Fine-music impresario Christopher Duigan and his Music Revival programme have a busy March planned, with concerts in many parts of KZN.
With 2020 marking the 250th anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven’s birth (in December 1770) many of Duigan’s Music Revival concert programmes for the year will include music by this treasured, inspirational composer.
The March programme starts off with an afternoon concert at the Tatham Art Gallery on Sunday, March 15 at 3pm, entitled From Paganini to Piazzolla, with award-winning violinist and senior lecturer in violin and viola at Nelson Mandela University, David Bester, who joins forces with leading South African-based guitarist and three-time SAMA nominee James Grace.
Bester and Grace
Making their KZN debut as a duo, Bester and Grace blend the sounds of bowed and plucked strings together in an exciting programme offering a display of virtuosity and refined musicianship.
Central to the programme is Piazzolla’s four-movement “L’Histoire du Tango” (history of the tango), an evocative journey depicting the development of the tango as a dance form during the 20th Century. Also featured is one of Paganini’s early Sonatas for violin and guitar in A Major, in addition to a selection of popular Brazilian folk melodies by Celso Machado.
In the last week of March, Music Revival, in association with Friends of Music presents Christopher Duigan in a beautiful programme of classical piano music for a Sunday afternoon concert at the Durban Jewish Centre. Titled “Fantasy/ Fantasia”, this pianistic “tour de force” features a classical repertoire that highlights fantastical, impulsive and imaginative musical elements as presented in the music of Ludwig van Beethoven, Robert Schumann, Aleksander Scriabin and Sergei Rachmaninoff.
In this solo recital Duigan includes Beethoven’s “Sonata quasi una fantasia” in E-flat major Op 27 No 1, companion to the celebrated “Moonlight Sonata Op 27 No 2”. This, together with Schumann’s “Fantasie Op 17”, one of the most impassioned works of the 19th century which Schumann intended as a homage to Beethoven, are the centre pieces on the programme.
Frederic Chopin’s “Barcarolle Op 60” and music by Russian romantic composers Aleksander Scriabin, including his “Sonata No 4”, and Sergei Rachmaninoff, a selection of “Etudes-Tableaux” (or picture studies), complete the programme.
Playing the “Archduke”‘ Trio in KZN in March are The Kerimov Trio. The trio consists of Elena Kerimova (violin), her husband Boris Kerimov (cello), both of them prominent members of the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra, and Duigan (piano). They formed their trio 20 years ago, and their close understanding is apparent in everything they play.
For this programme they chose two major works by Beethoven. The Kerimov Trio choose the fiery and youthful “Trio in C minor Op. 1 No. 3”, the first of Beethoven’s published works; three Trios for violin, cello and piano Opus 1.
Beethoven completed the “Piano Trio in B-flat major, Op. 97” in 1811. It is commonly referred to as the “Archduke” Trio, as it was dedicated to Archduke Rudolph of Austria.
There will be performances in Howick, Pietermaritzburg, Ballito, Kloof and Durban.
Piano Day, an annual worldwide event founded by a group of like-minded people, takes place on the 88th day of the year, because of the number of keys on the instrument being celebrated. In 2020 it’s held on March 28.
Duigan’s mainly classical but upbeat celebration includes iconic numbers ‘The Entertainer’, ‘Dizzy Fingers’, Mozart’s ‘Turkish Rondo’, ‘Moonlight’ Sonata, music by Gershwin and contemporary meditations from Yann Tiersen to be performed on Saturday, March 28, 2020 at 7pm at the Elephant & Co Restaurant.
The final concert of the season is a Night at the Opera, featuring acclaimed soprano Nozuko Teto with special guest Federico Freschi (baritone) and Christopher Duigan. Expect an evening of magnificent melodies, arias and duets by composers such as Mozart, Puccini, Rossini, Bizet and more. Thursday, April 16, 2020, at 7pm, also at the Elephant & Co Restaurant.
Fantasia with FoM
Piano recital: Fantasy / Fantasia with Christopher Duigan.
Sunday, March 22 at 3pm.
Durban Jewish Centre, 44 KE Masinga (Old Fort) Rd, Durban.
Tickets R120, children R20. Booking: Tickets at the door.
Archduke / Kerimov Trio
Tuesday, March 31 at 7.30pm. St Agnes Church, Kloof.
Tickets R130, includes refreshments at interval.
Booking: firstname.lastname@example.org or Music Revival 083 417 4473 (SMS or WhatsApp only).
From Paganini to Piazzolla
Sunday, March 15 at 3pm, Tatham Art Gallery (Please note start time).
Tickets R100. Secure parking.
Booking is preferred: email@example.com or Music Revival 083 417 4473 (SMS or WhatsApp only). Enjoy coffee or a buffet lunch at Cafe Tatham from 1pm. Booking for lunch is essential – call Cafe Tatham, 033 342 8327.
Archduke / Kerimov Trio
Sunday, March 29 at 3pm, Tatham Art Gallery (Please note start time).
Tickets R80. Secure parking.
Booking is preferred: firstname.lastname@example.org or Music Revival 083 417 4473 (SMS or WhatsApp only). Enjoy coffee or a buffet lunch at Cafe Tatham from 1pm. Booking for lunch is essential – call Cafe Tatham 033 342 8327.
Visit Tatham Gallery website
*Also, Howick at the Amber Auditorium.
Thursday, March 26 at 7pm.
International World Piano Day
Saturday, March 28, 2020 at 7pm.
Elephant & Co Restaurant, Athlone Circle Centre, PMB. Tickets R350. Includes welcome drink, two-course meal and concert performance.
Booking essential as space is limited. Elephant & Co, 033 342 4813 or email email@example.com to reserve your table.
A Night at the Opera
Thursday, April 16, 2020 at 7pm.
Elephant & Co Restaurant, PMB.
Tickets R350. Includes welcome dink, two-course meal and concert performance.
Booking essential. Elephant & Co 033 342 4813, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for a reservation.
Archduke / Kerimov Trio
Monday, March 30, 7pm. Grace Hall, Ashton International College.
Tickets R150, includes refreshments at interval.
Booking: email@example.com or Music Revival 083 417 4473 (SMS or WhatsApp only). Secure parking. Seating is unreserved.