6th Autumn Music Weekend in Franschhoek
15 – 16 May 2010
Booking for Café Bon Bon 021-876 3936
Tickets for the NGKChurch Concerts (60 mins) are available at the door.
Saturday 15 May 11h00 CELEBRATING CHOPIN I NGK Church: R80
With the 200th anniversary celebrations of Chopin’s birth in 1810 well under way this year, dont miss this opportunity to hear pianist Christopher Duigan in the first installment of Celebrating Chopin. After more than 20 performances in various centers in South Africa, Duigan includes a selection of the composers most celebrated compositions in one compact programme giving a unique and insightful introduction to the composers music. This includes the Raindrop Prelude, Minute Waltz, Heroic Polonaise plus Mazurkas, the celebrated Nocturne in E-flat op 9 and Ballade No 1. Previous performances of this programme include those at Hilton College Memorial Concert Hall, Howard College Theatre – Durban, in Franschhoek, Johannesburg and for the Classic FM Soirées in Pretoria. SPONSORED BY EBONY
Saturday 15 May 18h00 CELEBRATING CHOPIN II NGKChurch: R80 Experience a musical journey at twilight with the second selection of Celebrating Chopin. This new compilation of Chopins music includes the Military Polonaise, selection of Etudes including the Black Key, Nocturne in C-sharp minor Opus posthumous and the Barcarolle op 60, regarded as one of the composers finest compositions. This performance in the dignified atmosphere of the historic NGKChurch at dusk offers a magical experience by one of the countrys most outstanding performers. Duigan will be presenting both Chopin programmes in this years Grahamstown National Arts Festival.
Saturday 15 19h00 for 19h30 GALA OPERA EVENING Café Bon Bon- La Petite Dauphine: R320
Enjoy a spectacular evening with South Africas reigning soprano Bronwen Forbay. Invited to perform the title role in Cape Town Operas Lucia de Lamermoor later this year Bronwen Forbay has been critically and publicly acclaimed for her outstanding performances and is the recipient of several of South of South Africas most prestigious music prizes. Ms Forbay includes for this grand event popular operatic arias from Barber of Seville, La Traviata, Die Fledermaus and La Bohème along with a selection of songs by Liszt, Delibes and Ravel. Includes a sumptuous four-course meal and welcome drink.
Booking essential: Café Bon Bon at La Petite Dauphine021-876 3936
Sunday 16 11h30 MUSIC FOR A SUNDAY MORNING NGKChurch: R80
For a fresh Franschhoek Sunday morning musical outing pianist Christopher Duigan plays Music for a Sunday Morning. Focusing on sparkling and appealing classical moods, Duigan includes music to delight and uplift with Sonatas by Scarlatti, Liszts Reminiscences di Lucia de Lammermoor, Rachmaninoffs magnificent Prelude in B-flat major op 23, music by Debussy and Mozarts ebullient Sonata in F major K 331. A perfect start to your day in Franschhoek. Christopher Duigan was recently invited by the worlds premier piano manufacturers Steinway and Sons to join their International Steinway Artist Roster recognizing his calibre of performance, artistic commitment, profile as a musician and his contribution to music in South Africa. The sixth pianist in South African history, as a registered Steinway artist he joins an exquisite circle of pianists including Franz Liszt, Richard Wagner, Arthur Rubinstein, Vladimir Horowitz as well as contemporary International Artists Evgeny Kissin, Martha Argerich, Lang Lang, Keith Jarrett and Diana Krall.
Sunday 16 15h30 AUTUMN SONGS Café Bon Bon- La Petite Dauphine: R100
The ever popular Federico Freschi winds up the weekend programme with a Sunday afternoon performance of song, opera and classic musicals. After lunch this offers guests an opportunity to unwind and enjoy the casual and relaxed moods with this selection of popular and lighthearted music Freschi always a favourite with local audiences, brings a witty banter and bold vocal delivery to many of these popular numbers, perfect for an autumn afternoon. Includes a guest appearance by Bronwen Forbay for selected duets. Book for lunch before or concert only. Booking essential: Café Bon Bon 021-876 3936
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Tickets for the NGKChurch concerts are available at the door, booking or call 083 417 4473.
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Thanks to our sponsors EBONY and La Petite Dauphine.