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Recital-time in Swellendam

An exciting programme of music to suit all tastes is in store for visitors on 22nd January at 4 p.m. in the beautiful setting of Red Roan Ranch, Hermitage, Swellendam and on 29th January also at 4 p.m. in the welcoming and intimate atmosphere of 41 Tennant Road, Barrydale. The artists who will entertain you are Brad Liebl (baritone) and Sylvia Schulman (pianist).

Brad is a superb singer, master of his art. Dr. Brad Liebl (summa cum laude from University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music) is an Associate Professor of Classical Voice and Co-ordinator (from 1998 to 2003) of that division at UCT.

In his eleven years in South Africa, he has become well-known throughout the Cape and other provinces as an interpretor of operatic leading roles, Lieder and oratorio. In these capacities, he has graced the stages of Artscape (CAPAB), City Hall, the Baxter, Stellenbosch, Feather Market Square, Johannesburg Civic, Grahamstown, Bloemfontein and the Northwestern Province. In Germany he has sung operetta and Lieder, and in the USA he continues to guest as a principal performer in oratorio and opera.

Sylvia Schulman, returned to South Africa after 15 years in the UK. She played all over the UK as soloist, accompanist and chamber music player, including the Cambridge Festival and the Harewood House Concert Series, Wigmore Hall and Purcell Room in London, broadcast for the BBC and accompanied many international artists. In this country she appeared frequently with the Cape Town Symphony Orchestra as soloist, gave solo, chamber music and broadcast recitals, worked extensively for CAPAB as concert, rehearsal and orchestral pianist. She has been in Swellendam since November 2006, performing several concerts in the area since then including her programme called “Sylvia Schulman Plays Piano Music for You (From W. A. Mozart to George Gershwin)”. Another presentation she has given is “A Musical Analogy” in which she likens the elements of music to material and spiritual elements of life. She is also coaching other pianists from Swellendam and surrounding areas.

The programme is highly varied, ranging from early Italian through German lieder, opera, old American songs and songs from the shows and there might even be a surprise number. There will also be three piano solos from Mendelssohn to Mozart to Gershwin.

If you have not already booked, do so now as space is limited. Some people who attended the Country Classics concerts in November and December booked at the time for these January recitals.

Light refreshments will be served.

Phone 028 514 2904 to book. Entrance is R130.00

Look out for the next concerts in the series Country Classics in February, featuring the well-known flautist, Christopher Nicholls.