Art Music TV comes to Bloem

The Odeion String Quartet is, front: Anmari van der Westhuizen; back: Jeanne-Louise Moolman, Sharon de Kock and Samson Diamond.

Art Music TV will be making its way to Bloemfontein in the form of classical music concerts to film the crème de la crème of musicians who live in the City of Roses.

According to Jean-Pierre Verster of Brooklyn Theatre in Johannesburg, the production will be filmed at the University of the Free State’s Odeion. “Art Music TV records mostly in Gauteng, but we regularly travel to other parts of the country to record artists in different venues… and our first recording in Bloemfontein is about to happen.”

Musicians who will be featured are Cello Splendour: Anmari van der Westhuizen (cello) and Nicolene Gibbons (pianist); The Odeion String Quartet: Samson Diamond (violin), Sharon de Kock (violin), Jeanne-Louise Moolman (viola) and Anmari van der Westhuizen (cello); Schubert and Haydn String Quartets, Italian Serenade (a programme of gems for strings); and MezzoMania (a selection of showpieces for mezzo soprano): Teresa de Wit (mezzo-soprano) from Kimberley and Nicolene Gibbons (piano) from Philippolis.

“Our mission is to record and load a new concert every week for classical music lovers who support either as monthly subscribers or one-off supporters. At the same time we are building up a valuable archive of performances by classical musicians. At this point there are over 100 concerts on our platform,” said Verster.

The programmes are recorded for classical music lovers around the world. “The motivation for the recordings in different centres is to reach a target audience in a specific place and showcase the talent of that area to their own people, as well as the rest of the globe.”

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Justine Fortuin