Wide variety of music at Clover Aardklop National Arts Festival

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The Clover Aardklop National Arts Festival’s programme offers a wide variety of music – from huge concerts to intimate classical performances.

FAK Fantasties is a special Aardklop concert, compiled by Janine Neethling to celebrate the launch of the new FAK-sangbundel. Songs of Koos du Plessis and Chris Chameleon join all-time favourites, such as Sarie Marais­. Theuns Jordaan and Pieter Smith, amongst others, will take on the old songs and welcome the new inclusions. Aardspel returns after last year’s resounding success. Steve Hofmeyr, Juanita du Plessis and Lianie May is part of the line-up. With the Sunday concert Viva Italia: Grand Opera Gala you can end the festival on a high note. Richard Cock conducts the Johannesburg Festival Orchestra, soloists of the NWU and a combined choir of 160 voices.

Chris Vorster wears his satirical hat with the “macabre musical” Die geval van die mal huisvrou; Vagina Dentata – ’n Kabarett (nominated for numerous prizes at the Absa KKNK) is not for the bashful; LieSl Marx tackles a big issue in Die VET-faktor; Lizz Meiring and CH2 focus on musical performances with Ping!; the duo Marcato pays tribute to Simon & Garfunkel; Dana Snyman and Klopjag are once again on the road; the  Namibian singer, songwriter and guitarist Andra looks at the significance of the number  27 in the world of music; and Wouter Kellermanexplores world music with his magical flute. In Ken jy tant Mossie? Afrikaans traditional songs gets a bit of pizzazz, while the group Blues en Susters gives it the jazz/blues treatment in My land, my lied.

Favourites such as Mathys Roets, Jak de Priester, Blackie Swart, Jannie Moolman, Rocco de Villiers and Chris Chameleon (with the Drakensberg Boys Choir, also performing on its own) bring their own brand of music, while festivalgoers will have the rare opportunity to see one of the few concerts of Gert Vlok Nel with an outstanding band, celebrating the release of his new album.

a Capella regroups after 40 years, Ses Snare climbs into the “Yellow Submarine” and Navi Redd still does it without instruments.

On the classical side audiences can look forward to German cellist Wolfgang Schmidt’s recital with Bryan Wallick (piano); organist Winand Grundling’s 14 stasies van die kruis; a concert of pianist Benjamin Fourie; and classical marimbist Magda de Vries in MarimBach. De Vries and vibraphonist Frank Mallows join forces for Duo FourIVTwo in Concert.

In two Baroque concerts the focus is on the compositions of Biber and Fux; Ave Maria / Halleluja is a compilation of songs where “Ave Maria” and “Hallelujah” form part of the title – from the classical to the contemporary. Brand-new South African compositions can be heard in Dismotief – uitvoering as part of the multidisciplinary exhibition.

Three diverse trios are part of the programme. Trio Gloriosa – Camelia Onea (violin), Berthine van Schoor (cello) and Annalien Ball (piano) – plays The Great Piano Trios; in Shanghai Brunch with Charl du Plessis (piano), Hugo Radyn (drums) and Werner Spies (bass instruments) well-known classical works are jazzified; and in Trio met ’n twist Janine Neethling (piano), Bridget Rennie-Salonen (flute) and Elizabeth Furtner (viola) combine the classical and the contemporary.  

The festival is held from 2 to 7 October in Potchefstroom. Tickets available at Computicket. For more information visit Clover Aardklop’s web site www.cloveraardklop.co.za.

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