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Tuesday, June 13, 2017


(The Decoda Ensemble of Carnegie Hall. Pic by Caroline Bittencourt)

The Decoda Ensemble of Carnegie Hall will perform at the Tatham Art Gallery in Pietermaritzburg on June 18 to help raise funds for the gallery’s flood relief fund.

This chamber music collective includes some of the brightest young classical musicians in the world and aims to bring impactful musical experiences to communities around the globe through a series of concerts. 

Whether performing for young children, healthcare facility residents and employees, incarcerated individuals or traditional classical music lovers, Decoda engages audiences through lively performances, interactive concerts, and enlightening discussions that provoke creative insight into the music.  

Their Music for Transformation justice initiative facilitates intensive creative songwriting projects for vulnerable and disenfranchised populations in the areas of criminal and social justice. 

Empowering the voices of a frequently-ignored community, the programme has been recognised by CNN, Huffington Post, the Associated Press, the Washington Post, and Billboard Magazine. In the past season, Decoda was invited by President Obama’s administration to perform on two occasions at the White House at events dedicated to the arts and criminal justice reform.

The concert in Pietermaritzburg, which has been facilitated by the Decoda Institute in South Africa (DISA), will feature: Mendelssohn’s Scherzo from A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Ligeti’s Five Bagatelles for Wind Quintet, III. Allegro giocoso; Ravel’s Sonata for Violin and Cello, II. Tres vif; Gould’s Benny’s Gig for Clarinet and Double Bass, V. Slowly; Norman’s The Companion Guide to Rome, IV. Pietro; Shaw’s Woodwind Quartet; Norman’s The Companion Guide to Rome, VII. Lorenzo; Schulhoff’s Divertissement for Wind Trio, IV. Charleston; Balliett’s This Horse Ain’t Beholden… for Woodwind Quartet; Prokofiev’s Quintet, Op. 39, III. Allegro sostenuto, ma con brio; Lutoslawski’s Dance Preludes 195; and Brahms’ Serenade No. 1 in D Major, Op. 11.

The Decoda Ensemble of Carnegie Hall will perform at 15h00 on June 18 at the Tatham Art Gallery. Tickets R120 minimum donation. Booking is preferred on email or send an SMS or WhatsApp to 083 417 4473.

The Tatham Art Gallery is situated opposite the Town Hall in Chief Albert Luthuli Street, Pietermaritzburg. It is open from Tuesdays to Sundays from 10h00 to 17h00. Café Tatham and the gallery itself will be open. Safe parking with a car guard available. More information on 033 392 2801 or visit

To learn more about Decoda, visit