Prepare to have your passion for classical music reinvigorated and all of your preconceptions of classical concerts to be turned upside down!
For strictly one performance in Cape Town and one in Pretoria and Johannesburg, bestselling concert pianist James Rhodes will bring a blast of fresh air to the classical music scene in South Africa on 29, 30 September and 1 October 2016.
James Rhodes is a phenomenon, pure and simple – his life story is as astonishing as is the virtuosity of his playing. After a traumatic childhood, he found his salvation through classical music. With sheer determination he overcame his experiences and went on to become a writer, commentator, TV presenter and renowned concert pianist, performing sold-out concerts around the world.
Using his trademark ‘stand-up style’, insights and anecdotes on classical music, maverick pianist James Rhodes brings his highly unique show to audiences in South Africa.
His three South African concerts are a tribute to the therapeutic powers of music, as well as a fascinating insight into the lives of some of the great composers.
In the United Kingdom, James Rhodes has had huge success with various television series including a BBC Four documentary… Chopin: The Women behind the Music, then more recently James Rhodes: Piano Man; Notes From The Inside (as part of Channel 4’s Mad For Music series) and the series Don’t Stop The Music, which was also produced for Channel 4.
James Rhodes has an impressive discography – all are best-selling and have topped the iTunes classical music chart – Razor Blades, Little Pills and Big Pianos (Feb 2009); Now Would All Freudians Please Stand Aside (Mar 2010); Bullets and Lullabies (Dec 2010); JIMMY: James Rhodes Live in Brighton (May 2012); Five (June 2014); Inside Tracks: The Mix Tape (October 2015
In 2015, James Rhodes published his harrowing but life-affirming biography, INSTRUMENTAL, which is an unapologetically candid, boldly outspoken and impassioned tribute to the therapeutic powers of music. His book and albums will be on sale at all performances and he will be available afterwards to “meet and greet and sign copies after the show.
INSTRUMENTAL also weaves in fascinating facts about how classical music actually works and about the extraordinary lives of some of the great composers. It explains why and how music has the potential to transform all of our lives.
All three South African performances will benefit the ChildLine organisation, an organisation that offers prevention and early intervention services to the most vulnerable children in our society through a wide variety of programmes.
The performance dates are:
Cape Town ICC 29 September 2016
Pretoria Brooklyn Theatre,30 September 2016
Johannesburg Linder Auditorium 1 October 2016
Tickets available through Computicket
Programme to include:
Chopin Polonaise-Fantasie, Bach-Busoni chaconne, works by Rachmaninov and others.