New book: The Eoan Group from South Africa
The legendary Eoan Group has performed opera, ballet and drama since the 1930s. It was the first amateur company in South Africa to perform dance, theatre and grand opera often to packed houses in Cape Town’s best concert halls. Intensifying Apartheid legislation since the 1960s affected the Group’s morale, although they continued to perform whenever they could before mixed audiences. Based on extensive interviews with former Eoan members, and rich visual and archival material, the comprehensive publication “Eoan: Our Story” (edited by Wayne Muller and Hilde Roos) makes a unique contribution to South African music history. It illustrates not only how difficult it was for many people to work in the classical arts during the apartheid years, but also how music and the arts can bring meaning to the lives of communities and individuals. Read more about the Eoan Group on the website of The Documentation Centre for Music at Stellenbosch University (DOMUS) and find the press release of the publishers below. For more information, contact also rooshsun.ac.za (Hilde Roos)!