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KZN Philharmonic Orchestra with David Salleras (saxophone)  and Christopher Duigan (piano) at the Tatham Art Gallery A gala concert to celebrate 20 years of Music Revival. Monday 3 July   7:30 pm Tatham Art Gallery, Pietermaritzburg Tickets R180 includes refreshments Secure Parking BOOKING ESSENTIAL  booking@musicrevival.co.za or MUSIC REVIVAL 083 417 4473 (sms) or WhatsApp Places are limited to 80 guests.  Book early to avoid disappointment. The orchestra performs with soloists Salleras and Duigan in a programme of Astor Piazzolla tangos and Duigan's compositions from the albums INDIGO and MIDNIGHT BLUE. 

KZN Philharmonic Orchestra with David Salleras (saxophone) 
and Christopher Duigan (piano) at the Tatham Art Gallery

A gala concert to celebrate 20 years of Music Revival.
Monday 3 July   7:30 pm
Tatham Art Gallery, Pietermaritzburg
Tickets R180 includes refreshments
Secure Parking

BOOKING ESSENTIAL  booking@musicrevival.co.za or MUSIC REVIVAL 083 417 4473 (sms) or WhatsApp
Places are limited to 80 guests.  Book early to avoid disappointment.
The orchestra performs with soloists Salleras and Duigan in a programme of Astor Piazzolla tangos and Duigan's compositions from the albums INDIGO and MIDNIGHT BLUE. 

KZN Philharmonic Orchestra with David Salleras (saxophone) 
and Christopher Duigan (piano) at the Tatham Art Gallery

A gala concert to celebrate 20 years of Music Revival.
Monday 3 July   7:30 pm
Tatham Art Gallery, Pietermaritzburg
Tickets R180 includes refreshments
Secure Parking

BOOKING ESSENTIAL  booking@musicrevival.co.za or MUSIC REVIVAL 083 417 4473 (sms) or WhatsApp
Places are limited to 80 guests.  Book early to avoid disappointment.
The orchestra performs with soloists Salleras and Duigan in a programme of Astor Piazzolla tangos and Duigan's compositions from the albums INDIGO and MIDNIGHT BLUE. 


More detail to follow.

More detail to follow.


SAXOPHONIST DAVID SALLERAS FROM SPAIN WITH CHRISTOPHER DUIGAN
 

SATURDAY 24  JUNE  7:30 pm
R160 including refreshments
'CASA MEXICANA' - 35 Montgomery Drive, Athlone
Secure Parking
Booking is essential: booking@musicrevival.co.za or MUSIC REVIVAL 083 417 4473 (sms) or WhatsAp


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’. 


SONGS OF THE ROSE
Tuesday 20 and Wednesday 21 June at 18:45
Epworth Chapel
Tickets: R100 (Adults) and R60 (Scholars)
Booking is essential: Amanda Lamprecht at functions@epworth.co.za  or phone 033 846 25 76.

SONGS OF THE ROSE, featuring guest artist Christopher Duigan (piano), weaves together music by a number of South African composers. At the heart of the programme is a sacred cantata entitled Mother of God by Stephen Carletti. This eight movement work will be premiered by the Epworth High School Choir accompanied by string orchestra and piano in these two performances. This is the third Epworth commission in two years. Tying in with the theme of the cantata is an early Baroque setting of the Ave Maria by Italian composer, Giulio Caccini, and a piano improvisation on the Annunciation Carol. There are other works on the programme by Simon Bester, Christopher Duigan, Grant McLachlan and David Orr. A choral arrangement of Amanda McBroom’s popular song, The Rose, originally performed by Bette Midler, concludes the concert. Following an overwhelming public response to SONGS OF LIGHT in 2016, there will be two performances of SONGS OF THE ROSE. For tickets: contact Amanda Lamprecht at functions@epworth.co.za  or phone 033 846 25 76.

 


DECODA!
SUNDAY 18 JUNE  3:00 PM
TATHAM ART GALLERY

TICKETS: R120  Booking is preferred.  To book email  chris@fotag.co.za or MUSIC REVIVAL 083 417 4473 (sms) or WhatsApp.
There is secure parking.

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

 

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.


AUTUMN RHAPSODY
Christopher Duigan (piano)

SPECIAL EVENT > A popular programme of music reflecting the current seasonal change.  As we approach the special hues of winter light and the onset of the magical wintry days, 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, Chopin's Ballade No 3 music by Mozart and  beautifully appealing selections from contemporary composers.   This promises to be a magical selection of music to enjoy with a glass of wine on a crisp evening.

Please note:  due to the recent flood at the Tatham Art Gallery our Sunday concerts will be now take place Casa Mexicana.  We will  also be offering a lunch option, similar to the popular Friday evening events, for this who would like to enjoy more of the day with us.

AUTUMN RHAPSODY
Christopher Duigan (piano)

SUNDAY 11 JUNE  11:30 am
R100 including coffee from 10:45 am
'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 R100
  • Or add on R100 for a light meal after the concert from 1;00 pm 
  • For lunch : Book a table for 4 or more or join others at one of the 'family' tables.
  • Please include your contact numbers in all email and telephone bookings
  • Lunch guests are welcome bring their own wine.

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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! 


CELLO SONG

Music Revival presents "CELLO SONG"  with Aristide du Plessis and Christopher Duigan. Aristide du Plessis,  Co-principal Cello  of the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra, joins Christopher Duigan to play music by Tchaikovsky including his celebrated ‘Andante cantabile’ and 'Pezzo Capriccioso', Piazzolla’s 'Grand Tango’, music by Gabriel Fauré plus the Sonata No. 2 for cello and piano by Ludwig van Beethoven. Originally from Durban, Aristide studied at University of Cape Town and in Zurich, Switzerland.  Don’t miss this passionate performance by a young musician on the brink of a major career. 

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

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 St Agnes 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)

 



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"

 

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.



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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