Majestic orchestral delights

2012-06-26 00:00

CAPE Town City Ballet will be performing Giselle at the National Arts Festival (NAF) in Grahamstown, accompanied by the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra (KZNPO).

Tbe two-act ballet, which features a libretto by Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges and Théophile Gautier, music by Adolphe Adam, and choreography by Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot, has been produced for the festival in association with Artscape and the NAF.

The ballet tells the story of a peasant girl named Giselle, whose ghost, after her premature death, protects her lover from the vengeance of a group of evil female spirits called Wilis (a type of Slavic fairy).

There will be three performances in the Guy Butler Theatre at Monument at 7 pm on Friday, and at 11 am and 7 pm on Saturday.

Megan Swart, Laura Bosenberg and Kim Vieira share the title role, with Thomas Thorne, Xola Putye and Daniel Szybkowski performing the role of Albrecht. Myrtha, Queen of the Wilis, will be danced by Angela Hansford and Lauren Rogers. Tickets for Giselle range from R45 to R85.

Working with the Cape Town City Ballet on Giselle, is, however, just one of several projects for the KZNPO at this year’s festival.

On Thursday, the orchestra presents a Symphony Concert, in association with the NAF, at the Guy Butler Theatre at 7 pm. Featuring Francois du Toit, one of South Africa’s leading pianists, the ­concert programme will include Camille Saint-Saëns’ Danse macabre, Op. 40 and the composer’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22. Paul Dukas’s Symphony in C major will round off the evening. Tickets range from R50 to R85.

At 3 pm on Sunday, the KZNPO will present a gala concert in the Guy Butler Theatre. The programme, which is conducted by Richard Cock, will include Claude Debussy’s En Bateau from Petite Suite, Come scoglio from Mozart’s Cosi fan Tutte, Strauss’s Annen Polka, the Jewel Song from Gounod’s Faust and Ah! Je Veux Vivre from Gonoud’s Romeo and Juliet.

The soloists are 2012 Standard Bank Young Artist Kelebogile Boikanyo and marimba player Magda de Vries. Tickets range from R45 to R80.

The KZNPO is back in the Guy Butler Theatre at 2 pm on July 2, to perform in the concert, Louis Armstrong and Friends, which features the talents of Prince Lengoasa on trumpet and vocals, soprano Velmarie Meyer and tenor ­Nicholas Nicholaidis. The programme includes Hello Dolly, Fly Me To The Moon, Moon River, Don’t Cry for Me Argentina, What A Wonderful World and Memory. Tickets are R55 (R45 concessions).

The orchestra will also be presenting a programme of large chamber works, ranging from the hauntingly beautiful to the intensely powerful, in its concert, Colossus, at the Rhodes Chapel. The programme includes Carlo Gesualdo’s Moro, lasso, al mio duolo,Maurice Ravel’s Introduction and Allegro, Luigi Dallapiccola’s Piccola Musica Notturna, Frederic Rzewski’s Coming Together and David Plylar’s Colossus. Tickets for the concerts, which take place at 9.30 pm on Sunday and 3 pm on July 3, are R55 (R45 concessions).

A small component of the KZNPO will also be presenting Camerata in the Beethoven Room at 3 pm on Saturday and 7 pm on Monday, during which, patrons can hear works by Beethoven — tickets are R55 (R45 concessions) — and Three’s Company on Friday at 3 pm and 7 pm on July 3, again in the Beethoven Room.

Violinist Geza Kayser, cellist Liuben Gardev and David Smith (harpsichord and piano) will play works by Corelli, Bach, Martinu and Shostakovich. Tickets are R55 (R45 concessions).

Booking for all concerts is through Computicket.

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