Local art gallery’s piano series set to wow

2018-10-03 06:01
Pianist Mariam Batsashvili.PHOTO: supplied

Pianist Mariam Batsashvili.PHOTO: supplied

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The Tatham Art Gallery, Friends of the Tatham Art Gallery, in association with Music Revival, present a series of four piano-focused concerts in Pietermaritzburg­ to celebrate the arrival and installation of a new grand piano.

The concerts will take place every Sunday in October at 3 pm.

Commenting on the launch of the series, Music Revival director and chairperson of the Friends of the Tatham Art Gallery Christopher Duigan says: “The Tatham­ Art Gallery has always offered a wonderful concert space for small to medium sized concert audiences.

“The generous acoustics, inspiring artworks, and creative atmosphere, coupled with pristine up-keep to world-class art museum standards, is exemplary.

“The fact that the gallery also now boasts an ideal concert instrument in the form of a hand-built Shigeru Kawai piano, supplied and prepared by leading Cape Town-based concert technicians Ian Burgess-Simpson Pianos, places it in a unique position ahead of all concert venues locally­.­”

• Mariam Batsashvili — Sunday, October 7

At just 25 years old, Mariam Batsashvili already ranks among the most promising young pianists of her generation. She gained international recognition at the 10th Franz Liszt Piano Competition in Utrecht 2014.

• Christopher Duigan — Sunday, October 14

Widely regarded as one of South Africa’s leading concert pianists, Christopher Duigan has been recognized as a “South African piano icon” and “national musical treasure” (Classic Feel June 2009).

• The Siberian Trio play Beethoven — Sunday, October 21

Liezl-Maret Jacobs (piano) obtained a D. Mus at the University of Cape Town. Jacobs­ is one of South Africa’s leading accompanists. In 2008 she was invited to present master classes, lectures and chamber music concerts at the University of Charlotte in North Carolina, USA.

• Lara Kirsten — Sunday, October 28

Midlands-based pianist Lara Kirsten brings a solo piano recital to the Tatham Art Gallery with music from Germany, Spain and France. Themes that have fascinated Kirsten for the last few years have been the pulse, the breath, freedom, flight, fear, the elements and the creative impulse.

Tickets are for each concert and are R100 per person.

There is secure, guarded parking available on Sundays in the legislature parking adjacent (on the left of the gallery).

Booking is preferred, contact
booking@musicrevival.co.za or Music Revival at 083 417 4473 (SMS or WhatsApp only).

Make a day of it and enjoy coffee or lunch at Cafe Tatham, open from 10 am and for lunch. Booking for lunch is essential.

Call Cafe Tatham at 033 342 8327. Visit www.tatham.org.za

— Supplied.

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