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Sunday, November 9, 2014


(Antoinette Olivier & Tinus Botha)

On November 18, Friends of Music will present a recital by South African soprano Antoinette Olivier accompanied by Tinus Botha on the piano.

Olivier is active as a professional singer in all major cities of South Africa and received awards for singing from an early age. She performed the world premiere of Henrich Hofmeyer’s song cycle and in 2009 she was a guest lecturer for UP in Finland as part of the international exchange.

A prize winner in the first Nederburg SA National Competition, Botha performs widely as a soloist and accompanist in South Africa and abroad. During his time in Texas in the US, he was the recipient of several prizes including the Lily Kraus.

Their programme for Friends of Music is a varied one of opera arias, art songs and works for solo piano, featuring works by Wagner, Dvořák, Schumann, Liszt and Scriabin.

The arias are from Wagner and Dvořák, while the songs will be presented in two different languages: German (Schumann and Richard Strauss), English (Charles and Quilter), Russian (Rachmaninov), and Afrikaans (S. le Roux Marais). The solo piano works are mainly by Schumann and Liszt, but there will also be a nocturne by Scriabin written for the left hand only.

The recital will take place on November 18 at 19h45 at the Durban Jewish Centre, 44 K.E. Masinga Road (Old Fort Road) in Durban. Tickets R70 (R60 FOM members, R20 Orchestral and Students) There is safe parking.

Friends of Music acknowledges the support of the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund for its Prelude Performer programme. For more information visit