Concerts: A busy weekend for Christopher Duigan

2009-09-03 00:00

MARITZBURG pianist Christopher Duigan has a busy weekend ahead — hosting one concert and performing at another two.

His first Music Revival event, tomorrow night is a celebration of Italian film music by visiting Italian pianist, jazz composer and film scorer, Walter Gaeta.

Gaeta will be joined at 35 Montgomery Drive, Athlone, by cellist Cecilia di Cecco and violinist Raliça Cherneva, previously of the Blue Velvet String Quartet, to perform music by Ennio Morricone (Cinema Paradiso, Gabriel’s Oboe, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly) and Nina Rota (La Dolce Vita, Romeo & Juliet and I Clowns).

Tickets for the concert, which gets underway at 7.30 pm, are R100 – booking essential at 033 342 3051.

On Saturday, Duigan joins the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra (KZNPO) and singers, Shelley McLean and Andrew Webster, to perform music from the movies in the FilmHarmonics concert in the Pietermaritzburg City Hall at 7.30 pm.

Music from films such as Chicago, Pirates of the Caribbean, Star Wars, James Bond, Grease, Dirty Dancing, Zorro and Notting Hill, will be part of the programme.

Tickets range from R80 to R150. Bookings through Parklane SuperSpar at 033 342 3487 or Computicket.

Safe and secure parking will be available at the City Hall, Freedom Square, Tatham Gallery and on Church Street.

Finally, on Sunday, Duigan accompanies Jennifer Cox, the newly appointed co-principal cello of the KZNPO, to perform two classical sonatas for cello and piano at 35 Montgomery Drive, Athlone, at 3.30 pm.

The romantic soaring of Brahms Sonata No 1 in E minor is contrasted by Beethoven’s youthful Sonata in G minor, the second of the five cello sonatas. Also included is Rachmaninoff’s’ Vocalise.

Booking is essential. Tickets R80 from 033 342 3051 or via e-mail at booking@musicreviv

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