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Posted on: Friday, 26 March 2010

Greyton Winter Classical Music Festival coming up in June

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Classical Music Fest

Classical Music Fest

Some wonderful events are in store for us in the upcoming months and even though South Africa is bubbling with soccer fever it does not mean that some of the well known and well loved events will not take place while the 2010 world cup is here. The events will still be happening and one you are sure to enjoy is the Greyton Winter Classical Music Festival which takes place on 12 and 13 June 2010.

Presented by the Greyton Tourism Association, this is the second year of the event, and you can expect no less than five concerts performed by some of the country’s top classical musicians in the quiet towns of Greyton and Genadendal. Although a classical music festival has been held in the area over the past five years it has only been since 2009 that the this festival joined forces with the Greyton Winter Festival to become a firm fixture on the classical music calendar of South Africa …

It will not only be the soothing sounds of classical music that emanates from the town over this weekend, you can find joy and excitement from the various exhibitions, including art, taking place or quench your thirst with some delectable wines from top Overberg wine estates. “Celebrity” chefs will even fill your tummy at various restaurants in the village with delightful, warm winter menus to take the chill out of the air.

If you have been lucky enough to hear Zanne Stapelberg perform (which she has done a number of times in the area) you will be happy to know she will once again grace the stage in Greyton this time sharing it with mezzo-soprano Minette Du Toit-Pearce, cellist Peter Martens, violinist Suzaane Martens and local pianist Philippus Hugo. All of who will be performing “Pour l’amour de la Musique”. This is one performance you need to ensure you have a seat for.

Andre van der Merwe conducts the South African Youth Choir in a performance at the beautiful and historic Morovian Church in Genadendal – this promises to be a festival highlight. Other performances include “Phantom of the Opera” performed by South Africa’s own organ improviser Zorada Temmingh and the piano duo of Nina Schumann and Luis Magalhaes who will perform “Two Pianists”.

Rounding up the programme is Philippus Hugo, a local restaurateur / chef who is also an acclaimed pianist. He invites some of his friends to perform with him in the “Philippus and Friends” concert, this is a much anticipated event in the festival so make sure you get there early. Some of the friends performing with him are masters in their own right of their instruments, the cello with Joachim Muller-Crepon, the saxophone with Hamman Schoonwinkel and the clarinet with Maria du Toit.

Tickets, bookings and contact details:
Tickets are available either from Computicket or directly from the Greyton Tourism office.For more information, contact Greyton Tourism at +27 (0)28 254-9414 or …
Festival organizer, Coenie Visser on +27 (0)82 576-2160.

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