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Saturday, June 23, 2018


(William Charlton-Perkins. Pic by Clinton Marius)

William Charlton-Perkins’ Classical Notes dated June 22, 2018.

The acclaimed Catalan saxophonist David Salleras returns to South Africa to renew ties with pianist Christopher Duigan in a series of recitals presented by Music Revival in association with Friends of Music this month end.

(David Salleras & Christopher Duigan)

Since his first visit in October 2012, Salleras has been collaborating on a project of concerts and has recorded two albums with Christopher Duigan. Salleras, who lives in Barcelona, Spain, has attracted international attention through his fluency in a variety of musical styles. His innovative compositions, which incorporate traditional flamenco idioms with contemporary and avant-garde performing techniques, are performed by saxophonists worldwide.

For this series, which includes appearances in Johannesburg and Grahamstown, the two musicians will perform works from the traditional saxophone repertoire by Jules Demersseman, JS Bach, Darius Milahaud’s Scaramouche and music from Spanish composer/saxophonist by Pedro Itturalde. Itturalde’s Suite Hellenique traditionally offers pianist and saxophonist plenty of opportunity to explore a wide range of dynamic interplay through a variety of musical styles. Also on the programme will be Salleras and Duigan’s own creative arrangements of music by Astor Piazzolla, Salleras’ own solo Caprices, and Duigan’s compositions from the albums  Indigo and Midnight Blue.

The KZN itinerary of the Salleras / Duigan recital tour is as follows:  June  26 at 19h30 at St Agnes Church, Kloof (tickets R100 include refreshments at interval); June 27 at 19h00 at Grace Hall, Ashton International College, Albertina Way, Ballito (opp. Ballito Hospital); June 28 at 19h00, Amber Auditorium, Howick (residents and their guests only, tickets R60 at Amber Valley Office); June 29 at 19h45, Casa Mexicana, 35 Montgomery Drive, Athlone, Pietermaritzburg (tickets R120 concert only including refreshment /R200 including dinner from 18h00,  dinner guests bring your own wine, dinner bookings of four or more have a reserved  table. Or join other guests at one of the communal tables. Tables of 2/3 (where possible) provided on request. Secure parking);

Further concerts take place on June 30 at 18h30 and July 1 at 11h00, Highgate Wine Estate Cellar (adjacent to Piggly Wiggly Country Village, 1 Dargle Rid, Lions River) Cash wine/coffee bar available before the concert, tickets: R130; Sunday at 15h00, Tatham Art Gallery, Pietermaritzburg, secure parking (tickets R80). Bookings at Music Revival email or Music Revival  083 417 4473 (SMS or WhatsApp preferred.

Their final recital will be for Friends of Music on Tuesday July 3 at the Durban Jewish Centre, 44 KE Masinga Road. Tickets at door. Secure parking provided.

(Norwegian conductor Cathrine Winnes)

The KZN Philharmonic’s fourth and final Winter Season concert in The Playhouse Opera theatre on Thursday (June 28) sees Norwegian conductor Cathrine Winnes on the podium for a programme that features Beethoven’s Fidelio Overture, Mendelssohn’s Italian Symphony, and a potpourri of vocal music. This showcases a quartet of soloists, led by soprano Nozuko Teto, including Ntokozo Mhlongo, Khulekani Khumalo and Andile Dlamini, with four of Durban’s finest choirs – Prince Mshiyeni Choir, Thokozani Choral Society, Clermont Community Choir and the Durban Symphonic Choir. Two great Handel items – the imposing Coronation Anthem, Zadok the Priest, and Merab’s haunting aria, Author of Peace, from the oratorio Saul offset by three short items by South Africa composers: Plea for Africa by John Knox Bokwe, Madiba by Phelelani Mnomiya and Credo from the Zulu Mass in B-Flat Major by Qiniseala Sibisi. The evening culminates with the deeply moving Lacrimosa from Mozart’s Requiem, and Haydn’s exhilarating choral ensemble, The Heavens Are Telling from The Creation – an uplifting end to the season. Booking is through Computicket. - William Charlton-Perkins