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Ockie Vermeulen performs on Rieger Organ at Unisa


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Ockie Vermeulen solo recital
Z K Matthews Great Hall, Unisa
Sunday 28 August: 16h00
Tickets: R80 (adults) and R60 (students and pensioners)

The curator of the Unisa Rieger concert organ, Ockie Vermeulen, will give a welcome solo recital on Sunday 28 August at 16:00 in the Z K Matthews Great Hall at Unisa.

The programme consists of the Prelude and fugue in A minor, BWV 543 by Bach, the Sonata in F minor, Op 65 no 1 by Mendelssohn, the Sonata in D minor, Op 42 no 1 by Guilmant, Trois mouvements by Alain and the Toccata and fugue in D minor, BWV 565 by Bach.

After completing a BCom degree, Ockie Vermeulen enrolled for the degree in music at the University of Pretoria where he studied organ and harpsichord with Prof. Wim Viljoen.

After receiving several bursaries and scholarships in his undergraduate studies at the University of Pretoria, he also received the prestigious Fulbright scholarship which enabled him to further his studies abroad. He consequently did his Master of Music degree in Organ Performance under Dr Jesse Eschbach at the University of North Texas from 2002 untill 2004.

Ockie is an active concert organist and regularly performs with orchestras, including the Unisa Music Foundation Symphony Orchestra.

He is also a sought after music arranger and has several CD recordings behind his name. His debut organ CD, Highland Cathedral (2007), has been met with critical acclaim and has been topping the South African charts for over 50 consecutive weeks.

At the end of 2010 he released his second organ CD, Arena, collaborating with well-known musicians such as Christa Steyn, Wessel van Wyk, Helen Vosloo and Charl du Plessis. It has recently been nominated for a SAMA.

Tickets for this event are sold only at the door at R80 for adults and R60 for students and pensioners.