Get intimate with an autumn music weekend in Franschhoek

AN INTIMATE STYLE

For the past 15 years Christopher Duigan’s Music Revival has delighted classical music fans with performances to stimulate the intellect, warm the heart and soothe the senses! The concerts are also enjoyed by those lucky enough to obtain tickets to the sought after Franschhoek Literary Festival events. This year’s Autumn Music Weekend in Franschhoek – which runs from Friday 18 to Sunday 20 May – continues that tradition.

 

The festival features two performances with Steinway artist and leading South African pianist Christopher Duigan playing a scintillating programme “The Gershwin Songbook”. Included are the iconic ‘Rhapsody in Blue’, ‘Three Preludes’ and ’18 Song Transcriptions’ by the unique cross-over genius, George Gershwin. These performances at Cafe Bon Bon at La Petite Dauphine, on the outskirts of the village, offer festival-goers a truly unique experience

Says Duigan who also directs the series of concerts: “The dinner concerts offer a truly extraordinary combination with a top-class music performance in a magnificent restaurant setting. Combined with a Franschhoek’s renowned cuisine and beautiful wines diners receive a multi-sensory treat. It is rare, intimate and thoroughly ravishing.”

To book for the candle-light soirée on Saturday 19 May at 7:00 pm, or lunch on Sunday 20 May at1:00 pm, all Cafe Bon Bon 021 876 3936. Tickets are R600 for dinner and R500 for lunch consisting of a three course gourmet meal and the concert performance. Duigan is proudly supported by South Africa’s leading piano agents and concert technicians Ian Burgess Simpson Pianos who supply pianos for his performances nationally.

Also on that weekend are three concerts in the historic NG Church, Huguenot St in the heart of the Franschhoek village. On Friday evening 18 May at 7:00 pm in ‘Romantic Music for Clarinet and Piano’ the London-based duo Shelley Levy (clarinet) & Pavel Timofeyevsky (piano) playing music by Brahms, Chausson and Burgmüller.

A trio of seasoned Cape musicians – Tertia Visser Downie (piano), Cheryl de Havilland (cello) and Matthew Reid (clarinet) – play Beethoven, Klezmer music, and tangos by Piazzolla in a programme titled ‘From Beethoven to Piazzolla’. This can be heard on Saturday 19 May at 11:00 am.

 

 

Also on Sunday 20 May, at 11:30 am, concert-goers can hear Duigan in his presentation ‘The Magical Musical World of Claude Debussy’. This unique musical exploration honours the great French composer on the 100th anniversary of his death in 1918. The beautifully curated programme includes classic items such as ‘Clair de lune’ and ‘The Sunken Cathedral’ and more. Booking for the NG Church concerts, which are 70 minutes in duration (no interval) is via Webtickets www.webtickets.co.za or at the door.

For more visit www.musicrevival.co.za or www.flf.co.za for more on the Franschhoek Literary Festival.

 

 

Coinciding with the Franschhoek Literary Festival, all the below events will take place from Friday 18 to Sunday 20 May 2018.

 

 

NG CHURCH

Tickets for the NG Church Concerts: R120 will be available at www.webtickets.co.za and at the door.  Performance time: (70 mins)

Romantic Music for clarinet and piano

Friday 18 May 7:00 pm

Shelley Levy (clarinet) & Pavel Timofeyevsky (piano). The London-based duo play Brahms, Chausson and Bernstein.

 

From Beethoven to Piazzolla

Saturday 19 May 11:00 am

Tertia Visser Downie (piano), Cheryl de Havilland (cello) & Matthew Reid (clarinet) play Beethoven, Klezmer music and tangos by Piazzolla.

 

The Magical Musical World of Claude Debussy

Sunday 20 May 11:30 am

Christopher Duigan plays an exploration of music by Debussy on the 100th anniversary of his death in 1918, including ‘Clair de lune’ and ‘The Sunken Cathedral’.

 

 

CAFE BON BON, FRANSCHHOEK

Candle Light Soirée – The Gershwin Songbook

Saturday 19 May 7:00 pm

Enjoy a unique Franschhoek experience with a dinner and concert performance combined: Steinway virtuoso Christopher Duigan plays Gershwin’s scintillating “Rhapsody in Blue”, “3 Preludes” and “18 Song Transcriptions”

Booking essential: Café Bon Bon at La Petite Dauphine 021 876 3936

R600 includes a three-course meal.

 

Bon Bon Finale – The Gershwin Songbook

Sunday 20 May 1:00 pm

Enjoy a unique Franschhoek experience with a lunch and concert performance combined : Steinway virtuoso Christopher Duigan plays Gershwin’s scintillating “Rhapsody in Blue”, “3 Preludes” and “18 Song Transcriptions”

Booking essential: Café Bon Bon at La Petite Dauphine 021 876 3936

R500 includes a three-course meal