Classical Concert: A blend of church music and African rhythms

2010-08-19 00:00

WHEN former pathologist John W. Carter sat down to compose a piece of classical music, he didn’t choose something small. Instead, he opted to do a Requiem Mass, and tomorrow you can hear Carter’s Sanctus when it is performed by the Maritzburg City Orchestra, the Pietermaritzburg Amateur­ Music Society (Pams) choir and the Maritzburg College Chamber choir at a classical music variety concert in the Victoria Hall at Maritzburg College.

Sanctus blends church music with African rhythms and textures, and its first performance with the Cape Town Orchestra and choir was hailed with acclaim.

Carter, who has retired from the medical profession and now works as a DJ for Classic FM, says of his work: “I composed it in the eighties when I was still working. It was a protest against the times.”

The Sanctus includes a musical representation of the political status quo at the time and the rejoicing of the people when apartheid finally ended.

The work was first performed in Cape Town in 1993 at a Last Night of the Proms concert . This is its fourth outing (and its first in KwaZulu-Natal) and Carter says that he is looking forward to hearing how it sounds with a smaller orchestra and choir.

Also on the programme will be Rossini’s Thieving Magpie Overture; Jean-Louis Gottschalk’s Grande Tarantelle­ for Piano and Orchestra, featuring Pietermaritzburg pianist Christopher Duigan as soloist; Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin Waltz and Kyrie from Mozart’s Great Mass with the soaring soprano solo.

The concert will take place in the Victoria Hall at Maritzburg College at 7.30 pm on Friday. Tickets are R25.

Bookings can be made through Denise­ Mitchell (mornings) or Jenny Bezuidenhout­ (afternoons) at 033 342 9376. Wine, fruit juice, tea and coffee will be served.

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