SOUTHERN CAPE NEWS - Fancourt’s final summer classical concert for the season, titled The Magical World of Nature and Music, is set to take the audience on a unique audiovisual journey that celebrates the masterful fusion of photography and music – with nature as the catalyst.
Nature photographer John Bryant’s brilliant collection of images set to timeless musical compositions - each intrinsically linked to elements of nature and the emotions it inspires - takes centre stage.
The concert will feature the vocal talent of Dr Ronell van Aswegen (soprano) and Elize Munro (clarinet) performing the well-known clarinet sonata by Johannes Brahms and the fascinating Schubert work Der Hirt auf dem Felsen (The shepherd on the rock). Brilliant young pianist Sulayman Human will take the spotlight with works by the grand masters Frederic Chopin and Achille-Claude Debussy.
Shows take place on Thursday 5 March in the glamorous ballroom at the Fancourt Conference Centre. A matinee show will run from 15:30 to 16:30 and an evening show from 19:00 to 20:00. Tickets are R100 per person and R10 for scholars.
The Magical World of Nature and Music is directed and produced by musicologist, pianist and soprano Ronell van Aswegen, a resident on the estate, who is at the helm of all Fancourt’s classical concerts.
As part of Fancourt’s social responsibility programme, 120 pupils from local schools will attend the matinee concert and Dr Van Aswegen will present a short introduction to give pupils a better understanding of the content of the concert.
An exhibition by local artist Peter Pharoah will also be on show in the ballroom's foyer. He is an award-winning multi-genre artist whose paintings grace the walls of many corporate and private collections around the world. His art has been described as, "A stunning evocation of tribal people, imbued with the heat and dust of Africa."
His first solo exhibition, A Journey into Africa, was held at the Trent Read's Knysna Fine Art Gallery in February and March 1999, featuring a collection of unique portrait studies of tribal Africa. He counts among his many awards and accolades the Wilsenach Young Designer's Award and a coveted Grahamstown Arts Festival Award. His work is on show in Wilderness at the Pharoah Print Gallery at his The Girls Restaurant, and at the Pharoah Gallery located adjacent to the Blue Olive restaurant in the Wilderness Centre.