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Saturday, March 29, 2014


(London-based baritone Njabulo Madlala)

The hills of Kloof will resound with the magnificent sound of music from the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic when The Marriott Classics in Kloof takes to the stage on April 4.

Presented by Christopher Duigan's Music Revival in association with the KZN Philharmonic and generously sponsored by Marriott, Classics in Kloof will be held at St Agnes Church. The event sees South Africa's premier orchestra and featured soloists perform a dazzling evening of music. The orchestra will play under the baton of young American conductor, Daniel Walshaw. The evening’s star soloists will be Boris Kerimov (cello), Njabulo Madlala (baritone) and Christopher Duigan (piano).

In response to many requests for a concert-hall performance in the region by the KZN Philharmonic, Classics in Kloof in the St Agnes Church Auditorium will certainly provide local audiences with a wonderful opportunity to experience the acoustic magic and excitement of a 60-piece professional orchestra in full flight. Their programme includes popular favourites and orchestra show-pieces: In the Steppes of Central Asia by Borodin, Finlandia by Sibelius and the Overture to Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss II.

One of the evening’s soloists, the highly acclaimed London-based baritone Njabulo Madlala was born in KwaMashu, Durban. A winner of Britain’s prestigious Kathleen Ferrier Memorial Prize, Madlala is currently carving out a major career in the UK. He was recently named Standard Bank Young Artist for Music in 2014. His performance in Kloof follows on a string of major national performances including those at the recent Starlight Classics in Cape Town. Madlala sings arias from Bizet's Carmen and Rossini's Barber of Seville.

Star-cellist and Principal Cello of the KZN Philharmonic, Russian-born Boris Kerimov, plays the haunting Kol Nidrei by Max Bruch. Based on the Jewish chant of the same name, this extraordinary and powerful music has become closely associated with Kerimov through his intensely lyrical performances.

Christopher Duigan will once again be featured at the piano in this performance. Playing Mozart's seldom-performed Rondo for Piano and Orchestra in A major K. 386, Duigan - a Steinway artists and KZN resident - is acknowledged as one of the country's foremost concert pianists. The charming work, left incomplete by Mozart, was reconstructed from a number of single autograph pages of the manuscript that have appeared in various collections and from published arrangements of the work.

This spectacular musical evening in Kloof seeks to capture a sophisticated mood. A light-hearted touch will see the inclusion of celebrated Strauss orchestral numbers Tratsch-Tratcsh Polka and Radetsky March. Audience members are invited to dress elegantly to set the tone for the evening. Refreshments will be available beforehand and at interval.

Classics in Kloof will be held on April 4 at 19h30 at St Agnes Church – Auditorium, Corner Church and Abelia Roads, Kloof. Tickets from R140 (R100 students/scholars) available from Webticket at and also from Katey at St Agnes Church Office on 031 764 2037 or e-mail Opening hours for St Agnes are Monday to Friday from 08h00 to 16h30.

Classics in Kloof is sponsored by Marriott: The Income Specialists and CPW Printers. Parking is secure in the St Agnes precinct, and also at the adjacent Kloof Baptist Church.