Music is in the air

For the past 16 years Christopher Duigan’s Music Revival has delighted classical music audiences with outstanding and innovative performances in the magnificent setting of the Franschhoek Valley.

This year’s Marriott Classic Music Festival in Franschhoek – which runs from 26 to 28 October 2018 – continues that tradition of excellence with another line-up of carefully created and selected performances by some of South Africa’s top classical artists.

Says festival producer, Duigan: “We strive to include a range of classical musical styles and genres in the concerts but always with the emphasis on authenticity, creativity and personal engagement.”

The festival includes three performances at the NG Church and two at Cafe Bon Bon at La Petitie Dauphine.  These include  acclaimed guitarist James Grace in ‘Journey to Spain, and internationally recognised  Spanish saxophonist David Salleras who is known for his unique compositions and original, innovative performance style combining virtuoso techniques and  traditional flamenco idioms.

Christopher Duigan delights with dazzling performance of music by the ultimate piano virtuoso,  Franz Liszt (1811-86).  As to be expected his performance is interleaved with interesting anecdotal content.

Duigan joins popular baritone Federico Freschi  in ‘If I Loved You’  for a grand dinner soiree which  brings together beautiful melodies from the world of popular song and  classic musicals  including those from Noel Coward, Cole Porter, ‘My Fair Lady’’ and ‘Carousel’. Songs sung  in Spanish include the show-stopper, Granada. They are joined by saxophonist  David Salleras who adds a haunting touch with improvised interludes and countermelodies to these well-known selections.

The finale sees  rendition of `Vivaldi’s evergreen ‘Four Seasons’  in a format not heard before in South Africa –  that for violin,  electric bass and  accordion – played by Petrus de Beer (violin), Schalk Joubert (bass) & Stanislav Angelov (accordion).  This riveting production also leads to a selection of popular film music and cafe favourites  to end the festival  on a high note!

NG CHURCH PERFORMANCES

Journey to Spain
James Grace (guitar)
Friday 26 October  7:30 pm
NG Church, Franschhoek  

Acclaimed guitarist and three-time SAMA nominee James Grace plays ‘Journey to Spain’, an all-Spanish programme featuring music from Grace’s forthcoming album ‘Andaluza’. James will include Joaquin Turina’s evocative ‘Fandanguillo’, commissioned by Andres Segovia, and Joaquin Rodrigo’s hauntingly beautiful I’nvocacion y Danza’, a homage to Manuel de Falla.

James will also perform works by composers including Albeniz, Granados and Tarrega from his previous albums on guitar by leading South African luthier Hans van den Berg.

Flamenco Dreams
David Salleras (saxophone) with Christopher Duigan (piano)
Saturday 27 October   11:30 am
NG Church, Franschhoek

Internationally acclaimed Spanish saxophonist David Salleras is recognised by saxophone players world-wide for his original compositions combining virtuoso techniques and traditional flamenco idioms. In this concert he features several of these compositions for solo saxophone ahead of a recording later in the week.  He balances this with traditional repertoire for saxophone and piano including tango by Astor Piazzolla, music by Spanish saxophone legend Pedro Itturalde and original compositions by Christopher Duigan. Salleras is a Vandoren and Selmer Artist.

Tickets are available at  www.webtickets.co.za and the door.

Franz Liszt: The Ultimate Virtuoso
Christopher Duigan (piano)
Sunday 28 October   11:30 am
NG Church, Franschhoek     

This year festival audiences audiences can enjoy Christopher Duigan performing a programme of music by the ultimate piano virtuoso, Franz Liszt (1811-86). Duigan’s programme includes a stellar selection of celebrated and dazzling compositions, including the popular Liebestraum, La campanella, Hungarian Rhapsody No 2,  and Un sospiro, in a thrilling introduction to the life and music of the great Hungarian composer.

As regular festival audiences will know, Duigan customarily laces his programmes with interesting anecdotal and factual content: Liszt was inspired by his contemporary, the French composer Hector Berlioz, to create a world of musical fantasy, and the Italian violin virtuoso Nicola Paganini who dazzled with ‘devilish  technique’, while his Polish associate Fredrik Chopin enthused a seduction of the hearts and souls of his audiences with poetry for the piano.”

Christopher Duigan is a Steinway Artist.

CAFE BON BON PERFORMANCES

GRAND SOIREE:  ‘If I Loved You’
Baritone: Federico Freschi  with David Salleras (saxophone) & Christopher Duigan (piano)
Saturday 27 OCTOBER 7:00 pm
Café Bon Bon at La Petite Dauphine
R550 includes a three-course meal.

‘If I Loved You’ brings together beautiful melodies from the world of popular song, classic musicals and the world’s major concert stages. Included are selections from Noel Coward, Cole Porter, from musicals ‘My Fair Lady’ and ‘Carousel’, and songs in Spanish including the show-stopper, Granada. Inspirational moments and classical art-song  by Faure, Tchaikovsky balance the selection. Federico Freschi and Christopher Duigan are joined by visiting saxophonist from Barcelona, David Salleras, who adds a haunting touch with improvised interludes and countermelodies to these well-known selections.   This programme premiered to critical and public acclaim at the National Arts Festival 2018. Feel a touch of nostalgia in this sensitively crafted performance.

Booking: Café Bon Bon 021 876 3936
Sponsored by MARRIOTT, The Income Specialists

Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with World Cafe
Sunday 28 OCTOBER 1:00 pm
Café Bon Bon at La Petite Dauphine
R450 includes a three-course meal.

Antonio Vivaldi’s four violin concerti ‘The Four Seasons’, composed in 1723, is now one of all music’s most famous compositions. Vivaldi tried to portray his experiences of each of the seasons of the year through music and later wrote poetry to accompany the experience. With this rendition of the ‘Four Seasons’, listeners will experience the music, plus the poems, in a format not heard before in South Africa – that for violin, electric bass and accordion – played by Petrus de Beer (violin), Schalk Joubert (bass) & Stanislav Angelov (accordion). This riveting production leads to a selection of popular film music and cafe favourites to end the festival on a high note!

Booking: Café Bon Bon 021 876 3936
Sponsored by MARRIOTT, The Income Specialists

BOOKING DETAILS

• Tickets for the three NG Church concerts ( 70 mins duration) are available via www.webtickets.co.za  – Booking: Café Bon Bon 021 876 3936
• The Marriott Classic Music Festival in Franschhoek is sponsored by Marriott, The Income Specialists and supported by Ian Burgess-Simpson Pianos.
• The festival is presented by Christopher Duigan’s Music Revival. For more information contact Music Revival at 083 417 4473
• Visit www.franschhoekclassic.co.za or www.musicrevival.co.za