BY BILLY SUTER
POWERHOUSE recording star P J Powers, Kahn Morbee of The Parlotones and the acclaimed KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra are among highlights of the fourth annual Michaelhouse Festival of Music, to be held at the school in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands from May 11 to 13.
Powers will perform from 7.30pm on the Friday in the school’s Schlesinger Theatre. Tickets for this event, featuring new and recent favourites from the former Hotline singer, cost R200.
Powers is also to perform with Morbee and the KZNPO, conducted by William Silk, at 4pm on the Sunday in a concert titled Magic of Music in the Midlands. This event will also spotlight the KZN Midlands Youth Choir, the Clifton Notties Prep Choir, the Christ Church Senior Prep Choir, the Michaelhouse Chapel Choir and various soloists. Tickets cost R200 each.
Morbee, a judge on TV’s The Voice South Africa, will perform from 7pm on the Saturday in the school’s Pennington Quad. He will share the spotlight with ByLwantsa, Freddy L Young and upcoming band Strings Attached. Tickets cost R200.
From 4pm on the Friday, the KZN Youth Wind Band will perform in the Chapel (cost R50), while at 6pm the Music School is the place to be for a 30-year celebration in music (cost R150).
Saturday’s fun starts at 10.30am in the Chapel with resident organist Abri Venter leading a concert of contemporary and classical music, featuring various artists. Admission is R50.
At 11am that day there will be a free open-mic session in The Quad, followed at noon by a free performance by Johnny Zest & Friends, both events organised by Music in the Hills.
It will be back to the Chapel at 1pm on the Saturday for pianist Lara Kirsten, who will give a recital titled The Resonating Pulse. A ticket costs R60.
After that festival visitors can experience three acts at no cost in the Quad – Alley Cats at 2pm, Calico at 3.30pm and Rusty Red Escapade at 5.30pm.
Sunday events start at 8.30am in the Chapel with Aubrey Mbuyazi celebrating 10 years as a solo artist. She’ll be joined in a spiritual feast by the Clifton School Adult Choir. Admission is R50.
Chorale Elite is scheduled for 10.30am in the Chapel on the Sunday – an event featuring the KZN Midlands Youth Choir, Christ Church Prep Senior Choir, the Clifton Notties Prep Choir, PMB Children’s Choir and Vox Amios performing various choral works. Tickets cost R80 each.
From noon on the Sunday the Bowstring group will entertain at no cost in the Quad, followed by a Young Performers’ Concert in the Chapel at 12.30pm, for which tickets cost R80. This will feature the Kwazulu-Natal Philharmonic Ensemble conducted by William Silk, as well as the KZN Midlands Youth Choir and various soloists.
Jessica Martins then entertains at no cost from 1pm in the Quad, and at 2pm the Trio Appassionato – Violetta Oserhean (violin), Sorin Oserhean (French horn) and Andrew Warburton (piano) – will perform chamber music, admission for this is R80.
Free isicathimaya music will be held in the Quad at 2.30pm on the Sunday followed by a free performance there, at 3.30pm, by Ian Caister.
For tickets visit www.tickethut.co.za/michaelhouse