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This month


This year 2017 is Music Revival's 20th Year and we plan to bring you many reasons to celebrate!

We present a concert at the end of each month in Pietermaritzburg Music Revival / Casa Mexicana, at the Tatham Art Gallery plus performances in Howick and Kloof. Visit these regional pages or join our mail list for notification.

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This month


This year 2017 is Music Revival's 20th Year and we plan to bring you many reasons to celebrate!

We present a concert at the end of each month in Pietermaritzburg Music Revival / Casa Mexicana, at the Tatham Art Gallery plus performances in Howick and Kloof. Visit these regional pages or join our mail list for notification.

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CELLO SONG

Also on ...
CELLO SONG - Aristide du Plessis (cello) and   Christopher Duigan (piano)
Friday 26 May
R200 including dinner from 6:30 pm
'CASA MEXICANA' - 35 Montgomery Drive, Athlone

Secure Parking
Booking is essential: booking@musicrevival.co.za or MUSIC REVIVAL 083 417 4473 (sms) or WhatsApp

  • Tickets are R200 including a light meal on offer from 6:30 pm
  • Dinner guests should please bring their own wine.
  • The venue opens 6:30 pm on Friday.
  • Book a table for 4 or more or join others at one of the communal tables.
  • For those who wish to attend the concert only the ticket is R120 (including refreshments) with music starting at approx. 7:45 pm.
  • Please include your contact numbers in all email and telephone bookings

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Music of the Night:  The Music of Andrew LLoyd Webber and Friends
“The Royal Symphony" at The Royal Show featuring the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra with Richard Cock (conductor) and soloists Andrew Butler, Shelley Maclean and Hayley Hounsom-Heyns
Sunday 4 June at 10h00

The Main Arena, Royal Show Grounds, Pietermaritzburg

The magnificent atmosphere from the musicals and ‘West-End’ shows of Andrew Lloyd Webber come to The Royal Show this year when local audiences are to be treated to ‘Music of the Night’. Featuring the music of Andrew LLoyd Webber and friends, those attending the Royal Symphony Concert at The Royal Show, now in its sixth year, will get a taste of the beautiful melodies and an opportunity to experience the rich tapestry of emotions evoked by this stage music. The Royal Symphony Concert, as presented by The Royal Show in association with the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra and Music Revival, takes place on the morning of Sunday 4 June from 10h00 on the Great Stage of the Main Arena. 

The programme is introduced by South Africa’s ‘Mr Music’ Richard Cock who will host and conduct the orchestra. The beautiful voices of local talents Shelley Maclean and Andrew Butler will be featured. Also onstage this year will be Hayley Hounsom-Heyns who performs with the orchestra for the first time.  

Numbers to be included in this memorable selection include ‘Don't Cry for me Argentina; (Evita), ‘Memory’ (Cats). ‘Music of the Night’ and ‘All I Ask of You’ (Phantom of the Opera), ‘Love Changes Everything’ (Aspects of Love) and numbers from other musicals including ‘On my own’ (Les Miserables) and ‘An Impossible Dream’ (Man of La Mancha). These are complemented by the orchestra in other great moments from the world's graet stages.

Extensive seating will be provided in the Main Arena and on the Grandstands. It is recommended that hats and/or umbrellas are included in your ‘bring alongs’ should it be a warm day.   

The concert has been made possible with support from First National Bank, The Witness and Coca-Cola.     

Daily gate fees for the Royal Show apply; Adult (12 years +) – R65.00, Junior (under 12 years) – R40.00, Pensioner (60 years + with ID) – R40.00, Pre-school children (under 6 years) – Free. Tickets are available at the gate, or on our website www.royalshow.co.za.  Ticket sales are now open! 


DECODA - SUNDAY 18 JUNE  Tatham Art Gallery 3:00pm

PROGRAMME
MENDELSSOHN Scherzo from A Midsummer Night’s Dream
LIGETI Five Bagatelles for Wind Quintet, III. Allegro giocoso
RAVEL Sonata for Violin and Cello, II. Tres vif
GOULD Benny’s Gig for Clarinet and Double Bass, V. Slowly
NORMAN The Companion Guide to Rome, IV. Pietro
SHAW Woodwind Quartet
NORMAN The Companion Guide to Rome, VII. Lorenzo
SCHULHOFF Divertissement for Wind Trio, IV. Charleston
BALLIETT “This Horse Ain’t Beholden…” for Woodwind Quartet
PROKOFIEV Quintet, Op. 39, III. Allegro sostenuto, ma con brio
LUTOSLAWSKI Dance Preludes 195
Intermission
BRAHMS Serenade No. 1 in D Major, Op. 11

DECODA

A "chamber music collective of some of the brightest young classical musicians in the world..." (TimeOutNY), DECODA explores creativity, community, and identity through live performance and dynamic engagement. The first-ever Affiliate Ensemble of Carnegie Hall, Decoda brings impactful musical experiences to communities around the globe through concerts in major international venues and projects with vibrant community partners. 

Whether performing for young children, healthcare facility residents and employees, incarcerated individuals or traditional classical music lovers, Decoda engages audiences through lively performances, interactive concerts, and enlightening discussions that provoke creative insight into the music.  Decoda is committed to supporting the international community of artists who wish to deepen their involvement with interactive performance and engagement, principles at the heart of Decoda’s mission. To assist in this capacity-building, Decoda has established the annual Decoda/Skidmore College Summer Chamber Music Institute (DSCMI), the Decoda Institute in South Africa (DISA), and annual residencies in Merida, Mexico and as the Resident Ensemble in Creative Performance at the Guildhall School of Music in London, UK.

Now in it’s 5th season, Decoda’s engagements have included performances at the Southbank Centre and the Barbican (London), Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (Germany), Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Festival (UAE), Mainly Mozart Festival (San Diego), Bay Chamber Concerts (Maine), Við Djúpið Festival (Iceland),Carnegie Kids @ Suntory Hall (Tokyo), National Center for the Performing Arst (Mumbai), Programa de Educación Musical Fomento Cultural Banamex & Carnegie Hall (Mexico), the Performing Arts Center at SUNY Purchase, and the Chelsea Music Festival, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and National Sawdust in New York City.  Since 2011, Decoda has participated in Carnegie Hall's Musical Connections Program, undertaking creative projects at Sing Sing Correctional Facility, Beth Abraham Hospital, Clinton High School in Bronx, NY and Valley Lodge Shelter.

Music for Transformation, Decoda’s justice initiative, facilitates intensive creative songwriting projects for vulnerable and disenfranchised populations in the areas of criminal and social justice. Empowering the voices of a frequently-ignored community, Music for Transformation has been recognized by CNN, Huffington Post, the Associated Press, the Washington Post, and Billboard Magazine. In the past season, Decoda was invited by President Obama’s administration to perform on two occasions at the White House at events dedicated to the arts and criminal justice reform.  
To learn more about Decoda, please visit us at decodamusic.org.

DISA INFO
Following on the success of DECODA’s training institutes in New York, London, and Merida, Mexico, the ensemble, in partnership with the Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival, launches the DECODA Institute South Africa (DISA), a 5-day seminar open to young South African chamber musicians who seek to broaden their artistic and communicative skills in order to bring their music to ever-larger audiences, particularly those who have little experience with classical music.  Participants will engage in an interactive and collaborative process with DECODA musicians, performing in masterclasses, seminars and coachings, and will have the opportunity to practice their newly-acquired skills for live audiences under the guidance of DECODA musicians.  Observers from around the country are invited to attend free of charge.

The DECODA Institute South Africa (DISA) will provide a generation of young South African musicians with the communicative skills to effectively engage audiences of all ages and backgrounds through interactive and creative performance, thereby expanding the reach and impact of classical music throughout South Africa.




PREVIOUS CONCERTS...

THE FRENCH PIANO

Christopher Duigan plays a classical recital of French music by Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel and Jean-Phillippe Rameau with compositions drawing inspiration from the East, the exotic underworld, and reflections of the magical world that surrounds us. From the baroque harpsichord school of the 17th century  as represented by Rameau to the wonderful evocative,  richly hued and sensuous music of Ravel and Debussy, this programme includes popular gems ‘ Clair  de lune’, Satie’s  ‘Gymnopedie' and Ravel’s quixotic foray in Spanish music in 'Alborada del gracioso’.  A brief excursion into contemporary French piano music adds an evocative touch to the selection.

 Christopher Duigan (piano)
Sunday 23 April 11:30 am
TATHAM ART GALLERY

Tickets: R80
Secure Parking

Booking is preferred : chris@fotag.co.za or MUSIC REVIVAL 083 417 4473 (sms) or WhatsApp
Cafe Tatham 033 342 8327 open from 10 am and for lunch. Bookings for lunch essential.

Also on ...
THE FRENCH PIANO  Christopher Duigan (piano)
Friday 21 April
R200 including dinner from 6:30 pm
'CASA MEXICANA' - 35 Montgomery Drive, Athlone

Secure Parking
Booking is essential: booking@musicrevival.co.za or MUSIC REVIVAL 083 417 4473 (sms) or WhatsApp

  • Tickets are R200 including a light meal on offer from 6:30 pm
  • Dinner guests should please bring their own wine.
  • The venue opens 6:30 pm on Friday.
  • Book a table for 4 or more or join others at one of the communal tables.
  • For those who wish to attend the concert only the ticket is R120 (including refreshments) with music starting at approx. 7:45 pm.
  • Please include your contact numbers in all email and telephone bookings


THE FRENCH PIANO also in :
Kloof at Stagnes Church Thursday 20 April - see Kloof Durban page
Howick at Amber Valley Auditorium Wednesday 26 April
Franschhoek  19 May  - see Cape Winelands 



 

 

The KZN Philharmonic Orchestra, in association with Christopher Duigan’s Music Revival and Parklane SuperSpar, presents

Symphony in the City at 7.30pm on Friday, March 24.

Tickets: R190 to R250 with discounts for pensioners and students.
Conductor:  Brandon Phillips, resident conductor of the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra.
Soloists: Aristide du Plessis (cello), Junnan Sum (clarinet), Fifi Olifant (violin) and Christopher Duigan (piano).
The programme includes music by Ludwig van Beethoven, Gioachino Rossini, Jean Sibelius, Carl Maria von Weber, Gabriel Faure and Max Bruch.

Soloists from Left -  Aristide du Plessis (cello), Junnan Sun (clarinet), Fifi Olifant (violin) and Christopher Duigan (piano) and conductor Brandon Phillips

BEAUTIFUL music, performed by world class musicians, will take centre stage when the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra performs in the Pietermaritzburg City Hall on Friday, March 24 at 7.30 pm.
Presented by the KZN Philharmonic, in association with Christopher Duigan’s Music Revival and Parklane SuperSpar, the annual Symphony in the City, will feature solo performances by three of the orchestra's most outstanding young musicians: Aristide du Plessis (cello), Junnan Sun (clarinet) and Fifi Olifant (violin). 

The orchestra will be conducted for the first time by the 'rising star’ of the local music world, young South African Brandon Phillips, director of orchestral activities at the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra. 

“It’s a really beautiful programme we have chosen this year ,” said Music Revival’s Christopher Duigan, “one that not only features several soloists in exhilarating performances that stretch their capabilities to the extreme,  but a programme that also showcases the orchestra itself and its incomparable way of creating a lush, rich and luxurious tapestry off sound. 

“Hearing a symphony orchestra of 60 professional, highly skilled musicians in full-flight, making music together in a beautiful acoustic such as we have in our City Hall, is surely one of the most awe-inspiring experiences possible. There is nothing ordinary about it! ”

The concert will feature the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra playing the Karelia Suite by Finnish composer Jean Sibelius, Rossini's Overture to The Silken Ladder and the haunting Pavane by French Romantic, Gabriel Faure. 

