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Thursday, December 26, 2019


Friends of Music have announced their programme for 2020.

Concerts take place at the Durban Jewish Centre in K E Masinga (Old Fort) Road. This year sees the introduction of afternoon concerts.

February 11 at 19h30: The Opera Angels
The “Opera Angels" are a unique and dynamic duo featuring pianist and soprano Dr Lisa Engelbrecht and mezzo soprano Lindsay Thomson. Having worked together in Cape Town on various opera productions, they created Opera Angels, who are in great demand throughout South Africa. Prepare to be transported through a broad and colourful spectrum of music during their show ... from iconic opera works, classical masterpieces and musical theatre medleys to some surprising arrangements of popular favourites.

February 25 at 19h30: Romantic Antics 
Well-known and popular Durban musician, teacher and arranger, Nina Watson (piano) will be in concert with members of the Quattro Femmes String Quartet: Petya Koleva (violin); Jane Baillie-Magner (violin); Annamaria D’Andrea (viola); Marguerite Spies (cello). They will perform works by Antonin Dvořák, Sergei Rachmaninoff and Robert Schumann.

April 21 at 19h30: Bach Into Myself
Italian violinist Luca Ciarla pays tribute to his favourite composer - re-arranging, with a modern touch and live looping techniques, some of Johann Sebastian Bach’s greatest compositions. A surprising and informal concert, constantly in balance between improvisation, traditional and contemporary sounds. It is jazz but also baroque music and much more – the music crosses the boundaries among musical genres, as they didn’t exist. Listening to him has been described as an astonishing musical experience. Bach into Myself also features music by Ciara himself and other composers that have been strongly influenced by Bach such as Villa-Lobos and Piazzolla.

May 3 (Afternoon) at 15h00: Durban Opera Potpourri 3
After the tremendous success of the first two versions of the Opera Potpourri last year, i Grandi Tenori will be back with more scenes from much loved and well-known operas. Featuring the leading opera voices in KZN with the occasional special guest, this is an event not to be missed.

June 7 (Afternoon) at 15h00: Charl Du Plessis (Piano)
Charl du Plessis rose to fame when he was the youngest pianist in Africa to be named a Steinway Artist. He has since embarked on an international career working simultaneously as classical and jazz pianist. In a return visit to Friends of Music, he will perform a concert which will include popular works from Beethoven, Rachmaninov, Strauss, Gershwin, Piazzolla and Scot Joplin. He will also perform a selection of his own solo compositions.

August 30 (Afternoon) at 15h00: Beth Shalom Concert
Friends of Music will once again assist the Beth Shalom Retirement Home with their annual fundraising concert. Featured will be a variety of popular entertainments including once again - the wonderful KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra. This year is the 30th anniversary concert so patrons can expect something special.

September 13 (Afternoon) at 15h00: Rising Stars Concert
Moved to September from the usual December date, this concert will once again be a collaboration between Friends of Music and the South African Society of Music Teachers (SASMT). The concert will feature the best young student performers of the year.

December 8 at 19h30: Miriam Kramer (Violin)
Miriam Kramer has been praised by Strad Magazine as being a 'violinist of superior natural talent, an exceptionally sensitive interpreter and a phrase maker of uncommon expressivity' and by the NY Times as a 'soulful and virtuosic’. She will be accompanied by the accomplished pianist Nicholas Durcan. This will be their return visit to Friends of Music.

The Durban Jewish Centre is situated at 44 KE Masinga (Old Fort) Road. For more information, contact or call 071 505 1021.