Lunch Punch: Helena Hettema van Sonkring-faam oor 'Paris In Spring'
Helena has received huge acclaim for her self-directed cabaret paying tribute to the timeless French legends – Piaf, known as the “Little Sparrow”, Brel, Mireille Matthieu and relives highlights of her career performing with the Cape Town Symphony Orchestra and on the MSC Musica for Lefra’s Oppiwaterfees, among others.
Renditions from her latest DVD feature the magical musicals such as “Evita”,”Fiddler’ on the roof” and “Les Miserables” as well as hits of the great divas such as Judy Garland, Shirley Bassey and Dutch singer, Corry Brokken who made famous “La Mamma” about a dying gypsey queen written by Charles Aznavour.
Among the songs featured are “Over the Rainbow”, “Never, Never”, and compositions of local legends such as Koos du Plessis, Christa Steyn and Anton Goosen and a few of Helena’s universal poems in English and Afrikaans from her coffee table book “ Journeyman – ‘n digter ontbloot” – to be released by the end of 2023.
Elsa Strating, pianist, teacher and arranger of the DVD accompanies Helena on piano. A trio of talented young artists are also featured as guests with a rendition of Vittorio Monti’s Czardas: Heinrich Sutton – piano, Nicole Sutton – saxophone and Reuben van Nieuwenhuizen- violin.