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Sunday, July 14, 2013


(David Scheel)

Friends of Music will host Australian classical concert pianist, comedian, composer and raconteur David Scheel on July 16.

His programme is titled Don't Shoot Me I'm Only A Pianist and promises a delightful evening. It reads as follows:

1. An introduction of sorts - how I got to be introduced as Beethoven
2. Scotland the not so brave - A popular folk tune played in styles of Mozart/Rachmaninoff/Albeniz and an I-pod
3. Webber meets J.S. Bach - a tune by Webber, Another by Bach, played simultaneously, one with the right hand and one with the left
4. Bad Pianos I have Known - True stories of horror pianos
5. Etude on a theme by Granados - straight music
6. The Dance of the Birds - own composition, straight music 
7. Brecht is Weill - Send-up of Kurt Weill
8. Waltzing without Matilda - A “translation “of the lyrics of Australia’s unofficial national anthem, something of a comedy classic


1. Danza Graciosa - own composition; straight music
2. Tribute to gimmick pianists - Liberace, de Pachmann, Borge
3. Instant Composition - in which the audience gives a series of notes and I compose a piece on the spot
4. Funeral Eulogy for a Traffic Cone - comedy
5. In the fall - Own composition-straight music
6. Why I hate Supermarkets - Comedy
7. Tribute to Gershwin
8. Finale -- a medley of the 20 worst tunes ever written.

The Prelude Performer for the evening, funded by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund, is flautist Nokwanda Mthembu.

The concert will take place on July 16 at 19h45 at the Durban Jewish Centre, 44 Old Fort (K.E. Masinga) Road, Durban. Tickets R70 (R60 FOM members and R20 Orchestral / Students). There is safe parking. More information on Friends of Music at