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German Piano Trios 13 April 2023

German Piano Trios

Three celebrated musicians, Samson Diamond, Anmari van der Westhuizen and Nicolene Gibbons will collaborate in presenting an exquisite programme of German Piano Trios by composers Beethoven and Schubert.

Nicolene Gibbons was born in Bloemfontein. She studied piano at the University of the Free State with Catharina Struthers while also taking composition classes with Prof Johann Potgieter. Nicolene played on radio and television, especially her own compositions, from a very young age.  She obtained her BAMus qualification at the UFS with Nettie Immelman as piano lecturer.  She also won the overseas study bursaries of SAMRO, UNISA and ABRSM. Nicolene obtained a BMusHons cum laude at the University of Cape Town under the tutelage of Lamar Crowson.  She then studied at the Royal College of Music (London) where she received her master’s degree in piano as well as a master’s degree in composition from the University of Cambridge. Nicolene has worked for almost 30 years as pianist, composer and teacher in England, including the University of Cambridge and the Uppingham School. Later she specialized in chamber music and lied accompaniment. She moved back to South Africa five years ago and is now working and staying in Philippolis. She recently took part in the Klein Karoo Klassique with cellist Anmari van der Westhuizen. Her solo concert in Bloemfontein as part of the Vrystaat Klank & Klassik was met with great enthusiasm.

Samson Diamond has been appointed leader of the award-winning Odeion String Quartet since 2013.  He enjoys an association with the London-based Chineke! Orchestra founded in 2015.  In April 2022, he appeared as leader of this orchestra for performances and recordings in London and in 2019 toured as concertmaster with performances at prestigious venues in England, Netherlands, Belgium, and Germany.  He appears as soloist with major orchestras in South Africa, and recently alongside Jeanne-Louise Moolman performing Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with the KZNPO. In 2021, Diamond recorded Beethoven’s Romances with the JPO.  He studied with Rosemary Nalden, the founder-director of the internationally acclaimed Buskaid Project, and further with Richard Ireland, Pauline Nobes and Philippe Griffin. 

Anmari van der Westhuizen graduated from Stellenbosch University (BMusHons), from the Mozarteum, Salzburg (Grosses Diplom), and from the Hochschule für Musik (Cologne) with Maria Kliegel (Konzertexamen). In 2013 Anmari received her PhD from the University of Pretoria.  She has won prestigious competitions including, the ATKV Forte Competition, the SABC Competition and the Oude Meester Competition. Anmari has performed in Australia, Austria, Belgium, the Faroe Islands, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Poland, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the USA, Zambia and Zimbabwe.   


Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1828): Trio, Op. 97 (Archduke)

Franz Schubert (1797 – 1828): Piano Trio in E-flat major, Op. 100


13 April 2023  |  Odeion  |  19:30


CoR 16 March 2023

City of Roses

The City of Roses (CoR) Jazz Ensemble will present its launch concert on the 16th of March 2022 at 19:30 in the Odeion Concert Hall. Entrance to the concert will be free.

The founding of the City of Roses (CoR) Jazz Ensemble was inspired by the recently appointed Dr Joseph Kunnuji at the Odeion School of Music. Kunnuji’s profound knowledge and experience of jazz as a trumpeter and arranger opened the way for establishing a quality jazz ensemble, thereby renewing the quest for jazz at the OSM.

The ensemble’s focus for this concert will be on mainstream jazz as represented by the so-called Classical or Bebop period in its history (the mid-1940s to mid-1960s) characterised by the music of prominent figures of the time such as Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie and John Coltrane.  The ensemble consists of five versatile and seasoned musicians, namely Joseph Kunnuji (trumpet), Claire Röntsch (saxophone) Nicol Viljoen (piano and keyboard), Marc Röntsch (bass; also newly appointed at the OSM) and John Smit (drums).

JOSEPH KUNNUJI (PhD, University of Cape Town) is a Senior Lecturer in Ethnomusicology and African Musics at the Odeion School of Music. With a background in jazz studies, the orthodox church hymn-singing tradition and a few cosmopolitan African genres, Kunnuji’s teaching, research, compositions and performances reflect the inherent intersection of different worlds.

MARC RÖNTSCH is a musicologist, guitarist and bassist originally from Cape Town, and was recently appointed as a Senior Lecturer in Musicology at the Odeion School of Music, University of the Free State. Marc has performed with bands such as Black Moscow, The Hot Club of Cape Town and Tape Hiss and Sparkle, and has appeared as a soloist with the University of Stellenbosch Symphonic Orchestra and the Stellenbosch University Jazz Band.

