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Friday, September 29, 2017


(Agnese Eglina)

Friends of Music will present Latvian pianist Agnese Eglina and her Invitation to Dance, a solo recital made up of a dazzling, vigorous and insightful whirl of dance music and dance-inspired pieces through the ages of music history. This creates an opportunity to explore how the pulsing dance rhythms have evolved and merged with rich layers of symbols and meaning throughout many generations.

Eglina is currently amongst the most active and versatile of pianists. She is a passionate soloist, a captivating chamber musician and a sensitive accompanist. She was born in Liepāja, Latvia, into a musician family. She received her musical education at the Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music and Zurich University of the Arts, where she graduated with excellence. She is a laureate of the highest Latvian musical qualification, The Grand Music Award, for outstanding Ensemble Work.

Her programme will include Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Turkish March; Johann Sebastian Bach’s French Suite no.2, C minor BWV 813; Maurice Ravel’s Pavane for a Dead Princess; Alberto Ginastera’s Argentine Dances op.2; Edvard Grieg’s Wedding Day at Troldhaugen; Jēkabs. Nīmanis’ Valse; George Gershwin’s Three Preludes and Astor Piazzolla’s Milonga Del Angel and Libertango.

The Prelude Performer will be Ethan Mackenzie (piano), a 15-year-old pupil of Kharwastan Secondary School. He started playing piano when he was 8, and is also learning to play the guitar. Other than music he also enjoys soccer, swimming, cricket and volleyball. He will perform Catherine Rollin’s Concerto; F Burgmüller’s Ballade; Norman Dello Jolo’s Prayer of the Matador; Mark Tanner’s Forty Winks and Pam Wedgwood’s Lazy Days (with Caitlyn Moodley and Trinicia Naidu). The accompanist will be Melissa Greyvenstein.

The Agnese Eglina recital takes place at 19h30 on October 3 at the Durban Jewish Centre
Tickets R100 (R80 FOM members and R20 Orchestral / Students) available at the door.

The Durban Jewish Centre is situated at 44 Old Fort Road (K E Masinga Road), Durban. There is safe parking. For more information visit