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MARRIOTT CLASSIC MUSIC FESTIVAL in Franschhoek
Friday 27 - Sunday 29 October 2017

 

Juliet Strings and Clarinet
The Juliet String Quartet and Justin Carter (clarinet)
Friday 27 October  7:30 pm
NG Church, Franschhoek  

Conversations with my Piano
Darius Brubeck (piano) with Christopher Duigan (piano)
Saturday 28 October   11:30 am
NG Church, Franschhoek

GRAND SOIREE: GRAND VOICES
Violina Anguelov (mezzo soprano), Siphamandla Yakupa (soprano), Lukhanyo Moyake (tenor)
Saturday 28 OCTOBER 7:00 pm
Café Bon Bon at La Petite Dauphine

The Music of Chopin Vol II
Christopher Duigan (piano)
Sunday 29 October   12:00 noon
NG Church, Franschhoek  

BON BON FINALE
Jazz Date : Darius Brubeck and Friends
Sunday 29 OCTOBER  1:00 pm
Café Bon Bon at La Petite Dauphine


Tickets for the NG Church (Franschhoek) Concerts  are available at  www.webtickets.co.za and the door.    Performance time: (70 mins)
Booking for Café Bon Bon 021 876 3936   

 

A TRADITION OF MUSICAL EXCELLENCE

FOR the past 15 years Christopher Duigan’s Music Revival has delighted classical music fans with performances by the best musicians in the country.  

This year’s Marriott Classic Music Festival in Franschhoek – which runs from October 27 to October 29– continues that tradition of excellence.

Says festival producer, Duigan: “We strive to include a range of musical styles and genres in the concerts but always with the emphasis on happy working relationships; where the friendship off the stage leads to great enthusiasm, brought together by mutual love of music, onstage.”

The festival gets underway with the Juliet String Quartet and Justin Carter (clarinet) at 7.30 pm on Friday, October 27 in NG Church in Franschhoek.

 The newly-formed and already fêted quartet comprises four of Cape Town’s finest musicians: Annien Shaw and Nicole D’Oliveira (violins), Emile de Roubaix (viola) and Babette Roosenschoon (cello). Well-known for their engaging and varied programmes they are joined by Carter to perform Mozart's Clarinet Quintet in A major K.581

The String Quartet in C major, Op. 20 no. 2 by Joseph Haydn, Chaconne in G minor (Z 730) by Henry Purcell and ‘Valse drom Lasse’ complete the programme.

The second concert in the NG Church, 'Conversations with my Piano’, will feature international jazz pianist, Darius Brubeck, in a rare offering of solo piano music.

Brubeck is most often heard as the leader of the Darius Brubeck Quartet, or with his brothers, playing the music of their father, legendary pianist Dave Brubeck, in Brubeck plays Brubeck.  

For this concert he will be joined in a musical ‘piano ping pong’ or back and forth by pianist, Duigan, who will play classical and popular solos, improvisations and original material off-setting Brubeck’s jazz offerings. 

This conversational engagement takes place with, and around, the piano on Saturday, October 28 a11.30 am.

At 12 noon on Sunday, October 29, Duigan plays The Music of Chopin Vol II, a follow-up to ‘The Music of Chopin’, which he performed in over 40 concerts nationally and recorded on CD.

The NG Church programme includes a new selection of the Franco-Polish composer’s piano-dominated output, including rustic Polish mazurkas, glittering French waltzes, rhapsodic tales in Ballade and Barcarolle and a set of spell-binding piano etudes.

It continues the unique exploration and presentation of Chopin’s music that Steinway artist, Duigan, has maintained over the last 20 years.  This performance is dedicated to the memory of Ine van der Tak. 

Tickets for the three NG Church concerts are R120 and can be booked online by credit card at via www.webtickets.co.za as well as at Pick and Pay outlets nationwide. Tickets will also be available at the door.

