The next concert in the NWU School of Music concert series is a chamber music recital on Tuesday 15 April 2014 at 19:30 in the Conservatory Hall featuring exuberant music by Czech, Russian and South African composers. All the performers are lecturers at the School of Music, with the exception of the double bass player, Marike Prins, who will be “imported” from Gauteng. The other musicians are George Fazakas (flute), Brian Nelson (clarinet), Liesl van der Merwe (bassoon), Yvonne-Marié Brand (trumpet), Piet Koornhof (violin), Human Coetzee (cello), and Tinus Botha (piano).
The concert will open with Café Riche for bassoon, violin, double bass and piano by South African composer, James Rich. He subtitled the work “A Celebration” and it’s a jolly romp through five movements celebrating café culture. (There actually is a real Café Riche in Pretoria!)
Leonid Desyatnikov earned his reputation as a composer of film scores, of which Sunset (1990) was his first. From this score, he extracted a suite of eight short movements for flute, clarinet, violin, double bass and piano. As the film is about the life of a Jewish gangster and his family in Odessa during the First World War, the score reflects the klezmer musical traditions of Eastern Europe.
The final work returns to food and drink, at least the kitchen in which it is prepared. La Revue de Cuisine (1927) is a suite of four movements from Bohuslav Martinu’s ballet of the same name. It was his first use of the jazz style which he encountered during his extended stay in Paris during the 1920s and it became one of his most popular works. The “Kitchen Review” tells the story of a Shakespearian love triangle between Pot and Lid, the newlyweds, and Twirling Stick who tries to break up their marriage. Thanks to the intervention of a giant boot, the ballet does have a happy ending! The witty and humorous suite includes a tango and a Charleston, and the instrumentation imitates the jazz bands of the early twentieth century.Tickets are available at the Conservatory in Thabo Mbeki Drive (tel. 018-299-1692), PUK-Arts in the Heimat Building (F9) on the university campus (tel. 018-299-2844), Protea Book Shop on the Bult (tel. 018-297-1583), online at www.artema.co.za and www.facebook.com/NWU.Music, or 30 minutes before the concert at the box office.