FOM Soiree - the Misshapen Pearls

Sun Oct 20, 18:00 - Sun Oct 20, 21:00
Bowmans Law


On Sunday 20 October, the Friends of Orchestral Music, in association with Bowmans, will host the last fundraising soiree for 2019 as part of their mandate to raise funds and awareness for orchestral music and musicians in Cape Town. This year’s theme is ‘the other side’ – exploring the other dimensions that learning and playing classical music can bring.

The Misshapen Pearls  – is a concert that explores the true spirit of the Baroque. The term ‘barocco’, originally used by 17th century jewellers to describe a misshapen pearl, was used from the mid-eighteenth century to refer to the perceived imperfection and bizarreness of music from the Baroque, when a simpler style of music became popular. This programme will focus on the stark contrasts found in Baroque music, leaning on the idea of chiaroscuro (light-dark), as well as exploring the improvisational aspect of music from this period.

Baroque specialists Ralitza Macheva and Refiloe Olifant – baroque violins, and Erik Dippenaar -harpsichord perform works by Castello, Bertali, Telemann, Couperin, Biber and Hotteterre, with Vivaldi’s ‘outrageous’ set of La Folia variations as the centrepiece.  They will also be available afterwards to answer any questions you may have regarding ‘the other side’ of Baroque – both the differences between modern period instruments as well as the technique of playing.

The evenings start with sunset drinks at 6pm on arrival at the 11th floor of Bowmans’ Cape Town office, with stunning panoramic views of the city centre. The concert begins at 18h30. During the concert, the artists will talk about their music making and share stories around the pieces they have chosen, and after the 60 minutes presentation, they will join with the audience for drinks and sumptuous canapés created by Bowmans’ chef.

Bowmans is situated at 22 Bree Street. There is free secure parking via the garage entrance on Bree Street.  Tickets (including all drinks, food, concert and programme) R400 per person, R350 for FOM members and are available from Quicket.

Thanks to the generous support of Bowmans and artist sponsorship by Bill van Rensburg, the Friends of Orchestra Music are able to bring you these unique evenings in order to raise much needed funds for the upliftment and development of orchestral music and musicians across Cape Town. Each group featured are also longtime friends – brought together through music.

Book at Quicket

Start time- 6 for 6.30pm. Bowmans' Cape Town Office, 22 Bree Street, Cape Town.

Guest parking available.

All inclusive tickets available at a price of R400 per person. FOM members pay a special price of R350 -

For more information and booking contact:

Louise Howlett [email protected] or call 084 682 1337

Additional information

Refund policy No refunds


FOM Soiree - the Misshapen Pearls
Bowmans Law
22 Bree St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa
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