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I LOVE A PIANO (article first published : 2004-08-28)

I Love a Piano is an extravagant and magnificent concert on September 3 to celebrate the acquisition of a brand new concert grand piano at Hilton College! A varied and exciting programme of music has been arranged to entertain the audience and display the versatility of a piano.

Opening with a herald of trumpets, the first half of the programme includes the Hilton College Music Department’s presentation of several choral pieces accompanied by the piano, plus a solo performance by accomplished pianist Albi Odendaal.

In the second half of the programme, three of South Africa’s top pianists, Darius Brubeck, Christopher Duigan and Andrew Warburton will each give a 12 minute recital displaying various musical styles and genres. The pianists have been challenged to put together as varied and entertaining a recital as possible.

Brubeck will play a selection of jazz standards, some of his own compositions and some African jazz. Warburton will play a selection of Mozart and other classics as well as the song and piano dual I Love a Piano. He will be accompanied by vocalists Anthony Stonier and Sibusiso Mkhize, one of the acclaimed Maritzburg’s 3 Tenors. Duigan, accompanied by the ever popular Kerimov trio, will play a medley consisting of as many pieces of music as is humanly possible! This will be followed by a very grand finale – six hands on a single piano.

The acquisition of a brand new piano represents a massive vote of confidence in the future of music, not only for the school and the Hilton College Theatre but the region as a whole. New pianos are very seldom purchased, cuts to arts funding being the norm. A piano of this size and quality, a Yamaha C7 measuring approximately 8 ft is a fantastic instrument for pianists to perform on. Pianos, unlike violins do not improve with age. A piano is essentially a machine, a mechanism, and who would realistically enjoy riding around town in a 100 year old car! The piano launch is going to be a wonderful opportunity to see how the pianists can be inspired to reach for new heights!

The concert on September 3 takes place at 19h30 at Hilton College Theatre. Tickets R30. Bookings through 033 383 0126.




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