Fireworks expected at King’s show

MASERU — It will be entertainment fit for the king.

The Saturday classical music show at Maseru Sun will see Serumula Performing Arts Academy and Mankoaneng LEC perform at the show.

Also billed to grace the show will be The Fabulous Free State Orchestra of Chinese.

The show that has been aptly dubbed, King’s Night of Classical Music, will be running for the fourth time.

It is the brainchild of Natural Resources Minister Monyane Moleleki.

Speaking to the Weekender, the show’s organiser Malefetsang Mathe said they were expecting fireworks come Saturday.

Attendance will be by invitation only.

“It is an event organised by Ntate Monyane Moleleki as an individual for the king (Letsie III),” Mathe said.

“The dress code of the event aligns with the nature of classical music internationally. Men are expected to have red ties while ladies are expected to wear evening dresses. It’s a very formal gala.”

Mathe said they expected the choral music industry to also benefit from the show.

“Mankoaneng LEC was automatically selected after winning the Mophato oa Morija choral competition earlier this year and Serumula Performing Arts Academy came second,” he said.

At least six soloists from Lesotho and South African are also expected to perform at the concert.

Mathe said the event will help improve the standard of classical music in the country.

“We hope the local choirs will be motivated to continue promoting classical music in the country. We also hope that performing alongside the orchestras will boost their skills.”

He said five local choirs had so far performed at the King’s Night of Classical Music since the inception of the show a few years ago.

“We started out with piano and then the following year we had a quartet, then an orchestra and now we have included five local choirs,” Mathe said.

“We believe that choirs need a challenge and the move from piano to orchestra will allow them to develop,” he said.

He added that choirs that had performed at the King’s Night of Classical Music over the years had gone on to do well in national competitions.

The event wasfirst held at the Royal Palace but has now been moved to bigger venues because of growing popularity.

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