Cellist Aristide du Plessis plays the first movement from the Dvorak Cello Concerto, one of the most inspired and passionate of cello solos, while Fifi Olifant plays the Adagio from Bruch's Scottish Fantasy, a broad symphonic collection based on traditional Scottish folk melodies. 

Local pianist and Steinway artist, Duigan will be featured in the opening movement of the Beethoven Piano Concerto No 3, regarded as one of the composer's most mysterious, dramatic and dazzling piano compositions, designed to display his ability as pianist and composer. 

Principal clarinet of the orchestra, Junnan Sun, will play two movements from the Clarinet Concerto No 1 by Weber, an exciting and gracefully energetic work, contrasting floating lyrical melodies with brilliant finger-twisting passages. 

As with all Parklane/Music Revival concerts in the City Hall, every guest receives a complementary souvenir programme; the hall is beautifully presented with lighting by Big Beat; and complimentary drinks and eats are served at interval.

So, make sure you book your tickets for Symphony in the City, which is also supported by the Msunduzi Municipality, CPW Printers and ABI, now.

Tickets are R190 (R170 pensioners, R120 scholars) and R250 for premier seats.

 

Not sure what to expect?  Here are some pic of the a previous concerts in the City Hall with the KZN Philharmonic March 2016

And here are selected performances of the programme you will hear on Friday 24 March in SYMPHONY IN THE CITY.


MARCH CONCERT
Christopher Duigan :  'Tales from Grandmother's Piano Album’

For the next installment of the monthly concerts,  pianist Christopher Duigan turns his hand to a light-hearted selection of charming  popular classics in 'Tales from Grandmother's Piano Album’.  Duigan has entertained local audiences with numerous evenings of beautiful piano music from the classical and popular repertoire. 

With an emphasis on elegance, charm and grace this selection of music evokes a bygone world of nostalgic classics, often associated with salon music and evenings at the family piano.  The programme features a highly appealing selection of popular melodies.

Included here are  ‘Beethoven’s 'Minuet in G', Brahms’s 'Waltz in A-flat', Dvorak's ‘Humoresque',  Rubenstein's 'Melody in F' and 'The Maiden's Prayer'.  The popular evergreens  'Parade of the Tin Soldier’,  'Rustle of Spring’  and 'The Teddy Bear's Picnic' bring this delightful selection to a jaunty close.

  • Also in Amber Valley, Howick  22 March for residents and their guests only.

'Tales from Grandmother's Piano Album’  Christopher Duigan (piano)
Friday 17 March
R200 including dinner from 6:30 pm
'CASA MEXICANA' - 35 Montgomery Drive, Athlone
Secure Parking

Booking is essential: booking@musicrevival.co.za or MUSIC REVIVAL 083 417 4473 (sms) or WhatsApp

  • Tickets are R200 including a light meal on offer from 6:30 pm
  • Dinner guests should please bring their own wine.
  • The venue opens 6:30 pm on Friday.
  • Book a table for 4 or more or join others at one of the communal tables.
  • For those who wish to attend the concert only the ticket is R120 (including refreshments) with music starting at approx. 7:45 pm.
  • Please include your contact numbers in all email and telephone bookings

 

'Tales from Grandmother's Piano Album’   Christopher Duigan (piano)
Sunday 26 March 11:300 am
TATHAM ART GALLERY

Tickets: R80
Secure Parking

Booking is preferred : chris@fotag.co.za or MUSIC REVIVAL 083 417 4473 (sms) or WhatsApp
Cafe Tatham 033 342 8327 open from 10 am and for lunch. Bookings for lunch essential.

 

 

 


 

Previous events ...

Pics received hours after the concert - guitar and piano - at the Ambers. Quick work from Jonathan Burton (photographer)! .
This concert was on Wednesday 22 February 2017 at Amber Valley with James Grace (guitar) and Christopher Duigan (piano)

 

JAMES GRACE (GUITAR)  in KZN for FEBRUARY

The popular Cape Town-based guitarist James Grace will be visiting KZN in February.  One of South Africa's busiest concert artists James recently performed with the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra in Kirstenbosch to a capacity audience of over 7 000 people.  He is heard regularly on major concert stages as well as on-air playlists  on ClassicFM and Fine Music Radio.

In part of the programme he joins forces once again with Christopher Duigan to create a unique evening of music. Their programme together however includes many of their own duo arrangements and improvisations on classic melodies, jazz standards, Latin milongas and Spanish classics. Their session will include evergreens Fields of Gold, Tico Tico, plus and individual guitar solos.   Duigan’s own composition, Indigo, a favourite at any Duigan and Grace concert, will complete the programme.

SUNDAY 19 FEBRUARY    3:00 pm  
Tickets: R80
TATHAM ART GALLERY

Secure Parking
Booking preferred chris@fotag.co.za or Music Revival  sms or WhatsApp 083 4174473

  • Cafe Tatham 033 342 8327 open from 10 am and for lunch. Bookings for lunch essential.

 

TUESDAY 21 FEBRUARY 7:30 pm
R150 including wine and refreshments from 7:00 pm
'CASA MEXICANA' - 35 Montgomery Drive, Athlone
Secure Parking

  • Booking is essential: booking@musicrevival.co.za or MUSIC REVIVAL 083 417 4473 (sms) or WhatsApp
  • Please include your contact numbers in all email and telephone bookings

 

Additional performances in Howick at Amber Valley  Wednesday 22 February  (residents and their guests only) and in Kloof at St Agnes Church  Thursday 23 February (see Kloof and Durban page)

 


 

Pics from Sunday 29 January's concert at the Tatham Art Gallery.  Music Revival opened its 20th  anniversary year with a performance by Christopher Duigan playing Handel, Beethoven, Liszt, Debussy and Chopin.  Thanks to Jonathan Burton for the images.


VALENTINE'S DAY DINNER

We will be presenting a  'Valentine's Day Concert and Dinner' on Tuesday 14 February to celebrate the day of St Valentine!

Casa Mexicana - 35 Montgomery Drive, Pietermaritzburg
Tuesday 14 February
R250 including dinner from 6:30 pm
'CASA MEXICANA' - 35 Montgomery Drive, Athlone
Secure Parking

Christopher Duigan plays a fun and easy-going selection of music from Mexican melodies, South American tangos and selected Romantic Classics.


Booking is essential: booking@musicrevival.co.za or MUSIC REVIVAL 083 417 4473 (sms) or WhatsApp

  • Tickets are R250 including four-course classic Mexican-style meal from 6:45 pm prepared by Chris du Bois.
  • This includes Nachos, Tortilla Soup, Enchiladas with Tomatillo Green Sauce, Tres Leches Cake. 
  • Dinner guests should please bring their own wine/drinks.
  • The venue opens 6:30 pm.
  • Book a table for 4 or more or join others at one of the communal 'party' tables or 6 or 8.
  • Limited tables of 2 available outdoors and individual couches will be provided in the case of inclement weather
  • The music performance with Christopher Duigan will take place after the dinner .
  • Please include your contact numbers in all email and telephone bookings

 


"MY FAVOURITE MAGNIFICENT CLASSICS"  with CHRISTOPHER DUIGAN

For the opening concert of the 2017 series, and Music Revivals 20th year, Christopher Duigan plays an exhilarating programme of his favorite classical piano masterpieces. These uplifting and boldly positive compositions have formed a major part of his repertoire in numerous performances over the past 20 years.   Music Revival, established in October 1997, has grown from a series of small intimate concerts to a regular and dependable series of more than 100 concerts annually presented across KZN, in Johannesburg and the Cape Winelands, from home soirees to major festivals and symphony concerts.

Principal works on Duigan’s programme at the end of January includes George Frederic Handel's Chaconne in G HWV 435 and Ludwig van Beethoven’s exhilarating   “Waldstein" Sonata op 53. The 'Waldstein' is one of Beethoven's most iconic and reverred compositions. The second part of the programme features music by Claude Debussy  "Reflets dans l'eau" (Reflections in the water) and Liszt’s "Harmonies du soir" from his "Transcendental Etudes", a powerful and emotionally resplendent composition. The programme ends with the "Heroic" Polonaise in A-flat Op 53 by Frederic Chopin. The last work said to be one of the composer’s boldest compositions giving voice to a nations cry for freedom following the Russian invasion of Poland of 1831. This programme offers a stupendous start to the concerts in 2017!

This concert is also presented :

  • Howick at Amber Valley Wednesday 25 January
  • St Agnes Church in Kloof on Thursday 26 January

"MY FAVOURITE MAGNIFICENT CLASSICS"
SOLD OUT - Friday 27 January
R200 including dinner from 6:30 pm
'CASA MEXICANA' - 35 Montgomery Drive, Athlone
Secure Parking

Booking is essential: booking@musicrevival.co.za or MUSIC REVIVAL 083 417 4473 (sms) or WhatsApp

  • Tickets are R200 including a light meal on offer from 6:30 pm
  • Dinner guests should please bring their own wine.
  • The venue opens 6:30 pm on Friday.
  • Book a table for 4 or more or join others at one of the communal tables.
  • For those who wish to attend the concert only the ticket is R120 (including refreshments) with music starting at approx. 7:45 pm.
  • Please include your contact numbers in all email and telephone bookings

 

Sunday 29 January 3:00 pm *
TATHAM ART GALLERY

Tickets: R80
Secure Parking

Booking is preferred : chris@fotag.co.zaor MUSIC REVIVAL 083 417 4473 (sms) or WhatsApp
*Please note the Sunday afternoon time for this concert due to the exhibition opening in the morning.

  • Cafe Tatham 033 342 8327 open from10 am and for lunch. Bookings for lunch essential.
  • Tatham Art Gallery  Exhibition Opening at 11h00:  "Faye Spencer: Departures"

 



CD NOW AVAILABLE!
Christopher Duigan plays Chopin

The CD 'Christopher Duigan plays Chopin' is available at all concerts plus at the following outlets :
In Pietermaritzburg
ROSEHURST 239 BOOM ST  033 394 3833
PARKLANE COFFEE SHOP AT PARKLANE SUPERSPAR  033 342 3487
TATHAM ART GALLERY SHOP 033 392 2828

and

PRETORIA :  SALON MUSIC 012 346 3474
CAPE TOWN : UPBEAT MUSIC IN  SEA POINT 021 434 1994 (INCLUDING MAIL ORDER)

 

 

 

 

End of Year Concerts


We will be presenting the popular 'End of Year Concerts' to round off 2016

Casa Mexicana - 35 Montgomery Drive, Pietermaritzburg
29, 30 and 31 December.  
Secure parking
Christopher Duigan plays a fun and easy-going selection of music.  


Guest artist:  Bongiwe Madlala (soprano) sings music by Puccini and the seasonal favourite "O Holy Night'

 

SOLD OUT Thursday 29 December at 8:00 pm.  R120. Doors open 7:00 pm.   Bring your own wine/drinks.
SOLD OUT - Friday 30 December  R230 includes a three course meal prepared by Chef Chris du Bois. Served from 7:00 pm - doors open 6:30 pm
SOLD OUT - Saturday 31 December  R200 includes a light meal and dessert of 'Pasta and Pesto' plus lemon posset. Doors open at 6:30 pm

For concert only 30 and 31 December : Tickets R120 with concert starting at approximately 8:00 pm (Concert duration is 60 mins) 
Guests should please bring their own wine.
Please note the venue opening times.
Book a table for 4 more or more.  Other seating is unreserved.
Please include your contact numbers in all email and telephone bookings.
Booking: E-mail booking@musicrevival.co.za or sms or WhatsApp  preferred 083 4174473


SOUTH Africa’s Mr Music, Richard Cock, will be sharing the stage with Cape Town soprano, Beverley Chiat, and pianist, Christopher Duigan, at two special Christmas concerts.

