‘Music in Miniature’ spans six centuries
Smith and Trudgeon aim to educate and entertain with their UCT Summer School concerts
lecture/concert, so people can choose individual nights if they wish.
“The opening presentation features excerpts from Plainsong and the very first composition for keyboard, dated 1325, which I shall play on the organ; and there’ll be some madrigals and Elizabethan music, some of it quite beautiful but rarely played.
“In the baroque concert, works by Telemann, Handel, Bach and Couperin will be performed as we celebrate the age of Sun King Louis XIV.
“Concert number three is devoted to Mozart and Haydn while the Romantic evening features works like Schubert’s exquisite Shepherd on a Rock, Beethoven’s Ghost Trio and Mendelssohn’s Songs without Words, as well as the last piece composed for organ by Brahms.
“For the final evening we have something very special – a work dating from the 1960s by US composer George Crumb, which is a plea for the conservation of the whale. Titled Voice of the Whale, it’s scored for piano, cello, and flute, the latter doubling as vocalist. It’s a theatre piece, played under blue lights in masks, and is hugely poignant. After that, we have a lollipop to send everyone home happy: Albie van Schalkwyk will play a Mozart piano concerto with an orchestral ensemble, which is certainly a high note on which to end.”
Music in Miniature concerts take place from Monday to Friday at 8pm at the Baxter Concert Hall. Tickets are available at the door or book on 021 650 2888.
CLASSICAL: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart