Tatham Art Gallery, Pietermaritzburg:
9 June at 12pm
PMB: A glorious late Autumn afternoon concert of wonderful Baroque music performed by Suite 415 will be held at the Tatham art gallery on Sunday 9 June from 12pm.
Suite 415 comprises an affiliation of some of the province’s most accomplished and respected classical and Baroque musicians: Margrit Deppe (Baroque Oboe); Aristide du Plessis (Baroque Cello / Basso Continuo), David Smith (Harpsichord / Cembalo) and Evelien Ballantine (Baroque Flute / Traverso).
The programme features a carefully chosen programme of beautiful works by leading Baroque composers GP Telemann; Pietro Locatelli, JS Bach and GB Sammartini.
This follows on from the first concert performed at Christ the Redeemer Church in Hillcrest, performed to a capacity audience, where David Smith performed on a lovingly restored, beautifully- decorated harpsicord in the Flemish style, recently acquired by Deppe. The completion of the restoration process was the inspiration behind the concert series.
The distinctive sound of the harpsichord creates an almost-immediate association with music from the Baroque era. Harpsichords were used extensively from the 15th until the 18th centuries and has found favour again in recent decades. Harpsicords are typically also ornately decorated and painted – often with historically-inspired flora and fauna; pastoral scenes; ornamental motifs and inspirational verse. Such decoration is very specific to this instrument and has become a respected and recognised art form with variants which differ over time and place.
Deppe’s beautiful new harpsichord will be the centrepiece of this sublime programme of memorable music.
Tickets are R80 / R50 at the door.
The concert will take place at the prestigious Tatham Art Gallery on Chief Albert Luthuli Street, located in Pietermaritzburg. Patrons be mindful that it is Comrades day – so plan routes and timing accordingly.