An die Musik: Songs and Sonatas by Brahms and Schubert: Sarah Acres (Cello) & Albert Combrink (Piano)
Following the success of their French Song Programme series earlier this year, the Cello and Piano Duo now turn their creative energies to the work of Brahms and Schubert, in a programme-series that explores larger concert-works for the cello, off-set with cello-transcriptions of songs by both composers. Hamburg-born Brahms, and Schubert – hailing from the perhaps less-famous Himmelpfortgrund – both worked in Vienna in their artistic maturity, and this beautiful city provides the geographical anchor for an exploration and comparison of two great minds: composers who excelled in instrumental and vocal music.
Larger works included in the present programme are the exquisite “Arpeggione” Sonata by Schubert and movements from the Brahms Cello Sonata in E Minor. Songs range from Schubert’s famous “An die Musik” to some perhaps lesser known and not previously played on the cello.
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THE NINE CLUB – 11 SEPTEMBER 2013
11/09/2013 – 12/09/2013
The Nine Club presents Sara Acres on cello and Albert Combrink on piano.
Dress Code: Jacket and Tie
Venue: The Grill Room
Dress Code: Smart
Time: 18:15 for 18:45 (Dinner + Concert)
Cost: R220 pp (Dinner and concert) R 80 pp (Concert only)
Catering: A two-course set menu will be served
Bookings: Yvonne Meekin 083 346 8394
144 Campground Road, Newlands, 7700
On the Programme:
Sarah Acres (Cello) CV:
Born in London, Sarah studied the cello with Michael Evans at the Royal College of Music. She won several RCM awards including the Ivor James prize for her performance of the first Shostakovich Cello Concerto, and the Helen Just Recital prize, before graduating with a GRSM(Hons) degree and ARCM teaching diploma in 1983.
She freelanced with many British orchestras before gaining a permanent post with the RTE Symphony Orchestra in Ireland. In 1985 she came to South Africa to join the Natal Philharmonic orchestra, where she became the co-principal cellist. During this time she made several appearances as soloist with the NPO, made many recordings for the SABC and was a regular performer of chamber music. She has also been member of the RTE Symphony Orchestra in Ireland and the Cape Town Symphony -and Philharmonic Orchestras. She coaches for both the annual Franschhoek Chamber Music Week, and for the South African Amateur Chamber Music Players. She has given Masterclasses in Grahamstown to both school- and university students.
Sarah is a busy freelance player and is also actively involved in performing chamber music around the country, including regular appearances in the Concerts 4×2 series of Baroque Music with Professor Shirley Gie.
Albert Combrink (Piano) CV:
Albert Combrink performs as pianist and accompanist in classical and contemporary music. He recently returned from touring South-East Asia (Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia) where he performed solo concerts and held masterclasses during the Arts Festivals of Singapore and Bali. Albert completed his MMUS at Natal University and also holds three UNISA Licentiates in Solo Performance, Piano Accompaniment and Piano Teaching (Cum Laude). He made his concerto debut with the Natal Philharmonic at the age of 18.
He was finalist in the National ATKV Music Competition. Other prizes include the UND Performer’s Prize, UND Composer’s Competition, the Young Natal Chamber Music Competition, and the Durban Youth Concerto Festival. He received Master Classes from amongst others, Graham Johnson, Anton Nel, Martini Tirimo, Prof Bernd Goetzke. His recordings include Hindemith’s Piano Concerto Four Temperaments with the Natal Philharmonic Orchestra under David Tidboald, through radio and television broadcasts (including BBC World), works by Hofmeyr and Schnittke with the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra and was reviewed in the international Gramophone Magazine.
He was repetiteur for the UCT Opera School as well as Cape Town Opera. He was vocal coach for the Portabello company’s Magic Flute which sold out in London’s West End and won the prestigious London Critic’s Olivier Theatre Award. With this company he had the chance to work with BBC’s “The Face of Classical Music”, Charles Hazelwood, and Sir Simon Rattle.
As member of the Cape Town Tango Ensemble he has performed at all the major festivals in the country, with performers and directors such as Mark Hoeben, Ina Wichterich and Marthinus Basson. His work with the CT Tango Ensemble includes two CD’s, El Tango En Africa and Tango Club and has been used on television and in film.
He also co-wrote three Arts & Culture Textbooks and Teachers’ Guides for Maskew Miller Longman publications, which have sold more than 100 000 copies.
As concert organiser and accompanist he has worked with a number of South African and international singers, including Prof. Virginia Davids, Hans van Heerden and Virgina Oosthuizen, to name only a few. Highlights with international artists include a concert tour with American soprano Judith Kellock of American and South African Contemporary Art Song. He was also repetiteur for British superstar Lesley Garret on her tour to South Africa and appeared on Top Billing accompanying Welsh Superstar Katherine Jenkins.