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Music lovers are in for a great time at the 9th Classic Music Festival in Franschhoek this weekend.
A starry roster of musicians is set to deliver an unforgettable line-up of live performances in one of South Africa’s most picturesque settings.
This unforgettable experience awaits music lovers in the Franschhoek Valley when the annual Classic Music Festival runs this weekend. A stellar roster of big league artists are set to augment the scenic splendour of this famous historic destination with a wide variety of live music making.
The 9th Classical Music Festival, presented by Christopher Duigan’s Music Revival, will coincide once again with the Franschhoek Ceramics Festival: Art in Clay, and the Franschhoek Open Gardens taking place the same weekend of 26 – 28 October.
This year the Music Festival, which forms part of the French South Africa Seasons 2012, follows an all-French theme with music across the board; from classical recitals, cabaret, opera and jazz. The concert performances are presented in Franschhoek’s renowned wine estates, restaurants and the historic NG Church.
In line with the village’s reputation for detail and personal attention, the Music Festival runs on an intimate scale and the same attention to details cross over into the musical world.
“The Classic Music Festival in Franschhoek is unique in that we aim to be ‘small’. We don’t seek audiences of hundreds and our venues are intimate everyday spaces that accommodate music for the weekend only,” says festival director and pianist Christopher Duigan.
“There is a very favourable spin-off in that audience members feel as though they are part of the performance, as though the performers are playing only to them. We also encourage much interaction with the audience, and there is plenty of opportunity for the audience to engage personally with the artists. With the added French theme this year, it really offers a unique element of joie de vivre!”
French artiste Danielle Pascal opens the series of programmes with a French cabaret performance. Operatic baritone Federico Freschi, who is featured in the Festival Finale, sings some of the same items of the classic French chanson but in a very different guise.
The French composers uniquely had a fascination for the saxophone, invented by Belgian Adolph Sax in 1846. David Salleras, a Barcelona-based saxophonist, will appear exclusively at this festival weekend. He will bring a fresh cutting-edge to the festival programme by performing his own compositions as well as a selection of standard French saxophone repertoire, both with piano and also with gifted young South African saxophonist, Maxine Matthews.
Christopher Duigan plays a programme of French piano music and is joined by Albie van Schalkwyk in another French favourite, music for four hands at one piano.
A special event making its first appearance at the festival this year is the Last Night of the Franschhoek Proms where a number of soloists including soprano Beverley Chiat and organist Zorada Temmingh join the Simunye Choir and the audience in a very vocal celebration. The idea proves it is possible to combine the Proms favourites and a highlights package of French favourites in a local context.
Concerts in restaurants, a must-do of the Franschhoek Music Festival, include performances at Bread and Wine and Café Bon Bon, both of which combine a dinner or lunch with concert performance.
The weekend of 26 – 28 October in Franschhoek is one not to be missed. For full details and booking information re the 9th Classic Music Festival in Franschhoek visit the festival website www.franschhoekclassic.co.za Details of the Franschhoek Ceramics Festival and the Franschhoek Open Gardens plus the music festival are available at Franschhoek Tourism www.franschhoek.org.za
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