Joanna, Fidelio Trio & Chris!


Fans of violinist Joanna Frankel, formerly concertmaster of the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra, will delighted to learn she will appear with Baroque 2000 at their concert at the Church of the Monastery, Mariannhill on Sunday (September 3).


Ms Frankel, now concertmaster of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra in Ohio, is soloist in Locatelli's virtuosic Violin Concerto op 3 no 12, known as the 'Harmonic Labyrinth' – a piquant note from the concert’s promoter indicates that the composer wrote this title below the start of a fiendishly difficult solo passage in the first movement, along with the words, 'Easy to enter, difficult to escape'.


There are two other works by the same composer: the Concerto a 4  ‘Il pianto d’Arianna’ Op 7 No 6 and his Introduzione op 4 no 1.  Also on the programme is Castrucci's Concerto Grosso op 3 no.6. The programme starts at 1130. Tickets are R150 at the door, parking is safe and free, and the Monastery tea garden will be open.  More information from Michel: 082 303 5241 or at


Friends of Music’s recital on Tuesday (September 5) features Ireland’s acclaimed Fidelio Trio, with Darragh Morgan (Violin), Adi Tal (Cello) and Mary Dullea (Piano). Shortlisted for the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society Award, they have performed at London’’s Wigmore Hall, Shanghai Oriental Arts Centre, Morrison Artists Series San Francisco and regularly tour Asia, USA and Europe.


Their FOM programme, to be performed at the Durban Jewish Centre, KE Masinga Road, comprises Beethoven’s Piano Trio Opus 70 No 1 ('Ghost' Trio), Maurice Ravel’s Trio in A Minor and the Piano Trio in G Minor, Opus 15 by Bedřich Smetana.  The Fidelio Trio are also the KZN Philharmonic’s guest soloists in a performance of Beethoven’s Triple Concerto at the Durban City Hall on Thursday (September 7). Both events start at 7.30pm, and booking is through Computicket.               




Music Revival is bringing an exciting new concert series to lovers of classical music living on the Dolphin Coast. Concert pianist, Christopher Duigan, is expanding his existing concerts in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, Kloof and Durban to Ballito, with the launch of monthly concerts in the coastal town.  Presented and directed by Duigan, a Steinway Artist, the concerts will feature the pianist along with a host of local and international guest artists, who will introduce the music they are about to play, offering personal insight, as well as anecdotal and historical background to the programme.


The opening concert is at Grace Hall at Ashton International College, Albertona Way, Ballito (opposite Ballito Hospital) on Thursday, September 21 at 7 pm. Duigan will play a solo piano programme of his favourite classical piano masterpieces, numbers which have formed a major part of his repertoire over the past 20 years.


 Principal works include: George Frederic Handel's Chaconne and Ludwig van Beethoven’s ‘Waldstein’ Sonata op 53 - one of Beethoven's most iconic and revered compositions. The second part of the programme features Claude Debussy’s "Reflets dans l'eau" (Reflections in the water) and music by Franz Liszt. It ends with the ‘Heroic’ Polonaise in A-flat Op 53 by Frederic Chopin. The last work said to be one of the composer’s boldest compositions, giving voice to a nation's cry for freedom following the Russian invasion of Poland of 1831.


Tickets are R150 with refreshments included. Book online at or at Pick and Pay stores. Alternatively send a WhatsApp or SMS to 083 417 4473 or an email to A limited number of tickets will be available at the door for cash only. Secure parking is available and seating is unreserved. Visit  for further details including a Google Map of the location, more details of the works, future concerts, the artists and the Music Revival project.

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