A bouquet of beautiful music will be presented to local audiences when ‘Swing into Spring’ comes to Pietermaritzburg City Hall, a city renowned for its rich floral and gardening heritage, on Friday, October 13 at 7.30 pm, writes ESTELLE SINKINS.
Bringing to life a magnificent selection of music that celebrates and uplifts with tones of spring, new energy and rebirth, will be the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra.
Presented by Christopher Duigan’s Music Revival, in association the KZN Philharmonic and sponsored by MayFord seeds, ‘Swing into Spring’ is another in the long list of highly successful productions with the renowned KZN Philharmonic Orchestra at the City Hall.
“We have chosen a selection of flowing, elegant and graceful music that will bring the audience head-long into an exuberant celebration of spring. We also see this as a culmination of a sequence of events that involves the city’s floral heritage with ‘Open Gardens’ and ‘Garden Show’ traditionally held at this time of year,” said Music Revival’s Christopher Duigan.
The concert includes a selection of Strauss waltzes, usually associated with that most elegant of cities, Vienna, a city also associated with its magnificent floral vistas.
These include Johann Strauss II ‘Tales from the Vienna Woods Waltz’ and ‘Voices of Spring’ along with the ‘Tristch Trasch’ Polka.
Edvard Grieg’s ‘Wedding Day at Troldhaugen’, ‘Morning Mood’ from ‘Peer Gynt’ and ‘Norwegian Dances’ will also be performed by the sixty-player orchestra along with Tchaikovsky’s ‘Waltz of the Flowers’, a must for any floral-themed concert.
The grand sweep of Tchaikosvky’s music will carry through into the celebrated ‘Piano Concerto No 1’, which will be performed by local pianist and Steinway artist, Duigan. The work is regarded as one of the most dazzling piano compositions ever written, and renowned for its soaring opening melody.
The concert, which will be conducted by Naum Rousine, is the final event in a week-long Spring Festival presented by Duigan’s Music Revival in celebration of its 20th year.
Music Revival has presented and collaborated on numerous soirees, concerts and events in the city and further afield since its official founding in October 1997.
As with all Music Revival concerts in the City Hall, every guest receives a complimentary souvenir programme and complimentary drinks and eats are served at interval.
There is secure guarded parking in the City Hall precinct.
Tickets for ‘Swing into Spring’, which is supported by the Msunduzi Municipality, CPW Printers, Business and Arts South Africa (BASA), Parklane SUPERSPAR, ABI and MayFord Seeds, are R170 (R140 pensioners, R100 scholars) and R250 for premier seats. Tickets are available at Ticketpros.co.za.
For those who require assistance with online booking a representative will be available at Parklane SuperSpar during office hours to assist with bookings. Call 033 342 3487 for those times or visit http://www.musicrevival.co.za for details.