Music-lovers can look forward to an evening of readings, carols and seasonal music at the Tatham Art Gallery in Chief Albert Luthuli Street, Pietermaritzburg on Tuesday 20 December at 7.30 pm. The concert is repeated in Kloof the following day. (See our Kloof and Durban page.)

Cock will entertain the audience with his humorous selections of seasonal stories, readings and anecdotes and Chiat will sing seasonal music including  'Ave Maria', 'Panis Angelicus' and 'O Holy Night'. The together they will lead the audiences in the singing of carols with Duigan at the piano. 


Scenes from this year's CHRISTMAS CONCERT with the Drakensberg Boys Choir at the City Hall - 29 November 2016.  Pics by Jonathan Burton


CHRISTMAS

Music Revival presents
CHRISTMAS
with the Drakensberg Boys Choir
TUESDAY 29 NOVEMBER 2016 at 7:00 pm
CITY HALL, Pietermaritzburg

General tickets are R150 with discounts for pensioners and scholars R135.  Tickets should be purchased online at www.ticketpro.co.za

 

An unforgettable experience is set for local audiences when the world-renowned Drakensberg Boys Choir return to the stage of the Pietermaritzburg City Hall for the annual Festive Season concert. Simply titled ‘Christmas’, the concert presented by Music Revival, is coordinated once again by Christopher Duigan and Brad Glasspoole.  Save the date for Tuesday 29 November at 7:00 pm.

South Africa’s singing ambassadors, the Drakensberg Boys Choir, will lift the audience’s spirit with their singing of seasonal music including 'Gabriel’s Message’, 'Three Kings of Orient', 'The Virgin Mary had a baby boy', 'Ave Maria' and 'O, Holy Night.’ The choir of over 100 voices will be conducted by the recently appointed Artistic Director Bernard Kruger and Charlotte Botha.

The evening will also see the audience singing traditional carols including ‘O come all ye faithful’ accompanied by the iconic City Hall organ.  David Orr, well known organist and Head of Music at Epworth will be at the organ to lead the carols.  Lighting, now an integral part of the highly successful Music Revival City Hall concert series is provided by Big Beat.

‘Christmas’, presented by Music Revival is sponsored by Parklane SUPERSPAR in association with the City of Pietermaritzburg, CPW Printers, The Witness and Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa.

 

CD LAUNCH : CHRISTOPHER DUIGAN PLAYS CHOPIN

A FREE CONCERT
Sunday 27 November 11:30 am
TATHAM ART GALLERY
Secure Parking
The CD will be on sale.  Artist signing after the concert.

Christopher Duigan plays a selection of music by Frederic Chopin as recorded on his new CD 'Christopher Duigan plays Chopin'.  The first solo classical solo CD he has recorded in 12 years this follows on performances of this programme in all major centres in South Africa in the past nine months. The performance includes several of Chopin's most iconic nocturnes, waltzes, the Ballade no 1 and popular Fantasie-Impromptu. The photographs on the Cd booklet by Jonathan Burton were taken in the Tatham Art Gallery.

Donations collected  after to concert to Friends of the Tatham Art Gallery.

Booking is preferred : booking@musicrevival.co.za  or MUSIC REVIVAL 083 417 4473 (sms) or WhatsApp
Cafe Tatham open from 10 am and for lunch afterward.   Bookings for lunch at Cafe Tatham 033 342 8327.
 

Christopher Duigan plays Ludwig van Beethoven

Beethoven's musical output is often conveniently divided into three periods. In the first he uses the language of Viennese classicism established by earlier composers, above all Haydn and Mozart, with the emphasis on clarity, restraint, and balance. In the second period he moves beyond the conventions of classicism and writes with a bolder, more personal tone, often with very powerful surges toward moods of triumph, tragedy and transformation. In the third period, the earlier urgency gives way to moods that have been described by words such as ‘interior’, ‘contemplative’ and ‘visionary’. Christopher Duigan plays three sonatas from the canon of Beethoven's 32 Piano Sonatas that represent each of these periods: the light-hearted Sonata in F Op 10 No 2, the popular 'Moonlight' Sonata Op 27 no 2 and the Sonata in E Op 109 . Music by German romantic composers, who were highly influenced by Beethoven's legacy, Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms, complete the selection. 

Sunday 30 October 11:30 am
TATHAM ART GALLERY
Secure Parking
Tickets: R80  
Booking is preferred : chris@fotag.co.za  or MUSIC REVIVAL 083 417 4473 (sms) or WhatsApp
Cafe Tatham open from 10 am and for lunch afterward.   Bookings for lunch at Cafe Tatham 033 342 8327.

 

This concert is repeated in Howick at Amber Valley ( Wednesday 26 October - for residents and their guests only), St Agnes Church in Kloof on Thursday 27 October  ( see Kloof and Durban page) and as a Dinner Soiree at  the pianists home studio (see below).

Christopher Duigan plays Ludwig van Beethoven
Friday 28 October
R200 including dinner from 6:30 pm
35 Montgomery Drive, Athlone
Secure Parking

Booking is essential: booking@musicrevival.co.za or MUSIC REVIVAL 083 417 4473 (sms) or WhatsApp

  • Tickets are R200 including a light meal on offer from 6:30 pm
  • Dinner guests should please bring their own wine.
  • The venue opens 6:30 pm on Friday.
  • Book a table for 4 more or more or join others at one of the large tables.
  • For those who wish to attend the concert only the ticket is R120 (including refreshments) with music starting at approx. 7:40 pm.
  • Please include your contact numbers in both email and telephone bookings

The Music of Chopin

Christopher Duigan repeats his recent Chopin programme as played atthe recent at Hilton Arts Festival. He plays the composer’s Ballade No 3, waltzes in E-flat, A minor and B minor, three Etudes from Op. 10, Scherzo No. 1, and a selection of Nocturnes.

Friday 30 September
R200 including dinner from 6:30 pm
35 Montgomery Drive, Athlone
Secure Parking
Booking is essential: booking@musicrevival.co.za or
MUSIC REVIVAL083 417 4473 (sms) or WhatsApp

  • Tickets are R200 including a light meal on offer from 6:30 pm
  • Dinner guests should please bring their own wine.
  • The venue opens 6:30 pm on Friday.
  • Book a table for 4 more or more or join others at one of the larger tables.
  • For those who wish to attend the concert only the ticket is R120 (including refreshments) with music starting atapprox. 7:30 pm.
  • Please include your contact numbers in both email and telephone bookings

Christopher Duigan (piano), Junnan Sun (clarinet) and Aristide du Plessis (cello), join forces as the Trio Frontier for a concert at the Tatham Art Gallery in Chief Albert Luthuli Street, Pietermaritzburg at 11.30 am on Sunday, September 25.

The programme will include: the Clarinet Sonata by Saint-Saens, Trio Op 11 and Cello Sonata Op 69 by Beethoven, music by Brahms, JS Bach and Bella-Kovacs and the evergreen The Swan from Carnival of the Animals.

Tickets for the Tatham concert, which is part of the Music Revival series, are R80. Book at Music Revival at 083 417 4473 (sms) or email chris@fotag.co.za
There is secure parking next to the gallery and Café Tatham will be open from 10am.


Hilton Arts Festival at hilton College  Friday 16 - Sunday 18 September 2016

BEETHOVEN SERIES: ChristopherDuigan with Joanna Frankel (violin)  Junnan Sun (clarinet)  Aristide du Pleases (cello)   and the KZNPO String Quartet


BEETHOVEN I: The 'Kreutzer' and Franck for Violin and Piano
Acclaimed international violinist and KZN Philharmonic Concert-master, Joanna Frankel, joins Christopher Duigan (piano) in the opening concert of the Music Revival Concert Series. In the first of this Beethoven-focused series of concerts, they play one of the composer's crowning masterpieces, the Violin Sonata in A Op.47 ' Kreutzer'. Known for its challenging violin and piano parts, extreme emotional range, and length, the sonata was originally written for violinist George BrIdgetower, a noted British virtuoso of the day, born of Polish and West Indian parents. Beethoven later withdrew the dedication after a personal dispute following the first performance. He finally dedicated the work to the French virtuoso, Rodolphe Kreutzer, who thought the work unplayable and never performed it. In this concert, Frankel and Duigan pair the 'Kreutzer' with the Sonata in A major by Belgian-French Cesar Franck, one of the finest, most ecstatic and best loved sonatas for violin and piano. 
 
BEETHOVEN II: Piano Concerto No 3 and Mozart
Like Mozart, and later Chopin, it would have been customary for Beethoven to perform his piano concertos in a 'reduced' version, especially when trying out a new work. Christopher Duigan is joined by the KZN Philharmonic Quartet in a performance of selections from one of these Mozart Concertos, in C major K415, as arranged by the composer, together with Beethoven's Piano Concerto No 3 in C minor. Although not a published arrangement by the composer himself, it offers rare insight and a fresh take on the music. As a composer, Beethoven experienced much success at the turn of the 19th century. He wrote his first two symphonies, his first set of string quartets, and the famous “Moonlight” Sonata. His encroaching deafness meant that his days as a performer were coming to an end; but when he wrote the Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, a dramatic and intense vehicle for his pianistic and compositional prowess, he was still able to play, acting as the soloist at the premiere in 1803. 
 
BEETHOVEN III - The 'Moonlight' Sonata
Beethoven's musical output is often conveniently divided into three periods. In the first he uses the language of Viennese classicism established by earlier composers, above all Haydn and Mozart, with the emphasis on clarity, restraint, and balance. In the second period he moves beyond the conventions of classicism and writes with a bolder, more personal tone, often with very powerful surges toward moods of triumph, tragedy and transformation. In the third period, the earlier urgency gives way to moods that have been described by words such as ‘interior’, ‘contemplative’ and ‘visionary’. Christopher Duigan plays three sonatas from the canon of Beethoven's 32 Piano Sonatas that represent each of these periods: the light-hearted Sonata in F Op 10 No 2, the popular 'Moonlight' Sonata Op 27 no 2 and the Sonata in E Minor Op 90. Music by German romantic composers, who were highly influenced by Beethoven's legacy, Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms, complete the selection. 
 
BEETHOVEN IV - The Clarinet Trio and Saint-Saëns
Ending the Beethoven series, young musicians, Junnan Sun (clarinet) and Aristide du Plessis (cello), join Christopher Duigan in a spirited selection of music for clarinet, cello and piano. Beethoven wrote his Trio in B-flat Op. 11 in 1797 at the request of Joseph Beer, a noted clarinettist of the time, who considered it an insufficiently flashy vehicle for his talents and may never have performed it. Beethoven used a melody drawn from Joseph Weigl’s opera, L’Amor Mariner, in the variations of the finale of this trio. The tune was all the rage in Vienna at the time, to the point where it was hummed and whistled in the city’s streets, and gave the trio the nickname “Gassenhauer” (street tune). In contrast is Saint-Saëns’ Clarinet Sonata. In the last year of his life, at 85, Saint-Saëns was still active as a composer and conductor, travelling between Algiers and Paris. His last completed works were three sonatas, one each for oboe, clarinet, and bassoon. The programme is completed by Beethoven’s ebullient Sonata in A Major Op 69 - a tour de force of lyricism and brilliance and sees Beethoven at his most optimistic.


