The Klein Karoo Klassique 2013 was once again a great success with an attendance exceeding that of all the preceding festivals and two performances sold out.
The classical music festival, which extended from 8 to 11 August, was host to high profile performers such as Zanne Stapelberg, Maria du Toit, Petronel Malan, Rocco de Villiers and included the final rounds of the ATKV Musiqanto competition. Minette du Toit- Pearce, winner of the 2006 competition, was accompanied by Philippus Hugo as well as the percussion duo, Dylan Tabisher and Cherilee Adams, winners of the 2013 ATKV Muziq, opened the Klein Karoo Klassique 2013.
Zanne Stapelberg’s performance with Francois du Toit, entitled ‘Die Kuns van die Lied’, dazzled the audience with her versatility and flair, especially with her presentation of a selection of Granados lieder.
The performance of Mozart’s Don Giovanni by the UCT Opera School under the direction of Lisa Engelbrecht, was an ‘alla breve’ rendition of this master work. Having been performed at various different festivals and venues, this condensed version has been described as ‘the future of taking opera to the people out of the major city centres’ and has enjoyed much success. For those who have missed it, you are now able to see the full version with orchestra at the Baxter Theatre from 20 – 24 August 2013.
Rocco de Villiers also made an appearance in a solo performance, something out of the ordinary for him. No lighting, no sound effects, just Rocco and the Kawai piano. It was amazing to see him entrancing the audience in his very cleverly crafted programme which includes melodies everybody enjoys, but with a uniquely ‘Rocco-twist’.
Petronel Malan, SA’s darling pianist and ‘Queen of the Piano’, played to a spellbound and sold out audience. As might be expected, her performance was characteristically clear, flowing and singing, with an exceptional grasp of the architecture of the very demanding repertoire she performed. She has a soft spot for Liszt and even bakes him a cake every year for his birthday!
The festival was rounded off with the Mimi Coertse Gala evening, where the ATKV Musiqanto winner was announced and to close the festival for 2013, Maria du Toit and Sulayman Human performed to a sold out audience and Haydn’s revered Nelson Mass draw the events to a close.
The team at Ian Burgess-Simpson Pianos would like to congratulate the organisers of the festival on an outstanding quality product and superb organisation. We were delighted to be part of the sponsors, where one of our Steinway-trained technicians serviced the pianos at the festival as well as having sponsored a Kawai grand piano for several performances.