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Tuesday, November 4, 2008


(Pic: Dr Vera Dubin)

Friends of Music celebrates 25 years of service to Durban’s classical music community.

25th Anniversary congratulations are due to Durban’s Friends of Music Association. We salute the association’s dedicated chairperson, Vera Dubin, for her many years of service to this city’s classical music community. Dr Dubin’s zest for life defies her octogenarian status as she selflessly puts her energies into sustaining the musical life of Durban’s classical music community.

FOM’s launch in the early 1980s was due to her efforts, when Durban had just lost its only orchestra prior to the formation of the KZNPO. Over the years she has forged a vital link between concert goers with upcoming and established musicians. She has raised funds in support of countless young artists, besides introducing the important Prelude Performers component to FOM’s monthly recitals, and sustaining ongoing pre-concert talks linked to mainstream symphony seasons.

All this, while presenting a wealth of local and international musical talent at the Durban Jewish Centre. Dubin has twice been honoured by the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic for her ongoing support.

Catch the next FOM programme at the Durban Jewish Club on November 4, starting at 19h45.

This features the Moritzburg Festival Trio, featuring pianist Ben Schoeman (this year’s first South African Unisa Competition winner) with violinist Kai Vogler and cellist Peter Bruns. They will play Beethoven’s much-loved Piano Trio in D Major Opus 70 No 1 Ghost, Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio No 1 in D Minor and the Brahms Piano Trio in B Major.

The evening’s prelude performer is Durban’s own prize-winning 15-year-old violin prodigy, Jacqueline Wedderburn-Maxwell, winner of the 2008 Artscape Youth Music Competition. Booking is through Computicket.