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Monday, May 29, 2017


(Andrew Ward & Brendan O’Loughlin)

Friends of Music’s next recital takes place on June 6 and will feature the Baroque 2000 Ensemble. This is made up of members of Durban’s acclaimed Baroque 2000 Orchestra and features South Africa’s leading harpsichordist from Cape Town, Erik Dippenaar.

The ensemble is led by Bulgarian-born violinist Ralitza Matcheva. (First Violin) who has a Masters Degrees in music from the Music Academy in Sofia, Bulgaria and the Music Conservatorium in Enscheda, Netherlands. She has been the co-principal, second violins for the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra since 2000. She is also concertmaster for Baroque 2000 and collaborates with the Tinta Baroka group in Cape Town.

Refilioe Olifant (Second Violin) is a graduate of the Stellenbosch University School of Music where she graduated cum laude for the Diploma in Practical Music. In her brief career, she has given solo performances with the Odeon Symphony Orchestra, Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra, University of Stellenbosch Symphony Orchestra, the Camerata Tinta Barocca, Baroque 2000 and the KZNPO. She has also appeared on stage with the world-class violinist Joshua Bell in a performance of Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins. She is currently a member of the KZNPO.

Cecilia di Cecco (cello) was born in Italy and graduated with a Degree in Music from the Conservatorium of Padova. She started to play with many different Symphonic Orchestras and Chamber groups from an early age, touring all over Europe. In 2004, she moved to South Africa and joined the KZNPO. In 2006, she joined the Baroque 2000 orchestra and has taken part in many festivals with them, such as the National Arts Festival, The Hilton Festival, and The HIFA Festival in Zimbabwe. She plays an Italian Cello, C. Mariucci, dated in the 19th century.

Erik Dippenaar (harpsichord) studied music at the University of Stellenbosch and at the Royal College of Music in London, where he received his concert diploma in harpsichord and piano in 2008. He performed as a solo organist with several of South Africa’s leading orchestras, and was first prize-winner of the UNISA National Organ Competition and the ABSA National Youth Music Competition. As a harpsichordist, he took part in numerous early music festivals and performed frequently as a soloist. Dippenaar is currently Artistic Director of the Cape Town-based baroque orchestra, Camerata Tinta Barocca, a member of the period ensemble, The Cape Consort and a part-time lecturer in Western music history and historical performance practice at the University of Cape Town. He is studying towards a PhD in music at UCT. He has recently been awarded a Research Associateship by the University of Cape Town.

The programme will comprise Ucelini’s Aria, Sopra la Bergamasca, Merula’s Ciaccona. An Irish Air - The Bush Aboon Tranquair, W Boyce’s Trio Sonata No.9 in C, Geminiani’s Sonata No: 2, Vivaldi’s Trio sonata - e minor and Galo’s Trio Sonata in G major.

The Prelude Performers for the evening are Andrew Ward and Brendan O’Loughlin, two trumpeters, both students of the KZNPO’s Cathy Peacock. Andrew Ward is in grade 6 at Chelsea Preparatory School. He started playing trumpet when he was 8 years old and has achieved the ABRSM Grade 3 level. He will play Te Deum by Charpenteir and the March from Scipio by Handel. Brendan O’Loughlin attends Thomas Moore College. Born in Texas, he has lived most his life in South Africa and is a member of the KZN Youth Orchestra. He will play Conversation for Cornet by Clare Grundma and Tequila Sunrise by Pamela Wedgwood. They will be accompanied by Cathy Peacock.

The recital takes place on June 6 at 19h30 at the Durban Jewish Centre at 44 K.E. Masinga (Old Fort) Road in Durban. Tickets R100 (R80 FOM members, R20 orchestral members & students) available at the door.

Friends of Music is supported by the National Lotteries Commission.