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Osmo Vänskä /// Music Director

South Africa: Educational Activities

Music for Mandela

Bringing The World Together Through Music

During the tour, Music Director Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra will engage in two side-by-side rehearsals with young musicians, the first in Cape Town (August 11) with members of the Cape Town Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, an ensemble founded in 2004 to provide quality training for young musicians in the Western Cape. Side-by-side rehearsals offer an opportunity for students to play next to their professional counterparts, sharing a music stand and rehearsal experience together.

In Pretoria, Vänskä and the Orchestra will partner for an immersive residency with the South African National Youth Orchestra (SANYO), an ensemble that draws talented young players from across South Africa and the continent of Africa. The residency will include a side-by-side rehearsal (Aug 15), master classes, and shared dinner experience, as well as opportunities for SANYO students to attend Orchestra rehearsals and concerts.

The Orchestra will also partner with the University of Pretoria to offer exchanges and master classes with music students, and participate in additional education projects with the Cape Music Institute in Athlone and with young musicians in Umlazi Township.

Cape Town Youth Philharmonic Orchestra

South African National Youth Orchestra