ClassicsNOW presents its inaugural classical music concert at NIROX Sculpture Park in the Cradle of Humankind on Saturday 23 April 2016. An all-day, open air cornucopia of light and entertaining music featuring a banquet of hand-picked South African classical musicians performing ‘plein-air’ in the sublime landscape.

A day to indulge your senses.

FEEL…your toes in the lush grass of the amphitheatre and breathe the fresh country air. Lie back on oversized pillows and relax.

SEE…across a rippling brook, the musicians on a natural stage shaded by ancient European Willows, performing on Piano (we are bringing in a grand), Guitars, Xylophone and Marimba, Violins, Viola, Cello, Bass Harp, Flute and Percussion – so close you can almost touch them.

TASTE…artisanal cuisine from a variety of food stalls in the waterfront pavilion, a blend of tastes and aromas from the kitchens of some very fine chefs with fine wines, cocktails and soft beverages from a fully equipped bar. Sweeten your palate with a selection of coffee, pastries, cakes and ice-cream.

HEAR…Grammy Award winner – Wouter Kellerman- whose ‘heaven-on-earth’ Flute, accompanied with strings and percussion brimming with melody and rhythm peppered with South African influence, has enchanted audiences worldwide.

Recently nominated for his second Grammy, we’re delighted to enjoy his unique transformation of the Flute in between his hectic local and international performance and recording schedule.

The Charl Du Plessis Trio is an internationally popular Trio, playing the Gershwin Songbook. Charl is a master classical and jazz pianist and a consummate showman. He is Nataniel’s musical director and has an enormous following locally and abroad.

A man with enormous energy he lectures in Jazz and Classical Piano performance at Pretoria University holding Doctorates in both genres. Blessed with a wicked sense of humour his performances are punctuated with hilarious banter.

Kutlwano Masote (Cello) and his String Along Quintet which includes Violin, Viola, Double Bass and Harp with a Gypsy music themed set. Gypsy music has fascinated and inspired the great composers for centuries with its seductive melody and Latin polyrhythms. It is at once erotic and dark; light and dramatic. It is music for the people and it embraces the essence of ClassicsNOW at NIROX.

Iman Bulbulia, an astounding young pianist in her early teens, is surely one of the rising stars of the South African classical music scene. Iman will be presenting a programme that will have you completely enthralled. In 2015 Iman made her debut as a soloist in Carnegie Hall after she was awarded the Second prize during the American International Piano Competition in New York… and she is just barely into her teens.

The Percussion Duo hailing from Stellenbosch, will be performing their own inventive arrangements of well-known classical pieces. Renowned for their astounding technical abilities Dylan Tabisher and Cherilee Adams will break the sound barrier with their skill. They do things with Marimba and percussion that you wouldn’t believe possible. The Duo have just returned from an international tour of the Americas.

James Grace & Jonathan Crossley are a formidable duo on guitar. Both have impressive recording discographies and are equally at home as classical or jazz musicians. Together their guitars soar. They will be playing a popular and sensual programme from the classical repertoire.

James is a senior lecturer in guitar performance at UCT and is in high demand on the performance circuit. Jonathan lectures in guitar at Wits and is regarded as one of South Africa’s top Jazz guitarists.

ClassicsNOW is a Business & Arts South Africa Supporting Grant recipient for the partnerships with CALEO and MINI.

Gates open at 10h00 on Saturday 23 April 2016.

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