The Princeton Symphony Orchestra (PSO) is proud to present South Africa's renowned Buskaid Soweto String Ensemble in an on-demand series curated from their most memorable concert moments of the last five years. Experience the virtuosity and vibrancy of this extraordinary ensemble through performances of classical, pop, and uniquely South African music.
PSO Executive Director Marc Uys grew up in South Africa where he began his career as a violinist and first became familiar with Buskaid. The PSO has been developing a relationship with the organization ever since a group of trustees, including composer Julian Grant, visited the Buskaid School in Soweto in 2019. Julian Grant's 2014 composition Sancho's Dance Mix, commissioned for Buskaid, is included on the first concert in the current series.
Buskaid is an organization which offers high quality string teaching to less privileged children and young people in the township of Soweto, South Africa. In 23 years it has produced a world-class Ensemble, which has undertaken 26 highly successful international tours. Buskaid also runs an inhouse teacher-training scheme, and currently employs twelve Ensemble members as Assistant and Trainee teachers. Buskaid offers a safe haven to the 120 children currently attending its Music School, many of whom battle with difficult personal circumstances. Studying and playing music improves their self-esteem – and for some, provides a welcome path to skilled employment.
Find out more at buskaid.org.za (opens new window).
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