- International Chamber Music Fest

The Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival will run from 2 to 11 July at the Stellenbosch Konservatorium and is the Department’s largest and most high profile project. It combines an intense 10 day Festival of over 30 concerts with a series of public master classes, coaching sessions, orchestral training and lectures.

The faculty of 25 contains a mix of old and new faces including the ever popular Dutch violin sensation, Daniel Rowland, Gareth Lubbe – principal violist of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, award winning internationally acclaimed cellists Claudio Bohorques and Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt, Carol Wincenc – regarded by many to be the world’s finest flautist who is currently also on the faculty of the Julliard School of Music in New York, South Africa’s very own TwoPianists – Nina Schumann and Luis Magalhaes, and many more.

The Festival will be attended by over 200 students and, as has become the trend over the last few years, places will be limited. The huge popularity of this festival is not hard to understand if one has experienced a previous year’s offerings. The concerts alone represent the most exciting and innovative programming and the level of performance promises to be of the highest international standards. Audiences flock from far and wide to hear the various festival ensembles. The final concerts featuring the two symphony orchestras are always amongst the most popular. This year the orchestras will be under the batons of Gerard Korsten and Victor Yampolsky respectively and will include works such as the Schostakovitch Festival Overture, Elgar Cello Concerto (soloist: Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt), Liebermann Flute Concerto (soloist: Carol Wincenc) and Dvorak’s 8th Symphony. 

Booking opens at Computicket on 1 May for the evening faculty concerts. Starting times will be either 18:00 or 20:00 depending on the day of the performance. This has been instituted to accommodate World Cup Soccer activity, not only for those who are interested in watching the games, but also for those who do not wish to be caught up in traffic on a cold winter night.

Please visit your nearest Computicket outlet for details of the programme which will also be posted on the website http://www.sun.ac.za/chambermusicfestival as of 1 May. Tickets cost between R60 and R100 for the evening concerts whilst the lunch hour concerts cost R15. For further information please call Festival Director, Peter Martens, on 021 808 2343 or 072 531 3235. Please note that Festival passes will again be on offer. These cost R700 or R550 for students or pensioners and represent a 20% discount. The holder is entitled to attend all evening Festival concerts with a choice of hearing the Festival Symphony Orchestra on either 9 or 11 July. The holder is also entitled to free entrance to all other Festival activities such as master classes and lunch hour concerts etc. Festival passes can be ordered online or from the Festival office.

Photo: (closkwise starting top right corner) Carol Wincenc (flute), Wolfgang Emmanuel Schmidt (cello), Victor Yampolski (conductor), Gerhard Korsten (conductor)

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