Richard Cock Brings Sinatra’s Legacy To The Midlands

Recognised musician and conductor, Richard Cock will be bringing to life the iconic songs of Ol’Blue Eyes in his hit production of “Frank Sinatra & Friends” – a benefit concert for Music Voyage, which is proudly sponsored by Grindrod Bank and will be staged at the Schlesinger Theatre, Michaelhouse in the Midlands on Saturday, 9 August.

Considered by many as the greatest singer of American popular song, Sinatra’s legacy will come to life with the performance of his dazzling array of hit songs such as “New York, New York”, “Fly Me To The Moon”, “I’ve Got You Under My Skin”, “Night and Day”, “Unforgettable” and the all-time favourite, “My Way”.

Magdalene Minnaar (a soprano who is well known for her role as Christine in the SA production of Phantom of the Opera and who has recently returned from a successful tour of Showboat in Europe) and Nicholas Nicolaidis (South Africa’s much loved lyric tenor who boasts an extensive repertoire that includes soloist performances with the Symphony Choir of Johannesburg) will take the stage to give a breathtaking rendition of Sinatra’s best-loved melodies. They will be joined by members of Richard Cock’s very own Midlands Orchestra, which has been specially formed for this concert. His selection of artists feature the cream of KwaZulu-Natal performers and includes Chris Duigan, who is well known in KZN for his excellent Music Revival programmes.

“Over the past few years, the concept of a programme of music by a particular singer has proved very popular at concerts staged throughout South Africa. We look forward to bringing this concept to the Midlands and encourage all Frank Sinatra fans to book their tickets and prepare themselves for a superb evening of nostalgia,” said Richard Cock.

The concert is in support of Music Voyage, a grassroots KZN Midlands community based project, that connects youth with the creativity and discipline of music. The programme currently has 7 qualified music teachers and enlists 61 students ranging in ages from 6 – 25 years. Funds raised through the concert will assist in providing instruments for the children and the remuneration of the specialist teachers needed to reach the goal of a performing orchestra.

Helen Mennie, Programme Director for Music Voyage, said, “We are extremely grateful to be nominated the beneficiary of this concert. It is going to be inspirational for our students to be a part of this stellar evening, to see an orchestra in action and to experience the professionalism and energy of the evening. This experience will be an unforgettable memory for them”.

Ardmore Ceramic Art, recipient of the prestigious Standard Bank Young Artist Award, has donated an exotic ceramic art piece which will be auctioned at the concert to help raise funds for Music Voyage.

The concert begins at 18h00. Tickets cost R180, which includes Gluwein on arrival and soup and beverages during interval. For more information and to purchase tickets, email laurie@bundunet.com or call Laurie Kohrs on 072 062 7078.

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Luyanda Bhengu – a student of Music Voyage. (Photo supplied by Karen Edwards Photography)