- Classical music at National Arts Fest

- Classical music at National Arts Fest

Classical music enthusiasts are being well catered for at this year’s National Arts Festival in Grahamstown. The festival, billed as “15 days of Amaz!ng”, runs from 20 June till 4 July.

Samson Diamond, winner of the 2010 Standard Bank Young Artist for Music, will headline the programme with a recital of George Crumb’s dark piece, Black Angel. Diamond will also perform with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra in the Gala Concert which has become a firm favourite Sunday afternoon event during the Festival.

Be on the look out for a Q&A interview with Diamond on http://www.classicsa.co.za later this month.

The Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra will present a Symphony Concert conducted by the charismatic Richard Cock, programme including Von Reznicek’s Donna Diana Overture and Dvorák’s Symphony No 9 in e minor. Performing Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A minor Op 54 with the orchestra will be German piano virtuoso, Florian Uhlig. During his solo recital later in the week Uhlig will perform works by Beethoven, Schumann and Liszt.

South African pianists Jill Richards and Liza Joubert, can be seen in a once off performance of Stockhauzen’s Mantra, known as one of the masterpieces of 20th century music.

The Cathedral of St Michael and St George, at the heart of Grahamstown, will host a organ recital by Jeremy Joseph who returns to South Africa from the UK especially to be part of the bumper 15 Days of Amazing.

Wessel Beukes, Zanta Hofmeyr and Morkel Combrink will perform the Bach Goldberg Variations in two concerts, while operatic diva Michelle Veenemans will showcase her musical range in Bravura.

Western classics and African Classics will be performed in programmes by Piano-Cello Duo, Kerryn Kisniewsky and Polina Burdukova. Duetonori brings together two talented voice from the Twenty Tenors, Siyabonga Maqungo & Zuko Cutu, to melodiously fill the Beethoven Music Room.

Visiting acts from abroad include, from Malaysia, the band AkashA, a 7-piece World Fusion group of multi-cultural and talented musicians who have become the new rage at World Music events. From Mexico comes renowned harpist Celso Duarte and his ensemble.

Building on the initiative started last year to introduce contemporary music onto Main stages at the Festival, this year sees rocker Karen Zoid, innovative BLK Sonshine and well-loved Vusi Mahlasela in the Guy Butler Theatre.

No musical theatre programme could ever be complete without the inclusion of some South African legends. The Market Theatre’s Songs of Migration was created by internationally acclaimed trumpeter, composer and lyricist Hugh Masekela, and written and directed by award-winning director James Ngcobo. Songs of Migration features the multi-talented, soulful and dynamic Sibongile Khumalo telling stories about South African music and history, drawing on rich musical scenes on a train, as it moves between mines and ports, breaking up families and separating lovers.

More detail on all of these events are to be found on our What’s On Calendar.

Bookings for this year’s “15 Days of Amaz!ing” opened on 26 April. Tickets are available through Computicket. Booking kits available from selected Standard Bank Branches, selected Exclusive Books and all Computickets. For more information on the programme, accommodation and travel options visit http://www.nationalartsfestival.co.za.http://www.classicsa.co.za/site/images/uploads/Grahamstown.png

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