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MOZART REQUIEM FOR EASTER SUNDAY
 
(Four-hand Piano version by Carl Czerny)
 
Sunday 21 April 11:00
 

Wessel van Wyk & Anneke Lamont combine forces.

The four-hand piano arrangement provided a major source of home performance and enjoyment of large-scale compositions all the way through the 19th century. Having unearthed this arrangement of Mozart's Requiem in D minor, K. 626, by the still-feared-by-aspiring-pianists Carl Czerny, Brooklyn Theatre is taking another exciting step towards educating and entertaining our supporters with something as completely unusual as this. This is a nice find for lovers of Romantic pianism, for it is less a transcription than a reinterpretation of Mozart's Requiem, with much to tell listeners about just how the early 19th century heard Mozart in general. Truly great music holds its own, no matter in which guise.

Czerny approaches each movement a bit differently (and he arguably improves the movements completed by Mozart's student Franz Xaver Süssmayr). There are echoes of Beethoven in the big Rex Tremendae and elsewhere, while the Benedictus seems to resemble a song by Schubert or, more likely, one of the lesser lieder composers. The Dies irae gets jaggedly ornamented lines in the pianists' right hands, with a difficulty suggesting that Czerny might have intended the work for his own use. He was a brilliant pianist who taught Liszt among others. Performances of other Classical-period choral works could easily be modelled on the moods of this piece.

The performance in Brooklyn Theatre will be enhanced by projections of visuals.

Ticket sales:

Sunday 21 April 11:00

Block A (Adult) - R220   Block B (Adult) - R170
Block A Senior(60+) / Student(21-) - R180   Block B Senior(60+) / Student(21-) - R120
Block C (Row P, Q, R) - R120  

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Greenlyn Village Centre
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Menlo Park

Prof Wessel van Wyk

Wessel van Wyk is one of South Africa’s most prominent classical pianists. On completion of his music training in Vienna, having won the first prize in the international Bösendorfer Piano Competition, he returned to South Africa to establish himself as one of this country’s most active and versatile musicians.

In a career spanning three decades he has become renowned as a solo performer and as a collaborative music partner to numerous instrumentalists and singers. In 2013, he undertakes a concert tour to Australia and New Zealand as accompanist for contemporary singer Laurika Rauch. In April 2014, he partners violinist Zanta Hofmeyr in a Classicfm soirée entitled “Fiddler on the Screen” in Johannesburg; more recently, he accompanies soprano Hanli Stapela in a lieder recital for the Wellington Concert Series in the Cape.

He has played concertos with various orchestras under conductors such as Wolfgang Bothe, David de Villiers, Stephen Portman, Pinchas Steinberg and Vladimir Kern. In both 2013 and 2014, he was a soloist with the University of Pretoria Symphony Orchestra under the batons of Eric Rycroft and Schalk van der Merwe respectively. In 2014, he performs Chopin’s first Piano Concerto with the Rand Symphony Orchestra under the Polish conductor Bernard Wozny.

Wessel’s commercial recordings are frequently played by local radio stations. His four “Piano Favourites” CDs have become classical best sellers with volumes 2 and 3 being nominated for SAMA awards. He is one of the eight pianists performing on the popular “Piano Extravaganza” CD that was released by Salon Music under the auspices of RSG in December 2014.

Wessel obtained a DMus (Performing Arts) from UP in 2001, the first musician to receive this degree in South Africa. He is at present an Associate Professor in the Music Department of the University of Pretoria where he teaches piano and chamber music and supervises post-graduate dissertations and theses. He is frequently invited to serve as a judge for national music competitions and he is passionate about creating performance opportunities for young musicians.

Anneke Lamont

Anneke Lamont (neé Van Heerden) played 12 Preludes and Fugues from the “48” by J.S.Bach when she was twelve years old as a student of Josias van der Merwe. She holds a B.Mus from UCT under Lamar Crowson and the degrees B Mus(Hons) and M MUS (cum laude) from the University of Pretoria where Joseph Stanford was her teacher. She received a PhD in 2006 from the University of the Free State with Albie van Schalkwyk and Stephanus Muller as promotors.

As winner of the UNISA Overseas Scholarship as well as a SAMRO bursary in 1986 she furthered her studies in Germany with Arie Vardi in Hannover.There she gave recitals of the Goldberg Variations by Bach as well as the Diabelli Variations by Beethoven.

She has performed with some of South Africa’s top musicians and made a number of compact disk recordings. She was the accompanist for cellists Alexander Ivashkin and Gary Hoffman on their concert tours of South Africa. She won with cellist Raphael Kwiatkowski the prize for the best rendering of a classical sonata and the prescribed South African composition in the 2002 Unisa International String competition and accompanied Anna Kasyan, the runner-up of the 2006 Unisa International Singing Competition.She was also the duo partner with the Italian flautist Francesca Canali for her tour of Southern Africa in 2012.

Anneke is an accredited teacher for Unisa and an examiner for the Unisa Music Examinations. She was on the screening panel for the 2008 International Piano competitions.

She was Director of Music at Oakhill School in Knysna from 2015-2018. In 2017 she organized two “Voices for Hospice” concerts after the devastating fires in Knysna and Plettenberg Bay. Richard Cock was the conductor and some of South Africa’s top musicians were invited to participate in the event and to perform with Anneke and a mass choir comprising members from Plettenberg Bay, Knysna, Sedgefield, Wilderness and George.These two concerts raised R147 k for the Plett Hospice and the Knysna Sedgefield Hospice.

Anneke also had the opportunity to tour with the South African choir Palissander in 2018 to Estonia and Russia and then had the privilege to meet composer Arvo Pärt. She is doing research on his work and his influence on Christian Spirituality.

She has recently been appointed Head of Piano at the Odeion School for Music at the UFS. Anneke is a member of “Die Suid-Afrikaanse Akademie vir Wetenskap en Kuns.”