Pmb, Durban, Ballito, Hillcrest and Kloof concerts
Enterprising music entrepreneur, and acclaimed pianist, Christopher Duigan, presents a busy concert series for his Music Revival project, at the end of January.
For his January programme, he teams up with long term collaborator, James Grace. Grace studied at the Royal College of Music in London as a Foundation Scholar with Carlos Bonell. Upon graduating he became the first guitarist in the history of the College to receive the Tagore Gold Medal, an annual award presented to the most outstanding student. After spending two years in Doha, in the Arabian State of Qatar where he taught guitar at an International Music Centre, James returned to South Africa and was appointed Head of Classical Guitar Studies at the University of Cape Town.
Christopher Duigan is one of South Africa’s busiest concert artists, giving 100 performances annually. His performances range from those of the core classical repertoire, both as soloist with orchestra and in recital, to new music and music well beyond the classical repertoire. His strong sense of community development is shown in his active promotion of regular Music Revival concerts across KZN and in other parts of the country. These concerts have not only developed new audiences in various communities but also provided performance platform to many young and aspiring soloists. 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 its innovative and ground-breaking approach. His activities have been said to reflect those of a definitive 21st century classical musician.
Opening the series is his second Thursday soiree entitled Together Again, in which he teams up with James Grace in the Elephant and Co – a popular new eatery at the Athlone Circle Mall in Pietermaritzburg. This follows the outstanding success of the first soiree, that took place at the end of December combining a classic concert and fine dining.
The Duigan & Grace Duo, an unusual combination of piano and guitar, has won a popular following at major festivals and on stages across South Africa. Their programme together includes many of their own duo arrangements and improvisations on classic melodies, jazz standards, Latin milongas and Spanish classics. Their session will include ‘Black Orpheus’, ‘Fields of Gold’, ‘Tico Tico’ and favourite Spanish guitar solos. Duigan’s own composition ‘Indigo’ a favourite at any Duigan and Grace concert, will complete the programme.
A similar concert will be staged on Sunday 26 January at 3:00 pm at the Durban Jewish Centre, 44 KE Masinga (Old Fort) Rd, Durban for the first Friends of Music concert for the year.
Their FoM concert will include a similar programme as performed in Elephant and Co. In addition,
Duigan will play a solo piano selection from ‘My Favourite Things’, a choice of his personal favourites that repent something fo his electric concretising style , drawing from numerous musical genres. This include music by Beethoven, Mozart, Chopin, Rachmaninoff, Scott Joplin, Ernesto Nazareth and Arvo Pärt. James Grace will plays classical guitar solos from the Spanish repertoire by Albeniz, Tarrega and Granados.
As well as their bespoke concerts, they will also perform the regular Music Revival circuit with variations of the programme. They will also be Performances are in Pietermaritzburg Sunday 26 January 11:30 am Tatham Art Gallery, Ballito on Monday 27 January 7:00 pm at Ashton International College, Kloof on Tuesday 28 January 7:30 pm at St Agnes Church, Kloof , Hillcrest on Friday 31 January 7:30 pm at Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Nqutu Rd – Hillcrest. Booking is preferred: booking@musicrevival.co.za or Music Revival 083 417 4473 (sms or WhatsApp only) or visit www.musicrevival.co.za for more details on booking, programme and venues.
When booking through Music Revival, please state clearly which concert you are booking for.
CONCERT SERIES DETAILS
(detailed programme below)
PIETERMARITZBURG
Thursday 23 January 2019 at 6:30 pm
Elephant & Co restaurant, situated at the Athlone Circle Centre.
Tickets: R350.
Booking is essential, as space is limited.
Please email Elephant & Co hello@elephantandco.co.za to reserve your table.
Or call 033 342 4813 for further details.
DURBAN
Sunday 26 January at 3:00 pm
Durban Jewish Centre, 44 KE Masinga (Old Fort) Rd, Durban
Tickets: R120. Children: R20
Booking: Tickets at the door
For more information contact friendsofmusic@webmail.co.za or phone Keith at 0715051021
PIETERMARITZBURG
Sunday 26 January 11:30 am Tatham Art Gallery
Tickets: R80 Secure Parking
Booking is preferred: booking@musicrevival.co.za or Music Revival 083 417 4473 (sms or WhatsApp only)
Enjoy coffee or lunch at Cafe Tatham. Booking for lunch is essential – Call Cafe Tatham 033 342 8327.
Visit www.tatham.org.za
BALLITO
Monday 27 January 7:00 pm Grace Hall, Ashton International College
Tickets: R150 includes refreshments at interval.
Booking: booking@musicrevival.co.za or Music Revival 083 417 4473 (sms or WhatsApp only)
Secure parking. Seating is unreserved.
KLOOF
Tuesday 28 January 7:30 pm St Agnes Church, Kloof
Tickets: R130 includes refreshments at interval.
Booking: booking@musicrevival.co.za or Music Revival 083 417 4473 (sms or WhatsApp only)
HILLCREST
Friday 31 January 7:30 pm
Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Nqutu Rd – Hillcrest
Tickets: R120 includes refreshments
Booking: Music Revival – Music Revival 083 417 4473 (sms or WhatsApp only)
or booking@musicrevival.co.za or Holy Trinity Anglican Church 031 765 5941
Secure parking