Composer and pianist Thomas Rajna will have his 90th birthday honoured with a special performance at the Baxter Concert Hall. The Hungarian-born and internationally acclaimed composer and pianist, who has made his home and lived in Cape Town for the last 48 years, has seventy-five years of active music making behind him and a bit more ahead. Over the years he performed and recorded music by, among others, Brahms, Liszt, Granados, Stravinsky, Bartok, Schumann, Barber, Prokofiev, Messiaen and Rajna. His compositions include two piano concertos, concertos for harp, clarinet and violin respectively and two operas.
UCT’s SA College of Music (from where he retired in 1993 as Associate Professor) will honour Rajna’s approaching 90th birthday by presenting a concert headed Rajna at 90 at the Baxter Concert Hall on Tuesday, 14 August 2018 at 7.30pm. The composer himself will contribute a performance of his Capriccio for piano. Also on the program will be his Serenade for wind, piano and percussion, Three Hebrew Choruses sung by the Cape Youth Choir directed by Leon Starker and The Creation:A Sermon for chorus with organ, performed by Vox and directed by John Woodland.
There will be more tributes to Rajna nearer his birthday, which is in December. The UCT Symphony Orchestra conducted by Alexander Fokkens will accompany Farida Bacharova playing Rajna’s Violin Concerto on October 23 2018. The Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Daniel Boico will perform Video Games, Rajna’s orchestral party piece, at the opening concert of their spring season on 1 November 2018.
What: Thomas Rajna: Baxter Concert Hall
When: 14 August 2018