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MUSIC IN SPACES (article first published : 2005-03-23)

Music Revival presents a series of concerts over the Easter weekend titled Music in Spaces. Focusing on the use of old buildings for new purposes, the concerts offer audiences an opportunity to explore a new combination of architecture and music. All concerts last for 70 minutes.

Gourmet Piano - March 24 at 19h00 for 19h30: Combine delicious gourmet cuisine and superbly crafted classical piano music for an intimate night at Le Gourmet. Christopher Duigan joins up with the Le Gourmet team for a night to remember. A delicious selection of “tastes” from the award-winning Le Gourmet menu are served after a sublime selection of classical music in a refined yet relaxed atmosphere. Music by Chopin, Debussy's Clair de Lune and more. A charming old Pietermaritzburg house now functions as a compact but playful restaurant space. Cash bar. Venue: Le Gourmet is at 80 Roberts Road. Tickets R150 and booking is essential on 033 342 3280.

The Seven Last Words Of Christ - March 25 at 10h00: For a special Good Friday morning concert take the opportunity of hearing Haydn’s The Seven Last Words of Christ (1787). This work in seven movements, sometimes performed in its oratorio or symphonic form, gains added intimacy when played by four individual string instruments. The Wouter String Quartet from the KZNPO performs this moving music in the historic St Peters Church. Featuring many fine architectural details plus stained glass window, including those saved from the demolished St Saviour’s, St Peters provides a beautiful backdrop to this stirring music. Music based on the Seven Words from the Cross interleaved with Bible readings, in keeping with the Good Friday message. Venue: St Peters Church, Longmarket from Chapel Street. Secure parking for 100 plus cars in the Cathedral Complex. Tickets R40 - entry by programme.

The Sontonga Quartet – March 25 at 15h00: Government House, originally Governer Shepstone’s homestead, plays host to one of South Africa's most polished ensembles, the Sontonga Quartet. They present a classical programme of String Quartets by Haydn Op 77 No 1 in G, Shostakovich String Quartet No 3 Op 73 and a new work by South African Braam du Toit - trip songs. Headed by ex-PMB violinist Marc Uys, the Sontonga Quartet combine a funky image, committed playing awash with youthful verve. Sponsored by UNISA Music Foundation. Venue: Government House- follow Loop Street, turn right into Pine Street (corner Macrorie House), cross Longmarket Street into Government House, UNISA Campus. Secure parking. Tickets R40.

Baroque 2000 – March 26 at 19h30: The glorious Cathedral of the Holy Nativity, a most magnificent timeless space, hosts an unforgettable blend of 15 instruments - strings, winds and harpsichord - with voice, flute and trumpet. Popular with local and national audiences Baroque 2000 include JS Bach’s Cantata No 51 “Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen” with visiting soprano Bronwen Forbay and Michel Schneuwly (trumpet) as soloists. They continue with the Suite in F major by GF Handel and Bach’s superb Suite in B minor including the infectious Badanerie. This offers to be a unique experience to enjoy music in a awe inspiring, soaring and magnificent acoustic space. Sponsored by MR Woollam & Assoc., Pty (Ltd). Venue: Cathedral of the Holy Nativity Longmarket from Chapel St. Secure parking for 100 plus cars in the Cathedral Complex. Tickets R50 – entry by programme. Booking is essential - If there are fewer than 100 persons booked before Thursday 24/3 this concert will be cancelled.

Kerimov Trio – March 27 at 12h00: The Kerimov Trio make a welcome return to the Tatham Art Gallery, Commercial Road with a programme of magnificent music. This includes Beethoven's arrangement of his Septet Op 20 (a highly optimistic creation that achieved amazing success in his own lifetime) and the Trio No 2 by Russian 20th Century master Dmitri Shostakovich, a dramatic journey that stretches both performers and audiences. Completing the programme is a new work by Siberian composer Grigory Ivanov. Once the Post Office, Magistrate’s Court and now the centre of artistic endeavour in the Capital City, the Tatham is a miracle of architectural recycling. Enjoy lunch after the concert at Artist’s Palate Coffee Shop in the Gallery – phone Artists Palette on 033 342 8327. Tickets R40. Secure parking in the Tatham grounds.

Classical Piano - March 28 at 15h30: At the First Church of Christ, Scientist, Christopher Duigan plays a classical recital of new works including Beethoven’s Sonata Op 57 Appassionato. Once of Beethoven most powerful piano compositions it poses a major challenge to any pianist. Also on the programme is the Sonata in C in Mozart and music by Ravel. Originally the Congregational Church, built in 1904 this perfectly maintained building boast mostly wooden interiors resulting a warm and resonant acoustic. The building is currently for sale! The Church is on the corner of Loop and Chapel Streets. Parking in Chapel Street with car guards on duty. Tickets R40 – entry by programme.

Book at Music Revival on 033 342 3051 or on e-mail: booking@musicrevival.co.za




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