RMB Starlight Classics brings together a host of local and international music stars for a truly unique blend of classical, opera, pop, and Afro-soul – all rolled into one thrilling AfroSymphonic celebration under the baton of Maestro Richard Cock – on M-Net (DStv Channel 101) on Easter Monday, 13 April, at 15:30.
Recorded under starlit skies at the Johannesburg Country Club in September 2019, the 21st edition of RMB Starlight Classics features multi-award-winning performer Zahara; international guest tenor Gaston Rivero; internationally-acclaimed lyric soprano Nombulelo Yende; piano virtuoso Charl du Plessis; international baritone Musa Ngqungwana; pop toe-tapper Lee Scott, and The Voice South Africa’s Siki Jo-An. These solo stars combine with 2018 World Choir Games stars Quava Vocal Group and one of South Africa’s leading choirs, The Chanticleer Singers, for a series of performances that reinvigorate the classics and tune up some contemporary pop numbers for the RMB Starlight Classics stage.
From the moment the show opens with a reimagining of Antonín Dvořák’s New World Symphony to Siki Jo-An’s showstopping rendition of Miriam Makeba’s Qongqothwane and beyond to Nombulelo Yende’s Never Enough from The Greatest Showman, RMB Starlight Classics continues to surprise with unique collaborations and interpretations, bringing possibilities to life on stage in unprecedented ways.
There are few – if any – places where Edvard Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A minor and Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance could flow into each other – but virtuoso pianist Charl du Plessis makes it seem effortless and beautiful, in equal measure. Keep an eye out for child prodigy crooner Joshua Bouwer as he threatens to steal the spotlight from the accomplished international stars on the Starlight stage.
Starlight Classics will be screened M-Net Channel 101 on Monday, 13 April at 15:30.
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