TWO GUITARS - James Grace and Jonathan Crossley
Acclaimed guitarists, James Grace and Jonathan Crossley, present an innovative and varied programme at the Hilton Arts Festival. Both artists are accomplished soloists and chamber musicians, maintaining full-time performing and teaching careers which regularly take them throughout Southern Africa, Europe and the UAE. In this concert, the duo will perform original works for two guitars by composers including the Italian, Ferdinando Carulli, and Julio Cesar Oliva, from Mexico, alongside arrangements of works by Manuel de Falla and Manuel Maria Ponce, among others. The concert is one of two free concerts at the Hilton Arts Festival sponsored by Marriott, The Income Specialists.


THE MUSIC OF CHOPIN
Pianist, Christopher Duigan, performs the music of French-Polish pianist and composer, Frédéric Chopin. In the first of two free concerts at the Hilton Arts Festival sponsored by Marriott, The Income Specialists, this programme includes a representative selection of the composer's music: The Ballade No 3, Scherzo No.1 and nocturnes, mazurkas and waltzes. In this special presentation Duigan will also be discussing the insight he gained into Chopin's life and his music while on a trip to Warsaw, Poland and the Chopin Museum last year. Duigan, a Steinway Artist, has devoted much time to the study and performance of Chopin’s music in his professional career over the last 25 years and was invited to give two recital programmes of the composer’s music at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown in 2010 on the 200th anniversary of the composer's birth. 



This concert also takes place -

20 Popular Light Classics with Christopher Duigan

Friday 2 September
R200 including dinner from 6:30 pm
35 Montgomery Drive, Athlone
Secure Parking
Booking is essential: booking@musicrevival.co.za or
MUSIC REVIVAL 083 417 4473 (sms) or WhatsApp

 

  • Tickets are R200 including a light meal on offer from 6:30 pm.
  • Dinner guests should please bring their own wine.
  • The venue opens 6:30 pm on Friday.
  • Book a table for 4 more or more or meet others at one of the large tables or enjoy a relaxing time on a sofa.
  • For those who wish to attend the concert only the ticket is R120 (including refreshments) with music starting at  approx. 7:30 pm.
  • Please include your contact numbers in both email and telephone bookings

And also at Kloof -

THURSDAY 1 SEPTEMBER St Agnes Kloof Tel 031 764 2037 to book.

 


 

 

A WORLD IN MUSIC : MUSIC OF THE WORLD

Christopher Duigan gathers together a selection piano favourites and lesser-known pieces In a programme that brings together a variety of music from many lands and cultures.  The programme also explores a multitude of sounds and textures in the piano.   This includes music from South America, Europe and America from the ragtime, tango, film music, and classical repertoire. Featured are Liszt's 'Un sospiro', Chopin’s Ballade No 3, music by Piazzolla, Scott Joplin, Ludovico Einaudi, and morel 

A WORLD IN MUSIC : MUSIC OF THE WORLD  Christopher Duigan  (piano)
Sunday 26 June at 11:30 am
TATHAM ART GALLERY

Tickets: R80
Cafe Tatham open from 10 am and for lunch afterward.  Bookings for lunch at Cafe Tatham 033 342 8327.

Repeated ..

A WORLD IN MUSIC : MUSIC OF THE WORLD
Friday 1 July
35 Montgomery Drive, Athlone

Secure Parking
 


Music Revival presents an outstanding  Beethoven Concert  with the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra in Kloof at St Agnes Church on Thursday 30 June. This concert takes place also on Wednesday 29 June at Amber Valley in Howick but is open to Amber Valley resident and their guests only.  The concert also  marks the 70th Music Revival concert at Amber Valley.  Please beg any friend who is resident at Amber Valley  to invite you, or join us at Kloof, a mere 30 mins journey from Pietermaritzburg.  See the Kloof  and Durban page for details.

 

 

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Pietermaritzburg and KZN Midlands


 

Music Revival Concerts in Pietermaritzburg and KZN Midlands :  PREVIOUS EVENTS

Pietermaritzburg and KZN Midlands


 

Music Revival Concerts in Pietermaritzburg and KZN Midlands :  PREVIOUS EVENTS


PREVIOUS EVENTS

“THE ROYAL SYMPHONY"

AT THE ROYAL SHOW
FEATURING THE KZN PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA A
ND SOLOISTS
SUNDAY 5 JUNE AT 10H00
THE ROYAL SHOW GROUNDS, PIETERMARITZBURG

The splendour of the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra onstage in a Sunday morning concert of radiant classics and beautiful melodies is always a highlight for local audiences. This year those attending the Royal Symphony Concert at The Royal Show will not be disappointed when they experience a superb selection of popular classics suitable for the whole family. With an enticing theme of “Morning Melodies” the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra will present a superb rendition of many of the worlds loveliest and popular classic melodies.  Now in its fifth year, the Royal Symphony Concert, is presented by The Royal Show, in association with the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra on the Great Stage of the Main Arena on Sunday 5 June at 10h00.  The programme, compiled by Music Revival’s Christopher Duigan, sees Assistant Artistic Director of the orchestra, Daniel Walshaw, conduct the orchestra and soloists for this magnificent performance.  They will play music from The Four Seasons by Vivaldi, the jovial Rondo from Mozart’s Horn Concerto 4, The Swan from Carnival of Animals, Mozart’s Symphony No 40, the serene Largo, from the New World Symphony by Antonin Dvorak, Flight of the Bumble Bee and many others. Soloists include orchestra concertmaster Joanna Frankel on violin, Russian cellist Boris Kerimov, and pianist Christopher Duigan who plays Beethoven’s immortal ‘Fur Elise’ and the popular film music number 'River Runs Through You’.  The concert offers a unique opportunity for the whole family to experience a live symphony orchestra playing a familiar choice of quality music as popularised in the general media; in movies, ads and on TV. 'THE ROYAL SYMPHONY' with the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra takes to the stage on Sunday 5 June at 10h00.  The concert has been made possible with support from The Witness and Parklane SUPERSPAR.  

Daily gate fees for the Royal Show apply.

 

 

 

VIOLIN AND PIANO :  MUSIC OF BEETHOVEN, MOZART AND TCHAIKOVSKY  
WITH JOANNA FRANKEL (VIOLIN) AND  CHRISTOPHER DUIGAN  (PIANO)

Joanna Frankel, Concertmaster of the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra plays a magnificent selection of music with Christopher Duigan at the piano  Their programme includes sonatas by Mozart and Beethoven plus concert-pieces by Tchaikovsky.

Saturday 28 May including dinner from 6:30 pm
35 Montgomery Drive, Athlone

This programme is repeated:
Sunday 29 May at 11:00 am  
TATHAM ART GALLERY

PROGRAMME
Sonata in B-flat K. 378 - WA Mozart
Sonata in C minor Op 30 No 2 - Ludwig van Beethoven
Serenade melancolique - PI Tchaikovsky

 

 

CLASSIC PIANO RECITAL: MUSIC OF HANDEL, BEETHOVEN, CHOPIN, DEBUSSY AND LISZT  
WITH CHRISTOPHER DUIGAN  (PIANO)

Christopher Duigan plays a magnificent selection of music ahead of his performances of the same in Barcelona, Spain. His recital includes several of his popular favourites for concert performance; the Chaconne by GF Handel, Sonata in E-flat major  Op 27 No 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven,  Debussy’s Reflets dans l'eau (Reflections in the water) and music by Chopin and Liszt.

Saturday 16 April at 7:30 pm  R150
35 Montgomery Drive, Athlone
Secure Parking

 

Classic Piano Recital : Music of Handel, Beethoven, Debussy and Liszt  with Christopher Duigan
Sunday 17 April at 11:00 am  
TATHAM ART GALLERY
Tickets: R80
Secure parking

Booking is preferred : booking@musicrevival.co.za or chris@fotag.co.za  or MUSIC REVIVAL 083 417 4473 (sms) 
Cafe Tatham open from 10 am and for lunch afterward.  Bookings for lunch at Cafe Tatham 033 342 8327

 

 

A TANGO AND CLASSIC ITALIAN SONG EVENING

Thursday 7 April 7:30 pm
Tatham Art Gallery
A FOTAG FUND RAISER presented in association with Music Revival
A very unique and entertaining concert .Popular dance tangos from Italy and Argentina including music by Astor Piazzolla with members of the renowned  Cape Town Tango Ensemble -  accordion, violin, piano and double bass. With Stanislav Angelov Piet de Beer and Christopher Duigan.

Plus all the favourite popular cafe songs accompanied in authentic style by accordion and violin with tenor Nicola Cencherle  - 'O sole mio', 'Santa Lucia' etc.. A relaxed and fun concert of superbly spirited music. 

 

 

THE MUSIC OF CHOPIN

St Michael's and All Angels Church, HIMEVILLE
Friday 1 April 7;30 pm
Sponsored by Moorcroft Manor and Wedgewood Nougat

Christopher Duigan plays music by Chopin including the Ballade No 3, waltzes and nocturnes alongside other popular compositions from Scott Joplin, tango and contemporary film music.


MIDNIGHT BLUE

The new CD with David Salleras  & Christopher Duigan
Launch concert

Tuesday 22 MARCH at 7:30 pm  
'Casa Mexicana'  35 Montgomery Drive, Athlone
 

David Salleras and Christopher Duigan play the only complete performance of their new CD ' Midnight Blue'.  Featuring eight new compositions from Christopher Duigan the Cd will be on sale and artists on hand to sign the CD.  Titles include ' Conversations', 'Turning In', 'Midnight Chorale" and 'Four Nocturnes ( 2015)' .  Salleras, who is acknowledged  as one the world leaders in contemporary saxophone playing, has promoted Duigans' music since their first meeting in 2012.  The CD was recorded in Durban at the SABC Studios.

 

 

RHAPSODY IN BLUE


KZN PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA and SOLOISTS
SATURDAY 19 MARCH 7:30 pm
CITY HALL, Pieternaritzburg

Tickets: R130 to R200 with discounts for pensioners and students
Booking : Parklane SUPERSPAR 033 3423487

Conductor:  James Ross
Soloists:  David Salleras (saxophone), Christopher Duigan (piano),  Stephane Pechaux (percussion)

PROGRAMME:
Gershwin : Rhapsody in Blue
Yoshimatsu : Saxophone Concerto, op. 59, “Cyber Bird”
Gershwin : Porgy and Bess – A Symphonic Picture
Christopher Duigan -  Nos. 2 & 3 from 'Four Nocturnes' (2015)

 

THE music of George Gershwin takes centre stage when the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra takes to the stage of the Pietermaritzburg City Hall on Saturday, March 19 at 7.30 pm.

Presented in association with Parklane SUPERSPAR, Rhapsody in Blue will feature solo performances by David Salleras (saxophone ) and renowned concert pianist, Christopher Duigan (piano). The orchestra will be conducted by James Ross, director of orchestral activities at the University of Maryland in the United States.

“It’s a really exciting programme,” said Duigan, “because it is it mainly a Gershwin programme. I will be playing Rhapsody in Blue on the rebuilt Steinway and Sons Concert Grand Piano and the orchestra will be doing a suite for his opera Porgy and Bess, which includes songs like the hugely popular Summertime.”

The concert will feature the full KZN Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as extra saxophone players and a banjo player. “It is just beautiful music and the symphonic splendour of the whole Gershwin Suite is going to be amazing,” Duigan said.

Porgy and Bess is an English-language opera composed in 1934 by Gershwin, with a libretto written by DuBose Heyward and Ira Gershwin from Heyward's novel Porgy and later play of the same title. 

The opera tells the story of Porgy, a disabled street-beggar living in the slums of Charleston, South Carolina, and his attempts to rescue Bess from the clutches of Crown, her violent and possessive lover, and Sportin' Life the drug dealer. 

