Easter weekend concerts

2008-03-20 00:00

MUSIC Revival and Parklane SuperSpar have put together a programme for the annual Easter Weekend Concert Series. The concerts offer audiences an opportunity to experience magnificent music in a variety of historic buildings and lively concert venues.

The series starts today with the Darius Brubeck Quartet’s Jazz Night concert, complete with dinner platter at the Victoria Hall at Maritzburg College, followed (at 10 am) on Friday by Haydn’s The Seven Last Words of Christ at St Peter’s Church in the Cathedral Complex in Langalibalele Street. The work, in seven movements, is usually performed in oratorio or symphonic form, but will be performed by the Blue Velvet String Quartet, interleaved with Bible readings. Entry, by programme, is R50.

On Saturday, at 7.30 pm, Christopher Duigan presents Piano Adagios at 35 Montgomery Drive. He will play the Beethoven Sonata op 90, the Schubert Impromptu d.935 no. 1, selected adagios from Haydn and Mozart piano sonatas and music by J.S. Bach. The venue opens at 7 pm and tickets are R80.

The fourth concert in the series is at 11 am on Easter Sunday morning at St George’s Garrison Church. The Kerimov Trio will perform Baroque on an Easter Morning, a programme of music by J.S. Bach, Handel, and settings of Avé Maria by Gounod, Schubert, Caccini and Piazzolla. Boris and Elena Kerimov on cello and violin are joined by Duigan at the harpsichord and piano. Secure parking is available. Tickets are R50 (by programme).

Finally, at 3.30 pm on Monday, the Blue Velvet String Quartet play Mozart and Schumann. Members of the group — Ralica Cherneva (violin), Valentina Koleva (viola) and Cecilia di Cecco (cello) are joined by Duigan to play piano quartets by Mozart and Schumann (sponsored by the Unisa Music Foundation). The venue is again St George’s Garrison Church and tickets are R50.

Booking for all concerts is essential, and to book, phone 033 342 3051 or e-mail


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