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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 2019 we will host Barry Smith with A Beethoven Bouquet.



Dr Barry Smith, musicologist, conductor and organist


Three concerts on successive nights will pay tribute to the genius and versatility of Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827) as reflected in his chamber works. The lecture-performances will include the mighty and tragic Pathétique piano sonata, the lyrical Spring Sonata for violin and piano, and a late string quartet. Beethoven’s moving song cycle for tenor, An die ferne Geliebte, will also feature, as will the Elegischer Gesang for choir and string quartet. The choral component will be performed by the acclaimed VOX choir conducted by John Woodland. The concert on the final evening will consist of the composer’s Trio in B flat for piano, clarinet and cello, Opus 11, and the Septet in E-flat major, Opus 20, with Dr Peter Martens and his fine colleagues. Dr Barry Smith will introduce the pieces, relating them to Beethoven’s life and work, and discuss their unique musical qualities.


Date: Monday 21–Wednesday 23 January 
Time: 8.00 pm
Venue: Baxter Concert Hall, Rondebosch
COURSE FEES: Full R534,00 Staff & Students R429,00 Casual R204,00