- Klein Karoo Klassique 2010 programme

- Klein Karoo Klassique 2010 programme

A groundbreaking rendition of Beethoven’s popular Cello Sonates - including the recreation of the composer’s chosen tempi, rediscovered articulation and dynamic markings - is one of thirteen fresh offerings at the 2010 Klein Karoo Klassique Festival.

The programme was announced to the media and public earlier on Tuesday and tickets are now on sale through Computicket.

The festival, a spin off of the Klein Karoo National Arts Festival, takes place in Oudtshoorn from 29 September to 3 October.

Peter Martens (cello) and Luis Magalhães (piano) co-operated with Beethoven specialist Dr Stewart Young to address the performance practice of the Beethoven cello sonates on a double-disc released in time for the festival. Based on the reports and descriptions by Carl Czerny, who himself heard Beethoven perform these compositions, these recreations will bring the true intentions of the composer to the fore.

The festival’s opening concert on 29 September will feature the yet to be announced winner of the 2010 ATKV Muzik competition, one of the country’s biggest national classical music competitions for young adult musicians.

A gala concert on 2 October brings young conductor Brandon Philips, winner of the first Len van Zyl Conducting Competition earlier this year, to the podium to lead the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra. Philips recently returned from an internship with the Philadelphia Orchestra in the USA. Appearing as soloist is pianist Megan-Geoffrey Prins, a student of the Two Pianists, Nina Schumann and Luis Magalhaes who also appears in various programme highlights.

Chamber music concerts include large ensemble works such as the Brahms Sextet and Mendelssohn Octet, performed by top local chamber musicians alongside international guests. Denise Sutton (violin), Farida Bacharova (violin), David Snaith (viola), Gareth Lubbe (viola), Marian Lewin (cello) and Aristide du Plessis (cello) will share the stage with counterparts Frank Stadler (violin) from the Netherlands and Searmi Park from the USA.

Other concerts include a Camerate Concert, a Clarinet, Flute and Piano Recital, performances of the Dvořák Piano Quintet and Schumann Piano Quintet as well as a Korngold & Ives programme of American music.

The distinguished Dr Barry Smith will lead the St George’s Singers, the Klein Karoo Festival Choir and the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra in highlights of Handel’s Messiah on 3 October.

The final chamber music concert on the same day will feature wind instruments in perfect harmony with strings and piano. Flutist Liesl Stoltz will perform works re­presenting the opposite ends of the classical spectrum while clarinetist Maria du Toit’s combination with Frank Stadler on violin and Luis Magalhães on piano will accentuate the spikiness of Bela Bartok’s music.

A series of half-hour long conversations, with violinists Gareth Lubbe, Frank Stadler and Searmi Park, rounds off the offering. The conversations are presented at Turnberry Lodge and admission is free.  Other venues include the Civic Centre for the Gala Concert and the Catholic Church and the Neelsie for the rest. Ticket prices range from R50 to R95.

Consult our calendar for full programme details or visit http://www.klassique.co.za Phone +27 (0)44 203 8600 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with enquiries. Book at Computicket.

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