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The Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival is back! Crammed full of rehearsals, master classes, lectures, coaching sessions and concerts, this vibrant festival presents some of the most sublime and well-loved pieces from the chamber music repertoire along with South African and world premieres. An event of outstanding musicianship and a nurturing ground for young talent, where inspiration, education and world-class performance combine.
The final SICMF faculty concert is a showstopper of note, featuring performances by faculty members. Beginning in the era of Beethoven the SICMF presents the work of a lesser-known composer Moscheles. This concerto for flute and oboe promises to reveal the virtuosity of soloists Demarre McGill & Dwight Parry backed by an all-star SICMF ensemble. Tartini/Kreisler’s Devil’s Trill sonata challenges even the most adept violinist. Alissa Margulis will play the solo supported by string quintet. Sollima’s Violoncelles Vibrez features Maja Bogdonivoc & Peter Martens as the cello soloists. Finally, Marco Silva, performs Mackey’s fiendishly difficult and exciting trumpet concerto, Antique Violences.
This concert features much loved maestro Bernhard Gueller at the helm of the Festival Symphony Orchestra. The Festival Symphony Orchestra is made up of the top student participants of the SICMF. The programme will open with Britten’s Passacaglia, a work taken from the music of his first opera, Peter Grimes. This will be followed by Weber’s virtuoso clarinet concerto. The clarinetist is none other than Wenzel Fuchs, the principal clarinetist of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. After interval, Sibelius’ second symphony promises to fill the hall with sounds and colours of Finland’s most famous composer of all time. This grand symphony showcases the majesty of symphonic music at its best.
Xandi van Dijk with conduct the Festival Concert Orchestra in a varied programme with something for everyone including Beethoven’s Fidelio Overture; Silvestrov’s Prayer for Ukraine will bring about an appropriate moment of reverence; Fokkens’ Shoshanguve Dances is not only an exposé of home grown culture, but an opportunity to hear the work of SA’s composers. Then in true cosmopolitan commercial splendour, the Festival Concert Orchestra will pay homage to some 007 tunes in a medley by Custer. After interval, Péter-Louis van Dijk’s Beethoven or Bust, a comic nod to Beethoven with Nina Schumann as soloist. Finally Sibelius’ Finlandia will round off proceedings in a sea of symphonic splendour.
This concert features maestro Bernhard Gueller at the helm of the Festival Symphony Orchestra. The Festival Symphony Orchestra is made up of the top student participants of the SICMF. The programme will open with Britten’s Passacaglia, a work taken from the music of his first opera, Peter Grimes. This will be followed by Beethoven’s Triple concerto with Alissa Margulis, Kyril Zlotnikov and Luis Magalhães as soloists. This rare masterpiece by Beethoven is the perfect marriage of chamber music and orchestral music, a fitting finale to the 17th SICMF. After interval, Sibelius’ second symphony promises to fill the hall with sounds and colours of Finland’s most famous composer of all time.