Gala Concert 2017

Wine, Woman and Song

With: All WMF Artists

It is said that the phrase “Wine, woman and song” might have originated with the following couplet: “Who does not love wine, women and song / Remains a fool his whole life long”, which have been attributed to Martin Luther, although some is of opinion that Johann Heinrich Voss, a German poet, might have been more likely the original source.

Through the ages poets and composers also found inspiration in wine and woman to create songs and music on the theme by the likes of Johann Straus II’s famous waltz Wine, Women and Song (“Wein, Weib und Gesang”) Op. 333 (1869) and William Yeats’ poem “Drinking song”:

Wine comes in at the mouth
And love comes in at the eye;
That’s all we shall know for truth
Before we grow old and die.
I lift the glass to my mouth,
I look at you, and I sigh.

Experience the highlight of every Wakkerstroom Music Festival with music inspired by wine and woman by Verdi, Brahms, Piazzolla, Granados, Lehar, Schumann and Gounod to name but a few. Let us celebrate classical music and life together with the Wakkerstroom Music Festival’s 2017 artists.