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Saturday, February 25, 2012


Make an outing of it this Sunday morning and experience an insightful venture into art and music with a guided tour of the new South African Landscapes in the Lorna Ferguson Room of the Tatham Art Gallery in Pietermaritzburg.

Tatham Art Gallery director Brendan Bell discusses and gives insight into this selection of work chosen from the permanent collection of the Tatham Art Gallery. This is followed, in the same venue, by pianist Christopher Duigan playing a concert of music by JS Bach.

Bach famously, as a young man of 20, walked (from Arnstadt to L├╝beck – though a European landscape) more than 400 km to hear the legendary Dieterich Buxtehude play the organ. The immense vitality and abstract patterning of Bach’s music is echoed in the great landscapes that adorn the gallery walls. The music of this performance features dance rhythms of suites in the English and German style (Partitas Nos 1 & 2) as well as arrangements of his popular Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring and Sheep May Safely Graze.

The special event combining a gallery walkabout of the Tatham Collection with a concert performance is the first of a number of similar events to be presented through the year. It is a wonderful introduction to the Tatham Art Gallery Experience.

The South African Landscapes experience takes place on February 26 at the Tatham Art Gallery in Pietermaritzburg with the Walkabout at 10h30 (free) and the concert at 11h30 (tickets R50). There is secure parking and The Tatham Coffee Shop will be open for coffee from 10h00 to 1300. Booking essential on email: (preferred) or 033 342 3051.