The third annual Klein Karoo Klassique takes place in Oudtshoorn from Thursday 4th August to Sunday 7th August 2011. This festival brings together the best in classical and other music, fabulous regional cuisine as well as local art and wines. Bamboo guests should definitely set aside some time to savour the magic of the festival and of the quaint Karoo town of Oudtshoorn.
The festival kicks off on Thursday with a recital by mezzo soprano Minette du Toit-Pearce accompanied by Philippus Hugo on piano. This opening concert includes a broad range of works from Vivaldi, Schubert and Bizet through to Leonard Cohen!
Over the next two days the diverse musical program includes:
- The Cape Consort, a new local ensemble of six singers and two basso continuo players, are committed to stylish performances of mostly Early Music. The group’s performances include 16th and 17th century virtuoso violin music, early baroque music via Monteverdi’s monumental Vespers and further buoyant baroque vocal music including works by Vivaldi, Handel and Barbara Strozzi.
- A highly gifted duo, Polish cellist Maciej Lacny and South African pianist Malcolm Nay, present a recital featuring three of the most popular works in the cello repertoire, namely Schubert’s Arpeggione Sonata, Brahms’ Sonata no. 1 and Fauré’s wondrous Elégie.
- Some of the all time favourite classics are given a modern makeover in the Crazy Classics performances at the Cango Caves Restaurant.
- The Gugulethu Tenors, South Africa’s Il Divo, have taken the country by storm with their sensational sounds and live performances. The Tenors will rock the Jamstreet farm theatre with their afro-operatic sounds at a picnic concert.
- The Cape Philharmonic Orchestra, probably the most active and polished of all Africa’s orchestras, will perform in a gala concert featuring popular opera arias with accomplished soloists Friedel Mitas and Conroy Scott.
- The music section of the festival closes with a rendition of Mozart’s Requiem by the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra, directed by well-known church conductor Dr Barry Smith, teamed up with the St. George’s Singers from Cape Town and the Klein Karoo Festival Choir.
Festival goers will be afforded the opportunity of chatting with some of the performing artists in a couple of chat sessions.
Local artists will be exhibiting their works at various venues around Oudtshoorn. Festival goers can view artworks by, amongst others, Carina Smit, Thina Basson, Chris Retief and Lisl Barry. Hand-carved furniture and photographs can be seen at the Roger Young Gallery. The Hoërskool Oudtshoorn will be holding its annual Youth Art and Photography Week. The ArtKaroo Linocut Workshop will rekindle your creativity with the classic art of lino-cutting.
Food and wine lovers will have their hands full deciding which particular venues they should visit. Traditional Karoo fare will be on offer at many restaurants, whilst others will be offering dishes from further afield. The Orchards Fine Food Market will feature live classical music, art, donkey rides, a jumping castle, face painting and local produce and wines. Local wine, port and brandy will too be available during the featival.
So why not head for the picturesque and fascinating Karoo for a feast of music, food, art and wine at the 2011 Klein Karoo Klassique?
Visit http://www.klassique.co.za/ for further details.