Year-end high note

2010-12-14 00:00

END the year on a musical high note with two fabulous concerts in Pietermaritzburg and the midlands this week.

The Tatham Art Gallery in Chief Albert Luthuli Street (Commercial Road), is the venue for a glamorous evening of opera and song courtesy of Cape Town soprano Beverley Chiat, Federico Freschi and Christopher Duigan (piano) at 7.30 pm tomorrow.

Chiat, a genuine coloratura soprano who has been making a name for herself locally and internationally, and Freschi will perform light-hearted duets from Mozart’s Don Giovanni and The Merry Widow. Freschi will also perform a selection of arias including O Holy Night.

Speaking to The Witness about the concert, which is being presented in conjunction with the Friends of Tatham Art Gallery (Fotag), Debbie Whelan, chairman of Fotag, said they were delighted to assist in hosting the concert, adding: “We hope that we get as much support as possible, as not only will this get bods into the gallery, but will get extra funds into the Fotag coffers.

“Please remember that with the municipal crisis, there is little extra­ for the purchasing of new artwork, and the responsibility is falling more and more on the shoulders of Fotag to support the Tatham Art Gallery in acquiring new and contemporary art, as well as assisting with some of the logistics, where needed. We do hope to see you there!”

Tickets are R100, which includes a glass of wine on arrival.

To book e-mail booking@­ or phone 033 342 3051. Secure parking is available in the Tatham grounds.

At 12.30 pm on Thursday there will be an end-of-year celebration with a seasonal spin at Tumbledowns on the Curry’s Post Road, eight kilometres from Main Road, Howick. This lunchtime event combines a seasonal three-course meal with music by Freschi and Duigan, including On the Street Where You Live, If I Were a Rich Man, You Raise Me Up, The Holy City, O Holy Night and much more.

Tickets are R250. To book phone 033 330 8099 or 082 802 2837.

— Arts Editor.

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