Free lunch-time concerts at the Tatham

2009-04-28 00:00

PIETERMARITZBURG music fans can continue enjoying free lunch-time concerts at the Tatham Art Gallery.

Following the death of Jean Kudernatsch, who organised the concerts for more than 10 years on behalf of the local branch of the South African Society of Music Teachers, Helen Vermaak, Christopher Duigan and Marianne de Jager have taken on the task of organising the events.

The concerts will take place on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month in the Lorna Ferguson Room from 1.10 pm to 1.50 pm, with the first one taking place on April 29.

It will feature the talents of concert pianist, Filip Kormuth, who has asked that the concert be dedicated to the memory of Kudernatsch because she was so helpful to him.

His programme includes the Beethoven Appassionata Sonata op.57, Rachmaninoff’s Etude op 39 no 5 and an Impromptu of his own composition. Kormuth is on the staff at the music department at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban and has recently completed his Masters degree in music.

Looking ahead, the venue will host the Maritzburg Singers on May 13, and French music for the annual Prince Imperial commemoration by Route Napoleon on May 27.

Vermaak said she and her fellow organisers are keen to offer performance space to as many musicians and performers as possible, particularly those who have reached the stage in their musical development where they are ready for wider exposure and an introduction to the world of professional music.

Anyone wishing to present either a concert of 40 minutes or be part of a concert along with other performers should contact Helen Vermaak by e-mail at rayver20@hotmail.com or phone 083 488 0188.

— Arts Editor.

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