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MELANIE LOWE & ELENA KERIMOVA FOR HEARTSTRINGS (article first published : 2007-10-31)

The KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic (KZNPO) has announced that Melanie Lowe and Elena Kerimova will join them on stage as the soloists for one of the biggest concerts to be held in Hillcrest. Preparations for the Heartstrings concert on November 10 are in full swing and these soloists promise to add to the excitement of the evening.

Melanie Lowe, who first gained popularity with the Idols show, is no stranger to the KZNPO as she has performed with them on several occasions. The popular track Sweetest of rhymes from her newly released album Unspoken Truth is being arranged for her to perform with the orchestra for the first time at the concert. She will also be performing her well-known song If I could, as well as a variety of covers for all ages. Unspoken Truth will be on sale at the concert, with a portion of the proceeds going to the designated charities. Melanie Lowe will be available after the concert to sign autographs.

Elena Kerimova comes from a classical background and started to play the violin as a young girl in Russia, at the age of seven. Since her arrival in South Africa in 1999, she has played in the first violins of the KZNPO in Durban and was appointed Co-Principal. In recent years she has become a firm favourite with local audiences, displaying a dazzling technical ability and infectious stage personality. She is well-known for her appearances with the Kerimov Trio, which includes her husband Boris Kerimov and pianist Christopher Duigan.

The SPAR-sponsored concert is to take place in the Hillcrest Christian Fellowship (HCF) Auditorium - a 4,000-seater venue located on Inanda Road.

El-Mari Kolbe, HCF function co-ordinator, says various international acts have graced their stage and she’s confident that Heartstrings will be a show to remember. “The value of the sound equipment alone, is well in excess of R1 million. Add to that, the light displays and technicians we will be utilising on the night and you soon realise this is no small production. The fact that two children’s charities will benefit from the event is wonderful and we trust that the Highway community will come out in full support of this concert.”

Tickets are on sale at Hillcrest KwikSPAR, Waterfall SuperSPAR and Kloof SuperSPAR, as well as at Ethelbert Children’s Home and Hillcrest Christian Fellowship. More information on 031 464 6555 or e-mail info@ethelbert.co.za




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