No music festival in Franschhoek would be complete without the famed diner and lunch concerts at La Petite Dauphine.

Kicking things off is Grand Soiree: Grand Voices at 6.30 pm for 7 pm on Satuday, October 28 at Café Bon Bon. This enthralling opera evening will feature three of South Africa’s most prolific voices - Violina Anguelov, who has earned a stellar reputation as SA’s top mezzo-soprano, and husband and wife team, Siphamandla Yakupa (soprano) and Lukhanyo Moyake (tenor) .  

They will sing celebrated arias, duets and songs from ‘Carmen’‘Samson and Delilah’‘La Traviata’‘Turnadot'  and more. Tickets for this very special evening are R550, which includes a three-course meal. To book phone Café Bon Bon at 021 876 3936.

Also at the venue is the Bon Bon Finale at 1 pm on Sunday, October 29. Pianist Darius Brubeck, who makes his second appearance at the festival, will be joined by long-time collaborator and fellowAmerican, Mike Rossi (sax), and other jazz musicians on bass and drums to perform a stylish selection of jazz standards and original numbers.  The concert promises to end the festival on a spectacular note.

Tickets are R450, which includes a three-course meal. To book phone Café Bon Bon at 021 876 3936.

Speaking on behalf of all the participating musicians, Duigan said: “We look forward to seeing many old friends and also showing many new ones why we as artists enjoy the festival as much as the audience.

“Franschhoek is unique, and offers something special for everyone. And we enjoy bringing our own special magic to Franschhoek and being part of the extraordinary ambience the town has to offer for the duration of the weekend.”

  • The Marriott Classic Music Festival in Franschhoek is sponsored by Marriott, The Income Specialists. 
  • The festival is presented by Christopher Duigan’s Music Revival and supported by Ian Burgess-Simpson Pianos
  • For more information contact Music Revival at 083 417 4473 or log on to www.franschhoekclassic.co.za or www.musicrevival.co.za

PREVIOUS EVENTS ...

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The Four Seasons Concert Series at CASA LABIA

Casa Labia in association with Christopher Duigan's Music Revival and James Grace's Stringwise Records presents a new concert series of four concerts through the year at Casa Labia:


THE SONGS YOU LOVE
Friday - 22 September - 20h00

Federico Freschi (baritone)
Christopher Duigan (piano)

 

The ‘Songs you Love’ brings together two of  South Africa's most dynamic performers in popular melodies from the world of opera, classic musicals and the world’s celebrated stages. Includes numbers from ‘Carmen’, ‘Marriage of Figaro’,  ‘My Fair Lady', Neapolitan songs including ‘O sole mio’,  celebrated numbers from Cole Porter, Edith Piafand others.  Hit that high-note in this up-beat programme!
 
R150 per person - bookings are essential & payable in advance  (Free seating)
A cash bar will be available & cards are welcome.
Cucina Labia Restaurant will be open for dinner between 18h00 & 20h00.  Booking is essential
For bookings please contact CASA LABIA  on 021 788 6068 or email to events@casalabia.co.za 

 

 

 

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CHRISTOPHER DUIGAN plays CHOPIN at the EVERARD READ in JOHANNESBURG

Monday 31 July 2017
18h30 for 19h00
Everard Read Gallery  

6 Jellicoe Avenue, Rosebank
Tickets ~ R250
BOOKING ESSENTIAL: Music Revival 083 417 4473 - Whatsapp or sms preferred  or booking@musicrevival.co.za

To coincide with the solo exhibition “Being Human”  by Heather Gourlay-Conyngham27 July - 19 August 2017

Piano sponsored by Ian Burgess-Simpson Pianos 011 234 7555


 

The Four Seasons Concert Series at CASA LABIA
 


Casa Labia in association with Christopher Duigan's Music Revival and James Grace's Stringwise Records presents a new concert series at Casa Labia:
THE FOUR SEASONS: Four concerts from July 2017 to May 2018.

