“SAN GLORIA” BY PÉTER LOUIS VAN DIJK

AT THE COMPOSER’S 70TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION

The University of Stellenbosch Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Xandi van Dijk, was proud to present a concert in celebration of the 70th birthday of South African internationally-performed composer Péter Louis van Dijk. The concert took place on Friday 31 March in the Endler Hall, Stellenbosch.

The first part of the concert was dedicated to the music of Péter Louis van Dijk. The concert opened with his work titled About Nothing, followed by the Sarabande for Strings with viola solo played by Xandi. The orchestra was then joined by VOX Cape Town, and a handful of ad hoc singers, for a performance of Van Dijk’s San Gloria. That work, inspired by San themes and rhythms, sensitively blends the music of these ancient African people with an abridged version of the ancient Latin hymn ‘Gloria in excelsis Deo’. For the second part of the concert, the University of Stellenbosch Symphony Orchestra performed the colossal First Symphony by Brahms.