There's a rare opportunity to hear a visiting world class musician in early February. British uber-clarinetist Michael Collins is coming to play two concerts in the city and one in Stellenbosch before continuing on his tour of the country.
Collins, MBE, was the recipient of the first BBC Young Musician of the Year award at age sixteen, and has established himself as an icon of British classical music, with a glittering international career as soloist, recording artist and more recently as conductor. He has been invited to play at the London Proms more often than any other wind soloist.
He presents a programme of the best works for clarinet and piano in the repertoire by composers Schumann, Brahms, Finzi, Lutoslawski and Poulenc. The first Cape Town concert is at Christ Church Constantia on Sunday 5th February at 3pm with pianist Luis Magalhaes (prebook by calling 082 218 0100). The concert will be repeated at St Andrews Greenpoint (corner Chiappini and Somerset) on Tuesday evening 7th February at 8pm. Book for this concert online through Quicket or buy tickets at the door (cash only). For more information call 082 864 4550.
The Stellenbosch concert is on Wednesday 8th February in the Endler Hall at 8pm. Tickets are R140 and bookable through Computicket.
This is his programme for all the Cape Town concerts:
Schumann: Fantasy Pieces
Bartok: An Evening At The Village
Brahms: Clarinet Sonata No.2, Op.120
Finzi: Five Bagatelles
Lutoslawski: Dance Preludes
Poulenc: Clarinet Sonata