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Wednesday, January 18, 2017


Friends of Music’s first recital for 2017 will be The Gypsy Strings and will take place on January 31.

A recital not to be missed, it’s a colourful bouquet of Balkan classical folk tunes performed by this new KZN Ensemble. The Music programme features arrangements from Bartok, Martinu, Vladigerov and many others. The performers are well known KZN Philharmonic players Ralitza Macheva (Bulgaria) Annamaria D’Andrea (Italy) and Ralitsa Pechoux (Bulgaria) all on strings. The drums are brought together by the excellent percussionism of Stephan Pechoux (France)

The programme includes Bizet’s Carmen Suite, Victor Herbert’s Gypsy Life, Pablo Sarasate’s Romanza Andaluza as well as Bella Bartok’s Romanian Folk Dances no10. Also on the programme are Michael McLean’s Tango - Serenata- Rumba- Csardas; Bela Keler’s Son of the Puszta, Brahms’ Hungarian Dance no 5 and an anonymous piece titled Moldovanke

The Prelude Performer will be Nontobeko Bhengu (soprano) who started singing at the age of 7, taking lessons with internationally-acclaimed baritone Mandla Mkhize. She received a gold medal for singing Contessa Perdona in the Opera Voices South Africa Competition. She is currently the best National Soloist in the ABC Motsepe Schools Choral Eisteddfod. Her programme will include O Care Parolette from Orlando, O Mio Babbbino Caro from Gianni Schicchi and Summer Time from Porgy and Bess

The recital will take place at 19h30 on January 31 at the Durban Jewish Centre, 44 K.E. Masinga (Old Fort) Road, Durban. Tickets R100 (FOM Members R80, Orchestral & Students R20).

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