Santa’s Story

From: August 29, 2012 at 8:00pm
To: September 9, 2012 at 8:00pm

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Aviva Pelham is to perform in Santa’s Story at the Fugard Theatre - a one-woman show about the life of her Mother, Santa Pelham, from August 29 to September 9,2012.

When 90-year-old Santa Pelham was persuaded to write her fascinating life story it was intended so that her memoir would be there for future generations. But Santa's story became something more, a cathartic experience, an inspiration for song, and now a one-woman show performed by her daughter, opera diva Aviva Pelham.

Aviva brings the moving text to life detailing her mother’s journey from Germany, to Spain, to France and then to Africa. The story is punctuated by wonderful live Klezmer music performed by the arranger Matthew Reid on clarinet and sax, Nicky Jansen on keyboard, guitar, flute, accordion and sax and Petri Salonen on the violin. The beautiful instrumentation will depict music from different part of Europe and Klezmer and Aviva will sing in Spanish, French, Yiddish, Hebrew and English.

In a career spanning almost 40 years, Aviva has enchanted her audiences, brightened stages and spread the love of song in South Africa and abroad. She is a highly sought-after singer, director and lecturer. Born into an extremely musical family in Zimbabwe, her home was filled with music and every member of the family sang. In addition to opera, teaching and performing qualifications, she obtained a master's degree from University of Cape Town. Since making her debut in the role of Norina from Don Pasquale she has performed extensively on local and international stages, television and radio. She has worked

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