THE STUDENT PRINCE
While the covers of D'ARTS usually represent an art form rather than an actual event, Durban has been deprived of this form of entertainment for so long we could justify carrying one of the most timeless and enduring of the popular light operettas, The Student Prince.
This production from the Touring Performing Art Board (TOPAB) runs in the Playhouse Opera from November 11 to 19. Recipient of the 1997/98 Cape Town and Bloemfontein FNB Vita Awards for the most outstanding musical production of the year, it promises to be sophisti-cated and lavish.
TOPAB is a hard-working, forward-thinking private, professional and non-subsidised company headed by singer Hans van Heerden. Seven times winner of the Nederburg prize for opera and former artistic and administrative director of PACOF's opera department, he aims to satisfy a gap in the market for highly-professional and sumptuously-staged opera and operetta to tour the major cities of South Africa.
Durban-based cast members of The Student Prince include Garth Anderson, Juan Burgers, Gary Carter, Jinny Sagorin, Brenda Lauth and Carel Kriek.
With music by Sigmund Romberg from the book and lyrics by Dorothy Donelly, The Student
Prince was made inter-nationally famous by the 1950's film version which starred Mario Lanza.
NU JAZZ & VOICES
The NU Jazz Ensemble and NU Voices present big band sounds from the Uni-versity of Natal
music department's jazz students in Howard College Theatre on November 2 at 12h15. Darius
Brubeck directs with Suzi Stengel conducting the vocal ensemble.
Rory Rootenberg's hit show Cadenza will return by public demand to the Hilton Theatre on November 6 and 7.
At the recent Hilton Festival tickets for this show were at a premium and hun-dreds of people were disappointed to have missed this first class performance, written and directed by Ian von Memerty and performed by Rory with Craig McLennan at the piano.
The runaway nationwide box-office and critical success of Cadenza proves that Rory Rootenberg is one of the finest singing talents in the SA showbiz arena. In this show, his remarkable skills are given free reign; from operatic arias, through Afrikaans liedjies and Zulu ballads to a Lloyd-Webber medley all woven together with wit and pathos. Craig McLennan is a superb performer in his own right and provides the perfect foil for Rory Rootenberg's astonishing vocal ability.
Tickets at R30 can be booked by phoning Doreen between 09h00 and 13h00 on (0331) 43-0126.
The University of Natal's music depart-ment offers a wide range of programmes leading to a professional qualification in music and a variety of musical careers.
As well as a fully equipped electro-acoustic music studio, the first of its kind in South Africa, the department boasts one of the finest music libraries in the Southern hemisphere, a centre for jazz and popular music, an African music project, and a refurbished concert hall.
Auditions are currently being held for all courses. On offer is a BMus degree spe-cialising in anything from western clas-sical, jazz or popular music, technology and ethno-musicology (African music and dance) to a diploma in music perfor-mance and a BA (Music) degree. There are also single music courses suitable for BA and B Soc Sci students.
At postgraduate level, courses include masters programmes in intercultural music education, music technology, popular music studies, music perfor-mance and ethno-musicology, as well as MA, MMus, PhD and DMus degrees. These programmes attract large numbers of students from South Africa and all over the world.
Details from Sally Hodges on 260-2377.
STATE OF MIND
From the opening harmonies sung a capella off stage, you know the music's going to be good. And New York State of Mind doesn't let you down.
With musical direction and fine arrange-ments by Clifford Cooper, the show can is somewhere between musical theatre and cabaret. The staircase is a keyboard and Stan Knight skilfully lights the set and back-up musicians. Making the most of director Bryan Hill's fast-moving and snappy script, performers Luciano Zuppa, Samantha Peo, Taryn Sudding and Lance Maron take audiences on a whistle-stop tour of Broadway shows from the 1930's to the present day.
