An Intimate Style
For the past 16 years Christopher Duigan’s Music Revival has delighted classical music audiences with stellar performances in two annual weekend festivals in Franschhoek. The concerts of one of these festivals, the Autumn Music Weekend, are also enjoyed by those attending the popular after Franschhoek Literary Festival. This year’s Autumn Music Weekend in Franschhoek – which runs from Friday 17 to Sunday 19 May 2019 – continues that tradition.
The festival opens with a performance from leading South African pianist Charl Du Plessis who plays a varied programme of music by Chopin, Piazzolla, Gershwin and his own improvisations. Charl du Plessis most recently made headlines when he became the first pianist ever to perform on top of Table Mountain. He rose to fame when he was the youngest pianist in Africa to be named a Steinway Artist in 2010 and has since embarked on an international career working simultaneously as classical and jazz pianist and has illuminated the music of from Bach to Billy Joel for a new generation of listeners.
On Saturday 18 May at 11:30 am Christopher Duigan (piano) plays ‘Mostly Mozart’, a programme of his favourite music by Mozart, Chopin, Greig and Debussy. Duigan presents a selection of music including Mozart’s piano sonatas, in D major K. 311 and F major K.332, along with sparkling classics by Edvard Greig, Claude Debussy and a selection of waltzes by Frederic Chopin. In December 2018 Duigan, along with international saxophonist David Salleras, were the featured soloists with the Orquestra des Valles at the famed Palau de la Musica, Barcelona, one of the world’s most prestigious concert venues. Their performance was repeated at the recent Woordfees in Stellenbosch in March 2019.
The third of the classical concerts in the NG Church on Sunday 19 May at 11:30 am sees Albie van Schalkwyk (piano) and David Pinoit (cello) play Beethoven’s Cello Sonatas Nos. 2, 3 and 4. Albie van Schalkwyk has established himself as one of the leading chamber musicians and vocal accompanists in South Africa. In 2009 the SA Academy of Arts and Sciences awarded him the Huberte Rupert Prize for his contribution to ensemble playing and teaching over more than 30 years. He retired from his post as Associate Professor in Piano and Chamber Music at the SA College of Music, University of Cape Town, at the end of 2017 to his own private studio and to continue his performance career as collaborative pianist. David Pinoit is a French cellist born in Dijon, Bourgogne. He started his cello tuition at the age of 8 at the Conservatoire Régional de Dijon with Christian Wolff later completing his Diplome d’Etudes Musicales at at the Haute Ecole de Musique de Lausanne in Switzerland. In 2014 he completed his Master of Arts in Music Performance under cellist Francois Salque before moving to South Africa. He currently teaches and works as a freelance performer in Cape Town. Their Franschhoek engagement follows on the acclaimed duo’s recent performances of the complete sonatas by Beethoven in Cape Town.
Tickets for the NG Church Concerts at R100 are available at www.webtickets.co.za and at the door. Performance time is 70 mins.
A major feature of any Music Revival Concerts Weekend in Franschhoek are the popular dinner or lunch and concert performances at Cafe Bon Bon at La Petite Dauphine, one of the most picturesque estates in the Franschhoek Valley. Enjoy a unique Franschhoek experience with a ‘Candle-light soiree’ on Saturday 18 May at 7:00 pm and ‘Bon Bon Finale’ on Sunday 19 May 1:00 pm as pianist Christopher Duigan introduces and plays a choice selection of popular classics in ‘Another Twenty Popular Piano Solos’. This includes celebrated piano melodies and virtuoso delights by Beethoven, Mozart, Chopin, Debussy and Liszt and Rachmaninoff. Tickets for the Cafe Bon Bon events are R600 for Saturday and R500 for Sunday including a three-course meal. Booking is essential via Cafe Bon Bon 021 876 3936 only.
Friday 17 To Sunday 19 May 2019
To Coincide With The Franschhoek Literary Festival: Three classical concerts in the historic NG Church and two events at Cafe Bon Bon.
NG Church, Franschhoek
Tickets for the NG Church Concerts at R100 are available at www.webtickets.co.za and at the door. Performance time: 70 mins
Friday 17 May 7:00 pm
Charl Du Plessis (piano) plays a varied programme of music by Chopin, Piazzolla, Gershwin and his own improvisations.
Saturday 18 May 11:30 am
Christopher Duigan (piano) plays ‘ Mostly Mozart’ including the Sonata in F K. 332 and music by Greig and Debussy.
Sunday 19 May 11:30 am
Albie van Schalkwyk (piano) and David Pinoit (cello) play Beethoven’s Cello Sonatas Nos. 2, 3 and 4.
Cafe Bon Bon
Candle Light Soirée – Saturday 18 May 7:00 pm R600 includes a three-course meal
BON BON FINALE – Sunday 19 May 1:00 pm R500 includes a three-course meal
Enjoy a unique Franschhoek experience with a dinner or lunch and concert performance combined. Pianist Christopher Duigan plays ‘Another Twenty Popular Piano Solos’ including music by Beethoven, Mozart, Chopin, Debussy and Liszt.
Booking essential: Café Bon Bon at La Petite Dauphine 021 876 3936