Amira to stir hearts at Garden Theater concert with Jill Levenberg and talented bands

Make a note now to head out to Paarl on Saturday, 15 December 2018, as the Language Monument and Shining Stars present a dazzling evening under, and with, Boland’s singing stars, young music sensation Amira Willighagen and actress Jill Levenberg. Old and young will relive the Christmas spirit thanks to the choirs’ and orchestras’ unbelievable interpretations of well-known and lesser-known Xmas songs.

Amira Willighagen first displayed her incredible talent as an opera singer by winning the live TV reality talent show, ‘Holland’s Got Talent 2013’, at the tender age of nine. Since then she has performed in countless countries, such as the USA, Germany, Hong Kong, Argentina, South Africa, and in the UK at the prestigious Royal Albert Hall. She has sung with international celebrities such as British tenor Paul Potts, Dutch violinist/conductor André Rieu and Italian star Patrizio Buanne. Amira, who is half South African, now lives in South Africa where she has established a charity, Gelukskinders, to erect playgrounds for underprivileged children.

Levenberg – famous for her role as Antie Maymoena in ‘Suidooster’ and currently appearing in the film, ‘The Story of Ellen Pakkies’ – will be the MC and guest artist. The other musical groups include Probell Woodwind Brass, Ida’s Valley’s Young Souls, Heathfield OAC Band, Eersterivier Silverstreams, Ambassadors, Makupula High, Flave Five and Sinc4.

“The main purpose is to emphasise the birth of Jesus through song and music,” says the Afrikaans Language Museum and Monument director, Michael Jonas. “It will also provide an opportunity for participants, including Shining Stars and Boland Youth Orchestra, to take hands and act as part of larger groups. It is truly a privilege to offer such an opportunity, so we hope that as many people from the widest background possible will share a wonderful summer evening in this beautiful setting.” As the show commences at 18:00, guests will not only be overwhelmed by the music, but also experience a beautiful sunset.

Tickets, which are expected to sell out quickly, are available at Computicket and the Language Monument at R100 for adults and R50 for children from 6 to 14 years old. Free for children under 6. Bring a blanket or pillow, and warm clothes. Food, cooldrinks and drinks will be on sale. Safe parking is available and entry is controlled. Unfortunately, no own food and drinks, dogs or fires are allowed.

For further information about these and other events (such as the full moon and stargazing picnics), call 021 863 0543/4809 or visit and More on Amira at The concerts at the Garden Theatre this season include Dance of the Flames (29 December), The Rockets (25 January 2019), ADAM, Early B & Irene-Louise van Wyk (16 February), Leah & Karin Kortje (23 February) as well as the Taalmonument Choir Festival (14 March, but at Amphitheatre).