Category Archives: Classical Music

I am so jealous of all the people at the National Arts Festival this year. Today I wish I were hearing Pendo Masote in concert. Pendo Masote is a young violinist who is making waves in classical music circles. He … Continue reading

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Lamento, a patchwork pastiche, pleases

Claudio Monteverdi’s (1567-1643) musical magic enchanted audiences at The Market Theatre tonight. He was a Catholic priest best known as a composer and musician. He is the person who made the transition between Renaissance music with its polyphony and Baroque … Continue reading

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Nataniël performs for the JMS

Nataniël  is a classically trained musician and a South African entertainment icon.  He is preparing a concert especially for the Johannesburg Musical Society – the oldest continuously running community organisation in Johannesburg. Fans of Nataniël  will know that he is … Continue reading

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Instrumental – James Rhodes’ haunting autobiography

Subtitled “A memoir of madness, medication and music“, this is a quick, but not an easy, read.  The introduction contains a warning about triggers for compulsive behaviour.  That warning is timely.  Take note of it.  I landed up doing a … Continue reading

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Joburg Ballet’s Cinderella

Press release below: Cinderella – the perfect ballet for Spring   A dazzling night, a glittering ball, something wonderful is sure to happen when the ultimate fairytale – Joburg Ballet’s production of Cinderella – returns to Joburg Theatre for just … Continue reading

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What’s right with South Africa?

On Thursday 14 April 2015 I attended a concert at the Linder Auditorium. On the podium was one of my heroes, Kutlwano Masote.  Masote is from a musical dynasty, a cellist and conductor.  His father is a fine musician who … Continue reading

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A Thrilling Musical fortnight

What a busy fortnight music lovers in Gauteng have had.  Classical, jazz and rock genres have all had exciting events.  Rodriguez was brought out by Big Concerts. The Auto and General Theatre on the Square held its wildly popular Annual … Continue reading

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