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Celebrated French greats
12 Jul 2012

FOR the next two weekends, Music Revival will be inviting fans to sample the exotic world of French piano music.

Pietermaritzburg pianist Christopher Duigan will play selections from celebrated composers like Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel and Gabriel Fauré, music by Emmanuel Chabrier, Erik Satie and Cecile Chaminade, and works by 17th century French harpsichord composers Jean Phillipe Rameau, Francois Couperin and Louis Daquin.

The programme includes Debussy’s L’isle Joyeuse and Clair de lune; Ravel’s Ondine from his masterpiece, Gaspard de la Nuit, the popular Habanera by Emmanuel Chabrier and Gymnopedie by Erik Satie.

Performances will take place tomorrow, Sunday and on July 28 and July 29 at 35 Montgomery Road, Athlone. There will be an additional performance presented by the Friends of the Tatham Art Gallery (Fotag) at the Tatham Art Gallery at 11.45 am on August 5.

The latter will be preceded by a guided walkabout with gallery director Brendan Bell, of the Liaisons Intimes — French Connections exhibition.

Tickets for the French-themed concerts at 7.30 pm tonight and July 28 are R120. Doors open at 6.30 pm, and patrons can look forward to soup and coffee on arrival. Take your own wine. Tickets for the concert only are R100.

Tickets for Sunday’s concert at 11 am and the concert on July 29 at 3.30 pm are R100, which includes tea and coffee.

The Tatham Art Gallery will also host a Music Revival concert, featuring Durban soprano Bronwen Forbay, her husband, Randall Umstead (tenor) and graduates of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music Ryan Prijic (violin) and Stephen Pierce (piano) at 7.30 pm on July 19.

The programme will include Debussy’s Sonata for violin and piano, songs by Jules Massenet and Faure, and excerpts from Bernstein’s setting of Voltaire’s Candide . Tickets are R80.

To book for these concerts, e-mail booking@musicrevival. co.za or phone 033 342 3051

• For more information and a preview of the Music Revival concerts at The Witness Hilton Arts Festival, visit www.music revival.co.za

— Arts Editor.

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