Klein Karoo Klassique 2014

This year sees the 6th instalment of this popular classical music festival in the picturesque Klein Karoo town of Oudtshoorn. The festival also has a new CEO, Rhodé Snyman who has compiled a program of outstanding European and local classical composers and performers. The festival runs from the Thursday, 14 August to Sunday, 17 August and we are extremely excited and proud to be a part of it again.

A further adjustment was made so that festival goers can attend all 8 music performances, without having to choose one over the other. There will also be an array of art exhibitions, wines for tasting and even food and wine pairing.

The festival opens with a host of art exhibitions, followed by the ATKV Opening Concert and a French dinner experience at the Black Swan restaurant, where there will be a Kawai baby grand in action. Well known performers at the ATKV Opening Concert include Philippus Hugo, Zanta Hofmeyr, Caroline Modiba and Louis Loock and will feature light classical music, songs from musicals and popular South African songs. The concert takes place at the St Salvator Cathedral and here you will have a chance to see a Kawai RX-3 grand in action.

On day two, festival goers will be treated to a concert of compositions by two well-known South African composers, Hendrik Hofmeyr and Peter Klatzow. The two compositions featured are the Concerto for flute, marimba and strings by Peter Klatzow and the Concerto for flute, harp and strings by Hendrik Hofmeyr.

This will be followed by the charming Charl du Plessis and his trio, which will bring a swing to the festival performing well-known works from the baroque era with a jazz twist, emphasizing the rhythmic vitality of these compositions in their performance called Baroqueswing.

The evening performance features the acclaimed pianist Ben Schoeman and cellist Anzél Gerber in concert with Russian master works for the cello and piano.

On day three, there will be a late morning concert with a performance by the Cape Town Soloists Choir with music by the Norwegian composer Knut Nystedt as well as choral works by well-known South African composers.

Other performances include the Odeion String Quartet and the Mimi Coertse Gala Concert where the vibrant SA Diva, Zanne Stapelberg will bring her magic to the Klein Karoo.

The festival concludes on the Sunday morning with a performance of famous opera choruses at the NG Kerk Kangovalleie in Schoemanshoek. The Cape Town Opera Chorus will be accompanied on a brand new Kawai GX-2 grand piano, from the newly launched acclaimed Kawai GX series of premium grand pianos.

Ian Burgess-Simpson Pianos will be sponsoring the festival with 3 brand new Kawai grand pianos, an upright piano as well as two digital pianos.

Festival goers also have the opportunity this year to get a special package deal from KKK. Instead of paying R 745 for all eight performances, you can buy the whole package for all eight performances for R 545! Click here to read more.

Our young Steinway trained technician, Rudolf Strydom, will be the on-site piano technician for the festival and our sales & marketing consultant and resident pianist, Ruan Strauss Kalis, will also be there to represent the company and talk to anybody interested in our pianos.

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