A brand new classical concert series, De Goede Hoop Concert Series, in association with KAWAI and proudly sponsored by Ian Burgess-Simpson Pianos, is being launched in Cape Town City Centre in March 2013, making an exciting addition to the Cape Town classical concert calendar.

De Goede Hoop Concert Series offers Capetonians the opportunity to experience classical music of the highest calibre in the heart of the city of  Cape Town. There will be  a series of 6 to 8 concerts  annually and will be held at Lodge de Goede Hoop, one of one oldest historical buildings in Cape Town, adjacent to the Parliament buildings just off Plein Street. Each concert will have a specific musical focus and will showcase some of the cream of local and international musical talent. The members of Lodge de Goede Hoop has a very strong presence with regards to charity work , and therefore proceeds from your ticket will be going to various community projects in need.
We are delighted to announce that the series will open on  Saturday16 March 2013 at 20:00 with a concert by sensational South African soprano Magdalene Minnaar, simply titled The Songs.  She will be accompanied by well-known Cape Town pianist Stefan Lombard on piano. Minnaar has been described as “a striking success, imbuing her role with sensitivity and beauty and vocal dexterity” (ARTSLINK) and “vocally flawless” (BUSINESS DAY)
The Songs includes repertoire from famous operas and lieder. Through the ages many well-known (and lesser known) arias have been re-branded by their content, lovingly referred to as a ‘song’. A good example of this comes from Jacques Offenbach’s “The Tales of Hoffmann” where the doll, Olympia comes to life and sings about the birds in the (Les Oiseaux dans la Charmille). This fantastic coloratura aria later became known as “The Doll Song”. The Songs explore similar arias and also some lieder connected to a person, e.g. Ellen’s Gesang (Schubert’s well-known Ave Maria) and Barbara Song (Kurt Weill). This concert promises to cater for a wide variety of musical tastes. The programme also includes the famous On Wings of Song (Mendelssohn), the Jewel Song (Gounod) and other works by composers such as Puccini, Schumann, Grieg, Tchaikovsky and Bernstein.
Tickets are available on 073 339 2337 or  082 415 9500, online via www.webtickets.co.za  or at the door.
Refreshments will be available at the venue.
Magdalene Minnaar has entertained audiences all over the world with her remarkable voice and musicality. A feast for the eye, Magdalene’s performance will draw you in and take you on a journey into another realm. A recent Kyk-net Fiesta and Fleur du Cap nominee, she has won numerous awards and prizes including the Mimi Coertse Bursary Competition and the UNISA Voice Competition. After receiving her Honours degree in Music with distinction from the University of Cape Town, she was accepted into the prestigious Cape Town Opera Studio, learning and performing more than fifteen operatic roles in her two years at the Studio. She featured as soloist at the opening of the Cape Town Soccer Stadium with the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as the annual RMB Starlight Classics. In 2009 she was awarded a WBHO bursary for overseas study, which took her to the New York Opera Studio where she furthered her studies. Magdalene later joined the popular female instrumental group Sterling EQ .Magdalene now enjoys a freelance career, appearing as soloist in various productions, corporates and concerts, also recently featuring as the female lead Christine Daeé in Andrew Lloyd Weber’s famous musical, The Phantom of the Opera.
Stefan Lombard was 16 years old when he made his solo debut as pianist with the CAPAB orchestra. Since then he has performed with the leading orchestras in South Africa both as classical soloist and orchestral instrumentalist. Stefan is a keen arranger as well. One of his career highlights was working with, and orchestrating for the Wellington Sinfonia in New Zealand. Another highlight was the production of Divine Divas which culminated in a performance at the Royal Festival Hall in London. Besides his extensive classical music career, Stefan is equally at home in musical theatre. He has, amongst others, musically directed and conducted the original SA production of CATS, touring to Lebanon, Malaysia, Taiwan, Korea, China, Norway, Denmark, Finland and Qatar, the original Phantom of the Opera, the musical Chicago, Sondheim’s Assassins (winner of 2 Fleur du Cap awards) and more recently the musical CABARET and the musical revue Noel and Gertie. As concert and event organiser, accompanist and pianist, he has worked with many classical singers and instrumentalists/ensembles both locally and internationally and continues to do so. Stefan enjoys exploring the boundaries, merging of different styles and working towards making music more accessible to a wider audience base.
The De Goede Hoop Concert Series will open on 16 March 2013 with a concert by South African soprano Magdalene Minnaar with  Cape Town pianist Stefan Lombard, simply titled The Songs.