Gina Beukes takes a bow in Cape Town

2019-08-06 06:00
Violinist Gina Beukes takes the audience on a journey through the story of Chopin’s lover, George Sands, to the first woman to go into space.

Violinist Gina Beukes takes the audience on a journey through the story of Chopin’s lover, George Sands, to the first woman to go into space.

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Gina Beukes, known for her inimitable musical style and mastery of the violin and viola, will grace a Cape Town stage for the first time in two decades on 10 August.

Beukes, currently the solo violist at opera Ballet Vlaanderen in Belgium, will treat Baxter Concert Hall audience members to a unique multi-media programme entitled: Chopin, a Lover, a War and an Astronaut.

The one-night-only performance forms part of the Cape Town Concert Series in celebration of Women’s Day. She will be partnered by pianist Esthea Kruger.

With works for violin and viola written by or inspired by women, Beukes will take the audience on a journey from the story of Chopin’s lover, George Sands, to the first woman to go into space; with storytelling and video projections to add to the music.

Beukes, formerly concertmaster of the Cape Town Symphony Orchestra and principal second violin of the London Philharmonic and violist in the London Symphony, graduated from the Juilliard with an MMus. Kruger, a prize-winning South African pianist, was awarded her doctorate from the University of North Texas and a second master’s degree in Germany. She was recently appointed to the teaching staff of the South African College of Music.

The concert, which starts at 19:30, is dedicated to the memory of Huberte Rupert, the philanthropist whose generosity enabled many talented South African artists to become renowned performers.

The Rupert Music Foundation has also made it possible for chamber music to be performed on the Cape Town Concert Series’ recital platform.

V Tickets range from R160 to R190 and are available from Webtickets http://bit.ly/CTCS12019 or the Baxter Theatre Centre Box Office on the night of the concert. For more information, email info@ctconcerts.co.za, call 084 682 1337 or visit www.ctconcerts.co.za.

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