Top musicians give glam Nederburg finale

Dress up for a glamorous Grand Finale Concert on October 31 at 17h00 when we celebrate the talent of some of the country’s top classical musicians.

Soprano Zanne Stapelberg will be accompanied by, Minette du Toit-Pearce, Peter and Suzanne Martens and Philippus Hugo for the last of the Nederburg chamber music recitals for 2010.

The evening will end on a high note when guests are hosted by the winemaker and treated to a delectable three course formal dinner in the wine cellar, which will be paired with the fine Nederburg Manor Range.

This talented quintet share a vast repertoire and their Nederburg programme will mostly feature the romantic works of French and Spanish composers and will include the Martens’ fresh new arrangements of the “Seguidille” from Carmen and the “Flower duet” from Delibe’s Lakmé.

Stapelberg says she is tremendously excited to perform alongside such music luminaries whose dedication to their art is exemplary. “This concert is for the love of music, about the craftsmanship of five accomplished musicians and, most importantly, the joy of shared music making. Music is, to my mind, the most direct form of communication. I have never been as touched by anything as I have been by music and it is this love that I strive to share with audiences,” explains Stapelberg.

“I want the audience to be moved. That is the most any performing artist can wish for. If a performance doesn’t leave us forever a little bit changed, it has not served its purpose!” she exclaims.

Stapelberg received South Africa’s most prestigious art award, being chosen as the 2008 Standard Bank Young Artist for Music. This July she attended master classes with celebrated voice teacher Giovanna Canetti at the Ticino Musica summer school in Lugano, Switzerland. She is currently studying for her Masters’ degree in Singing at the Stellenbosch University under the mentorship of Magdalena Oosthuizen.

The musical pedigree of her accompanists is no less impressive. Minette du Toit-Pearce completed a Masters’ degree in Singing (cum laude) from the University of Stellenbosch, also under the tutelage of Magdalena Oosthuizen. In 2009 she was a finalist in the prestigious Wigmore Hall song competition in London.

Peter and Suzanne Martens are among the most celebrated musicians on the South African concert scene. Cellist Peter is the Artistic Administrator and Director of the Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival at Stellenbosch University and violinist Suzanne lectures at Stellenbosch’s Department of Music.

Philippus Hugo is a highly accomplished pianist and is currently busy with his PhD at the University of Stellenbosch under the tutelage of Nina Schumann and Luis Magalhaes.

Tickets for the Grand Finale Concert are R295 per person which includes the three course dinner. The evening’s entertainment starts promptly at 17h00, but guests are urged to arrive early to enjoy a complementary glass of sherry or grape juice on the Manor House verandah.

Tickets are already selling fast and patrons should avoid disappointment by booking soon. To reserve seats call Sonja Morkel on 021 809 8344 or Irma Albers on 021 809 8106 or e-mail: or Account:
Chris Mitchell
CPR Communications
082 497 8440


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