(Christopher Duigan. Pic by Val Adamson)
To celebrate the start of Music Revival's 20th year presenting classical music concerts, Christopher Duigan will performing My Favourite Magnificent Classics, a programme of his favourite masterpieces, at St Agnes Church in Kloof on January 26 at 19h30 and at the Tatham Art Gallery in Pietermaritzburg on January 29 at 15h00.
These uplifting and boldly positive compositions have formed a major part of the Maritzburg-based pianist’s repertoire over the past two decades.
Music Revival, established in October1997, has grown from a series of small intimate concerts to a regular and dependable series of more than 100 concerts annually presented across KwaZulu-Natal, in Johannesburg and the Cape Winelands. These musical events range from home soirees to major festivals and symphony concerts.
The My Favourite Magnificent Classics programme includes: George Frederic Handel's Chaconne in G HWV 435 and Ludwig van Beethoven’s exhilarating ‘Waldstein’ Sonata op 53 - one of his most iconic and revered compositions.
Duigan will also play Claude Debussy’s Reflets dans l'eau (Reflections in the water) and Liszt’s Harmonies du soir from his Transcendental Etudes, a powerful and emotionally resplendent composition. The programme ends with the ‘Heroic’ Polonaise in A-flat Op 53 by Frederic Chopin; one of the composer’s boldest compositions and one which gives voice to a nation’s cry for freedom following the Russian invasion of Poland of 1831.
Tickets for My Favourite Magnificent Classics at the Tatham Art Gallery are R80. For the concert at St Agnes Church, tickets cost R100. Booking is preferred via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by sending an SMS or Whatsapp message to Music Revival at 083 417 4473.
Cafe Tatham will be open from 10h00 and for lunch. Bookings for lunch essential at 033 342 8327. Secure parking is available next to the gallery.
At 11h00 the Tatham Art Gallery will host the opening of the exhibition Faye Spencer: Departures.
Duigan will also perform his My Favourite Magnificent Classics programme at Amber Valley in Howick on January 25 and as a dinner soiree in Pietermaritzburg on January 27. For more information on all these concerts see www.musicrevival.co.za