Drini Botha (left), proud to present the variety show 'Superhuman', starring Lida de Villiers, on Thursday 24 September.
GEORGE NEWS - A benefit variety concert known as the Superhuman Concert and produced by George pianist, Drini Botha in aid of the Rare Bone Disease Foundation, will take place at the Oakhurst Insurance Arts Theatre on Saturday 24 September at 15:00 and 19:30.
Tickets are R120 and bookings can be made at the Oakhurst Insurance Arts Theatre box office or by phone on 044 874 3142.
The concert will feature a very special selection of singers and instrumentalists. The genres performed by these accomplished musicians range from classical to contemporary. The line-up includes Steffie le Roux, Lida de Villiers, Michael Lindt and Bronwyn Stammer. Elisabeth Potgieter will be representing her singing school, performing with star students Pieter Raath and Chanté van der Westhuizen, Stefan Conradie (violin), Cornèl Engelbrecht (cello), Ronell Kruger (saxophone) and Jill Armstrong (flute).
Botha will join forces in the instrumental section, adding variety to the programme with their unique interpretations of memorable pieces. These include Por Una Cabeza composed by Carlos Gardel (the Tango made famous in the film, Scent of a Woman) and Adagio Cantabile from Sonata Opus 13 composed by Beethoven, arranged for cello and piano. The all-girl singing group, Diva (Doen Iets Vir Ander) will also be making their debut on the Arts Theatre stage, which includes a duet with Lindt.
Rare Bone Disease
Drini, whose own son, Theuns suffers from sclerosteosis, agreed to stage the concert on behalf of the Rare Bone Disease Foundation in an attempt to raise funds for research into a cure for the condition, research that is currently underway at the University of Pretoria.
"It is regrettable that the number of people who have the condition are so few that it is not financially viable for pharmaceutical companies to invest large sums of money to find a possible cure. Only 130 sufferers have been recorded in the world," says Drini.
"Sclerosteosis is a rare autosomal recessive genetic disorder, a debilitating condition that irrevocably alters the lives of the people who have it, as well as their families'."
The effects of the disease are uncontrolled bone formation that leads to thickening and hardening of the skeleton, including the skull, resulting in entrapment of the cranial nerves as well as spinal nerves with consequential recurring facial paralysis, hearing loss, loss of smell and severe headache and back pain.
The show title, Superhuman refers in part to the effects of this condition that results in extreme hardening and thickening of bone, making the bone almost impossible to break.
But above all, the title refers to the spirit of these individuals in coping with the condition on a daily basis.
"Please support this worthy cause by buying tickets for the show and by inviting your friends, family and colleagues to come along," urges Botha.
Enjoy an exquisite performance by gracious performers, giving of their time and talent. Please note that CDs of artists performing will be on sale. For more information go to the facebook page: rarebonediseasefoundation.
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