Four Seasons 1
INDIGO : David Salleras (saxophone) Christopher Duigan (piano)
with special guest James Grace (guitar)
Friday 30 June
20h00
Casa Labia, Muizenberg

R150 per person - bookings are essential & payable in advance (Free seating)

  • A cash bar will be available & cards are welcome
  • Cucina Labia Restaurant will be open for dinner between 18h00 & 20h00.  Booking is essential.
  • BOOKING:  Casa Labia Cultural Centre  Tel 021 788 6068 or email events@casalabia.co.za 

 

Virtuoso saxophonist David Salleras visits South Africa once again to tour with pianist Christopher Duigan. Since his first visit to South Africa in October 2012, Salleras has been collaborating on a project of concerts and recordings with Duigan. Salleras (who is based in Barcelona, Spain) has attracted international attention through his fluency in a variety of musical styles. In addition, his innovative compositions, which incorporate traditional flamenco idioms with contemporary and  avant-garde performing techniques are performed by saxophonists worldwide.

Their performance includes  works from the traditional saxophone repertoire by Jules Demersseman, JS Bach, Darius Milahaud’s ’Scaramouche’  and music from Spanish composer / saxophonist by Pedro Itturalde. Itturalde's 'Suite Hellenique' traditionally offer pianist and saxophonist plenty of opportunity to explore a wide range of dynamic interplay through a variety of musical styles.

A standard part of any programme in a Salleras/ Duigan performance includes their own creative arrangements of  music by  Argentina 'tango nuevo’  by Astor Piazzolla in addition to one of Salleras’ own solo ‘Caprices’ and Duigan's own composition as recorded on the albums ‘Indigo' and 'Midnight Blue'. 



IN FRANSCHHOEK - A WINTER SUNDAY LUNCH AT CAFE BON BON

David Salleras (saxophone) and Christopher Duigan (piano)
Sunday 2 July  12:30 for 1:00 pm
Café Bon Bon at La Petite Dauphine
R500 includes a three-course meal
Booking essential: 021 876 3936

 

A spirited selection of world music classics, concert favourites and music from the their albums INDIGO and MIDNIGHT BLUE.
Music by Itturalde, Piazzolla, JS Bach and Christopher Duigan

Supported by Ian Burgess-Simpson Pianos.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


in PRETORIA :Saxophonist David Salleras from Spain with Christopher Duigan

25 June 15h00
Brooklyn Theatre, Pretoria

TICKETS R90 - R160 available here or 

Brooklyn Theatre (012 460 6033) 
Greenlyn Village Centre
C/o Thomas Edison and 13th Streets

Virtuoso saxophonist and composer David Sallera visits South Africa once again to tour with pianist Christopher Duigan. Since his first visit to South Africa in October 2012, Salleras has been collaborating on a project of concerts and recordings with Duigan. 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-garde performing techniques are performed by saxophonists worldwide.

Their performance, following on highly acclaimed appearances in 2013 and 2015 at the Brooklyn Theatre, includes works from the traditional saxophone repertoire by Jules DemerssemanJohann Sebasstian Bach, Darius Milahaud’s ’Scaramouche’ and music from Spanish composer / saxophonist by Pedro Itturalde. Itturalde's 'Pequena Czardas' and 'Suite Hellenique' traditionally offer pianist and saxophonist plenty of opportunity to explore a wide range of dynamic interplay through a variety of musical styles.

A standard part of any programme in a Salleras/ Duigan performance includes their own creative arrangements of music by Argentina 'tango nuevo’ by Astor Piazzolla in addition tone of Salleras’ own solo ‘Caprices’ and Duigan's own composition as recorded on the albums ‘Indigo' and 'Midnight Blue'. Both albums have received considerable airplay on Classic FM. As an aside they will include a brief selection of songs from a forthcoming project that focuses on the creative reworking and improvising on folk songs and traditional melodies from around the world.

