NMMU music students will be part of a brand new concept of the Mandela Bay Symphonic Wind Orchestra (MBSWO), just in time for Valentine’s Day. TwoTone Music’s “Shall we Dance?” features the orchestra under the baton of part-time music lecturer Gareth Williams in this interactive first for the Bay.
TwoTone Music directors Gareth and Ulagh Williams, both NMMU music alumni, are excited about this venture, which combines the orchestra with vocalists and the award-winning TwoTone Show Band in a dinner/dance setting at Summerwood Primary on 12 February.
Several young performers in the show are NMMU students, some of the students involved have already performed in TwoTone Music productions such as the Mandela Bay Big Band, and the Mandela Bay Fest of Sound hosted at NMMU in 2010.
In a change from their classical concert repertoire, the orchestra will be “putting on the Ritz” with foot-tapping Big Band Jazz, Latin and Ballroom favourites and popular hits while the audience has the opportunity to take their date for a spin on the dance floor. For those who prefer to sit and watch the show, glamorous vintage décor and candlelight will be the perfect foil to this classy show.
“It is important to expand the musical horizons of young performers, whether through classical concerts or upmarket interactive events such as this one,” says Gareth Williams.
The show starts at 8pm and seating is limited. More information is available from Ulagh on 083 6274686 or (041) 582 4239. Tickets cost R120 or R95 when booking a table of 10. Patrons are invited to bring their own snacks and drinks.