Performance Tuesday, October 28, 2014 | 7:30 PM

A Distant Drum

Zankel Hall
Violinist Daniel Hope curates a one-time-only music theater production, joining forces with his father, writer Christopher Hope, founder of South Africa’s Franschhoek Literary Festival. Commissioned by Carnegie Hall, A Distant Drum is a portrait of Nat Nakasa, a brilliant, irreverent spirit of his generation, who left behind South Africa’s apartheid of the 1960s for New York. Nakasa was a young writer who heard a different music and marched to a distant drum. Noted authority on South African music Andrew Tracey is musical supervisor, and the outstanding ensemble of musicians and actors includes cellist Vincent Segal, best known for his collaboration with Sting; percussionist Jason Marsalis; and actors Atandwa Kani and Christiaan Schoombie.


  • Daniel Hope, Violin
  • Vincent Segal, Cello
  • Jason Marsalis, Percussion
  • Andrew Tracey, Music Supervisor
  • Atandwa Kani, Actor
  • Christiaan Schoombie, Actor
  • Additional artists to be announced


    A Distant Drum (NY Premiere, commissioned by Carnegie Hall)


UBUNTU: Music and Arts of South Africa

This performance is part of South Africa Festival.

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