Porgy and Bess: A Symphonic Picture was arranged by Gershwin's good friend and sometimes assistant, Robert Russell Bennet,t in 1942 and includes most of the best-known songs from the opera.

Also on the programme is a performance of Japanese composer, Takashi Yoshimatsu’s Saxophone Concerto "Cyber Bird", Op. 59 (1994). It will include solos by saxophone maestro David Salleras, Duigan and Stéphane Péchoux, the orchestra’s principal percussionist.

“It’s a very jazzy piece, Eastern with a Japanese feel. It’s fresh, exciting and unique,” Duigan said of the work.

Yoshimatsu, one of the most prolific and popular of contemporary Japanese composers, draws from a vast range of musical influences, including rock and jazz. His cultural influences include his native Japan.

Salleras, who teaches at the National Conservatoire of Girona (Spain), and Duigan - one of South Africa's leading concert pianists and a Steinway artist - will also join forces to perform the second and third nocturnes from Duigan’s Four Nocturnes (2015) for solo sax and piano with orchestra.

“The Four Nocturnes and four other pieces are on my new album, Midnight Blue, which will be released the same week,” said Duigan of his follow-up to Indigo, which he also recorded with Salleras.The saxophonist is the recipient of numerous international awards. His compositions are performed and recorded by sax players from around the world.

Tickets for Rhapsody in Blue, presented by KZN Philharmonic in association with Parklane SUPERSPAR, and with the support of the Msunduzi Municipality, Christopher Duigan’s Music Revival and CPW Printers are R130 (R120 pensioners, R80 scholars) and R200 for premier seats.

To book tickets for this musical spectacle call in at the Parklane SUPERSPAR Coffee Shop or phone Jennifer at 033 342 3487.

There is secure parking in City Hall, Bessie Head Library and Tatham Art Gallery precincts.

 

 

 

MUSIC OF CHOPIN AND LISZT: WITH CHRISTOPHER DUIGAN  (PIANO)

Friday 26 FEBRUARY at 7:30 pm  35 Montgomery Drive, Athlone
Sunday 28 FEBRUARY at 11:00 am   TATHAM ART GALLERY

Due to the exceptional demand for tickets and the traffic issues in the City precinct last Sunday we are repeating this  magnificent programme for your enjoyment - Friday 11 March and Sunday 13 March.

FRIDAY 11 MARCH 7;30 pm 35 Montgomery drive, AthlonE
Sunday 13 MARCH at 11:00 am   TATHAM ART GALLERY

The performance is repeated on Sunday 13 March at 11:00 am at the Tatham Art Gallery. Tickets are R80.   Visit the beautiful Tatham Art Gallery on a Sunday morning, enjoy coffee before from 10 am or lunch after at Cafe Tatham and enjoy a fine selection of music whilst observing the surrounding artworks - certainly a sublime combination.  The Tatham Art Gallery is one of 7 major art museums in South Africa and hosts a highly representative and dynamic collection of  artworks.

Christopher Duigan plays a magnificent selection of music by two of the greatest Romantic poet virtuosos of the piano; Frederic Chopin and Franz Liszt. Duigan includes a selection of music including the popular Ballade No 3, Waltz in A minor, 3 Etudes from Op. 10 by Chopin with a selection of music by Liszt including the beguiling Concert-Etude ‘Un sospiro’.

This is worth a visit:   Google Cultural Institute

 

 

THE ENTERTAINER: A PROGRAMME OF POPULAR RAGTIME!

With Christopher Duigan  (piano)
Friday 12 FEBRUARY at 7:30 pm
35 Montgomery Drive, Athlone
Secure Parking
Booking is essential: booking@musicrevival.co.za or MUSIC REVIVAL Tel  083 417 4473 (sms) 

Music Revival starts a new season of intimate soirees in 2016 with a selection of up-beat ragtime to start the year's concert series on a bright note.  This includes Scott Joplin’s ‘The Easy Winners’, 'Ragtime Dance’ ‘Solace: A Mexican Serenade’  and ‘The Entertainer’ (also known as the them tune to 'The Sting’).  In addition Duigan plays rags by James Scott and Joseph Lamb including ‘ Frogs Legs Rag', ’Kitten On the Keys’ plus Gershwin's ‘I Got Rhythm' and’ Someone to Watch Over Me’

Sunday 14 FEBRUARY at 3:30 pm
The performance is repeated on Sunday at 3:30 pm.  Tickets are R100 which includes refreshments on arrival.  The venue opens 3:00 pm on Sunday which also provides an opportunity to explore the beautiful summer garden.

 

 

 

'CAROLS FOR CHRISTMAS' with Richard Cock


Enjoy a traditional Christmas gathering with carols, words and song with 'Carols for Christmas' with Richard Cock   This traditional Christmas gathering offers an ideal opportunity to join family and friends in the seasonal spirit. South Africa's music maestro Richard Cock has become known as 'Mr Music' through his generous and friendly manner of bringing people together, uplifting spirits, sharing the joy of music.   In this special event Richard Cock is not only host for the evening, but will lead the audience in singing favourite Carols, present readings, both sacred and secular, and will also sing his favourite popular Christmas songs! He will encourage the audience, in his own generous way, to raise the roof in the singing of carols.  Additional musical delights will be provided by pianist Christopher Duigan and one of South Africa’s rising stars on the musical horizon, Cape Town  tenor  Lukhanyo Moyake  who sings 'O Holy Night’ and other sacred material.

CAROLS FOR CHRISTMAS with Richard Cock, Lukhanyo Moyake (tenor), Christopher Duigan (piano) 
FRIDAY  11 DECEMBER    7:30 pm Church of the Ascension, HILTON
TICKETS: R120   includes refreshments at interval  
Booking - Church of the Ascension, HILTON  033 343 3012  or  email booking@musicrevival.co.za  

Secure Parking in Brindy Rd

Also on ...
WEDNESDAY  9 DECEMBER - Amber Valley    Amber Valley Residents and their guests only.
THURSDAY  10 DECEMBER    7:30 pm St Agnes Church, KLOOF
TICKETS: R120   include refreshments at interval  Booking - St Agnes Church, Kloof  031 764 2037 or  email booking@musicrevival.co.za  Secure Parking  


TATHAM POP UP   CONCERT
SUNDAY 6 DECEMBER 3:30 pm    

TATHAM ART GALLERY
Music Revival in association with FOTAG presents a fun afternoon concert with a variety of musicians and music as part of the Tatham's 'POP UP' Weekend. This takes place at the Tatham Art Gallery, opposite City Hall.  Tickets are R80. To book mail chris@fotag.co.za or sms Music Revival 083 4174473 or call Music Revival 033 3423051.  There is secure parking in the parliamentary parking. Cafe Tatham will be open. Further details to be announced.

 


Parklane SUPERSPAR in association with the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra and Christopher Duigan's Music Revival presents
CHRISTMAS  
with the Drakensberg Boys Choir and soloists Beverly Chiat  (soprano) and  Christopher Duigan (piano) with the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Daniel Walshaw
THURSDAY 3 DECEMBER 2015
CITY HALL, Pietermaritzburg
7:00 pm
Tickets for this concert are  now available at Parklane Coffee Shop   033 342 3487.
There is secure, patrolled parking  in the City Hall,  Tatham Art Gallery and Bessie Head Library precinct.


An unforgettable experience is set for local audiences when the Drakensberg Boys Choir joins the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra on stage in the Pietermaritzburg City Hall. Simply titled ‘Christmas’, this seasonal end-of-year concert, once-again presented by Parklane SUPERSPAR, takes place on Thursday 3 December at 7:00 pm.

The orchestra play a section of Christmas favourites including 'Sleigh Ride' and 'A Christmas Fantasy’.  The world-renowned Drakensberg Boys Choir will lift the audience’s spirit with their singing of seasonal music including selections from ‘Stella Natalis’, a work fro choir and large orchestra by contemporary Welsh composer  Karl Jenkins, composer of the popular 'Adiemus’.  The choir will also lead the audience in the singing of traditional carols accompanied by the famous City Hall organ.


Soloists for the evening include Cape Town soprano Beverley Chiat who sings  'O Holy Night’  and "I Know that my Redeemer Liveth' from Handel’s ‘Messiah'. The KZN Philharmonic is conducted once again by Daniel Walshaw and Christopher Duigan is at the piano.  Lighting, now an integral part of any Parklane concert at the City Hall, is provided by Big Beat.

Tickets for this special event are now available at Parklane SUPERSPAR Coffee Shop Tel. 033 342 3487 ranging from R130 to R200 with discounts for pensioners (R120) and students and children (R80).   There is secure, patrolled parking in the City Hall,  Tatham Art Gallery and Bessie Head Library precincts.


‘Christmas’, presented by Parklane SUPERSPAR in association with Christopher Duigan’s Music Revival and the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra, is sponsored by the City of Pietermaritzburg,  CPW Printers and ABI. 

 


I WANT TO BE IN OPERA
Two superb voices gather for a glamorous evening at various venues in KZN. Celebrated mezzo Violina Anguelov is joined by long-time colleague Beverley Chiat (soprano) in a superb and entertaining selection of opera duets and arias. They have delighted audiences nation-wide together for many years.  Expect spectacular performances from ‘Carmen’, La Boheme’, ‘Rigoletto’, ‘La Traviata’, folk songs,  and several comic moments (including the ‘ Cat Duet’) in this beautifully styled and created programme. Christopher Duigan accompanies at the piano.

MUSIC REVIVAL’S OFFICIAL 18th BIRTHDAY PARTY
Friday 27 November at 7:30 pm
35 Montgomery Drive, Athlone
R170 includes a light meal before-hand or R120 without.  
Meal served from 6:30 pm.  
Booking Music Revival 033 342 3051 or booking@musicrevival.co.za   

Also on …
Wednesday 25 November at 7:00pm - Amber Valley   Amber Valley Residents and their guests only.
Thursday 26 November  at 7:30 pm - St Agnes, Kloof  R100 includes refreshments  Booking: St Agnes Booking 031 764 2037

Accommodation generously sponsored by Fountains B&B

 

 



LET THE PEOPLE SING!
A festival of popular hymns and inspirational songs.
Supported by Parklane SUPERSPAR
Featuring massed choirs including Epworth and Michaelhouse Choirs with the Howick Singers. 
Includes brass, timpani and organ plus audience singing in selected hymns.
With special guests Christopher Duigan (piano) and Christopher Cockburn (organ).
Thursday 22 October at 19h00
City Hall, Pietermaritzburg

 

Epworth School presents "Let the People Sing!”, a festival of popular hymns and inspirational songs on Thursday, 22 October at 19:00 in the Pietermaritzburg City Hall. Early booking is advised as a capacity audience is expected.

This musical event aims to bring together communities, audiences and choirs in a festival of uplifting music featuring a 250-voice massed choir. The choirs will also perform individually. These  include the Michaelhouse Chapel Choir and the Howick Singers, along with the Epworth choirs in a diverse range of traditional and contemporary music.

The evening also offers opportunity for the audience to join in with the singing of popular hymns. Special guests include organist Christopher Cockburn and pianist Christopher Duigan along with brass and percussion instruments adding to the occasion.

Conceived by David Orr, Head of Music and Culture at Epworth, and Frenchye Magee, Epworth Chaplain, the evening is designed to celebrate the capacity of shared musical experience as a harmonizing medium for persons of all ages and from all walks of life. 

This event is supported by Parklane SUPERSPAR, CPW Printers, The Witness and Christopher Duigan's Music Revival.
Booking is now open. Tickets range upwards from R80 (for children and scholars) and R100 (for adults).  Secure parking is provided in the City Hall precinct.
Tickets are available from Parklane SUPERSPAR 033 342 3487.  All proceeds from the evening will benefit the Epworth Foundation Bursary Fund.


