Full orches­tra, top pi­anist for HIV con­cert

The Star Early Edition - - TONIGHT STAGE -

IT’S all about mu­sic, rais­ing funds and cel­e­brat­ing another land­mark.

On Satur­day, the Cap­i­tal Sym­phony Orches­tra (hosted by Med­i­cal Prac­tice Con­sult­ing and spon­sored by Het­ero Drugs South Africa) will present a gala pro­gramme to raise funds for the HIV Clin­i­cians So­ci­ety of South Africa on the eve of World Aids Day, De­cem­ber 1.

Pre­to­ria com­poser and con­duc­tor, Keith Moss, will make his de­but with the Cap­i­tal Sym­phony Orches­tra, an ad hoc group who are de­ter­mined to per­form many con­certs in the fu­ture. The Gaut­eng orches­tra is made up of pro­fes­sional mu­si­cians pri­mar­ily from Joburg, Soweto and Tsh­wane.

Moss is an avid pro­moter of South African clas­si­cal mu­sic and the con­cert will, for ex­am­ple, fea­ture a work by lo­cal com­poser Peter Louis van Dijk.

Rhap­sody in Blue by George Gershwin will be per­formed by Stein­way Artist Charl du Plessis at the pi­ano in its orig­i­nal form with the tra­di­tional in­stru­men­ta­tion of banjo and sax­o­phones.

“I’ve played it be­fore so a re­turn to this piece is a great joy,” says Du Plessis.

Rach­mani­noff pro­vides the fi­nal piece and the orches­tra will per­form his Sym­phonic Dances which fea­tures the 85-piece orches­tra needed to per­form this work. The stage be­ing just big enough to seat this full orches­tra will in­clude ev­ery con­ceiv­able or­ches­tral in­stru­ment ever made for the stan­dard reper­toire.

Fifty-four string play­ers will make up the body of the orches­tra and will be led by con­cert master Denise Sut­ton. No other orches­tra in Gaut­eng boasts such a large mem­ber­ship and this con­cert prom­ises to show au­di­ences what th­ese pieces were meant to sound like in all their glory.

“It’s great to know that clas­si­cally speak­ing, things are hap­pen­ing,” says Du Plessis, who as a ca­reer pi­anist has to be imag­i­na­tive in his per­for­mance sched­ule. “It takes a while to know that no­body will call you, you have to cre­ate it your­self,” he says after a hugely suc­cess­ful year with a story- telling con­cert tour which shone a light on es­pe­cially ne­glected pi­anos around the coun­try. He would per­form but at his side, a pi­ano tuner who would then add the per­fect touches to the in­stru­ment which was also a long-term so­lu­tion.

“This is the real deal,” he says of the orches­tra with so many mu­si­cians. – Diane de Beer

The gala evening takes place in Unisa’s ZK Matthews Hall to raise funds with a sec­ond con­cert for the re­peat on Sun­day Tick­ets from www.con­sult­ing.co.za or www.itick­ets.co.za and pro­ceeds will go di­rectly to the HIV Clin­i­cians So­ci­ety. For info, con­tact info@kei­th­moss.co.za.

CHARL DU PLESSIIS

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