classics-at-the-castle ‘Quintessence’

[classics-at-the-castle] Next Concert:

‘Quintessence’ on Sunday 5 May 2019

(Joanna Wicherek with Polish and SA Friends) @3pm

Quintessence in concert

Dear music lovers of Ndlambe

DRUM ROLL please…

‘Classics at the Castle’ is indeed on a roll, having just staged vibrant sax Quartet Avena to a full house last Sunday.

We are now excited to announce ‘Quintessence,’ a quintet featuring clarinet, french horn, violin, cello and piano. They will be here next month to stage their glorious mix of sounds at our venue for the first time. Pianist Joanna Wicherek, who has performed in the E Cape many times (now based in Switzerland) returns with two Polish and two South African friends on Sunday 5 May at 3pm.  

Expect a concert of great polish and professionalism – with this fascinating programme:

  • Eugene Bozza – En Foret (a fiendishly difficult piece for French horn)
  • Rob Fokkens – Mammals of SA (a celebration of our wildlife)
  • Pawel Mykietyn – Although Daedalus… (cello and clarinet playing the main roles of this famous myth)
  • Jean Francaix – Theme and Variations (a challenging yet charming work for clarinet)
  • Zdenek Fibich – Quintet Op 42 (his impressive last composition combining all 5 instruments)

The performers:

David Bester (violin) teacher, performer, award winner from NMU, founder of MNU Strong Ensemble who has had impressive overseas exposure including classes with inter alia Pinchas Zukerman and Joshua Bell.

Poitr Thieu Quang, prize-winning Polish clarinettist who began a stellar career aged only nine and studied at the F Chopin University of Music in Warsaw.

Dariusz Dinh Thieu Quang, French horn player who has excelled in countless competitions and performed all over Europe and in Vietnam.

Anmari van der Westhuizen, professor, well known chamber musician, academic, leader of well known Odeoin String Quartet; graduate cum laude from UNISA and universities in Stellenbosch Cologne and Salzburg.

Joanna Wicherek, pianist from Poland who studied in Vienna, Warsaw and Italy and taught and performed in SA 2014-2017. She specialises in historical keyboard performance and was a National Arts Festival Ovation Award winner in 2014.

Tickets @ R90 go on sale from Friday 12 April from KNA (Kowie News Agency) Port Alfred. Out-of-towners may phone KNA (046 624 2036) to reserve their tickets, but these need to be collected and paid for soon after. 

Viva La Musica –
Sue Gordon

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