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Monday, June 22, 2015


(Bronwen Forbay; Jamie van Eyck; Randall Umstead; Christian Bester & Kaju Lee)

The next Friends of Music recital takes place tomorrow (June 23) and will feature the Lonestar Classical Voices Quartet.

This is a group of US based South African, American and Korean University Professors who are active performers. Their goal is to develop long –term collaborations among classical musicians in South Africa and among classical musicians in South Africa and the United States.

The group includes soprano Bronwen Forbay (SA / USA); mezzo-soprano Jamie van Eyck (USA); tenor Randall Umstead (USA) and baritone Christian Bester (SA / USA) with Kaju Lee (USA) on the piano.

The programme will include works by Strauss II (1825-1899); Schumann (1810-1856); Brahms (1833-1897); Lehár (1870-1948); Brahms (1833-1897); Lehár (1870-1948), and Strauss II (1825-1899).

In the Prelude Performer slot, launched by The National LoTtery Distribution Trust Fund will be Bogomil Hadjiev . A young violinist under the direction of Todor Hadjiev, he started playing the violin at the age of seven. In 2014 he passed grade 5 ABRSM Violin exam with distinction.  He has performed at numerous school functions and SASMT concert. His programme will include Meditation by J.Massenet and Rondino by P. Hadjiev. His accompanist will be Dana Hadjiev.

The recital takes place on June 23 at 19h30 at the Durban Jewish Centre, 44 K E Masinga (Old Fort) Road, Durban... Tickets R70 (R60 FOM members and R20 orchestral and students). There is safe parking. For more information visit website on

Friends of Music acknowledges the continued support of the NLDTF