Don't expect chocolate box presentation. This is not just a vehicle for hit show musicals but a spunky, clever and slick grouping of experienced performers handling numbers, often in differing styles, like Wash that man right out of my hair Madonna style or one normally associated with the opposite sex - Tarryn belts an excellent version Man of La Mancha while Luciano brings a poignant interpretation to Can't Help Loving that Man of Mine and Something Wonderful. Samantha Peo's Take Me or Leave Me is memorable as is Lance Maron's This is the Moment. There's not an Andrew Lloyd Webber number in sight!
Bryan Hill has dedicated the show, which runs to November 8 at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre
to the late Geoffrey Sutherland.
After its sell-out success during last year's festive season, the 1998 KZN Is'cathamiya Festival presents another all-night feast of traditional music at 19h00 on November 21 to run until the early hours of the next morning. Held in the Playhouse Opera, it will involve winners of the regional competitions co-ordinated by the South African Tradi-tional Music Association (SATMA).
Last year's event saw choirs and indivi-duals from across KZN competing for top honours in a
wide variety of sections while audiences were treated to the finest in traditional choral song and
Castle Milk Stout will sponsor a jazz concert in the BAT Hall on November 27. Artists still
unconfirmed - watch the daily press or phone 332-0451.
C YOU THERE
The popular series, An ABC of Song with soprano Suzanne Atwill and pianist Norman Hesom, continues with "C" You There on November 1 and 8 at 14h30 in the St James Anglican Church Hall, (cnr Innes/Venice Roads). Guest artist will be well-known baritone John Butler.
On the programme will be songs from musicals such as Carousel, Camelot and Careless Rapture, to name a few.
Tickets R15 from Suzanne on 306-0140 or at door.
The Janet Jackson World Tour 1998 plays Durban on November 18 when the internationally
renowned star performs at The Stadium, Kings Park. Tickets from R85 through Ticket-Web's 24
hour booking service. Contact 0860 400 500 or www.ticketweb.co.za.
DON'T TUNE US HITS DURBAN!
If you like top-class acoustic guitar playing mixed with laid-back dialogue and fascinating vocal dynamics, don't miss Steve Newman, Tony Cox and Chris Tokalon's highly successful show, Don't Tune Us, which is to run at Kwasuka Theatre from November 24 to December 5.
Steve Newman and Tony Cox are well-known for their comical element and stylish guitar arrangements of popular tunes. Adding to the fun of this show is hilarious impersonator Chris Tokalon who plays the saxophone, flute and trumpet and often without an instrument in sight!
Don't Tune Us has recently completed a successful coastal tour taking in a season at the Hogsback Festival and The Harbour Theatre in Cape Town.
Book at Computicket or phone Kwasuka Theatre on 309-2236.
Giuseppe Raffa's operatic extravaganza Aida - The Operama Spectacular will be presented by Nedbank and Big Concerts on January 30 at 19h30 at Loftus Vers-feld Stadium in Pretoria. The organisers claim that the venue suits this production acclaimed for its hightech marvels while retaining musical and aesthetic integrity.
Celebrated African-American soprano Wilhelmenia Fernandez will play Aida.
Tickets range from R100 to R500 avai-lable only through TicketWeb outlets on
www.ticketweb.co.za or the Call Centre 0860 008932.
The November line-up for the Rivets/Martell All-Durban Jazz Season, held in the Durban Hilton's Rivets Bar every Thursday from 18h30, promises another month of good jazz.
On November 5, the Colin Mairs Quar-tet includes Colin, Martin Sigamoney (keyboards and vox), Philini Ngidi (bass) and Shaun Peterson (drums).
Megeshen and Friends appear on Novem-ber 12. Megeshen performs with jazz stalwarts Neil Gonsalves (piano), Bongani Sokhele (electric bass) and Shaun Peterson again on drums.
One of Durban's most accomplished and popular pianists, Simon Kerdachi, plays with experienced
jazzmen such as Peter Bosse, Tony Daykin and Des Kerdachi on November 19.
