Free classical music concerts at Hilton Arts Festival

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Jonathan Crossley

IF you love the magic of classical music, then don’t miss two free concerts at the Hilton Arts Festival in the Hilton College chapel on September 17 and September 18.

Maritzburg pianist Christopher Duigan will perform The Music of Chopin at 10 am on September 17; and guitarists James Grace and Jonathan Crossley, will perform in the second concert, Two Guitars, at 2 pm on September 18.

Both concerts, which are sponsored by Marriott, the Income Specialists, form part of Duigan’s Music Revival, which aims to create new audiences through innovative presentation and programming featuring a broad and eclectic taste in music.

“We are sure that this will be welcome news for classical music lovers in the province and further afield as our sponsored concerts at the festival for the past three years have been fully booked,” said Simon Pearse, chief executive officer of Marriott.

“We are firm believers that musical performances of the highest calibre by some of our most talented artists should be accessible to everyone, which is why we take great pleasure in hosting these free concerts once again this year.”

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Christopher Duigan

In The Music of Chopin, Duigan will perform the music of the French-Polish pianist and composer Frédéric Chopin, including the Ballade No 3, Scherzo No.1and nocturnes, mazurkas and waltzes.

He will also discuss the insight he gained into Chopin’s life and music when he visited the Chopin Museum in Warsaw, Poland, last year.

A Steinway artist, Duigan has devoted much of his time to the study and performance of Chopin’s music in his professional career over the past 25 years.

He was invited to give two recital programmes of the composer’s music at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown in 2010, to mark the 200th anniversary of the composer’s birth.

In Two Guitars, Grace and Crossley will present an innovative and varied programme of original works for two guitars by the Italian Ferdinando Carulli, and Julio Cesar Oliva from Mexico, as well as arrangements of works by Manuel de Falla and Manuel Maria Ponce, among others.

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James Grace

The two men are accomplished soloists and chamber musicians, maintaining full-time performing and teaching careers that involve travelling throughout southern Africa, Europe and the UAE.

Tickets for the concerts are free but must be booked in advance online at http://www.hiltonfestival.co.za

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