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Sunday, November 8, 2020


(The Gypsy Strings: Annamaria D’Andrea, Ralitza Pechoux, Ralitza Macheva and (seated) Stephane Perchoux )

Friends of Music will present an afternoon of fine music celebrating live and love on November 15, 2020. The concert will feature the Gypsy Strings with Christopher Duigan (piano).

The Gypsy Strings is a vibrant ensemble composed of four musicians who are all members of the acclaimed KZN Philharmonic Orchestra. They perform a colourful and exciting selection of traditional music in true gypsy style. The quartet is led by violinist Ralitza Macheva and also includes Annamaria D’Andrea (viola), Ralitza Pechoux (cello) and Stephane Perchoux (percussion).

(Christopher Duigan)

South African concert pianist, Christopher Duigan is recognised as one of South Africa’s leading pianists. A Steinway artist, he has performed extensively with all leading South African orchestras. In recital he has developed a popular following through his innovative presentation and programming of a broad and eclectic taste in music.

The programme includes:

Antonín Dvořák,  Piano Trio No.4 “Dumky”

Franz Lehár, Vilia – Romanian Folk Song Moldovanke

Johannes Brahms, Hungarian Dance No. 5

Astor Piazzolla,  Liebertango

George Gershwin, Ragtime’s - Gypsy tangos and Czardases,

Por una cabeza - Tiko-Tiko


(Amy Luo)

The Prelude Performers at this concert will be the enormously talented Durban siblings, Amy (12) and Aiden Luo (9).

At a tender age of five, Weien Amy Luo was already a budding pianist star, performing with the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra. She won the SAMRO National Music Competition in 2018 when she was 10 years old. 

A member of the KZN Youth Orchestra for two years, she is taking the Trinity Grade 7 exam  in November, just three years since starting to learn the violin. She will– Czardas by V Monti on the violin and Sonata in G Minor Rondo by Beethoven on the piano.

(Xizhi Aiden Luo)

Xizhi Aiden Luo started his musical journey from the age of four. His talent and enthusiasm has been proven by his many achievements. He was accepted as the youngest member of the KZN Youth Orchestra last year and will be a proud member of the senior orchestra in 2021. He will play Fantasia The boy Paganini in E by Mollenhauer on the violin and Puccettino nella Giungla by N Rota on the piano.


Tickets R120 (R100 FOM members). Booking is essential through (Please include ID No. and Cell No. with booking - Covid requirement)

The concert will take place on November 15 at 15h00 at the Durban Jewish Centre, 44 KE Masinga (Old Fort) Road in Durban.

All Covid 19 regulations will be strictly observed