ST MARY'S MUSIC
St Mary's DSG in Kloof will host a stu-dent recital at 18h00 in the St Mary's Chapel, St Mary's Road, Kloof, on November 10.
On November 14 students of Candace Whitehead perform a violin concert in the St Mary's Chapel from 10h00. Refreshments will be served afterwards.
African Jigsaw, a Christmas cantata, takes place on November 27, 29 and 30 at 19h00 in the Hall at St Mary's.
Entrance to all events is free. Phone 764-0011 for details.
SWING IN SYNC
Durban Jewish Social Services will present Aviva Pelham and Pinky Mtshali in Swinging in Sync in the Playhouse Drama on November 1 at 18h30.
The show provides a unique combina-tion of voices, styles and talents resul-ting in a sparkling collage of musical entertainment ranging from classical and cabaret to popular music and jazz.
Tickets for this show, suitable for the whole family, are R65 from Myron Panovka on 21-3151 (o)
and 25-2966 (a/h) or Lynn Foster on 304-6662 (o).
Mfana Mlambo's Quartet winds up the month of November. This versatile saxophonist is backed by Thulani Shezi (keyboard/vox), Bongani Sokhele (bass) and Lebohung Mothabeng (drums).
There's no cover charge for sessions.
JAZZ HAPPY HOURS
The Centre for Jazz and Popular Music at the University of Natal holds regular Happy Hours on Wednesdays at 17h00. In November you can hear Brian Thusi blow trumpet & trombone on November 4 and the NU Voices on November 11.
Darius Brubeck performs "in his own write" on November 18 and Sazi Dlamini & Skokiana play on November 25.
Tickets at the door. For details phone the Jazz Centre on 260-3385.
BRUCE'S A WINNER!
The top prize of the Sanlam Music Competition for primary school pupils has been won by 12
year-old Bruce Williams from Sarnia Primary. He was chosen for his impressive piano playing out
of 62 national entrants.
1998 CITADEL STEEL DRUM FESTIVAL
Dobri Paliev and Bryan Clarke coax the best performances from students
This year's Steel Drum Festival on November 28 at the DLI Hall will be the biggest and best yet, and that's a promise! So say the organisers of the fourth annual gathering of steel drum bands from around KZN.
Sponsored by Citadel, it is once again organised by Dobri Paliev and Bryan Clarke of the Steel Drum Foundation, supported by the Playhouse Company.
Whether it's Tchaikovsky or a Carib-bean beat, steel drum music is happy, entertaining, fun and light-hearted.
When not working with the KZN Phil-harmonic Orchestra, Dobri and Brian travel to KZN
schools, teaching their special brand of musical magic.
"We teach musical appreciation and skills using the medium of steel drums," says Bryan. "The children learn team work while improving their concentra-tion skills and co-ordination at the same time." He adds that often parents and teachers can't resist the temptation to try their hand at making music on these unique instruments.
"During difficult times we need more happiness, more laughter in our lives," adds Dobri. "With
the current crime rate, hi-jackings and all the bad news stories we hear, our children need more
fun. Steel drums provide the key to un-lock the music that everyone has in their hearts."
The new baroque music group titled Baroque 2 000, brainchild of KZN Phil-harmonic Orchestra principal trumpet Michel Schneuwly, will be launched this month with two initial concerts.
The first, on November 8, will be a Johann Sebastian Bach programme with guest conductor Sidney Harth. Works performed will be Suite No. 3 in D maj., Ricercare (from The Musical Offering) and Brandenburg Concerto No.4.
The second concert on November 29 concentrates on the works of George Frederick Handel. Conducted by Naum Rousine and featuring the Durban Cham-ber Choir, the programme includes the Dettinger "Te Deum", Concerto Grosso and The Queen of Sheba Overture.
