Category Archives: Music

Tea with Sophia Welz

Venue:  News Cafe, Campus Square, Auckland Park.  The waitress was very friendly and indulged me by making my tea exactly as I had asked for it.  It is generally an uninspiring venue and Campus Square is an uninspiring shopping centre.  … Continue reading

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One More Night at Emperors Palace

Phil Collins (born in 1951) is an English musical entertainer and songwriter, perhaps best known as the drummer and lead singer in the band Genesis, although he also dominated the 80s as a solo artist. Some of his top singles … Continue reading

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Japanese stars at the Symphony

The Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Yasuo Shinozaki played their final symphony concert for 2016 after a year of, I think, only three public concerts – one in June, one in October and this one.  Very sad record … 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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I spied with my little eyes (October 2016)

I saw a lot of movies in October, including Labyrinth of Lies, Florence Foster Jenkins, Shepherds and Butchers, Andre Rieu’s 2016 Maastrict Concert and Bolshoi Ballet’s The Bright Stream at Cinema Nouveau.  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Hands of … Continue reading

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Dr Strange, movie review

Doctor Strange is a 2016 American superhero movie.  Based on the Dr Strange Marvel comics created back in 1963 by Marvel legends Steve Ditko and Stan Lee, it is directed by Scott Derrickson. Music is by Michael Giacchino and Pink … Continue reading

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Encore for symphony

I have been attending symphony concerts for more than forty years.  I have NEVER heard an audience demand an encore for the symphony section of one of these concerts.  Well, “never say ‘never’” according to my mother.  On 27 October … Continue reading

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