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BACH TO BARBRA (article first published : 2004-10-15)

Next up at the Catalina Theatre in Wilsons Wharf is Bach to Barbra, an eclectic mix of classical rock in the popular cross-over musical style showcasing music from Baroque to Broadway.

The programme includes contemporary new arrangements of Bach's Toccata & Fugue to the hit music of Sarah Brightman, Barbra Streisand and more. This pop-rock show, which includes with a touch of bantering humour, showcases the talents of three outstanding classical musicians and promises to impress with their fine interpretations.

Directed by Caroline Smart whose directing style recently charmed audiences with Brutal Tunes, the show features Stacey Almond who sings Barbra Streisand, Stephen Sondheim, Josh Groban, Sarah Brightman and The Opera Babes. Sarah Pudifin, the exciting 19 year old up-and-coming violinist, will perform hot Bach favourites including a virtuoso performance of the "Vanessa Mae" electric violin technique. Another welcome new face on the Durban theatre scene is young pianist David Daniel who has also arranged the music for the show.

The Streisand numbers include Second Hand Rose, The Island, Send in the Clowns and Nothin's Gonna Harm You with songs from Sarah Brightman's Harem, Opera Babes’ pop versions of two favourite classics - Lakme Flower Duet and Oh Fortuna from Carmina Burana, and Josh Groban's megga hits Raise Me Up and Mi Mancherai.

"Crossover music which combines the beauty of classically-inspired music with a strong rock/ pop influence and contemporary feel, has captured the imagination of music makers and the public over the last few years which can be seen with the popularity of Vanessa Mae, Robbie William, Dianne Krall, Josh Groban, Bond, Amici and Michael Buble” says Themi Venturas of the Catalina.

The show runs at the Catalina Theatre: Wilsons Wharf from October 19 to 31 from Tuesday to Saturday nightly at 20h00 and Sundays at 18h00. (No performances October 21 and 26).

Tickets R60 (R50 concessions. R30 low price previews on October 19 and 20). Booking on 031 305 6889.




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