Franschhoek Wine Valley

Classic Music Festival Franschhoek

This year’s Classic Music Festival in Franschhoek runs from 25 to 27 October 2019. You can enjoy Franschhoek Open Gardens Festival in the Franschhoek Wine Valley and ART Franschhoek on the same weekend too! Mozart, Debussy, Beethoven, Christopher Duigan, Junnan Sun, Megan-Geoffrey Prins and more.

A TRADITION OF MUSICAL EXCELLENCE
FOR the past 17 years Christopher Duigan’s Music Revival has delighted classical music fans with performances by the best musicians in the country and from abroad.

This year’s Classic Music Festival in Franschhoek – which runs from 25 to 27 October 2019 – continues that tradition of excellence. The festival gets underway with a delightful programme of music by Mozart and Debussy for four hands at one piano with Mark Nixon and Christopher Duigan at 7.30 pm on Friday, 25 October in NG Church in Franschhoek.

A new collective comprising Annien Shaw (violin), David Pinoit (cello) with Megan-Geoffrey Prins (piano) present a dynamic rendition of Maurice Ravel’s dazzling Trio and Beethoven’s Ghost Trio on Saturday, 26 October at 11.30 am.

While at 11:30 am on Sunday, 27 October, Junnan Sun (clarinet) joins Christopher Duigan (piano) in a re-imagined rendition of Mozart’s iconic Clarinet Concerto K. 622.

Tickets for the three NG Church concerts are R150 each and can be booked online by credit card at via www.webtickets.co.za. Tickets will also be available at the door.

No music festival in Franschhoek would be complete without the famed diner and lunch concerts at Bistro Bon Bon at La Petite Dauphine.
Kicking things off is Grand Soiree at 6.30 pm for 7 pm on Satuday, 26 October. Songstress Louise Howlett brings her ‘Blues in the Night’ programme to Bistro Bon Bon with pianist Albert Combrink and Charl Clayton on saxophone. Tickets are R500, which includes a three-course meal.

Also at the venue is the Bon Bon Finale at 1 pm on Sunday, 27 October. Three pianists, an incredible six hands at one piano, play music by Rachmaninoff, Ganz and Gershwin. Mark Nixon, Alex Gabriel with Christopher Duigan reunite for the first time in 25 years, while Junnan Sun (clarinet) plays beautiful moments from Duigan’s original compositions and folk music with Hungarian and ‘klezmer’ overtones. Tickets are R450, which includes a three-course meal. To book phone Bistro Bon Bon at 021 876 3936.

Booking for the NG Church Concerts (70 mins) is at webtickets.co.za

The Spring Classic Music Festival in Franschhoek coincides with Franschhoek Open Gardens, a fundraiser for Lions Club Franschhoek and Art Franschhoek

The Spring Classic Music Festival in Franschhoek is presented by Christopher Duigan’s Music Revival. For more information contact Music Revival at 083 417 4473.

One Piano Four Hands

Mark Nixon & Christopher Duigan (piano)

Friday 25 October 7:30 pm NG Church, Franschhoek
This year festival audiences can enjoy a delightful programme of music for four hands at one piano with Mark Nixon and Christopher Duigan. This follows on performances for the duo at the Latimer Festival in the Chiltern Hills, England in July 2019. Recreating some of that magical idyllic beauty in the Franschhoek valley, they play Mozart’s Sonata in C major, Debussy’s evocative Petite Suite and music by JS Bach and Astor Piazzolla. Mark Nixon is a graduate of the Amsterdam Conservatory, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, the University of Cape Town and UNISA. From 2000 – 2002 he was the Anthony Saltmarsh Junior Fellow at the Royal College of Music. He has performed in Holland, France, Greece, China, Italy, the UK, the USA and currently holds the position of Head of Keyboard Studies at the prestigious King’s College School in Wimbledon. Christopher Duigan is a Steinway Artist.
Booking at webtickets.co.za

