Friday, 28 October 2011

Contemporary South African talent & classical and baroque sounds in Durban.

■ South African band Freshly­ground hits the road to cele­brate 10 years of making some of the most popular music in the country. The Love No Hate tour includes two show-stopping performances in KwaZulu-Natal in November. 

Golden Horse Casino, ­Pietermaritzburg, Thursday November 3 at 8pm.

Sibaya Casino, Durban, Sunday November 20 at 8pm. ­
Tickets are R140 from ­Computicket. 

■ The KwaZulu-Natal ­Philharmonic Orchestra this week brings the spring season of its 2011 World Symphony Series to a close with a glittering gala finale. Internationally acclaimed South African ­mezzo-soprano Michelle Breedt joins the orchestra under the baton of Arjan Tien in an uplifiting ­evening of operatic highlights. 

Patrons are encouraged to don black tie and evening dress for this glitzy event, which also serves to launch the orchestra's 2012 Summer Symphony Season. The audience is also invited to a celebratory party to be held in a marquee outside the City Hall after the concert. 

Durban City Hall, Thursday November 3 at 7.30pm.

Tickets R40 to R180 at Computicket. 

■ Before the classical music era there was baroque music, which is considered by some as the acme of musical history. The dominant form of the 17th century, baroque saw composers and performers using more elaborate musical ornamentation and developing seminal instrumental playing techniques. 

Baroque music expanded the size, range and complexity of instrumental performance and it is that spirit that is celebrated by the Durban ensemble Baroque 2000, whose next concert takes place this weekend in the acoustically sublime Church of the Monastery in Mariann­hill. It features as soloists three talented young musicians from KwaZulu-Natal. 

Warren Vernon-Driscoll (tenor) sings arias from Handel's Acis and Galatea and Bach'sMagnificat. Samantha Gold­blatt (soprano recorder) performs Vivaldi's ­Concerto for Sopranino RV 443. Summer, from Vivaldi's milestone work Four ­Seasons, is performed by William Chin (violin). The Concerto Grosso by Corelli is also on the ­programme.

Church of the Monastery, Mariannhill, Sunday October 30 at 3pm.

Tickets are R90 at the gate and booking is recommended. Tel:             031 312 5539      .

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