Lay out your blanket, unroll your butcher paper, unwrap your spread and enjoy a Picnic in the Park!
Over Mother’s Day weekend, Riversands Farm Village was filled with sublime sounds as Vivaldi’s Four Seasons wafted through the late summer evening warmth with a 20 piece orchestra enacted with a crescendo of red dust and contemporary dance. Classical Evening with a Twist, presented by Picnics in the Park, took place on Saturday 7 May 2016.
Pendo, a 12-year-old violinist and a third generation string player, will opened evening. Like any aspiring young musician, Pendo takes part in music competitions and eisteddfods. In 2015 he was a finalist in the SAMRO Hubert van der Spuy Competition (national), 2nd prize in his age category of the Philip H Moore Competition (national) and overall Best String Player 12 years and under (SASMT Eisteddfod – Johannesburg). He was also chosen to perform as soloist with the Rand Symphony, the Johannesburg Symphony and the Johannesburg Festival Orchestras.
Classical Evening with a Twist was conducted by Kutlwano Masote, who has focused mainly on cross-cultural repertoire and projects. In 2007 he conducted the Todd Matshikiza Retrospective Concert at the State Theatre. During the MIAGI Festival of 2008, Masote conducted the world-premier Coming Home, a jazz gospel cantata by Isak Roux. Some of the artists he has conducted include Khuli Chana, Sibongile, DJ Kent, Lira and Simphiwe Dana. His international collaborations include conducting Brazilian musician Gilberto Gil (2011) and the Philharmonia Moments Musicaux from Taiwan (2010).