 

Beethoven’s Ghost & Ravel Trios

with Annien Shaw (violin) David Pinoit (cello) , Megan-Geoffrey Prins. (piano)

Saturday 26 October 11:30 am NG Church, Franschhoek
Breathing new life, with vigour and lyric refinement, to the Cape’s music platforms are a new collective comprising Annien Shaw (violin) David Pinoit (cello) with Megan-Geoffrey Prins (piano). Shaw and Pinoit, who are favourites of local audiences and members of the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra, join forces for this, their first outing, with Megan-Geoffrey Prins. Prins is this year’s recipient of one of South Africas’s most prestigious prizes, the Standard Bank Young Artist Award. He is currently is undertaking a series of major performances locally after completing his Doctoral Studies in the USA. The trio presents a dynamic rendition of the cosmopolitan early-20th century French style of Maurice Ravel’s dazzling Trio and Beethoven’s Ghost Trio. The Ghost title refers to the mysterious and delicate rumblings of the middle, slow movement.
Booking at webtickets.co.za

 

GRAND SOIREE: ‘Blues in the Night’

Saturday 26 OCTOBER 7:00 pm Café Bon Bon at La Petite Dauphine

R500 includes a three-course meal and welcome drink.
Songstress Louise Howlett brings her ‘Blues in the Night’ programme to Bistro Bon Bon with pianist Albert Combrink and Charl Clayton on saxophone. Diners will be entertained with classic Broadway hits from the early 30’s, romances from Michel Legrand and Andrew Lloyd-Webber, to the new era of song-writers where music is sultry and the effect, spell-binding. The dialogue in between will, in turn, pull your heartstrings, then ‘laugh them loose’ again. Louise, originally from London, came to South Africa for a gap year and soon made it her home. Her duo with pianist Albert Combrink seeks to create a unique brand of ‘across the styles’ performances blending classical with jazz and Broadway. Charl Clayton on saxophone adds a touch of the blues.
Booking: Bistro Bon Bon 021 876 3936

 

Mozart Clarinet Concerto

Junnan Sun (clarinet) Christopher Duigan (piano)

Sunday 27 October 11:30 am NG Church, Franschhoek
Junnan Sun (clarinet) joins Christopher Duigan (piano) in a re-imagined rendition of Mozart’s iconic Clarinet Concerto K.622. In a ‘reduced’ version for clarinet and piano the performers re-imagine the music in an intimate, revealing setting, with the piano replacing the customary orchestral forces. This brings to light many new details and a new vision in haunting moments of the celebrated Adagio. Also on the programme are excerpts from the Concerto No. 1 by Carl Maria von Weber. Junnan Sun currently spends his time between Johannesburg and Shanghai, having held, until recently, the position of Principal Clarinet of the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra. He is a graduate of the Royal College of Music, London and winner of the ATKV National Classical Music Competition (2015).
Booking at webtickets.co.za

 

BON BON FINALE

Sunday 27 OCTOBER 1:00 pm Café Bon Bon at La Petite Dauphine

R450 includes a three-course meal and welcome drink.
End the festival on a high note with a collaborative afternoon and three pianists at one piano! Playing entertaining numbers, plus beautifully crafted moments are pianists Mark Nixon and Alex Gabriel with Christopher Duigan! All graduates of UCT’s College of Music and students of the legendary Lamar Crowson, the three pianists reunite for the first time in 25 years to collaborate in music for an incredible six hands at one piano. Romance by Rachmaninoff, the celebrated galop Qui Vive by Ganz, and much-anticipated hilarity are on the cards. Junnan Sun (clarinet) contrasts with beautiful moments from Duigan’s original compositions including Four KZN Landscapes, a Hungarian fantasy and ‘klezmer’ improvisations. Join us for a Sunday afternoon lunch at Bistro Bon Bon to end the festival on that top note.
Booking: Bistro Bon Bon 021 876 3936

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