Creating music

2009-06-23 00:00

CREATING Minds is a week-long series of presentations with pianist Christopher Duigan in collaboration with local poets, visual artists, playwrights and musicians.

It kicked off yesterday, at 35 Montgomery Drive, Athlone, Pietermaritzburg, with a performance by Duigan and Liezel-Maret Jacobs, piano lecturer at UKZN-Durban.

The series continues tonight with Taste and Listen: Music, Food and Wine at 7 pm, featuring Marc van Halderen, wine maker at La Vierge in Stellenbosch, Margie Harel of Aubergine Cookery Studio and Duigan. A two-course meal and coffee follows. Tickets R180 each.

Art by Music is the title of the event tomorrow at 7.30 pm. This unique interaction of art and music features Louise Hall and Duigan exploring the cross sections of art and music. Tickets R80, including wine and coffee.

At 7.30 pm on Thursday, poet Kobus Moolman reads selections of his poetry combined creatively with music played by Duigan. This presentation won great acclaim at the recent Franschhoek Literary Festival. Tickets R80 including wine and coffee.

The Composer’s Choice is the title of the session on Friday at 7.30 pm. Duigan plays a programme of composer’s favourites, works that they themselves valued, performed and taught. With Beethoven admiring Clementi, Chopin dismissing Schumann and Liszt championing the music of many of his contemporaries, this promises to be a intriguing recital of music. Tickets are R80, including wine and coffee.

On Saturday is Louise Buchler’s play, Coming Up Roses, at 7.30 pm, which is making a quick stop in ‘Maritzburg before heading to the Grahamstown Arts Festival. Directed by Peter Mitchell, it follows Christine (Caitlin Kilburn), Earnest (Ron Barbour) and Cadence (Louise Buchler), three people stuck in a rut, as they deal with life’s curveballs — jail, dead fish, ruby red stilettos, supermarket aisles and Internet dating. Tickets are R80 including wine and coffee. Warning: please avoid if you are offended by strong language.

The final event is Mozart’s Kegelstett on Sunday at 11 am. David Cohen (clarinet) and David Snaith, newly appointed Principal Viola of the KZNPO, perform with Duigan. Their programme features the much-loved Kegelstatt Trio of Mozart, supposedly composed while he was busy playing a game of skittles.

Tickets are R80, including scones and coffee, from 10.30 am.

Booking is essential for all events. Telephone 033 3423051 or e-mail

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