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Tuesday, February 25, 2014


(Astrith Baltsan)

Friends of Music In Association with KZN Zionist Council will present Israeli pianist Dr Astrith Baltsan in an exciting multi–media performance tonight (February 25).

The virtuoso artist weaves the Israeli anthem into a fascinating personal show, containing music by Mozart, Chopin, Smetana, Jewish Israeli Folk, pop and rock tunes.

“A wonderful performance” states Zubin Mehta.

Astrith Baltsan was born in Israel and is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of both piano and musicology depts. She is a first prize winner in the Canadian Banff Concerto competition and received numerous awards from Yale University, Tanglewood, Festival La Gesse Festival in France, Festivals in Munich and Switzerland.

The Prelude Performer (a programme supported by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund) will be Kelsey Rogers on violin. She has performed as a soloist with the KZNPO and toured to Germany as a member of the KZN Natal Youth Orchestra. Accompanied by Nina Watson on piano, she will perform Handel’s Sonata in D major and Albeniz’s Tango.

The recital will take place on February 25 at 19h45 at the Durban Jewish Centre at 44 Old Fort (K.E. Masinga) Road, Durban. There is safe parking. Tickets R70 (R50 Members and R20 Orchestral / Students). Booking is at Computicket.

Friends of Membership for 2014 is open. Please contact Vera on 083 253 7387 and Liezl-Maret on  072 448 2862 prior to the recital. For more information visit

(Due to unforeseen circumstances overseas, the recital by Genova & Dimitrov on March 18 has been cancelled)