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Sunday, 23 October 2011
Graduate School of Business Auditorium
Westville Campus, University of KwaZulu-Natal
It has been many years since the public has been able to hear the fine pipe organ on the Westville campus of the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Installed in 1977 in what was then the auditorium of the Music Department of the University of Durban-Westville, it was played by many local and international organists until the Music Department was closed a decade ago. The auditorium is now part of the Graduate School of Business, but through the initiative of Dr Christopher Cockburn, an organist on the staff at the UKZN Music School, the organ has been restored to working order and will be heard for the first time in a concert presented by the Music School on Sunday 23 October.
Dr Cockburn, well known throughout South Africa as an organ recitalist and accompanist, will play solo organ music by Bach, Hindemith and Vierne, and will be joined by fellow-lecturer Dr Liezl-Maret Jacobs in an organ duet by Mozart. In the rest of the programme the organ will be featured in combination with other instruments and voices. Students from UKZN’s Opera Studio and Choral Academy will sing two movements from Mozart’s ‘Organ Solo’ Mass, together with a small string ensemble which will also play a Handel Organ Concerto and a Mozart Church Sonata. The organ will accompany tenor Mhlaba Buthelezi in Vierne’s song cycle ‘Les Angelus’, and members of the Durban Chamber Choir, directed by Carol Stranex, in Poulenc’s ‘Litanies to the Black Virgin of Rocamadour’.
Tickets R60 (R30 concessions) available at the door. For further information contact the concert organizer, Babalwa Mentjies, on (031) 260-3353 or email email@example.com