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Baxter Music Programme

The Baxter Theatre Music Programme is a highlight of the University of Cape Town’s annual Summer School. It was launched in 1996, with the express purpose of integrating academically grounded discussions of music with actual performance. It has grown from strength to strength, over the last three years drawing audiences of over 500 every night. The programme typically consists of lecture-performances by some of Cape Town’s most acclaimed musicians over three or two evenings.


In 2018 we will host Barry Smith with The Magic of Mozart.



Dr Barry Smith, musicologist, conductor and organist

On three successive nights of lecture-performances, Dr Barry Smith and distinguished musician friends will conjure up an exciting selection of the musical treasures of Mozart, some of which are rarely to be heard live in Cape Town. The first evening will see his first and last string quartet framing a sublime selection of choral and vocal pieces, performed by the acclaimed group VOX Cape Town under the direction of John Woodland. The first string quartet (K80) was written when Mozart was just 14 years old. The final string quartet (K590) in F major was written in honour of the King of Prussia shortly before Mozart¹s death in 1789.

The second evening will feature chamber music, beginning with a popular early sonata for violin and piano K304, his second piano quintet in E flat major, and the masterly and moving clarinet quintet that Mozart wrote for his clarinettist friend Anton Stadler. The course will conclude with an orchestral programme on the third night, with a performance of Symphony no 29 in A major and the Sinfonia Concertante in E flat major for solo violin, viola and orchestra, in which internationally acclaimed local cellist Peter Martens will play the viola part on the cello.

Date: Monday 22–Wednesday 24 January    
    Time: 8.00 pm
Venue: Baxter Concert Hall, Rondebosch
COST: Full: R485,00   Staff and Reduced: R390,00