Newsletter #6 May 2017

3 May, 2017

A programme of more intimate concerts is one of the hallmarks of FynArts. Meet up with friends and family over a glass of wine at interval or after the performance before going on to dinner at one of the restaurants offering a FynArts Signature dish.

Two internationally acclaimed South African actors will take to the stage for an evening of readings and reminiscence.

In My Travel Bag Gcina Mhlophe, master storyteller, celebrates who we are as South Africans in an uplifting one-woman show. Says Gcina: The number of suitcases I have bought, the stamps in my passports, amazing friendships … the countless mementoes and memories fill my head like an enchanted African forest. The theatres, the many cultures and the frustrating times filled with fears and homesickness… But nothing can top the joy of sharing with audiences the universality of these stories.
Date: Thursday 15 June Time: 19:00 Venue: Municipal Auditorium

An Evening with Marius Weyers and Bosman will feature Marius reading stories of Oom Schalk Lourens. He will also take a literary dip into A Bekkersdal Marathon. A more serious contrast will be reflected in extracts from Bosman’s record of his prison experiences: Cold Stone Jug. This show was one of the first to be sold out!

Three diverse genres of music will be performed by ensembles of musicians, all acclaimed soloists in their own right.
In Toccata, Magdalena de Vries (marimba) and Frank Mallows (vibraphone) will perform an exciting programme with a strong focus on their South African repertoire that will include special commemorative performances of works by well-known composers Clare Loveday and Hendrik Hofmeyr – the latter in celebration of his 60th birthday. Hendrik will be in the audience and will introduce his composition. Other exciting original compositions will showcase the musicians’ versatility and musical blend.
Date: Tuesday 13 June Time: 19:00 Venue: Municipal Auditorium

The Odeion String Quartet from Bloemfontein will present a connoisseur recital that includes Beethoven’s G major string trio regarded by the 28-year old composer, at the time of its publication, as one of his best compositions. The audience will also be treated to Schumann’s Piano Quartet in Eb major, one of the most frequently performed and recorded piano quartets. Samson Diamond (violin), Jeanne-Louise Moolman (viola) and Anmari van der Westhuizen (cello) – will be joined by Grethe Nothling (piano). All four are from the University of the Free State which has the only resident string quartet at a South African university.
Date: Wednesday 14 June Time: 19:00 Venue: Municipal Auditorium

Baroque to Contemporary Film is a second concert by the Odeion Quartet. This lunchtime concert will present a very different programme of works ranging from Baroque to contemporary film music.
Date: Tuesday 13 June Time: 12:30 Venue: United Church

The Charl du Plessis Trio return to FynArts for the release of their new album, Baroqueswing Vol.2,- with exciting new forms, rhythms and virtuoso arrangements. This trio is the only South African ensemble to continue the crossover music tradition at a high artistic level. Werner Spies (Bass) and Hugo Radyn (drums) are the musical partners for pianist Charl du Plessis.
Date: Friday 16 June Time: 19:00 Venue: Municipal Auditorium