Block A (Adult) - R160 Block B (Adult) - R140
Block A (Senior) - R140 Block B (Senior)- R120
Children/Scholar/Student - R90


These pics from a recent tour Spain April 2017 by Ruben Garcia Carballo.


 

An Autumn Music Weekend in Franschhoek

Thanks to everyone for supporting us and especially to the Franschhoek Literary Festival for including us in their programme.  Here are a few pics from the weekend. (Thanks to La Petite Dauphine for the splendid accommodation!)

 

Christopher Duigan's Music Revival presents

An Autumn Music Weekend in Franschhoek

Friday 19 to Sunday 21 May 2017
To coincide with the Franschhoek Literary Festival
A series of classical  concerts in the historic NG Church and at Cafe Bon Bon.

NG Church, Franschhoek   
Tickets for the NG Church Concerts:  R100 are available at  www.webtickets.co.za and at the door.  
Performance time: (70 mins)

The French Piano
Friday 19 May  7:00 pm  
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.

 

Two Flutes and Guitar
Saturday 20 May  11:00 am  
Duo Zomari, Bridget Rennie-Salonen (flute) and guitarist James Grace, are joined by and Catherine Stephenson (flute) in a programme of music ranging from JS Bach to music with a strong Latin-American flavour.  This includes Maximo Diego-Pujol’s 'Suite Buenos Aires' and Piazzolla’s 'Histoire du Tango'.

 

Trio Frontier play Beethoven and Brahms
Sunday 21 May   12:15 pm   
Trio Frontier - Junnan Sun (clarinet) and Aristide du Plessis (cello) with pianist  Christopher Duigan - play Beethoven’s youthful Trio in B-flat Op. 11, contrasted with the Brahms Trio Op. 114, one of the composers most touching and beautiful ‘twilight’ works.

CANDLE LIGHT SOIRÉE
Saturday 20 May  6:30 for 7:00 pm  
SONGS MY MOTHER TAUGHT ME

Pianist Christopher Duigan turns his hand to a beautiful selection of light classics that evokes a bygone world of nostalgia, often associated with salon music and evenings at the family piano. Included are Brahms’s 'Waltz in A-flat', Dvorak's ‘Humoresque',  Rubenstein's 'Melody in F' and 'The Maiden's Prayer’. 
Café Bon Bon at La Petite Dauphine  021 876 3936
R600 includes a three-course meal.

BON BON FINALE
Sunday 21 May  12:30 for 1:00 pm
Three engaging musicians, Junnan Sun (clarinet), Aristide du Plessis (cello) and Christopher Duigan (piano) offer a thrilling afternoon music by JS Bach, Saint-Saëns, Bella-Kovacs, Piazzolla and the evergreen 'The Swan' from 'Carnival of the Animals' for a spirited festival finale. 
Café Bon Bon at La Petite Dauphine  021 876 3936
R500 includes a three-course meal.

 

CHOPIN RECITAL Constantia, Cape Town 5 March 2017

It was an extraordinary sight, watching people thrusting R100 and R200 notes in the face of our ticket sales lady desperately wanting to get a ticket before the concert started! We were hard pressed to find everybody a seat.

From the first few notes Christopher played, I knew it would be a wonderful concert and that once again he would not disappoint. He started with Chopin’s E flat Nocturne, and played so quietly, sensitively and compellingly no one dared breathe. Then he proceeded to play all those pieces everyone knows so well, the ones they had come to hear: to my mind completely faultlessly, with perfect rippling passages in the high register, singing through the left hand and being so incredibly present throughout the entire recital that there seemed never a dull or boring moment. He was a credit to his teacher, the late Lamar Crowson, who has passed on gifts of imaginative playing and complete technical mastery over this demanding music, and yet Christopher brings his own insights and irreproachable musicality. It was a deeply satisfying concert to everyone there, richly deserving of the standing ovation at the end.

Matthew Reid, clarinettist and concert promoter