Music revival returns to PMB

2020-02-19 06:05
Christopher Duigan returns to Pietermarizburg.PHOTO: Val Adamson

Christopher Duigan returns to Pietermarizburg.PHOTO: Val Adamson

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A CLASSICAL piano music event entitled “Fantasy” is coming to Pietermaritzburg on March 1 at the Tatham Art Gallery from 11.30 am.

The event is part of Christopher Duigan’s monthly series of KZN Music Revival concerts.

“Fantasy” is a pianistic “tour de force” classical repertoire which highlights fantastical, impulsive and imaginative musical elements as presented in the music of composers Ludwig van Beethoven, Robert Schumann, Aleksander Scriabin and Sergei Rachmaninoff.

With the year 2020 marking the 250th anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven’s birth, many of Duigan’s Music Revival concert programmes for the year will include music by this most popular and inspirational composer.

In this solo piano recital, Duigan will include Beethoven’s Sonata quasi una fantasia in E-flat major Op 27 No 1, companion to the celebrated Moonlight Sonata Op 27 No 2. This together with Schumann’s Fantasie Op 17 — one of the most impassioned works of the 19th century which Schumann intended as a homage to Beethoven — are the centre pieces on the programme.

Duigan is one of South Africa’s busiest classical concert artists, giving 100 performances annually.

His strong sense of community involvement is shown in his active promotion of monthly Music Revival concerts across KZN and other parts of the country. These concerts have not only developed new audiences in various communities, but also provided performance platform for many young and aspiring soloists.

His performances range from those of the core classical repertoire, both as soloist with orchestra and in recital, to music across many genres. In addition, his performances have regularly included his own arrangements, improvisations and compositions. Duigan’s work as an entrepreneurial musician has attracted international attention for his innovative and ground-breaking approach. His activities have been said to be truly representative of an iconic 21st century classical musician.

Tickets to the revival cost R80 and include secure parking. Bookings are preferred and can be made by e-mailing or send an SMS to 083 417 4473.


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