The Grahamstown Music Society is excited to present Christopher Duigan on piano in the Kingswood College Chapel at 7pm on Tuesday 13 October 2020 in a safe and socially-distanced recital of Beethoven (Waldstein Sonata), Clementi, Handel, Chopin and Rachmaninoff.
We have all desperately missed the unique experience of enjoying a live concert, and our artists have really suffered from the lockdown and loss of income. Chris Duigan is one of South Africa’s leading pianists, who is most renowned for his MUSIC REVIVAL concerts. Please support the GMS and Christopher Duigan by attending this concert. The Kingswood Chapel is spacious and so the concert will be safe and well ventilated. The audience will be physically distanced and masks must please be worn.
Ticket Prices R100, R80 (Pensioners), R50 (Tertiary Students). School-goers and Season Ticket-holders free.
Muzio Clementi (1752-1832) – Sonata Op.25 No.5 (1790)
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) Piano Sonata No.21 in C major, Op.53 ‘ Waldstein’
GF Händel (1685 – 1775)- Chaconne in G major, HWV 435
Frédéric Chopin (1810 – 49) Fantaisie Impromptu, Op. 66
Claude Debussy (1862 – 1918) – Clair de lune
Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873 – 1943) – Prelude in C-sharp minor Op. 3
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Widely regarded as one of South Africa’s leading concert pianists, Christopher Duigan has been named a South African piano icon and ‘national musical treasure’ (Classic Feel, June 2009). He has performed extensively with all leading South African orchestras in a repertoire of more than 25 works for piano, and in recital he has developed a popular following through his innovative presentation and programming of a broad and eclectic taste in music. Duigan has developed a large following in South Africa through the broadcast of his recordings which are frequently aired on ClassicFM (Johannesburg) and Fine Music Radio (Cape Town).
In 2010, he became one of only six pianists in South African history to be invited to be a Steinway Artist, joining an exclusive company of renowned international musicians. Based in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, he is committed to promoting concert performance, both his own and those of others, locally and further afield. As producer and impresario he is the director of the widely acclaimed MUSIC REVIVAL which he established in 1997. Major projects now include more than 100 concerts annually, including the Marriott Classic Music Festival in Franschhoek and a series of performances by the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra in KZN.
Duigan began piano studies with Anette Kerkovius in Pietermaritzburg at the age of seven. He continued his studies at the University of Natal with Italian concert pianist Isabella Stengel from age 14, graduating with a B.Mus (cum laude). Christopher furthered his studies at the University of Cape Town with Lamar Crowson and Albie van Schalkwyk, graduating with an MMus (Performance) in 1994, and later at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) in Manchester with Brazilian virtuoso Arnaldo Cohen. At the RNCM he was awarded the Professional Performer’s Diploma (PPRNCM) and won first prize in the RNCM Recital Prize for Pianists. In recent years he has established a highly successful and productive collaboration with Spanish virtuoso saxophonist David Salleras that has resulted in two albums recordings of his own original music: Indigo (2015) and Midnight Blue (2016).
- Copy supplied by Grahamstown Music Society