Eclectic selection of music at Hilton Fest

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When it comes to music there is a huge choice at this year’s Hilton Arts Festival next weekend. From classical and tribute shows, to music revues and the more extraordinary. Here are some examples of each. There are many more!

The Soft Shoes star Jervis Pennington brings his musical memoir to the Hilton Arts Festival
The Soft Shoes star Jervis Pennington brings his musical memoir to the Hilton Arts Festival

Who remembers The Soft Shoes?!

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An Extraordinarily Ordinary Life – A musical memoir written and performed by Jervis Pennington

“It is an emotionally overwhelming, poignant, inspiring, uplifting, harrowing yet ultimately beautiful and darkly hilarious piece of theatre; Jervis should be in stand-up!” Robyn Cohen: The Cape Times

Hilton College Class of ‘73, Churchill house resident and the skinniest boy ever to play full-back for the 2nd XV, Jervis’ next claim to notoriety was winning SABC’s 1983 National Television Talent Show “Follow That Star’’ with his pop group, The Soft Shoes and their No 1 hit Elvis Astaire, written by Jervis. Later as General Manager of EMI’s SA Music Label, he guided the careers of artists including Brenda Fassie and Steve Hofmeyr. Full-time songwriting followed, the results being the musicals Scribble and A Town called Fokol-Lutho, among others. In between all this writing activity, Jervis also wrote off a few cars, resulting in a three-week coma in one and a severe head injury in another. These conspired to derail him for several years. Now safely back on track, this show tells his story (thus far). From famous to homeless to fearless.

I Grandi Tenori, pictured from left Timothy Sehau, Ayanda Zwane & Mlindi Pato
I Grandi Tenori, pictured from left Timothy Sehau, Ayanda Zwane & Mlindi Pato

Lovers of classical should not miss I GRANDI TENORI IN CONCERT

Attention all lovers of magnificent tenor voices. This concert promises to deliver, with spectacular gusto, these tenors singing some of the world’s best loved and well-known arias and songs. Be sure not to miss a concert which includes classics like the great Nessum Dorma, but also crowd favourites like Funiculi Funicular, O Sole Mio and Time to Say Goodbye. Durban’s own Kananelo Sehau and Mlindi Pato, under the artistic directorship of Sanele Mkhize and directed by Kwazi Theophilus Mhlongo, will entertain you royally. I Grandi Tenori, whose aim is to explore classical and operatic music, was established in 2011 and last year sang their first international concert in Singapore.

This concert is bound to raise the roof and bring on the goose bumps.

Bijou
Bijou

BIJOU is a sexy little number!

Following in the same theme as Bonsoir and Caliente, Followspot presents their latest creation, ‘Bijou’. A compilation of visually teasing acts seamlessly strung together with comedy and pizzazz. A little spicy, a little naughty and a lot of fun. Perfect for everyone to revel in escapism. With a spectacular cast of unique and hugely talented performers, Bijou promises a night you will not forget. A bit of cirque, a touch of comedy, sexy dance (remember the Big Boys?), sophisticated cabaret and vaudeville. We look forward to dazzling you socks off!

Spanish Fire
Spanish Fire

SPANISH FIRE is a stunning flamenco display of dance and music.

Join the international award-winning guitar duo, CH2, and The Montoya Spanish Dance Theatre in a thrilling stage production called Spanish Fire! Corneille Hutten and Maria Lorca Montoya have shared many a stage bringing an exciting combination of VIRTUOSO guitar work and Spanish dance to the stage… not just in the ways of traditional flamenco rhythms, but with the sounds of familiar songs of the heart and melodies that carry you to a world away from the hustle and bustle of our everyday lives!!!

CH2 will be joined on stage by Maria Lorca Montoya and her dancers to set the stage on fire with fancy footwork, gentle use of flamenco fans and enticing rhythms of castanets.

The Hilton Arts Festival runs from 13 to 15 September in the grounds of Hilton College, near Pietermartizburg. The Jongosi Youth programme runs of Friday 13 September and all enquiries are on accounts@hiltonfestival.co.za.

Bookings for the festival itself are open online – www.hiltonfestival.co.za – where you can also download the full programme and a list of where hard copy programmes are available. You can also book at the Box Office at Hilton College should you not wish to book online. Payments online are either by credit card or EFT – all instructions are on the site which is secure. All queries on 033 383 0126 / theatre@hiltoncollege.com.

The Festival is presented by Hilton College and tiso blackstar in association with Grindrod, Black Coffee, Extreme Events, DWR, Absa, Bidvest Car Rental, FNB, KZN Dept of Art & Culture, BASA, Southern Sun PMB, Stella Artois, Redlands Hotel, Martizburg Sun, Caxton, SA Artist, Loud Crowd Media, Sappi.

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