Duigan at St Agnes Church

2017-05-30 06:01

BE prepared for a night of musical bliss, when pianist Christopher Duigan and Aristide du Plessis take to the stage in Cello Song at St Agnes Church in Kloof at 7.30pm on Thursday, May 25.

Pietermaritzburg-born Duigan said his musical career started rather by accident, but once he did his first minor concert and experienced the thrill of playing for others he knew that was what he was going to do in life.

“I travel a lot for my work, mostly in South Africa, but also overseas and my career as a concert pianist and a concert entrepreneur means I have a double job.

“When I am not doing or thinking about music I like beautiful things, good food and wine, and spend a lot of time at home with my three miniature dachshunds.”

He said he is inspired by the deadline of the next performance and the thrill of being on stage with others.

“I find each day a journey or discovering more about the essence of music, arts, creativity, those around me and how that relates to me as a musician and an individual that keeps me curious and engaged.

“I am fascinated by the life experiences of Frederic Chopin, who poured his most intimate thoughts and feelings into the most captivating piano music we have every knows.”

He said the concert at St Agnes Church is part of the monthly series he presents and plays, however, on the last Thursday it will feature cellist Aristide du Plessis.

“We are playing an exciting and passionate selection of classics from a body of music that has been revered for its embodiment of classical ideals.

“It speaks of the human spirit, the human experience and most of all the ‘live performance brings this music to the here and now’.

“The fact that it takes place in Kloof where it’s on the doorstep for many, in a safe and beautiful venue with good acoustic means that this experience if of the highest and also the most engaging nature for the audience.

“Those attending get complimentary refreshments and interval so it a happy and relaxed evening for everyone.”

Tickets for this Music Revival concert are R100. Book through the St Agnes Church office at 031 764 2037 or by emailing booking@musicrevival.co.za - Supplied.

SIDEBAR

Aristide du Plessis was born in Durban in 1989. He has established a reputation as one of South Africa’s leading cellists, making regular appearances on national television and radio, both as a soloist and chamber musician. He has performed in some of the world's most renowned concert halls ranging from the Zürich Tonhalle and Vienna Musikverein to the Herkulessaal in Munich, Wiener Konzerthaus and the Berliner Philharmonie. As a soloist, he has performed since the age of 15 with all the country’s leading orchestras such as the KZN Philharmonic, the Cape Philharmonic, and Camerata Tinta Barocca (Cape Town). He is currently co-principal cellist with the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra.

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