Sponsored by the Alliance Française, these concerts herald next year's series of hour-long subscription concerts to take place at the Methodist Church, corner Musgrave/St Thomas Roads at 11h00. Tickets at R30 from Computicket or at the door.
"Much interest has been shown in Baroque 2 000," says Michel Schneuwly, "which proves that it will ease the long drought for this kind of music. We want to become an established group and we have the advantage of being able to create and develop a genuine sound unique to us."
For details contact Michel on 23-5539.
The 10th Biennial International Eisteddfod, to be held in Roodeport from September 24 to October 2 next year, expects to attract the best amateur per-forming ensembles and soloists from Africa and the rest of the world.
"We provide for music and dance of the older as well as more popular tradi-tions," explains CEO Joe le Roux. "We also welcome all age groups, from primary school to adult to take part in any of the competition sections."
The sections include traditional/con-temporary music and dance, sacred music and chamber choirs. Other categories are vocal and instrumental, classical and contemporary music as well as brass, percussion, symphonic wind, jazz and "any instrumentation" bands.
Contact International Eisteddfod '99, PO Box 738, Roodepoort, 1725. Phone (011) 472-2820 or
fax (011) 472-1014. E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org and Internet website:
STACEY IN GRAZ
The American Institute of Musical Studies were held in Graz, Austria several months back. Singer and director of the Durban Singers Studio, Stacey Almond, attended as the guest of Carlos Montane, the international Cuban tenor and voice lecturer at Indiana University, USA, who visited Durban recently.
"My first day consisted of sitting with the other lecturers, listening to 64 singers go through their paces, to be allocated their various teachers for the six-week duration", says Stacey. "This was exhausting, but fascinating. Young American singers have a much more `up front' way of presenting themselves than I am used to."
There is an AIMS orchestra made up of professional and student players who accompanied the singers in various concerts. There were classes in acting, language and repertoire as well as audi-tion preparation - "one of the most important things for a singer and very difficult to teach, but the Americans have it down to a fine art," says Stacey. Lectures were held on various aspects of performance, demonstrated by recordings of the great artists of the past.
The Durban Singers Studio are currently working on a production of The Lion, the Witch and the
Wardrobe, a musical fantasy by British composer John McCabe. Based on the ever-popular Tales
of Narnia by C S Lewis, this will be presented from March 29 to April 14 next year at Clifton
On November 11 at 13h10, the Tatham Art Gallery in Pietermaritzburg will host a programme of
operatic duets with Delwynn Windell and John Butler.
Brothers Raymond and John Ellis have adapted a full-scale musical based on Thomas Hardy's classic novel Far from the Madding Crowd.
"It has taken us six years of full-time work to write and adapt this masterpiece into a musical format," explains John, who is married to actress Lynn Ferguson. "At the moment we are put-ting together a team of technical and artistic designers. Casting will begin in the next couple of months."
It is hoped that Far from the Madding Crowd will premiére in Durban during the second half of 1999.
Karen van Pletzen will sing As Long as the River Runs from the musical at the Rotary Pops concert on November 21 in the Durban City Hall. Orchestrated by Naum Rousine, music director of the Durban City Orchestra and a frequent conductor of the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra, the song will be heard in public for the first time at Rotary Pops.
For details phone 28-0264.
NBS SUNSET PROMS
Kingsmead Cricket Stadium will host two outdoor concerts of popular classics performed by the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra with the highly popular NBS Sunset Proms on November 8 and December 6 at 17h30.
Tickets are R25 (R20 for pensioners and R10 for students and scholars) either at Computicket or at the gates from 16h00 onwards on concert days.
Take along a picnic basket, a blanket or deck chairs to sit on and suitable refreshments. Parking, at the reduced rate of R4 per car, is available at the International Convention Centre (ICC). Bar facilities available at the stadium.
There will also be a Sunset Proms concert on New Year's Eve.
