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Saturday, June 1, 2019


(Aristide Du Plessis & Christopher Duigan)

Pianist Christopher Duigan performs an outstanding selection of the music of the supreme Romantic piano poet, Frederic Chopin (1810 - 1849) at Hilton College in the Memorial Hall on June 9. This is the first of a series of concerts Duigan will present at Hilton College on Sundays, every second month.

In Magnificent Chopin Duigan plays music that highlights the bold, virtuosic and majestic elements of the composer’s music over the more readily expected effusive, elegant and atmospheric elements, often seen as typical of the composer’s music. The programme includes the Ballade No 3, and a selection of Etudes, Mazurkas, and Nocturnes and Chopin’s monumental Sonata No 3.

A Steinway Artist, Duigan has devoted much time to the study and performance of Chopin’s music in his professional career over the last 25 years and was invited to give two recital programmes of the composer’s music at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown in 2010 on the 200th anniversary of the composer's birth.  Since 2016 he has given over 40 performances detailing the insight he gained into Chopin's life and his music while on a trip to Warsaw, Poland and the Chopin Museum.

In this unique double bill he is joined by Aristide Du Plessis (cello) to repeat part of their highly acclaimed programme Cello Song. They include Schumann’s Adagio and Allegro, the virtuoso Hungarian Fantasia by David Popper and other selections that serve to highlight the lyrical aspects of the instrument. 

After a recent concert in Johannesburg with the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra, critic Paul Boekkooi exclaimed of du Plessis: “He is a remarkable musician and a born cellist. It is obvious that for him virtuosity and technical display are never virtues on their own, but at all times they are applied with diligence and placed in the service of the composer and his music. This [Saint-SaĆ«ns] concerto has seldom sounded so wholesome and gripping as in the hands of this already illustrious instrumentalist, still in his late twenties.”

Don't miss this opportunity to hear these outstanding South African musicians in concert.

Magnificent Chopin and Cello Song take place in Hilton College’s Memorial Hall on June 9, starting at 15h00. Tickets R150 include refreshments at interval. There is secure parking. Seating is unreserved. Book at or e-mail or 083 417 4473 (sms or WhatsApp only) for more info.