2 & 3 May
Venue: Artscape Opera House
Appreciating the freedom to curate whatever her heart desired, Hodes approached 17 artists whose work either remained in her personal collection, or whose work she responded to… Hodes curated the exhibition in the same manner that she collects art, by use of her intuition and instinct. This resulted in the exhibition compartmentalised into three rooms, an ‘Africa room’, a room that related to themes of ‘death and loss‘ and the ‘looking room’.
The orchestra produced an array of tones and textures, and the solo sections played by the concert master were searingly beautiful. Each of the four movements maintained and built on the quality of the last and after the final note of the fourth movement, the audience erupted into mammoth applause which eventually transformed into a standing ovation.
With 40 wines from the Constantia Valley laid out in one strip of convenience, visitors were able to top up on a different taste of wine whenever they found that their complimentary wine glasses had run dry. It’s a good thing that the Constantia daddies are rich and the mommies good looking, as the R 150 ticket… only allowed for a sample tasting of 5-10 wines. But let’s not look at the glass as ¾ empty. This is the only event of the year where one can taste and compare the entire Constantia valley under one tasting tent, and that in itself is a treat.