Twice a year, Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) hosts the much-loved Starlight Classics, taking concertgoers on a special musical journey with international and local artists, while enjoying gourmet picnics under the stars.
While the September RMB Starlight Classics is hosted at The Country Club Johannesburg, this year’s March concert will once again be held ‘under the stars’ on the Great Lawn of Vergelegen Estate, the historic Cape wine estate in Somerset West.
Vergelegen is no ordinary wine estate. Founded on 1 February 1700, Vergelegen, which translates to ‘situated far away’, has been under the ownership of some of the world’s great explorers and visionaries, each of whom, in their own way, has helped shape Vergelegen into what it is today: a world-class estate and a most beautiful and apt setting for RMB Starlight Classics.
In addition to its extensive beautiful gardens, Vergelegen is home to many significant trees. The most iconic of these are: five historic camphor trees that ‘guard’ the Vergelegen Homestead, believed to have been planted in 1700 by Willem Adriaan van der Stel, and which were declared national monuments in 1942; an old English oak that is over 300 years old and believed to be the oldest living oak tree in Africa; a white mulberry (Morus alba) that dates back to 1700 and which is the only surviving relic of Van der Stel’s attempt to start a silk industry in the Cape; and a ‘royal’ oak, planted in 1928 from an acorn that originated from the last of King Alfred’s oak trees at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire.
This year’s concert, once again an Afro-symphonic tribute to our beautiful country, will bring together a collection of diverse musical talent, while at the same time celebrating 20 years of the Cape Town Opera Chorus. The Chorus is an initiative that RMB has been supporting for many years and guests will once again be treated to their beautiful voices during this year’s concert.
The solo artists taking to the stage at RMB Starlight Classics this year include some of the most popular South African artists, such as iconic South African house band Mi Casa; award-winning South African classical soprano Andiswa Makana; African jazz songstress Zoë Modiga; popular Afrikaans singing phenomenon Refentse Morake; prize-winning South African opera singer Bongani Kubheka; and Libertango-style saxophonist Karendra Devroop.
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