The British Cultural & Heritage Asso-ciation (the KZN branch of the 1820 Settlers Association) will present a night of Christmas classics with Christmas Crackers on December 18 at 19h30 in the Pietermaritzburg City Hall to be followed by a repeat performance in the Durban City Hall on December 19.
The KZN Philharmonic Orchestra, Dur-ban Symphonic Choir, Maritzburg Singers and local
soloists will be conducted by Naum Rousine. Booking opens at Computicket on November 16.
LUCIA AND BLAKE
Friends of Music will present a two-piano recital by Christine Lucia, professor of music at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, and Michael Blake on November 24 at the Durban Jewish Club at 19h45. The programme includes Balinese Ceremonial Music by Colin McPhee and Fantasy on Porgy and Bess by Percy Grainger as well as a new work by Michael Blake.
In December FOM will host a piano recital by Christopher Duigan and the hugely-popular
Cadenza with Rory Rootenberg on December 13.
SOUND MUSIC RADIO
Sound Music Radio (SMR) lodged an application early this year with the Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA) for a community licence. It was hoped that SMR would be permitted to broadcast mainly classical and main-stream jazz music in KZN.
At the time, SMR representatives were informed that the IBA hearing would take place in Durban, either in June or July. Due to budget constraints, this will now take place only after March 1999.
A considerable amount of time, effort and money has already been spent lodging SMR's licence application and SMR acknowledges the support received from Hylton Appelbaum and the Liberty Life Foundation.
"The position is most unsatisfactory and frustrating," says SMR spokesperson Peter Ditz, "but there is nothing we can do until the IBA is ready to deal with all the pending applications. Fortunately, Liberty Life is still prepared to support us and assist with funding in the event that the application succeeds."
More information from Anthea Johnston on 261-7225 or fax 261-8072.
JULIAN LLOYD WEBBER
World-renowned master cellist Julian Lloyd Webber tours South Africa this month in a series of six performances sponsored by MTN and Nedbank titled An Evening with Lloyd Webber.
The concert tour begins in Durban on November 11 at the City Hall where Julian Lloyd Webber will perform the world premiére of Invocation by his father, William Lloyd Webber.
Adding to the family content, Andrew Lloyd Webber has arranged certain to top numbers from his musicals for his brother. An Evening with Lloyd Webber also features the Elgar Cello Concerto.
Lloyd Webber will be accompanied by the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra.
DURBAN FOLK CLUB
The Durban Folk Club meets on Mondays at the Tusk Inn, 103 Sarnia Road at 20h00. Entrance R7 (members R3). The November line-up includes guitarist, singer/songwriter Richard Warne with Friends (November 2); Folk Club Jam, a great success last year (November 9); Niedia and Friends (November 16); The Mike Smith Band (November 23) and Home Cooking (November 30).
For more details phone Adi Paxton on 21-2515.
Under the baton of Professor Wolfgang Gönnenwein, the internationally renow-ned Ludwigsburg Festival Orchestra and Choir orchestra performs at the Durban City Hall on November 5 on their nationwide tour which forms part of a cultural exchange between Germany and South Africa.*
Sponsored by Daimler-Benz AG, Germany and Mercedez-Benz of SA, the group will conduct a workshop where disadvantaged youngsters will benefit from the musicians' skills and expertise.
For information on the workshop contact Susan Wynne (011) 648-5461, Quo Vadis Communication, PO Box 507, Kengray, 2100.
*(See the KZNPO Symphony Season article for programme details)
The strains of a full military band from the Royal Regiment of Wales will roll across the battlefield of Isandlwana in January, providing a fitting tribute to those who fell in the battle.
The 120th anniversary of the Battle of Isandlwana will feature the band as well as 100 soldiers of this regiment, which is the successor to the 24th Regiment which fought at Isandlwana.
The British Cultural & Heritage Asso-ciation (KZN branch of the 1820 Sett-lers Association) is arranging a tour to the anniversary celebrations from January 21 to 23.
For details, contact 202-6174.