @ 19h00

 

Amy Biehl Foundation Event

 

Read a review here

 

Nicky Celebrating 70!

Italian Club, Rugby: 8th November 2009 @ 16h00

 

A birthday concert in honour of Nicola Cencherle, tenor

Nicky

A Journey Through Life in Song

with Violina Anguelov, James Bhemjee, Beverley Chiat, Virginia Davids, Philip de Vos, Angelo Gobbato, Sidwill Hartman, Uliano Marchio, Marc Murray, Virginia Oosthuizen, Matthew Overmeyer, Aviva Pelham, Sally Presant, Fuad Sawyer, Shirley Sutherland,
De Wet van Rooyen and Victor Tichardt

Date: Sunday 8th November

Time: 4 p.m.

Venue: Italian Club 16 Donegal Street, Rugby

Tickets: R100 (including snacks & wine following performance)

Bookings: Italian Club – 021 511 5757

Jean – 021 465 3022 / 073 765 5551

 

Happy 75th Birthday Ballet

 

Happy 75th Birthday Ballet

 

Broadway Magic


Broadway Magic

 

Broadway Magic

A standing ovation on opening night met the magical Broadway Magic.

 

The groups of soloists from Broadway Magic whose efforts this weekend assisted those of the Rotary Club of Newlands in supporting the arts.  Audiences were treated to hit songs from a range of Broadway musicals and the stylish and energetic performance earned standing ovations.  The musicians, all professionals, and well known for their performances in various musical genres, gave their time and considerable skill at no cost to the production.  Funds raised from the performances will go to the S A College of Music’s Jazz Department, Cape Town Opera and Artscape’s Audience Development. 

Broadway Magic group

Seen  with the group are Director, Aviva Pelham, (centre) and Musical Director, Bill Holland (left).  The soloists (standing, left to right) are Shirley Sutherland, Barend van der Westhuizen, Riaan Hunter, Brian Winter, Luella Holland and Graham Boxall. Seated in front are, left, Laura Bosman, and right, Jennifer Moss. 

 

A Naye Velt

Baxter Theatre: Sunday 2 August 2009 @ 17h30 & 20h00

A Naye Velt

NEWS FLASH!

The Leah Todres 2009 YIDDISH SONG FESTIVAL

A Naye Velt

Songs Bridging Oceans

Your passport to the international world of Yiddish song

5.30pm and & 8.00pm on 2 August at the Baxter Theatre
Bookings at Computicket

 


Isn’t it just the same old, same old songs?

You think we would have the chutzpah to dish up left-overs? 
The repertoire each year is a case of something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue – well not too blue if you know what I mean.  But yes, Yiddish humour can be a little risqué (that’s not a Yiddish word, but trust me, it’s not smutty).

For this year we are going to find you new old classics from Eastern Europe that will have you clapping along with delight.  From Russia – with love – some of those toe-tapping numbers that makes you want to get up and dance.  Talking about dance, there are some very sexy and sultry tangos from Argentina.   And there will be a few surprises too.

The recipe might have some essential basic ingredients, but what will be served up by our musical directors will be a soufflé (it’s a fancy French name for a kugel) that will blow you away into a whole new world.  That’s why this year we’ve called the Festival – A Naye Velt.

Talking about recipes – maybe you would like to share your kugel recipe with us?  If we publish your recipe, and if our Treasurer doesn’t object, we will give you 2 free seats to the show.  But knowing our tough Treasurer, she’ll find her Bobbe’s best recipe and tell me I can have it for free.  And seeing this is also all about fundraising, what can I say.

Do I need to speak and understand Yiddish to enjoy the Festival?

Noo, it wouldn’t hurt.  But, quite honestly, when it comes to Yiddish song, the emotions come through so strongly, you begin to imagine that you understand every word.

And the songs are given a little bit of an introduction in English.  Projections also pick up on the translations and helps put you in the picture.  So - expect to relax into an audio-visual journey of song.  Remember those tobacco adverts? Noo, without any unhealthy side effects, the Yiddish Song Festival is your international passport to pure, unadulterated pleasure. 

And if I want to learn some Yiddish or brush up on mamme loshn? 

So you haven’t heard about Ot Azey! the 3-day immersion course in Yiddish we started last year? This year it runs from Monday 3 to Wednesday 5 August.  Once you have enrolled, you will be getting regular peklach of useful information about the songs on this year’s programme.  You will become a maven on Yiddish song.

We’ll tell you more about Ot Azoy! in future news flashes – but if you are chalashing for more information immediately, just email cjsa@icon.co.za.

Watch out for more information on the program, the singers and other participants.  All will be revealed so watch for the next CJSA Yiddish Song Festival News Flash!

 

Sondheim at the Savoy in September

Savoy Cabbage Restaurant brings you another magical musical evening complemented by a dinner that reflects the theme of the evening. Join us on the Thursday 10th September to celebrate Stephen Sondheim who will be 80 next year. We are very excited to be hosting renowned operatic and stage performers Aviva Pelham, Brad Liebl and Godfrey Johnson as they bring you songs and music from this brilliant American composer and lyricist. This is the debut of the trio’s long awaited Sondheim Review and the evening will be restricted to just 40 diners as they will perform in an intimate setting, without microphones. 

We will be following a slightly different format from our usual musical evenings, you will start pre-dinner cocktails and dinner, followed by the performance and finally dessert will be served.

The first table who can identify all the Sondheim references in the menu when they pay their deposit, will receive a copy of the Savoy Cabbage Cookbook.

PDF  More info here

 

Amy Biehl Youth Spirit Award & Commemoration Event

Marimba Restaurant CITCC: 15 August 2009 @14h00

Amy Biehl Youth Spirit Award

 

Hout Bay Music Project


Hout Bay Music Project

 

Communicare


Communicare

 

Dancers for Dancers
Theatre Dance Association Theatre Dance Association

DANCERS FOR DANCERS
Here they are!

THE FABULOUS 26 INVOLVED!

Dancers for Dancers

THANK YOU!   THANK YOU!   THANK YOU!   THANK YOU!

These are the TDA teachers, with Aviva Pelham, responsible for the unbelievably successful, sold out, GALA BENEFIT
"DANCERS FOR DANCERS"
staged at the
ARTSCAPE OPERA HOUSE
SUNDAY 7th JUNE
in aid of CTCB

ACCOLADES TO YOU ALL!
Be proud ... very proud!
Thank you for the valuable part that each and every one of you
played in making this such a spectacular event.
R139,000.00 plus was generated in income and once we know the final figure that CTCB receive we will forward that to you all. We have been approached to make it a yearly fundraiser for the Arts due to the unbelievable success of the evening!

From our side ...what a stunning group of teachers to work alongside!
Phenomenal ladies! We salute you all.
With so much respect, love and admiration
Di, Jan, Dee and Brig
Rose

 

Viva the Music 2007

 

Viva the Music

 

Viva the Music

 

Classical Cool Cats

 

Viva the Music

 

Canadian Award

Canadian award handed to Ruth Goodwin by Aviva