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Friday, November 30, 2012


Acclaimed South African musicians James Grace (guitar) and Christopher Duigan (piano) create a unique evening of music when they perform together once again at 35 Montgomery Drive on December 7 and 8. Noted for their individual musicianship and profile they enjoy, both on major concert stages in South Africa, their unique combination of guitar and piano is a magical one. A concert, like this one, created by these most prolific and inspired independent entrepreneurs in the local classical music world, will see the two musicians set once again to cast a unique, magical spell. They will be joined by young Durban-based classical saxophonist, Maxine Matthews.

Their programme typically includes many of their own arrangements and improvisations. On this occasion, and also very much summer-inspired, they choose a strong Spanish and South American flavour with numbers such as Milonga - Cardoso, Spain - Chick Corea, Cristal - Cesar Camargo Mariano, Tico Tico – Abreu and music by Astor Piazzolla together with contemporary pop classics, Falling Slowly - Glen Hansard and Fields of Gold - Sting. South African composer Richard Guinness is represented with his searching Indigo (an audience favourite at any Duigan & Grace concert) as well as a new piece The Night before Christmas: A Summer Song. This seasonal flavour will be extended with a Christmas Medley especially compiled for the concert with special guest Maxine Matthews on soprano saxophone.

All three musicians will perform solo numbers with Grace's haunting rendition of Theme from The Deer Hunter complimenting music from the two composers that Duigan has become synonymous with: Chopin and Liszt. Maxine Matthews studied in Greece and France for three years before returning to South Africa, developing a strong performance relationship with Christopher Duigan in numerous concerts.

“We are pleased to announce that for the first time in six years we have working street lights outside our home/studio,” says Christopher Duigan. “Soni the car guard will be present but you will hopefully no longer need to fall into the gutters at night when arriving, and especially when leaving. That’s good news!”

There are two performances of Together Again for Christmas: December 7 and 8 at 20h00 at 35 Montgomery Drive, Athlone Pietermaritzburg. Tickets R100 (bring your own wine or festive drinks). Booking is essential on email: or 033 342 3051. There is secure parking.