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Joanna Frankel (violin)
Friday 24 October  7:30 pm
NG Church, Franschhoek    
New York-based concert violinist Joanna Frankel and Christopher Duigan play sonatas by Beethoven and Brahms to open the MUSIC FESTIVAL on a substantial note.  Music from de Falla, Arvo Pärt and others complete this diverse programme that seek to demonstrate something of the breadth and scale of the violin's magnificent repertoire Frankel divides her time between the USA as a member of Carnegie Hall's ‘The Academy’, a groundbreaking initiative training young musicians to be 21st century arts leaders, and Concert Master of the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra in Durban, South Africa.

Christopher Duigan (piano)
Saturday 25 October   11:30 am
NG Church, Franschhoek
Leading South African concert pianist and Steinway virtuoso Christopher Duigan plays a classical piano recital.  Duigan chooses a bold selection of dramatic music for the church recital, renowned for its spacious acoustic and magnificent piano.  Included is 'Harmonies du Soir' - Franz Liszt, Scherzo No 2 op 31 – Frederic Chopin, and music by Russian composers Sergei Rachmaninoff and Alexander Scriabin. Central in the programme is Ludwig van Beethoven's Sonata Opus 57 'Appasionata'.  Duigan's recent performance of the Beethoven, one of the composers most intense and dramatic compositions, drew stellar reviews at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown.  

David Salleras (saxophone)
Sunday 26 October   11:30 am
NG Church, Franschhoek     
Regarded as a world leader in classical saxophone playing David Salleras returns to the Classic Music Festival in Franschhoek following his visit in 2012.  Based in Barcelona, Salleras has subsequently formed an ongoing creative partnership with Christopher Duigan (piano).  Their programme for this Sunday morning concert includes their own compositions plus music with strong world music influences from Spain, Greece and Argentina - by Pedro Itturalde and Piazzolla.   Salleras' unaccompanied saxophone solos, now regarded as repertoire standards, are performed by saxophone players worldwide.  This promises to be a varied and thrilling performance by one of the world’s leading exponents of the instrument. 
Supported by EBONY

Tickets for the NG Church Concerts:  R100 are available at  and the door.  
Performance time: (70 mins)


cafe bon bon at la petite dauphine



Saturday 25 OCTOBER 6:30 for 7:00 pm 
Café Bon Bon at La Petite Dauphine
R400 includes a three-course meal

AMIGOS PARA SIEMPRE  A Spanish, Latin and Italian mix of popular music in one concert brings a highly energetic and passionate soiree to the Classic Music Festival in Franschhoek. Leading South African baritone Federico Freschi joins Christopher Duigan in this dynamic production.   Freschi sings Neapolitan songs including 'O sole mio' and 'Santa Lucia' accompanied by guest musician James Grace on the mandolin.  David Salleras (saxophone) joins Freschi in 'Granada' adding authentic Spanish flavour in his accompanying improvisations. Grace and Duigan play a Latin selection from their popular 'Together Again' programme and they join Salleras in flamenco inspired music.  An unbeatable selection by four outstanding performers. 

Booking: Café Bon Bon 021 876 3936
Sponsored by MARRIOTT, The Income Specialists

Sunday 26 OCTOBER  12:30 for 1:00 pm   
Café Bon Bon at La Petite Dauphine
R400 includes a three-course meal

Festival musicians gather in one festive performance playing favourite choices for an elegant Sunday Lunch Concert. Music for violin, piano, guitar solos, songs from the classic musicals plus magical moments are to be enjoyed in a varied presentation. Musicians are Joanna Frankel (violin), David Salleras (saxophone), and Federico Freschi (baritone) with James Grace (guitar) with Christopher Duigan (piano). 

Booking: Café Bon Bon 021 876 3936  
Sponsored by MARRIOTT, The Income Specialists

Saturday 25 OCTOBER from 3:00  pm
EBONY, IS Art and the Ceramics Gallery

A new concept that combines the Marriott Classic Music Festival with the annual Art in Clay Festival, also opening this weekend in Franschhoek.  Three exhibition openings, complimentary food and wine and spontaneous snippets of music on the hour (3:00, 4:00 & 5:00 pm) are to be enjoyed, in each gallery.  The galleries, all within walking distance of each other, host openings with a twist.  

Supported by EBONY, IS ART and 



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