Following three nerve-wracking rounds of serious battle in the 2018 National Youth Music Competition, only six are still standing.
With an equal gender representation, it seems as if Saturday night’s final skirmish will be between about the instruments. Four pianists and two saxophonists. They will take the stage in the Finalists’ Gala Concert at the Hugo Lambrechts Auditorium in Parow, Cape Town to show their mettle.
The Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Brandon Phillips, will assist them in the battle of the sizes – the grand piano or the alto saxophone.
Following the curtain raiser by the Cape Town Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, playing the Festival Overture by Shostakovich, Josie McLure will fire the opening shots, performing Concerto for Alto Sax in E flat, Op 109 by Glazunov.
Jan van Riebeeck-learner Gerhard Joubert will return the musical fire with the 1st Movement of the Piano Concerto in A minor by Schumann.
The youngest of the six, Qden Blaauw plans to lower the intensity of the scuffle with the soothing Rhapsody in Blue by Gershwin.
Following a short interval, Clara Lubbe, a learner at St Mary’s Diocesan School for Girls in Hillcrest, Pretoria renew the epic battle between the two music instruments with the Scaramouch Suite for Sax and Orchestra by Milhaud.
But a feisty Beate Boshoff will reply with the 1st Movement of the Piano Concerto in G major by Ravel.
Learning at St Albans College in Pretoria, Louis Nel will fire the final shots with the 1st Movement of the Piano Concerto No 3 in C major by Prokofiev.
Giving the adjudicating warlords a chance to decide who has finally triumphed, the 2015 gold medallist of the competition, Sakhile Humbane will prove to the audience that there was no war with the Hungarian Pastorale Fantasy by Doppler.