GMF2020: Thapelo Masita, cello

Guest artist Thapelo Masita, South-African-born cellist and graduate of the Eastman School of Music and The Juilliard School, in recital.

Pre-Concert Conversation:  Alexander Laing, host and principal clarinet, Phoenix Symphony Orchestra, Gateways Music Festival Board of Directors; Thapelo Masita, cello; Michael Morgan, conductor and music director, Gateways Music Festival and Oakland Symphony. 


PROGRAM

Welcome
Alexander Laing

Balm in Gilead
African-American Spiritual, arranged by Thapelo Masita

Suite No. 1 in G major for Cello, BWV 1007
I. Prelude
II. Allemande
Johann Sebastian Bach

Ha Le Mpotsa Tshepo Yaka (When Asked Wherein My Hope Lies)
South African Hymn, arranged by Thapelo Masita

Suite No. 1 in G major for Cello, BWV 1007
III. Courante
IV. Sarabande

Johann Sebastian Bach

Amazing Grace
African-American Spiritual, arranged by Thapelo Masita

Suite No. 1 in G major for Cello, BWV 1007
V. Minuet I/II
VI. Gigue

Johann Sebastian Bach

Black/Folk Song Suite for Solo Cello (“Lamentations”)
IV. Perpetual Motion

Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson


BIO

Thapelo Masita  uses  his  music  to help further the  arts  in his  home  country of South Africa.  He  earned a  Bachelor of Music in cello performance  from  the  Eastman School  of Music in 2017 and  a  Master  of Music  degree  from The  Juilliard School in 2019.  

Through a  faculty position at the Opportunity Music Project and a fellowship in the Music Advancement Program, a Juilliard-sponsored community engagement initiative, Masita has been able to serve young people from underrepresented communities. 

Masita  is  a  founding member of the  Uhuru String Quartet, which seeks, through artistic collaborations and performance, to connect and empower women who have  experienced domestic violence and homelessness. The Quartet has commissioned and performed a new quartet by Japanese-American  composer Sato Matsui, and has collaborated on several occasions with  Pulitzer  Prize  winning  composer Caroline  Shaw. 

Masita is the founder and executive director of the  Bokamoso International Chamber Music Festival and Workshop in South Africa, which aims to share the joys of music with local communities while providing high level training to promising youth from around the country. 

Thapelo is pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree at CUNY Graduate Center where he works with Julia Lichten. He performs on a  cello made by Oded Kishony, on generous loan to him by the  Virtu Foundation.  


OUR SUPPORTERS

Gateways Music Festival is grateful to the following foundations, corporations and governmental agencies for their support and contributions made between November 1, 2018 and October 31, 2020.