Alum returns for DGC initiative with School of Music
Fokkens and Dr. Mike Slattery, both natives of South Africa, will discuss the education system and culture in South Africa before Nelson Mandela’s reign and what it looks like now.
Internationally acclaimed conductor and TCU alum Alex Fokkens returns this month as a visiting scholar for DGC: Discovering Global Citizenship initiative hosted by the TCU School of Music.
Fokkens will participate in several music performances, including recitals, master classes and coaching, as well as two presentations that examine education and music initiatives and advancements in South Africa.
Fokkens and Dr. Mike Slattery, both natives of South Africa, will discuss the education system and culture in South Africa before Nelson Mandela’s reign and what it looks like now. Their presentation, “The State of Science and Arts Education in South Africa,” is Nov. 13 at 2 p.m. in room 217 of Sid W. Richardson Building.
The second presentation, “Post-Apartheid South Africa, is there really a place for Western Art Music?” is Nov. 18 at 5:30 p.m. in the Dee J. Kelly Alumni & Visitors Center. In this appearance, he will compare the classical music scenes in the pre- and post-Mandela culture.
Both events are free and open to the public.
Fokkens is the music director and conductor of the University of Cape Town String Ensemble and Symphonic Band and is the resident conductor of the University of Cape Town Symphony Orchestra. After graduating from TCU in 2005, he returned to South Africa where his intense passion and extensive experience in music have made him one of the most sought-after conductors.
Slattery is the director of the Institute for Environmental Studies and lead scientist on the TCU-Oxford-Nextera Wind Research Initiative. He is an internationally-trained geographer, environmental scientist and author. He launched the TCU Rhino Initiative in collaboration with Discovering Global Citizenship’s spring 2014 Global Innovator, Dr. William Fowlds. Slattery has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, a master’s degree from the University of Toronto, Canada, and Ph.D. from the University of Oxford, England.