 

Twelve Strings -Two Guitars

A Taste of Mexico with Morgan Szymanski and James Grace (guitars) 
Monday 19 October 7:30 pm
Casa Mexicana -  35 Montgomery Drive, Athlone

 


Parklane SUPERSPAR in association with the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra and Christopher Duigan’s Music Revival  present

Last Night of the Proms!
KZN 25th Anniversary Edition  with Richard Cock

Featuring the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra and Pietermaritzburg Proms Choir
With soloists Lukhanyo Moyake (tenor)  Christopher Cockburn (organ) plus piper and dancers
Incldues ‘O Fortuna’ from ‘Carmina Burana', 'Slaves Chorus', ‘Hallelujah Chorus', 'O sole mio’,  'Nessun dorma’, ‘Finlandia', music by Glazunov
And Proms favourites ‘Land of Hope and Glory' and ‘Jerusalem’.

Saturday 10 October at 19h30
City Hall, Pietermaritzburg
Secure parking

Tickets: R120 to R260.  Discounts for pensioners and scholars.
Booking: Parklane SUPERSPAR 033 342 3487

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




The HILTON ARTS FESTIVAL    17 - 20 SEPTEMBER 2015

GRAND VOICES
Sponsored by Parklane Superspar
An exciting concert featuring the magnificent voices of Violina Angelov (mezzo soprano) and Lukhanyo Moyake  (tenor). Violina has earned a stellar reputation as SA’s top mezzo and introduces fellow Cape Town Opera member,  the young tenor, Lukhanyo Moyake.  They sing celebrated arias, duets and songs from ‘Carmen', 'Samson and Delilah', 'La Traviata' and  ‘Rigoletto' plus traditional songs and Rachmaninoff's  ’Spring Waters’.   With Christopher Duigan at the piano this will be a glamourous event!

IN CONCERT: CHRISTOPHER DUIGAN
Sponsored by Parklane Superspar
Christopher Duigan plays a varied and inspiring Classical Piano Recital for the opening concert of the Music Revival Series.  His programme  includes a selection of Domenico Scarlatti  Sonatas, Ludwig van Beethoven's 'Tempest' Sonata,  Frederic Chopin’s  Polonaise in F-sharp minor op 44 and ‘Ondine' from Maurice Ravel’s 'Gaspard de la nuit'.  Duigan, regarded as one of South Africa’s most prolific, and  versatile,  concert pianists, is a Steinway Artist and has maintained a busy schedule of concerts, recitals and concerto performances nationally over the last  24 years. 

JOANNA FRANKEL
Free concert sponsored by Marriott The Income Specialists
Concertmaster of the KZN Philharmonic and Juilliard graduate joins Christopher Duigan in a program of  violin favourites for a superb classical performance. Frankel has  received rave reviews for her performances most notably her concerto  engagements with the KZN Philharmonic including those in the World Symphony Series at the Durban City Hall and, recently, at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown.  With pianist Christopher Duigan, the duo of Frankel and Duigan, have  formed a unique creative partnership over the last two years with numerous performance, including those at the Johannesburg International Mozart Festival, in the Cape and throughout KZN. 


THE BEST OF SA JAZZ
Free concert sponsored by Marriott The Income Specialists
A superb collection of classic South African jazz from a superstar line-up of top  jazz musicians. Neil Gonsalves-piano, Bruce Baker-drums, Ildo Nanja-bass and Mike Rossi – saxophones, play a  brilliant introduction to the classic South African repertoire, including  hit numbers  'Tsakwe/Royal Blue' and ‘Manenberg' from Abdullah Ibrahim, 'Pata Pata' and ‘Meadowlands’.   Introduced by Rossi, Prof of Jazz at UCT, they include  music by Winston Mankunku Ngoni,  Duke Makazi, Pat Matshikiza and  Bheki Mseleku.

STARDUST
Sponsored by Parklane Superspar
James Grace (guitar), Mike Rossi  (saxophone) and Christopher Duigan (piano) collaborate in a vibrant selection of popular music.   Hear their creative takes on popular standards including ‘Stardust', ‘Spain’,  'Just the Way you Are’ and ‘These Foolish Things'. Also included are original compositions by Christopher Duigan as recorded on his recent CD, ‘Indigo'.  American-born Rossi is the first recipient of the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Jazz Studies from the New England Conservatory of Music, Boston. Some performing credits include appearances with Darius Brubeck, Tony Bennett, Aretha Franklin, Artie Shaw Orchestra and Winston Mankunku. Rossi is Professor in Jazz at the University of Cape Town. He joins James Grace, regarded as South Africa's leading classical  and most versatile guitarist  and Christopher Duigan  in this unique collaboration of popular standards, flamboyant improvisations and original material.


ON COMMON GROUND

Drawing together a unique combination of  material  from the American Songbook,  jazz standards and originals, this  offers both musicians a chance to explore and find common ground in a collaborative enterprise.  US-born Mike Rossi, the first Doctoral graduate at in Jazz Studies at the New England Conservatory is one of the most blazing jazz players resident in SA and is in demand throughout the country at major festivals and  internationally.  he currently heads up the Jazz School at UCT. Regular appearances with Darius Brubeck in the piano sax duo and also the Brubeck Quartet have brought him Pietermaritzburg more than once.  He now teams up with classical pianist Christopher Duigan in a varied selection of that includes  classics ‘Stardust’,  'These Foolish Things',  Chick Corea's ‘Spain', numbers from Ellington and Jobim, plus selections of Duigan's own original material for saxophone and piano.

Saturday 15 August  at 7:30pm
35 Montgomery Drive, Athlone.  

Sunday 16 August 11:30 am
Tatham Art Gallery, opposite City Hall.

 


CLASSICAL MASTERPIECES - Mozart, Brahms, Beethoven  Christopher Duigan (piano)
Friday 31 July 7:30 pm  35 Montgomery Drive
Sunday 2 August 11:00 am  Tatham Art Gallery

Music Revival presents a classical piano recital by Christopher Duigan at 35 Montgomery Drive, Athlone - Pietermaritzburg and at the Tatham Art Gallery, opposite City Hall.

Duigan’s performance  'Classical Masterpieces' includes WA Mozart’s popular Piano Sonata in A major 'Alla turca’, music by Johannes Brahms, and Ludwig van Beethoven's  Piano Sonata op 31 ‘The Tempest’. This sonata was supposedly inspired by Shakespeare's  play of the same name, according to  Beethoven’s  biographer and secretary Anton Schindler. It is also known as 'Der Sturm' or 'The Storm'.    It is widely acknowledged as one of Beethoven’s great masterpieces.  

There will be two performance in Pietermaritzburg on Friday 31 July  at 7:30pm at Duigans’ home studio at 35 Montgomery Drive. Tickets  are R100  and a light meal is available at an additional R50. Booking is essential  and to book call MUSIC REVIVAL 033 3423051, sms 083 4174473 or email booking@musicrevival.co.za. Please include you contact numbers in all bookings.  There is secure parking.  refreshments are included for those attending the concert only, from 7:00 pm. Those booking for the meal are reminded  to bring their own wine. Book a table for four or more or join one of the ‘house' tables from 6:30 pm. 

This concert 'Classical Masterpieces' is repeated  on Sunday 2 August starting at 11:00 am at the Tatham Art Gallery.  Tickets are R80. To book mail chris@fotag or sms Music Revival 083 4174473 or call Music Revival 033 3423051.  There is secure parking in the parliamentary parking. Cafe Tatham serves coffee and cakes  from 10:00 am. 

 


 INDIGO - WITH DAVID SALLERAS (SAXOPHONE) AND CHRISTOPHER DUIGAN

Since his first visit to South Africa in October 2012, virtuoso saxophonist  David Salleras has been collaborating on a project of concerts and recordings of original music with Christopher Duigan.  Regarded as one of the world leaders in contemporary classical saxophone players Salleras (who is based in Barcelona, Spain)  has attracted international attention though his fluency in a variety of musical styles. In addition his innovative compositions which incorporate  traditional flamenco idioms with contemporary and  avant grade performing techniques are performed by saxophonists worldwide.

His partnership with Steinway artist and  leading South African concert pianist Christopher Duigan has focussed however on something quite different;  Duigan's own original music for saxophone and piano. Created over a number a years Salleras has expressed a particular interest in this new music which he sees as a valuable contribution to the saxophone repertoire.  The music, suitable for concert and teaching material, includes 'Six Pint Sized Pieces', 'Four KZN Landscapes',  'Soledad' and 'Indigo'.   Scores will be published and available under Salleras' "Klo" edition.

A typical recital performance by Salleras and Duigan includes selections from their vibrant world music repertoire from Spain and Argentina, film music,  plus selections from both the CD INDIGO as well as  Salleras'compositions.  

These performances have taken place in Music in The Mountains (Drakensberg Boys Choir School),  Cape Town (UCT),  Franschhoek Classic Music Festival,  Tatham Art Gallery (Pietermaritzburg) and Brooklyn Theatre (Pretoria).  A major highlight was the recent performances by Salleras with Duigan at the piano in thee Piazzolla numbers - Libertango,  Oblivion and Adios nonino   - with the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra in Durban City Hall.  This selection was repeated in  Pietermaritzburg in October 2014.

Pietermaritzburg - Tatham Art Gallery,  Sunday  21 June
Hilton - Church of the Ascension  Friday 26 June  7:30 pm
With special guests Browen Forbay (soprano)  and The Lonestar Vocal Quartet from Texas, USA  plus Joanna Frankel  (violin) in aid of FUNDA NENJA
Tickets: R150  MUSIC REVIVAL 033 3423051  or  booking@musicrevival.co.za  or sms 083 417 4473

  Star Durban-born soprano Bronwen Forbay and The Lonestar Vocal Quartet from Texas, USA sing Brahms’ Liebesliederwalzer and music by Lehar and Strauss in the other half of the concert. Bronwen is joined by Jamie Van Eyck (mezzo), Randall Amsted (tenor),  Christian Bester (baritone) and Kaju Lee (piano) .  Dont miss this  extraordinary double-bill which also include KZNPO Concert Master Joanna Frankel.

Pietermaritzburg - 35 Montgomery Drive, 27 June 7:30 pm   INDIGO : The Complete CD - InConcert

Also at:

Kloof - St Agnes -  Thursday 25 June with special guest Bronwen Forbay (soprano)  and friends  R100 St Agnes Church 031 764 2037
Southbroom - RiverBend Classics Thursday 2  July
Franschhoek -  Saturday 4 July Cafe Bon Bon 7:30 pm  Tickets: R450  Booking essential  Cafe Bon Bon 021 876 3936ROYAL SYMPHONY

 


 


“The Royal Symphony: London Calling”
Sunday 7 June at 10h30
The Royal Show

 
The splendour of the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra onstage in a Sunday morning concert of radiant classics and beautiful melodies is always a highlight for Royal Show visitors.  This year those attending will not be disappointed.   With a theme of "London Calling' the programme returns to the esteemed agricultural show's Royal heritage with a totally British theme. Exploring the idea of London as a cultural centre through the centuries, the annual KZN Philharmonic Orchestra performance at the Royal Show, now in its fourth year, is presented by the Royal Show on the Great Stage of the Main Arena on Sunday 7 June at 10h30. 
 
