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SHIRAZMATA (article first published : 2006-03-4)

The Pietermaritzburg-based Music Revival will host the Why Not Duo in a fascinating programme.

Shirazmataz is the title of a concert by the Why Not Duo of pianists Guy Livingston (Yale University, New England Conservatory) and Maria Sperling (Stellenbosch University, Royal Conservatory of the Netherlands). They will present an energetic and sometimes sober, sometimes drunken look at the links between two of the highest arts: music and wine.

Their name, a pun on Wine Note, is for fun. And so is the music of this rambunctious duo, whose concerts celebrate wine, with classical (and not so classical) music. Broadway meets Jazz, Cabaret meets Opera, as these duo pianists (also a duo in their private life) perform together. And it's not just piano, either - don't be surprised if you hear a wine-bottle-marimba, a whistle, or a tambourine at their shows. Delheim wines sponsors this show and offers a wine tasting within a program featuring excerpts from Bizet's Carmen, George Gershwin Sweet and Low-Down, and three premieres commissioned especially for Delheim Wines: Shirazmataz by Christopher Culpo, Pinotage by Bongani Ndodana, and Fantasia botrytica by Marek Zebrowski.

The programme closes with a theatrical arrangement of The Nothing Doing Bar, a comic cabaret piece by Darius Milhaud.

Shirazmataz takes place on March 17 at 18h30 at 35 Montgomery Drive, Pietermaritzburg. Tickets R60 with optional dinner a further R60.

Booking essential for all Music Revival concerts on 033 342 3051 or email: chris@musicrevival.co.za




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