CLAIRE RÖNTSCH (neè de Kock) is a saxophonist, session musician, composer, arranger, music lecturer and educator. She graduated with a BMus in Jazz Performance at the South African College of Music (SACM) in 2014 with distinction and has recently received her master’s degree in Jazz Composition from SACM under the tutelage of renowned local composers Dr Mike Campbell and Professor Amanda Tiffin.  In 2015, Claire won the Fine Music Radio Jazz Performance competition and has performed internationally in Europe and locally at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival. She is currently performing with The Swing Collective, The Lady Day Big Band and her own progressive jazz quartet (who perform her own compositions). Claire has recently been appointed as a conductor and arranger for the Free State Youth Wind Ensemble at the Odeion School of Music. 

JOHN SMIT has been involved in the music industry since 1994. Through the years he has recorded, sessions as kit-drummer/bassist and audio mixed numerous national and international music productions ranging from classical to rock, traditional to jazz recordings and live performances. For the past seventeen years, he has been lecturing in Music Technology at the Odeion School of Music.

NICOL VILJOEN is a Professor Emeritus and a Research Fellow at the Odeion School of Music. Viljoen’s versatile activities include those of a music theorist, concert pianist, chamber musician, jazz pianist, and church organist. Viljoen’s research during the past decades has focused on theoretical Schenker studies and their application within musical performance practice.



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Sonkanise Nkosi lecture recital 23 March 2023


Onnies en Ouers / The Happiest Days of Your Life

Translation:  AJB de Klerk
Original text: John Dighton
Language: Multilingual (Afrikaans & English)
Director: Thys Heydenrych

Dates: 4 - 6 April 2023
Time: 18:30
Venue: Wynand Mouton Theatre
R40.00 Adults
R30.00 Scholars and Students
R25.00 Pensioners and group bookings of 10+
Age restriction: 14L

Bookings Tickets available at the door

Onnies en Ouers is a hilarious comedy set in the “platteland”. After their school burned down, the teachers and students of Rosendal (an all-girls English school) are relocated by the department to other accommodation. Due to confusion at the department, Rosendal ends up at Keiserkroon (an all-boys Afrikaans school), and chaos erupts. With the help of both schools’ teachers, the headmasters desperately try to keep the visiting parents (a pastor and a farmer) from discovering the truth. Read more ...

A delightful comedy in Afrikaans and English for a fun-filled evening.

This amateur production of The Happiest Days of Your Life is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals Ltd. on behalf of Samuel French Ltd. 



inspired by the medieval morality play
Text: Annebelle Smit
Director: Annebelle Smit

Dates: 12 - 14 April 2023
Time: 18h00
Venue: Scaena Theatre
R25.00 p/p
R20.00 Group bookings of 10+

: Tickets available at the door. 

The classic play, Everyman, has been reimagined for a modern audience with a powerful message about the importance of being prepared for death. The production places the story in a contemporary context, following the journey of a successful businessman forced to confront his mortality. Read more ...

Past Events 2023



Jeanne-Louise Moolman and Elna van der Merwe
23 February 2023  |  Admission FREE
Odeion  |  19:30

Two special friends and musicians, Jeanne-Louise Moolman, and Elna van der Merwe will join forces and present this programme with exquisite varied pieces as well as a special commissioned work by Peter McLea. 

Jeanne-Louise Moolman was appointed as violist of the Odeion String Quartet and Senior Lecturer at the Odeion School of Music in 2008. She studied under Alan Solomon at the University of Pretoria, where she obtained the BMus and BMus Hons degrees with distinction, and also studied in Salzburg under Thomas Riebl. She won the ATKV Forté and Oude Meester competitions. In 1985, she won the University of Natal 75th Anniversary Prize. She regularly performs with some of our country's foremost musicians and has given numerous solo performances in South Africa and Zimbabwe. In 2012, she was invited to perform at the International Viola Congress in Rochester (New York). Elna van der Merwe was a full-time accompanist and part-time Piano Lecturer at the Conservatory of Stellenbosch University until 2001. Since then, she has been an ad hoc pianist and sought-after collaborative artist for local and international artists. She studied piano and organ at Stellenbosch University and has won several awards, stipends and competitions. She performed as soloist with various national orchestras. As an accompanist, she has appeared in all the UNISA International Singing, Strings (since 1990) and recently the Flute and Clarinet Competitions. She has also recorded many CDs and DVDs.


Johannes Brahms: Sonata Op. 120 No. 2
George Enesco: Concert Piece
Peter McLea: Commissioned work for the concert – World première
Mokale Koapeng: Boabab Dance
York Bowen: Romance

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