Visiting New York conductor Daniel Boico directs the orchestra and soloists for this grand performance. The concert will begin dramatically with the iconic 'Dambusters March' accompanied by the closing moments of the Harvard’s aerial display in the skies above the arena.  The orchestra play music from George Frederic  Handel's 'Music for the Royal Fireworks', Elgar's 'Pomp and Circumstance March', 'Nimrod' and 'Salut d'amour'. Star vocalists Shelley Maclean and local singing sensation Andrew Butler will delight audiences with a selection of songs from the classic West-End musicals including  'Les Misérables ', 'Evita', and of course 'Phantom of the Opera'.  The concert is hosted by popular broadcaster, raconteur and sports personality Andy Capostagno.
 
'THE ROYAL SYMPHONY: London Calling' with the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra takes to the stage on Sunday 7 June at 10h30.  The performances is made possible with support from The Witness.
 
Daily gate fees for the Royal Show apply of R55 per adult and R35 for children under 12 and pensioners. Tickets are available at the gate, or on our website www.royalshow.co.za. Should you purchase your tickets on the website (prior to 15 May), the purchaser will be eligible for an ‘early bird’ entry fee of just R45.  Limited seating will be provided in the Main Arena and on the Grandstands. It is recommended that you bring hats and/or umbrellas should it be a warm day.

 

 

TOGETHER AGAIN JAMES GRACE AND CHRISTOPHER  DUIGAN    

Acclaimed SA musicians Christopher  Duigan and James Grace will be joining forces once again to create a unique evening of music. Both are noted for the individual profiles they enjoy on major concert stages as well as on-air playlists (ClassicFM and Fine Music Radio). 

Their programme together however includes many of their own duo arrangements and improvisations on pop melodies, jazz standards,  Latin milongas and Spanish classics. Their session this time will  include Over The Rainbow, Fields of Gold, Angel, plus Spain, La Vida Breve, Libertango and individual guitar and piano solos.   Duigan’s own composition, Indigo, a favourite at any Duigan and Grace concert, will complete the programme.

SATURDAY 30 May   35 Montgomery  Drive,  7:30 pm
SUNDAY 31 May    Tatham Art Gallery -  11:00 am

 

James also plays a solo concert in the KZN Midlands for a special lunch event.
SUNDAY 31 May 1:00 pm
Tumbledowns, Currys Post Road


Also in - 
Gateway, L'Apertiveo - Tuesday 26 May > see KLOOF AND DURBAN
Howick, Amber Valley - Wednesday 27 May  7:00 pm  Residents and their guests.
Kloof, St Agnes Church - Thursday 28 May 7:30 pm   > see KLOOF AND DURBAN

 


MUSIC REVIVAL'S AUTUMN SERIES:

PIANOLOGY
A fine choice of piano favorites; a junction where popular and classical music meet. With Christopher Duigan - piano.

This superb selection, including of many of the worlds most loved melodies, offers insight into a unique intersection where popular and classical music meet in the concert hall.  Christopher Duigan gleans from his vast and varied repertoire  classical compositions that show  influence of popular music, and  popular piano music  written for a concert pianist!  From classics rooted in folk dances (Chopin’s Mazurkas and Polonaise), unashamedly  popular melodies  (Beethoven's Fur Elise, Handel's Harmonious  Blacksmith and Liszt’s Liebestraume),  to Spanish Romances, English Country Gardens, Dizzy Fingers, the evergreen Nola, and The Warsaw Concerto.  A fascinating and entertaining mix that is not to be missed.

Pietermaritzburg - 35 Montgomery  Drive, Friday 1 May 7:30 pm 



JOANNA FRANKEL (VIOLIN) AND CHRISTOPHER DUIGAN (PIANO)
THE MICHAELHOUSE MUSIC FESTIVAL
SATURDAY 25 APRIL 12 NOON
THE THEATRE,  MICHAELHOUSE  SCHOOL

PROGRAMME
Camille Saint Sans: Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Adagio for Violin and Piano in E Major K 261, Rondo for Violin and Piano in C Major K 373
Edward Elgar: Bizzarerie in G major No. 2, Op.13, La Capricieuse Op.17
George Gershwin arr. Jascha Heifetz: 'Aint Necessarily So'  from Suite from "Porgy and Bess”
Alberto Ginastera: Pampeana No. 1 Op.16

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DARIUS BRUBECK AND MIKE ROSSI
SPECIAL JAZZ DUO PERFORMANCE

SATURDAY 18 APRIL
7:30 pm

TATHAM ART GALLERY
TICKETS : R100

BOOKING: chris@fotag.co.za or MUSIC REVIVAL 033 3423051
Secure Parking

Presented by Music Revival in association with the Friends of the Tatham Art Gallery (FOTAG)
A FOTAG Fund Raiaisng Project www.fotag.co.za

Darius Brubeck (piano) and Mike Rossi [sax] present a mixed repertoire of
new and old numbers from the American Songbook, South Africa, their own
compositions and Dave Brubeck hits.

Jazz pianist Darius Brubeck is taking a short break from the London scene
to spend some time in SA, and looks forward to playing with long-time
associate and American compatriot Mike Rossi. Mike has been on two CDs
with the UK-based “Darius Brubeck Quartet “and has often been featured
with the group on tour in the USA, UK, Europe and South Africa.

Although the pair go way back (they first met in the US in 1988) and have
performed in many bands together, Darius and Mike only played their first
full-length duo concert in Italy two years ago. This format features
popular jazz  with loads of variety, spontaneity, risk and mature
professionalism.

Accommodation kindly sponsored by Fountains  B&B - Neden Rd, Montrose. Tel. 033 3472835

 

CONCERT CLASSICS with Christopher Duigan (piano)
Christopher Duigan  plays a superb classical programme of music that includes a section of bristling Sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti, Haydn's Variations in F minor 'Un Piccolo Divertimento',  Chopin’s  Polonaise in F-sharp minor op 44  and  a selection of ‘water-themed music’.  This includes Ravel - Ondine, Debussy - Reflets dans l’aeau and Poissons d’or, together with  Liszt's Les jeux d'eau de la villa d’Este, inspired by the fountains at the Villa d’Este.

FRIDAY 17  APRIL at 7:30 pm
SUNDAY 19 APRIL at 11:00 am  
35 Montgomery Drive, Athlone


AUTUMN RHAPSODY
with Christopher Duigan (piano)
THURSDAY 2 APRIL at 7:30 pm
35 Montgomery Drive, Athlone

SPECIAL EVENT > A popular programme of music reflecting the current seasonal change and start of the Easter Weekend.  As we approach the special hues of autumn light and the last of the warm summer evenings, Christopher Duigan presents a richly coloured programme of magical melodies in this special programme that features some of the world’s best-loved music.  Music that makes the piano resonate with rich and warming colours are featured in this balanced performance.  Included are the celebrated Nocturne in E-flat by Chopin,  Debussy’s Arabesque, the waltz Je te veux by Satie, music by Mozart and  beautifully appealing selections from contemporary comp osers.   This promises to be a magical  selection of music to enjoy with a glass of wine on a balmy evening.

 

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TANGO NIGHTS!
Stanislav Angelov (accordion) and Christopher Duigan (piano)
TUESDAY 24 MARCH 7:30 PM   
35 MONTGOMERY DRIVE 

This will be an exciting and fun evening of tangos, bossa-nova and more for  the unusual combination of accordion and piano.   Christopher Duigan is joined by Stanislav Angelov (accordion),  leader of the renowned  Cape Town Tango Ensemble and a graduate  of the Academy of Music and Dance in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. He has performed regularly with Duigan in an innovative series of events that stems from their highly creative collaboration.  The programme will  include   popular tangos 'La Cumparsita', 'Por Una Cabeza' ( as used in the film ‘Scent of a Woman’), music by Piazzolla and original compositions by both performers  in a fun evening of toe-tapping music!
TICKETS: R120  including refreshments
Book at MUSIC REVIVAL 033 3423051 or booking@musicrevival.co.za        

Also on
FRIDAY 27 MARCH 7:30 PM   
CHURCH OF THE ASCENSION, HILTON
TICKETS: R100  including refreshments
Book at Church Office 033 343 3012 or booking@musicrevival.co.za        
Secure Parking in Brindy Road.

 

 

 

IN CONCERT with Christopher Duigan (piano)
Music Revival presents pianist Christopher Duigan in a spectacular evening of  piano music.  This bold selection of dramatic music includes 'Harmonies du Soir' - Franz Liszt, Scherzo No 2 op 31 – Frederic Chopin, and music by Russian composers Sergei Rachmaninoff and Alexander Scriabin. Central in the programme is Ludwig van Beethoven's Sonata Opus 57 'Appasionata'.  Duigan's recent performance of the Beethoven, one of the composers most intense and dramatic compositions, drew stellar reviews at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown.  This programme was also presented to a  capacity audience at the Hilton Arts Festival and will be repeated at the Marriott Classic Music Festival in Franschhoek in October.

 

SPENCER MYER (PIANO)
Wednesday 18 MARCH  at 7:30 pm
Christopher Duigan’s MUSIC REVIVAL
35 Montgomery Drive, Athlone - PIETERMARITZBURG
 

International award-winning pianist - Winner of UNISA International Piano Competition 2004. One of the most important American artists of his generation, SPENCER MYER has garnered stellar audience and critical acclaim from around the globe, rapidly establishing a significant and continuously expanding career.
Music by Scarlatti, Schumann, Ravel, Barber and Willaim Bolcom’s Ragtimes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE MUSIC OF CHOPIN
Friday 27 February 7:30 pm 35 Montgomery Drive, Athlone  - Pietermaritzburg.
Sunday 1 March Tatham Art Gallery  opposite the City Hall Pietermaritzburg at 11:00 am.

Music Revival presents THE MUSIC OF CHOPIN when  Christopher Duigan plays music from the Polish-born poet of the piano, Frederic Chopin.  This selection includes many of the composers most celebrated compositions including the ‘Raindrop’ Prelude,’ Revolutionary’ and ‘Black Key‘ Etudes,  Grande Valse Brilliante in E-flat, ‘Minute’ Waltz and 'Heroic’ Polonaise  in A-flat Op 53.  Duigan, regarded as one of South Africa’s leading concert pianists and a Steinway Artist,  has performed  much of Chopin’s repertoire in numerous concert performances  and developed an affinity with the composer’s unique pianistic style. He was invited to play two programmes of music by Chopin in four performances at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown in 2010 on the 200th anniversary of the composers birth.

The MUSIC OF CHOPIN with Christopher Duigan (piano) is set  for Friday 27 February at 7:30 pm at 35 Montgomery Drive, Athlone Pietermaritzburg. Tickets are R100 which includes refreshments.   A light meal is on offer from 6:30 pm for an additional R50.  Please bring your now wine to enjoy with the meal. Booking is essential and parking is secure..  


The concert will be repeated on Sunday 1 March at the Tatham Art Gallery  opposite the City hall at 11:00 am. Tickets are R80. Booking is recommended.  The Cafe Tatham will be open from 10 am and after the concert for coffee and tea time treats.  To book for either concert  call MUSIC REVIVAL 033 3423051 or sms 083 4174473 or email  booking@musicrevival.co.za

 

 

THE VIOLIN IN CONCERT with Joanna Frankel (violin) with Christopher Duigan (piano)
Sunday 1 FEBRUARY at 3:00 pm
TATHAM ART GALLERY, Pietermaritzburg

 
Music Revival in association with Friends of the Tatham Art Gallery presents the first Tatham Classics concert for the year.  Playing a summery and varied selection of music,  the highly regarded international concert violinist, Juilliard graduate and popular Concert Master of the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra Joanna Frankel, partners Christopher Duigan in a programme of exciting compositions. 

Included are two rarely performed works by WA Mozart and the Sonata by Maurice Ravel which includes a strong ’jazz and blues' influence.  This jazz inspiration and energy is extended into a  selection from Gershwin ’s ‘Porgy and Bess’ as transcribed by Heifetz and music by South American Alberto Ginastera.  This vivacious virtuosity will also be also heard in Sarasate’s ‘Carmen' Fantasy, a selection  of improvisations where the violin takes centre stage in music based  popular melodies from Bizet’s  Spanish-flavoured ‘Carmen’.

