Day picks for Hilton Arts Festival

Pianist Christopher Duigan is a popular regular contributor to the Hilton Arts Festival programme.

FOR those who live far from the venue, and those who would prefer not to drive at night, full weekend options exist for day-time productions at the 25th annual Hilton Arts Festival.

The event will once again be hosted in the picturesque Hilton College from September 15 to 17, to ensure day-tripping patrons are home by dark.

The festival invites the crème-de-la-crème of what is hot and happening in the creative industries in South Africa:  theatre, dance, comedy, musical theatre, family theatre, classical music, music revue, band-music, visual art and crafts, as well as a series of lectures, events and discussions.

Among day-time shows on offer is A Tribute to Vera Lynn: A Nightingale Sang, a show commemorating singer Dame Vera’s 100th birthday. It is a nostalgic memory and songbook featuring  Anthony Stonier and Lisa Bobbert with Evan Roberts on piano (3pm on the Saturday, noon on the Sunday).

Classically trained pianists Carin van Graan and Chanie Jonker will perform an early-morning programme of Brahms’s waltzes and Hungarian Dances (9.30am on the Sunday); and another classical music offering will have Christopher Duigan in concert to celebrate Music Revival’s 20th  year, in a programme of his favourite music (10am on the Saturday) and in Songs My Mother Taught Me (11.30am on the Sunday).

Charming, funny and talented, Ian von Memerty presents his celebration of eight piano greats in his Keyboard Killers (3.45pm on the Saturday and 3.30pm on the Sunday), while Piano, Violin and Horn sees concert pianist Andrew Warburton performing with acting concert master, Violet,a and Sorin Osorhean from the KZN Philharmonic in a delightful programme of spring-themed music (2pm on the Saturday).

Old Man and the Sea– from the creators of the delightful Snow Goose, will be presensed at 5pm on the Saturday and 3pm on the Sunday, while Tie (Another) Knot in It, with the combined talents of Bryan Hiles, Darren King and Rowan Bartlett performing Rat Pack, Andrew Sisters, Bette Midler and more, is set for 3pm on the Saturday and noon on the Sunday.  (Finally, Hooray for Hollywood, featuring show songs by Anthony Stonier, will be staged at 3pm on the Saturday and 2.15pm on the Sunday.

Also note that there will be a the huge selection of art exhibitions, craft stalls, free stages, books,  discussion sessions and dining options for day-trippers.

The festival would not be possible without the generous support of Hilton College, Tiso Black Star, Grindrod Bank, Black Coffee, DWR, PWC,  Bidvest Car Rental, Indwe Risk Services, Assitej South Africa, Loud Crowd, Sappi, Redlands Hotel, Zultrans, KZN Dept of Arts & Culture, BASA, Castle Lite, Maritzburg Sun and Caxton.

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