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Performance highlights of 2016

Clarinetist Morné van Heerden and pianist Lara Kirsten had two successful tours of their program The Dance in 2016 in KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape

Lara Kirsten and Morné van Heerden performing at the Michaelhouse Music Festival in the Kwazulu-Natal Midlands, 24 April (photo: Jonathan Burton)

Morné van Heerden and Lara Kirsten after their performance at Sunfield Home for menttaly challenged adults in Howick, 22 April

Lara Kirsten and tenor Sandile Mabaso after their performance of Beethoven's An die ferne Geliebte and Schumann's Dichterliebe, 13 July (photo: Ansie de Swardt)

Cellist Fiona Bull, singer-songwriter Abbo Hall and Lara Kirsten playing their first performance as Geode at Music in the Midlands at The Knoll in Hilton, 10 August

Calligrapher Andrew van der Merwe applying the calligraphy of excerpts of Lara's poetry on her body for a performance at the Mcgregor Poetry Festival, 27 August (photo: Daniele Debellis)






Lara perfoming her piece mond: asemrowende spelonk at the McGregor Poetry Festival, 27 August (all photos above: Daniele Debellis)






A playful photoshoot with Lara on a dusty road in McGregor after her performance at the poetry festival (all photos above: Daniele Debellis)




Morné van Heerden and Lara Kirsten in recital at the McGregor Poetry Festival, 27 August (all photos above: Daniele Debellis)

The first studio shoot with Lara and photographer Tony Meintjies in McGregor (woord-koors calligraphed by Andrew van der Merwe on Lara's face - it translates into word fever)

Lara presenting a workshop Sounding your Voice at the Alliance Francaise Poetry Festival in Port Elizabeth, 10 September


Much jolliness ensued after the open mic at the poetry festival at Alliance Francaise in Port Elizabeth. On Lara's left Patsy Laubscher, the organiser of the festival.


Lara engaging with the elements during the Global Nomadic art Project in September (photo: Louis Bolton)

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Performance highlights of 2015

Sandile Mabaso and Lara Kirsten after their performance of Die Schöne Müllerin by Franz Schubert at the Woordfees in Stellenbosch, 13 March (photo: Andries Jordaan)
Lara Kirsten after her performance for Mother's Day with residents of Amberfield Frail Care Centre in Howick, 7 May 

Bea Whittaker and Lara Kirsten after their performance at the FynArts Festival in Hermanus, 9 June


Lara Kirsten with poets Brian Walter and Eduard Burle at the launch of the ECCA poets' 2015 book Sound Piping at Touch of Madness, Observatory, Cape Town, 6 July. Unfortunately ECCA poet Cathal Lagan could not be there for the reading, but we were very glad that his daughter, Kate - on left - came to join us and read some of her father's poems.
Flutist Thomas de Bruin and Lara Kirsten in recital of the 3 B's -  Lost and Transcribed -  music by Bach, Beethoven and Brahms at Youngblood, Cape Town, 9 July (photo: Andries Jordaan)

Lara Kirsten after her performance at Sunfield Home for Mentally Challenged Adults in Howick, 17 July. Lara called up some residents to improvise with her on the piano. Even though most of them have no musical training they played with such a natural feeling for melody and rhythm. 


Lara Kirsten and Laura Pauna with conductor Richard Cock after their performance of the Liebeslieder Waltzer by Brahms with the Chanticleer Singers at the St Francis Anglican Church in Parkview, Johannesburg, 14 August
Pianists Laura Pauna and Lara Kirsten performing the Brahms Liebeslieder Waltzer with Richard Cock and The Chanticleer Singers at the Sasolburg Theater, 15 August

Flutist Thomas de Bruin and Lara Kirsten in recital of the 3 B's - Lost and Transcribed - music transcribed for flute by Bach, Beethoven and Brahms at Casta Diva, Pretoria, 23 August

Joined by Lara and Thomas' family and friends after their recital at Casta Diva, Pretoria, 23 August

Lara Kirsten performing at the McGregor Poetry Festival, 30 August (photo: Daniele Debellis) 

Lara Kirsten with Sandile Mabaso​, Ntabiseng and Ntombi after their performance at the Kokstad Junior School, 28 September.




The three photos above: Lara Kirsten giving a concert and improvisation workshop for the learners at Misty Meadows School under the pin-oak at her home in Lidgetton, the Kwazulu Natal Midlands, 29 October (photo: Kim Goodwin)


The two photos above: Lara with her cousin and clarinetist Louis Kirsten. They performed the two sonatas for clarinet and piano op 120 by Brahms in Johannesburg, 29 November (photo: Kim Goodwin)


Lara with students of Carol Solomon after the piano workshop in Caversham, the Kwazulu Natal Midlands, 8 December 
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Performance highlights of 2014

Hernandos Hideaway Gypsy concert with Eliot Short, Gwyneth Lloyd, Desiree Bonfiglio and Lara Kirsten at The Rose Theater, Hogsback, 4 January (photo: Kim Goodwin)
The four Gypsies - Gwyneth Lloyd, Eliot Short, Desiree Bonfiglio and Lara Kirsten (photo: Kim Goodwin)
Performance of Mendelssohn's Midsummer Night's dream at the Fame Festival at the National School of the Arts, Johannesburg 24 Feb - 2 March. James Redfern, Laura Pauna and Lara Kirsten
In rehearsal of Brahms' Liebeslieder Waltzer with pianist Tessa Olivier and soprano Linelle Wimbles in Johannesburg (photo: Kim Goodwin)
In duet rehearsal Lara Kirsten and Jacques Heyns in Lidgetton, KwaZulu Natal Midlands (photo: Kim Goodwin)
Lara Kirsten after her performance at Sunfield Home for mentally challenged adults in Howick, 13 May
Lara Kirsten and cellist Francois le Roux in recital at the Kindlewood soiree in Johannesburg, 24 August (photo: Dalena Nel)
Tenor Sandile Mabaso and Lara Kirsten after their concert at the Sandton Theater on the Square, 29 August (photo: Kim Goodwin)
Lara Kirsten and Thomas de Bruin in rehearsal in Cape Town (photo: Andries Jordaan)
Lara Kirsten and Thomas de Bruin in performance at the Heuer Musikhaus in Stellenbosch, 25 September (photo: Andries Jordaan)
Lara Kirsten reciting poetry at the Hogsback Spring Festival as part of the Ecca Poets' launch of their latest book Unplanned Hour, 3 October (photo: Silke Heiss)
Tenor Sandile Mabaso and Lara Kirsten in rehearsal at the Michaelhouse Chapel in the KwaZulu Natal Midlands, 18 October (photo: Kim Goodwin)








The series of photos above of tenor Sandile Mabaso and Lara Kirsten after their cconcert at the Tatham Art Gallery in Pietermaritzburg, 19 October (photos: by Kavish Rajpaul)
Lara Kirsten performing her poetry at the McGregor Poetry Festival, 26 October