Music Revival concerts

2009-01-15 00:00

MUSIC Revival opens its 2009 programme with two very different concerts this month.

The first concert, which takes place tomorrow evening, offers patrons classical works for piano played by Christopher Duigan. The programme includes: Mozart’s large scale dramatic Sonata in C minor, K 475, Schubert’s popular Impromptu in E flat, Debussy’s Images Series II, — a set of three works that explore a rich palette of colour — and nocturnes or night music by Frederic Chopin and Irish composer John Field (1782-1837), who was the first to use the term “nocturne”.

Music by Spanish composer Isaac Albeniz, whose music will be widely celebrated in 2009 which is the 100th anniversary of his death in 1909, completes the programme.

The concert gets under way at 7.30 pm. Tickets are R80, which includes wine and coffee. Light meals are available after the concert (price R50, take your own additional wine). On January 18, the concert starts at 3.30 pm. Tickets are R80, which includes wine, iced tea and coffee.

The second concert programme was put together as a result of the recent It’s Your Choice programmes. Having received a number of requests for Scott Joplin’s The Entertainer, Duigan will perform a selection of his works including Maple Leaf Rag, The Chrysanthemum, the Concert Waltz Bethena and Solace: A Mexican Serenade.

Joplin’s music is complemented by music from Ernesto Nazareth (1863-1943). Born in Rio de Janeiro, his piano music is appealing for its melodic charm and classical structure in a Brazilian tango style. Known as the “Chopin of South America”, Nazareth’s music, like Joplin’s, exhibits an easy melodic appeal.

The concerts take place on January 23 at 7.30 pm (tickets R80 include wine and coffee) and January 25 at 3.30 pm (tickets R80 include wine, iced tea and coffee).

Music Revival concerts take place at 35 Montgomery Drive, Athlone. To book e-mail booking@musicrevival.co.za or phone 033 342 3051.

— Arts Editor.

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