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Friday, July 20, 2018


(William Charlton-Perkins. Pic by Clinton Marius)

Musical bounty. A rich variety of live music making is on offer in KZN

On Tuesday 31 July, Friends of Music presents two other leading KZN Philharmonic musicians, violinist Ralitza Macheva and cellist Aristide du Plessis, in recital at the Jewish Centre, 33 KE Masinga Road. They will play selected arrangements of Bach’s Two Part Inventions, Duos for Violin and Cello by Haydn and Beethoven, and Ravel’s Sonata for Violin and Cello. Tickets at the door at R100 (members), R120 (non-members) and R20 for students and orchestra musicians. The recital starts at 19h30 and safe parking is provided.

(Aristide du Plessis & Ralitza Macheva)

Born in Durban in 1989, Aristide du Plessis has established a reputation as one of South Africa’s leading cellists, both as a soloist and chamber musician. He has performed in some of the world's most renowned concert halls and as a soloist he has performed since the age of 15 with all South Africa’s leading orchestras. A graduate of the University of Cape Town, he was awarded a scholarship from the prestigious Oppenheimer Memorial Trust which enabled him to further his studies at the Z├╝rich University of the Arts. Since his return to South Africa in April 2015, he has been the  Co-Principal Cellist with the KZNPO. His instrument is an early 20th Century Italian Cello.

Violinist Ralitza Macheva was born in Pleven in Bulgaria. She graduated with a Master’s Degrees in Music from the Music Academy in Sofia, Bulgaria and the Music Conservatorium in Enschede, Netherlands. After her graduation she worked as Principal Violin in the chamber group Amadeus in Seoul, South Korea. She returned to Bulgaria a few years later and was appointed as an Associate Concertmaster of Pleven Philharmonic orchestra. She has been the Co-Principal of Second violins at the KZNPO since 2000. As a result of her interest in baroque period music she became the Concertmaster of the Baroque 2000 orchestra in Durban. She also works in close collaboration with the baroque ensemble Tinta Baroka in Cape Town.

The Friends of Music event on 31 July also features prelude performer, Zama Mkhwanazi  (Soprano), a Grade 12 pupil from Northlands Girls High School .For more information please contact or phone Keith at 071 505 1021.

(Celtic dancers at The Proms)

Sound and Light is the theme for this year’s annual Last Night of the Proms concert, presented by the British Cultural and Heritage Association on Sunday 5 August at 15h00 in The Playhouse Opera. Durban’s dedicated prommers can expect a profusion of sizzling classics, laced with novelty appeal all set to go with a bang when conductor Richard Cock returns to the podium to crank up the wow factor as he leads the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra, joined by the Durban Symphonic and Northwood Boys Choirs, and a line-up of soloists and support acts. As ever, maestro Cock has put together a bumper programme of favourites, which he will introduce in his own inimitable style. Further details will appear in the next edition of this column on 3 August. Seats range from R150 to R220. Early booking is strongly advised to avoid disappointment. Tickets are available through Computicket outlets at Shoprite Checkers, telephonically on 0861 915 8000 or online at Alternatively, call the Playhouse Box Office on 031 369 9540 or 031-369 9596 (office hours). – William Charlton-Perkins