 

AN ITALIAN SERENADE
THURSDAY 5 FEBRUARY, 7:00 PM
CITY HALL, Pietermaritzburg

Presented by Parklane SUPERSPAR in association with the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra and Christopher Duigan's Music Revival.
A summery evening of Italian music with the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Daniel Boico.  
Soloists: Beverley Chiat (soprano) Violina Anguelov (mezzo-soprano) Khanyiso Gwenxane (tenor) and Christopher Duigan (piano)

Experience a beautiful and breezy concert with magnificent music of the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra  when ‘An Italian Serenade’ takes to the stage on Thursday 5 February in the Pietermaritzburg City Hall. Presented by Parklane SUPERSPAR in association with Christopher Duigan's Music Revival, 'An Italian Serenade' sees the orchestra and featured soloists perform a light hearted evening of Italian music under the baton of visiting American conductor, Daniel Boico

The evening will feature popular and energetic selections including the overture to 'Barber of Seville', 'O Sole Mio’,  ‘Habanera' from ‘Carmen', plus Italian opera arias ‘O mio babbino caro’ and 'Una furtiva lagrima’.

Christopher Duigan will once again be featured at the piano in this performance playing Franz Liszt's solo transcription from Donizetti's 'Lucia di Lamermoor’. He joins the soloists in Rossini's comic 'Cat Duet'

Following on from 'Last Night of the Maritzburg Proms’ and  the resoundingly successful 'Viennese Nights’, 'An Italian Serenade'  seeks to capture a similar sophisticated and light-hearted mood.  Expect to enjoy celebrated Italian music from 'Cavalleria Rusticana', 'La Danza’ by Rossini, Dance of the Hours, 'Finiculi Finucula'  and the winning ‘Brindisi' from 'La Traviata'.   Audience members are invited to dress to suit the elegant summery conditions and set the tone for the evening. Tickets include refreshments served at interval.

  • Tickets for ‘An Italian Serenade' are available from the new Ticket Desk in the main entrance to Parklane SUPERSPAR Tel. 033 342 3487.
  • Opening hours for the Ticket Desk are Monday to Friday from 08:00 am to 6:00 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 am to 3:00pm.
  • Tickets prices range from R130 to R190 with discounts for pensioners and scholars.
  • An Italian Serenade'  is sponsored by  Parklane SUPERSPAR, The Witness, Big Beat, Msunduzi Municipality and CPW Printers.Parking is secure and patrolled in the City Hall, Tatham Art Gallery and Bessie Head Library precincts.

 

 

RENEE REZNEK (piano)
Tuesday 3  February 2015 at 7:30pm
35 Montgomery Drive, Athlone - Pietermaritzburg 
The Pietermaritzburg-born pianist, Renée Reznek has earned a reputation for lucid and sensitive interpretations of 20th and 21st century piano music. Now based in London Renée has given many first performances of works written especially for her. This concert, part of four  South African engagements, features music by Erik Satie, Claude Debussy, Sadie Harrison, Peter Klatzow, Neo Muyanga and Hendrik Hofmeyr.
 

 

 

 

 

NEW YEAR'S CONCERTS
The popular evening concerts with Christopher Duigan in a fun and varied selection of entertaining music are on the cards once again.  While away those long summer evenings bringing the year to a close at the peak of the holiday season.  

For this concert Christopher Duigan looks back at the past year  (and beyond) and plays a light-hearted  selection of beautiful  melodies  including  ‘Silent Night’ , 'Sheep may Safely Graze’  South African jazz anthems from Abdullah Ibrahim, South American tango from Argentina and Brazil  by Piazzolla and Ernesto Nazareth, Scott Joplin's evergreen  'Maple Leaf Rag',  film music from ‘Amelie', beguiling Chopin romances, bristling Rachmaninoff  plus the rumbustious 'Waltz of the Flowers by Tchaikovsky: seasonally suitable ‘Nutcracker' material!
TUESDAY 30 DECEMBER 2014 at  7:30 pm
WEDNESDAY 31 DECEMBER  (sold out) 

SUNDAY 4 JANUARY 2015 at 3:30 pm (seats available)
35 Montgomery Drive 

Parklane SUPERSPAR in association with the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra and Christopher Duigan's Music Revival presents
CHRISTMAS  
with the Drakensberg Boys Choir and soloists Bongiwe Madlala (soprano), Christopher Duigan (piano), Christopher Cockburn  (organ) with the Kwa-Zulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Daniel Walshaw 
TUESDAY 2 December 2014
CITY HALL, PMB
7:00 pm
Tickets for this concert are to be collected at Parklane Cellars. Call Charline or Pete  033 3423487.
Secure Parking 

An unforgettable experience is set for local audiences when Parklane SUPERSPAR presents the Drakensberg Boys Choir with the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra on stage in the Pietermaritzburg City Hall. Simply titled ‘Christmas’, this seasonal end-of-year concert, which also features the PMB Children’s Choir and soloists, takes place on Tuesday 2 December at 7:00 pm.

The orchestra will play a section of Christmas favourites including 'Sleigh Ride' and 'A Christmas Fantasy' and the world-renowned Drakensberg Boys Choir will uplift the audience’s spirit with their singing of seasonal music.  The audience is led in the singing of traditional carols by over 200 voices on stage and the famed City Hall Organ.

Soloists for the evening include local soprano Bongiwe Madlala, Christopher Duigan (piano) and Christopher Cockburn (organ).  The KZN Philharmonic is conducted by American Daniel Walshaw.

Tickets for this special event, which aims to bring together local communities in a spirit of goodwill, are available at Parklane SUPERSPAR Tel. 033 342 3487.  Tickets for adults are available from R120 to R180 with discounts for pensioners (R110) and students and children (R80). ‘Christmas’ with the Drakensberg Boys Choir and the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra is presented once again by Parklane SUPERSPAR in association with Christopher Duigan’s Music Revival and the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra and is sponsored by the City of Pietermaritzburg, The Witness, CPW Printers and Gwahumbe Game & Spa. 

 

THE ANNUAL FUNDA NENJA FUNDRAISER
A fund-raising event in aid of Funda Nenja, a registered NGO promoting appropriate care and training of dogs amongst the youth in Mpophomeni, Howick.

Christopher Duigan (piano) and guests  
SUNDAY 30 DECEMBER  3:30 pm 
TATHAM ART GALLERY

Christopher Duigan,  Steinway artist and renowned pianist,  will be hosting a benefit concert for Funda Nenja on 30th of November at 3:30pm at the Tatham Art Gallery. Join us for an afternoon of wonderful music for the love of animals as Christopher entertains us with a delightful mix of piano classics, modern and lively pieces. This year he will be accompanied by a number of guest artists.  Funda Nenja will also have a visual display of its work in free dog training classes for the children in Mpophomeni in what has been a very exciting year of growth for the organisation. 

Presented by Music Revival in aid of Funda Nenja 

    

NEW MONTHLY  CONCERT SERIES IN HILTON: CHRISTOPHER DUIGAN IN CONCERT
FRIDAY 28 NOVEMBER  7:30 pm 
CHURCH OF THE ASCENSION, HILTON
Presented by Music Revival in association with Church of the Ascension 

 

A GRAND SOIREE
Celebrating Music Revival's 17th Birthday
with James Grace (guitar), The KZNPO Principals String Quartet and Christopher Duigan (piano) 
Boccherini -  Quintet for Guitar and String Quartet,  Brahms - Quintet in F minor for String Quartet and Piano,  Chopin - Romanza from Piano Concerto No 1
TUESDAY 18 NOVEMBER  7:30 pm
35 Montgomery Drive 

 

ST MICHAELS, HIMEVILLE PRESENTS A MUSIC AND FLOWER FESTIVAL

Friday 14 - Sunday 16 November.  Flowers Through the Church with Christopher Duigan and Friends 
Friday 14 November, St Michaels Church, Himeville - 19h00  In Concert -  Christopher Duigan (piano)  & James Grace (guitar). R125 pp with Light Supper from 18h00
Saturday 15 November, Moorcroft Manor, Sani Pass Road   - 19h00  Dinner Soirée with music by James Grace (guitar) & three-course meal R300
Sunday 16 November   St Michaels Church -  13h00  Songs We Love  - Federico Freschi (baritone) with Christopher Duigan. R125 and Light lunch from 12h00

.Plus Saturday  10h00 to 16h00 Flowers through the Church & 08h00 to 12h00 Morning Market.

 


Symphony in the City

Parklane SUPERSPAR presents  ‘Symphony in the City: Organ Symphony’
Pietermaritzburg City Hall 
Friday 31 October at 7:30 pm. 
Featuring the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra and soloists.  Jeremy Silver (conductor) 
Tickets are R120 to R180 for adults with discount for pensioners and scholars/students  from Parklane Coffee Shop Tel. 033 342 3487. 

Parklane SUPERSPAR presents the annual ‘Symphony in the City’ in the Pietermaritzburg City Hall on Friday 31 October at 7:30 pm. Featuring the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra, the concert will include Camille Saint-Saëns‘ Symphony No 3 'Organ', one of  a few symphonic works that combines a full symphony orchestra with organ.  

Speaking on this much anticipated event principal sponsor Cameron Mackenzie of Parklane SUPERSPAR said: " We have been inundated with requests from the concert-going public to feature the organ in the concerts we present at the City Hall.  The organ, built in 1901, is a visually imposing backdrop to any concert there.   It is reputedly one of the largest of its type in the world, the largest in the southern hemisphere and according to my research, the largest the renowned  organ builders Brindlay and Foster ever built.”

The KZN Philharmonic has not played this music in the Durban City Hall for many years despite staging their weekly Symphony Concerts there.  The Durban City Hall organ has been out of action for some time.  Mackenzie went on to say: “ We should be proud of our city assets and heritage.  We invite all from KZN and surrounding regions to come and hear the magnificence of the organ together with the vast instrumental forces of the orchestra."

Also featured in the concert are KZNPO Concert-master Joanna Frankel in Maurice Ravel's 'Tzigane' and Barcelona-based saxophonist David Salleras in three pieces by contemporary Argentine 'nuevo-tango' composer Astor Piazzolla.  Christopher Duigan, who has been collaborating with Salleras on numerous projects for over two years,  will join him at the piano.

Speaking on the choice of programme Duigan said  "I am excited by the sultry and intense energies in the first half of the concert which will contrast beautifully with the expansive and floating hymns-like melodies of the 'Organ' Symphony in the second".  Maritzburg-born organist Christopher Cockburn, who has a long association with the City Hall organ, will be the soloist in the Symphony. Jeremy Silver, London- based conductor who thrilled audiences locally in 'Vienna Nights' earlier this year, will be on the podium.

Tickets for the ‘Symphony in the City: Organ Symphony’  are available from Parklane  SUPERSPAR  Coffee Shop Tel. 033 342 3487.  Tickets are R120 to R180 for adults with discount for pensioners and scholars/students. As always  refreshments are included. 

Secure patrolled parking is provided in the City Hall precinct, Bessie Head Library and Tatham Art Gallery.


 
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In August 2014 we hosted, in association with Parklane SUPERSPAR,  one of the world leading concert violinists, Pinchas Zukerman.  Together with his wife Amanda Forsyth (cello) and pianist Angela Cheng, the trio played to a capacity audience in the Pietermaritzburg City Hall,  Beethoven's  'Archduke' and Dvorak's 'Dumky Trio'.