Nettie Immelman Memorial Concert

with Ruth Goveia (piano) and the Odeion String Quartet

8 May 2014



Legendary piano teacher, Nettie Immelman, passed away in 2011 and the Odeion School of Music presented the first memorial concert in her honour during 2012.  Jeanne-Minette Cilliers, celebrated pianist and former pupil of Immelman, was the obvious choice of a celebrated pianist to be invited to perform in this first concert.  Pianist Nicol Viljoen performed in the second memorial concert.

With the third memorial concert the newly appointed piano lecturer at the OSM, Prof Ruth Goveia and the Odeion String Quartet will perform.  Ruth will perform solo piano works by Debussy and Chopin in the first half of the programme, followed by the Schumann Piano Quintet, Op. 44 together with the Odeion String Quartet in the second half.    

Ruth Goveia obtained her BMus (Ed) degree from the University of the Free State and her DMus from the Jacobs Music School at the University of Indiana (USA).  Her piano teachers and mentors include distinguished pianists like Edmund Battersby, Géla Siki, Frank Weinstock and Nils Kayser.  Ruth served as adjunct professor of piano at the Albion College (Michigan) and visiting professor at Indiana University.  She also held a senior lector position for several years at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and at the Department of Music at the University of Pretoria.  She has performed as soloist with most SA orchestras as well as at American universities.

The OSQ (with members Samson Diamond, Sharon de Kock, Jeanne-Louise Moolman and Anmari van der Westhuizen) is a flagship of the UFS and symbolizes the university’s commitment to the arts.  The quartet was established in 1991 as a permanent full-time resident string quartet.  The quartet performs regularly to critical acclaim in all the major music centres in South Africa as well as in Zimbabwe and Zambia.  The OSQ was recently nominated for the Kanna award for Best Classical Music Performance at the 2014 Absa KKNK. In November 2013 they recorded a CD which will be released in May 2014.


Solo piano works by Debussy and Chopin

Schumann Piano Quintet, Op. 44


R110 (adults), R70 (pensioners), R60 (UFS staff), R40 (students and learners)

R40 (group bookings of 10+)

Tickets available at Computicket.


Ninette Pretorius (tel. 051 401 2504)

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