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Wednesday, March 2, 2016


(Charl du Plessis)

The next recital from Friends of Music takes place on March 8 and will feature South African pianist Charl du Plessis. He has completed his doctoral performance degree in classical and jazz piano at the University of Pretoria and was the youngest pianist in Africa to be named a Steinway Artist.

He has collaborated with many musicians and has performed with South Africa’s most prestigious orchestras. International concert tours to Europe and the Far-East has contributed to the press hailing Du Plessis as a “cult pianist” “edu-tainer” and a pianist with “x-factor. He performs more than 130 concerts per season.

His programme will include: Bach’s Chaconne in D minor (Arr. F.Busoni); Chopin’s Fantasy in F minor Op. 49, Waltz - Op. 64 no. 1 and Waltz in C# minor Op.64 no. 2. The second half of the programme features Gershwin’s Three Preludes - The man I love / Summertime / I Got Rhythm / Rhapsody in Blue (solo version arr. Gershwin).

The Prelude Performer for the evening will be pianist Joshua Stapleton who has been a student of Dr Liezl-Maret Jacobs since 2014. He has completed the Cambridge IGCSE Level in Music with distinction and was also awarded a school trophy for the Most Promising Performer for music for 2015. He will perform Edvard Grieg’s Praeludium from the Holberg Suite. Op 40 No.1 and Muzio Clementi’s Sonata in B-Flat, 1st movement, Op. 24 No.2.

The recital will take place on March 8 at 19h30 at the Durban Jewish Centre, 44 K E Masinga (Old Fort) Road, Durban. Tickets R100 (R80 FOM members and R20 orchestral members/students). There is safe parking.

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Friends of Music is funded by The National Lotteries Commission.