Midlands welcomes a new muso

2013-07-25 00:00

PIANIST and performance poet Lara Kirsten has found a new home in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, working and living with her partner, foundry man and artist Kim Goodwin.

Kirsten’s move to the Goodwin Foundry in Lidgetton came a year after she met Goodwin, who works in bronze and environmental art, at the AfrikaBurn Festival in the Karoo in 2012. Originally from Johannesburg, Kirsten, a classically trained pianist, did her BMus and BMus (honours), respectively in 2001 and 2005, at Pretoria University.

After a stint as a junior lecturer at her alma mater, Kirsten hit the road with improvising cellist Francois le Roux, travelling around South Africa, Europe and the United States between 2005 and 2008.

For the past four years, she has been active as a solo and chamber musician, performing with coloratura soprano Linda van Coppenhagen, clarinettist Morné van Heerden and cellist Wessel Beukes. In March 2013, she participated in the Wakkerstroom Music Festival with Van Heerden, and she performed piano recitals at the AfrikaBurn 2013 festival in the Tankwa Karoo of the Northern Cape.

Now, residents of the Midlands will get to hear her when she presents a recital with Le Roux at the Yellowwood Cafe conference centre at 1 Shafton Road, Howick, at 3 pm on July 31. The programme includes: Bach’s Sonata for cello and piano in D major BWV 1028; Beethoven’s S onata for cello and piano in G minor op. 5 no. 2; Shostakovich’s Sonata for cello and piano op. 40; Piazzolla’s Otoño Porteño; the Song of the Black Swan by Villa Lobos; Saint-Saëns’s The Swan; Fauré’s Elégie and Popper’s Tarantella. Tickets are R100 (R80 pensioners and children under 13). Tea, coffee and scones will be served during interval. Booking is essential. Phone Lara at 082 325 4258 or e-mail laraafrika@gmail.com

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