Piano music enthusiasts have plenty to look forward to at this year’s Klein Karoo Klassique, when the sounds of keys echo in Oudtshoorn between Thursday, 8 and Sunday, 11 August. 

“The programme includes a variation of music – from piano and organ to marimba, performed by award-winning artists in both solo performances, as well as accompanying artists,” says Hugo Theart, Artistic Director of the festival. 

Local pianist Sulayman Human returns to his hometown on Friday, 9 August at 14:30 in When poets speak. The content of his recital is inspired by dark and brave poetry, including Gaspard de la Nuit by Aloysius Bertrand and Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri. “Music that is inspired by another form of art, always has a very strong and clear message. All forms of art bring people together and during these gatherings, minds are opened, and a collective transcendental world is entered,” Human explains about his inspiration for the recital. 

Klein Karoo Klassique Oudtshoorn
Sulayman Human

On Saturday, 10 August at 14:30 Erik Dippenaar plays transcriptions of popular orchestral music from the Baroque period in Transkribarok. The programme includes Handel’s Music for the Royal Fireworks, Water Music and The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba, as well as a Corelli concerto grosso. Dippenaar is an acclaimed artist and currently the Artistic Director of the Camerata Tinta Barocca, a Cape Town based baroque ensemble that has performed at two previous Klein Karoo Klassique festivals.

Klein Karoo Klassique Oudtshoorn
Erik Dippenaar

In Trio du Cap Classique on Friday, 9 August at 10:30 pianist François du Toit combines works for piano, flute and cello with Liesl Stoltz (flute) and David Pinoit (cello). Their programme includes Felix Mendelssohn’s Trio in D minor, probably his most well-known chamber composition, as well as C.M. von Weber’s Trio in G minor Op. 63. The programme ends with Autumn by Argentinian tango composer, Astor Piazzolla. This movement forms part of his Four Seasons.

Theart explains that Klassique presents a Gala Concert for the first time since 2015, where the audience will enjoy a performance by the young pianist Qden Blauw. “We are very excited to welcome Qden at Klassique. He has already won numerous awards and at the age of 15 he is the youngest solo artist to perform at the festival,” Theart says. Blauw opens the programme of the Gala Concert on Saturday, 10 August at 19:00. The audience can also look forward to piano accompaniment for the three sopranos – Minette du Toit-Pearce, Lynelle Kenned and Janel Speelman – by Philippus Hugo. 

Olive Sandilands accompanies violinists Zanta Hofmeyr and Milo Chakaryan on piano in Violin Dialogue on Saturday, 10 August at 10:30. This recital won the kykNET Fiësta for best performance in classical music and best classical music production at Aardklop in 2018. It is an exciting programme of virtuoso violin dialogues, with works of Wieniawski, Sarasate, Leclair, Shostakovich and Moszkowski. 

Klassique ends on a high note on Sunday, 11 August at 14:30 with ATKV-Virtuose in konsert when pianist Megan-Geoffrey Prins, winner of ATKV-Muziq in 2016, accompanies baritone Bongani Kubheka and saxophonist Cameron Williams. Prins has won numerous awards in South Africa, as well as abroad.

A different sound from percussion keys can be heard on Friday, 9 August at 18:00 when marimba player Dylan Tabisher performs in Marimba Melodies. Tabisher won the SAMRO Overseas bursary in 2016 and reflects on his journey as marimba player, which started in 2006. He performs music from his favourite composers, including Keiko Abe, J.S. Bach, Evelyn Glennie, Nebojsa Zivkovic and Astor Piazzolla. 

Klein Karoo Klassique Oudtshoorn
Dylan Tabisher

A special ticket package, made possible by the support of the Rupert Music Foundation, enables festivalgoers to enjoy every musical note at Klassique, and to save R240 in the process. “Book your packages as soon as possible as these tickers are very popular and sell out fast,” Theart concludes. 

The complete festival programme is available at www.klassique.co.za, and tickets are available from Computicket, Shoprite/Checkers, House & Home, or online at www.computicket.com. For more information, contact Kunste Onbeperk’s office at 044 203 8600, or info@kunste.org.za