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After a winter break, the music society is ready to bring on the music once more and you should be there to be part of the magic of it all!

We welcome to Knysna for the first time a wonderful and internationally successful Violinist from China, Yi-Jia Susanne Hou and South African Pianist, Annalien Ball.

Yi-Jia performed the most challenging works ever written for violin when she was just 17 years of age. At three separate International Violin Competitions, the judges, unanimous in each case, gave her first prize which really established her reputation as an international musician of note.

Annalien is a professional pianist and accompanist who regularly performs with International visiting artists and tonight she will be with us in Knysna and on stage with Yi-Jia.

Composers will include Schubert, Beethoven and de Falla

Date: Monday, August 19, 2019
Venue: Dutch Reformed Church Hall, Fichat Street
Time: 7.30pm
Tickets: At the door from 6.45pm; Adults R150; Scholars R50

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The Knysna Plett Concert Series presents three brilliant musicians, Alexander Buzlov, a cellist in true Russian tradition who teaches at the Tchaikovsky Conservatoire in Moscow, Nikita Boriso-Glebsky, an outstanding Russian violinist who has been described as having technical excellence and an extraordinary style of performance, and Gold Medallist Bryan Wallick, piano, student of the Juilliard School of Music in New York, who is a favourite with our audiences.

They will play a programme of Trios by Beethoven, Brahms and Mendelssohn.
A wonderful evening of music played by an amazing trio of artists! This is a concert you must not miss!

Date: Monday, 18 June 2018
Venue: Dutch Reformed Church Hall, Fichat Street
Time; 7.30pm
Tickets: At the door from 6.45pm.  Adult non-members R150; Scholars R30

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Italian born pianist, Antonio Pompa-Baldi makes a welcome return visit to Knysna. He is a fantastic virtuoso pianist much appreciated by our audiences in the past and we are so happy he is going to perform for us again!

Antonio has performed all over the world with the top orchestras and conductors, including a triumphant debut in Beijing, China. He gave Master Classes at the China National Conservatory and was named Honorary Professor of that institution.

Antonio is a Steinway artist and is president of the jury for the International Russian Piano Music Competition in San Jose, California.
He will play works by Hummel, Chabrier and Poulenc with songs by Edith Piaf. Come along and enjoy the sensational playing of Antonio Pompa-Baldi.

Venue; Dutch Reformed Church Hall, Fichat Street
Time; 7.30pm
Tickets; Adult non members R150; Scholars R30

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Two incredible artists make a return visit to Knysna. Peter Martens showed his talents early, winning a scholarship to participate in a World Youth Orchestra in the United States, and played as lead cello.

He studied in Salzburg and performed with the Austrian Ensemble for Modern Music,Salzburger Musici Chamber Orchestra of South Africa and Camerata Tinta Barrocca. He is currently Artistic Director of the Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival.

Bryan Wallick originally from the United States, studied at the Juilliard School of Music in New York and at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Not only a brilliant pianist, he has studied synesthesia, the ability to experience two or more sensory experiences with one stimulus!

Together they will play Rachmaninov’s Sonata for Cello and Piano in G Minor, Brahm’s Sonata No 1 for piano and cello and Bach’s Suite for solo cello in E Flat Major.
Wonderful musicians, wonderful music! This third concert of the year will be as fabulous as the first two.

Venue; Dutch Reformed Church Hall, Fichat Street
Time; 7.30pm
Tickets; At the door from 6.45pm; Adults R150; Scholars R30

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The first concert of the year was a sell-out, and this evening will be no less fabulous!

Luis Magalhaes and Nina Schumann are a successful husband and wife team who separately and together are award-winning musicians.

Nina, who was born and raised in Stellenbosch, was appointed associate professor of piano at University of Stellenbosch in 1999, a post she held while still studying at the University of North Texas, where she met her husband to be, Luis.

Portuguese born Luis also holds a professorship at the University of Stellenbosch and together they founded the Stellenbosch Chamber Music Festival in 2004.

As part of their services to the South African musical community, they founded an independent record label, TwoPianists, which provides a platform to promote opportunities for local musicians to record but also to put South African music on the global scene.

They will be playing Beethoven’s Symphony No 7 in A Major op 92. ( Arranged for four hands by H. Ulrich and C Czerny); Debussy’s Symphony in B Minor, piano duo; and Ravel’s Rapsodie Espagnole ( arranged for four hands by Ravel himself).

These are concerts featuring the very best in local and international musicians, so please come with friends or your music student children as this is a wonderful opportunity for them to see top artists in action!

Date: Wednesday, 28 February, 2018
Venue: Dutch Reformed Church Hall, Fichat Street
Time: 7.30pm
Tickets; At the door from 6.45pm Adults R150; Scholars R30

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The opening concert for all you music lovers will be this amazingly talented Lithuanian pianist, Muza Rubackyte who will play pieces by Mozart, Beethoven and Schumann.
Muza was born in Lithuania but studied at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory of Moscow, winning the Grand Prize at the Liszt/Bartok International Piano Competition in Budapest in 1981.

She had been a member of the Lithuanian Resistance Movement and was only allowed to leave Russia, in 1989.

She received the ‘Pro Cultura Hungarica’ Prize from the Hungarian Ministry of Culture for her promotion of the legacy of the composer Franz Liszt. From the President of the

Republic of Lithuania, Muza was awarded the ‘Legion of Honour’ for her work in the Resistance Movement.
This is a feisty lady with many talents, one of which is a great gift as a musician, so join us all on the night of February 5 and enjoy a fabulous opening night of musical magic.

Monday, February 5th, 2018
Venue; Dutch Reformed Church Hall, Fichat Street
Time; 7.30pm
Tickets; At the door from 6.45pm; Adults R150; Scholars R30

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Four fabulous, energetic and passionate singers who are all part of this group, Operatunity, which encourages young singers on the local and international stage.

Athenkosi Hoyi, soprano, Bongani Makhanya, tenor, Thamsanqa Mtshamba, tenor and Xolane Markam, tenor, will sing us into the December festive season with songs and arias by Mozart, Lehar, Donizetti and many other composers. They will be accompanied by Dr Lisa Engelbrecht, piano.

All these singers have qualifications from leading South African universities and have sung both in this country and have travelled abroad to take part in Opera productions. Dr. Lisa Engelbrecht is Head Vocal Coach at UCT Opera School and is Music Director in Darling, as well as being guest vocal coach at the Royal College of Music.

This will be the final concert for this year so come along, listen to the wonderful voices and be inspired by the achievements of this group of young singers!

Date: Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Venue; Dutch Reformed Church Hall, Fichat Street

Time;    7.30pm

Tickets; At the door from 6.45pm Adults R120; Scholars R30

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Two distinguished soloists, recitalists, Artistic Directors and teachers will perform for the Knysna Plett Concert Series in October. Both Zuill and Bryan studied in the United States at the prestigious Juilliard School of Music, with Zuill going to the Peabody Conservatory and Bryan continuing his studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

They have performed all over the world with top orchestras and renowned conductors.

We are so fortunate to have these two outstanding musicians in Knysna. Don’t miss this concert, it will be wonderful music played by consummate professionals!
They will play pieces by Beethoven and Boccherini amongst others.

Venue; Dutch Reformed Church Hall, Fichat Street
Time; 7.30pm
Tickets; At the door from 6.45pm Adults; R120, Scholars; R30

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