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CAROL ANN WEAVER & UND OPERA ENSEMBLE (article first published : 2001-05-23)

Two free lunch-hour concerts coming up from the University of Natal’s School of Music feature established Canadian composer/pianist Carol Ann Weaver and the University’s Opera Ensemble.

The first concert on May 28 at 12h15 in Howard College Theatre focuses on Carol Ann Weaver whose work has been performed and aired throughout Canada, USA, South Africa and parts of Europe. Her genre-bending music ranges in style from classical to jazz, avant garde to folk, creating new fusions of roots and art music, much of it influenced by her longstanding passion for African music.

The concert features music composed by Carol Ann Weaver when she was at Natal University, Durban between 1999 and 2000. This music was performed and recorded in South Africa in 2000 by the artists which can be heard on her CD Dancing Rivers - From South Africa to Canada. Written in response to the African life Carol Ann observed and experienced, it pays tribute to the bustle of Durban as well as the sounds of silence from the Kalahari desert to the Kruger wilderness. Calabash Woman and Beer Pounding Song give ample room for African improvisations, Beyond the Water is inspired by the Indian Ocean, Dancing Dancing River is flavoured by blues-gospel style, Listen to the Silence comes from time in Kruger National Park and Learning to Fly is a song of hope for wings.

The free lunch-hour concert on May 30 and 31 at 12h15 in Howard College Theatre, will feature students of the UND Music School’s Opera Ensemble.

Durban director Brenda Lauth, well-known for her acclaimed production on the life of Dorothy Parker You Might as Well Live, is now collaborating with Markus Detterbeck, musical director of the Opera Ensemble at the University of Natal, to present Kurt Weill's Down in the Valley.

This one act American Opera was written by Kurt Weill with libretto by Arnold Sundgaard - Kurt Weill being famous for the Threepenny Opera which features the well known song, Mac the Knife.

Down in the Valley is based on American folk songs and besides the title number The Lonesome Dove, The Little Black Train, Hop up my Ladies and Sourwood Mountain form part of the music. Weill himself wrote: Down in the Valley can be performed where a chorus, a few singers and a few actors are available. The physical production is dramatic with a strong story line and beautiful chorus singing.”




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