BY BILLY SUTER
A NEW Midlands musical experience will be introduced on Sunday, March 10, with Ard Matthews, of Just Jinjer fame, being a main attraction at a family-friendly Music in the Park event to be held in the grounds of Drakondale Girls’ Choir School.
The school is on the D796, the old Red Acres Retreat in Merrivale. Follow the signs from Geekie Road, opposite Merrivale Spar.
The day’s fun will start at 11am with a choral concert in the school auditorium, featuring the Drakondale Girls’ Choir, Pietermaritzburg Amateur Music Society and the choirs of Voortrekker , Grace College and Carter High. All will be under the baton of Botes Gresse, and accompanied by Matthew Hoffman.
From there, the festival moves down onto the lawns with a line-up of musicians including Ard Matthews, Jack Mantis, Dave Knowles, Jessica Martins, Don Clarke. The Alma Flamenca dance troupe and DJ TreeManChi will also contribute to the entertainment.
Craft and food stalls will be on site and the concert should be finished by sunset.
Tickets for the whole day (11am to 6.30pm) cost R150 and are available from www.webtickets.co.za and select PicknPay stores. Tickets will also be available at the gate.
Tickets for the choral concert only (11am to noon), are available at R80 each. However, tickets are limited and will need to be booked.
Take a picnic blanket or deck chairs and be prepared for a wonderful, lazy Sunday afternoon of music, food, fun and family.
For further details phone 083 777 3002 or 082 695 1744.
Another first is the ReRouting Arts Festival, a site-specific multi-disciplinary arts festival that uses alternate public spaces around the city of Pietermaritzburg.
“We aim to create a unique audience experience, build bridges and create dialogue between different socio-economic and cultural demographics while promoting a culture of art,” says a spokesman for the event.
The festival will showcase a full spectrum of visual arts, dance, music and drama performances. In addition, exhibitions will be held at local coffee shops.
The festival will be hosting Malagasy dancer and choreographer, Julie Iarisoa, in Pietermaritzburg for the duration of the festival. She lives and works in Madagascar and will be giving workshops at local schools during the festival week.
Iarisoa will also be collaborating with local artists for two performances, including the opening event and during the 10am, Saturday, March 16, live performances in the city centre.
The festival performances will also include a flash mob in Church street choreographed by Sifiso Magesh Ngcobo and involving pupils from Russell, St Nicholas and Epworth High schools.
Pietermaritzburg audiences will be able to watch Durban’s Flatfoot Dance Company at the opening event, as well as Lorin Sookool and Sifiso Khumalo from Durban on Saturday, March 16.
“Locally, we have William le Cordeur’s Mahlekahlathini Theatre Company as well as Wayne Reddiar and Francis Mennigke with an exciting electro-acoustic sound performance. Musically, we look forward to a performance from KZN musician Seb Goldswain in Parklane Centre’s Underground Parking on Saturday, March 16.”
“ReRouting Arts Festival would not be possible without the support and enthusiasm of many of our local artists and businesses and for this we are truly grateful.”
For further information email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you happen to be Durban way, consider a visit to the elegant Rockwood Theatre at Sibaya Casino, near Umhlanga, where Hollywood Hits is running until April 7. It offers a tight band and strong vocalists in an outpouring of movie hits from the 1970s through to the present. For my full review click here: https://wp.me/p8dL0W-47L
Also to be seen in Durban is I Love Rock & Roll, teaming singer Marion Loudon and singer-musician Dave Monks. The show features covers of more than 20 artists, including The Beatles, Elvis Presley, Queen, The Travelling Wilburys, Britney Spears, The Big Bopper, Status Quo, Che, and Cliff Richard.
Performances are at the Umbilo branch of the Rhumbelow Theatre, in Cunningham Road, at 8pm on Friday and Saturday (March 8 and 9) and 2pm on Sunday (March 10). Tickets cost R150 (R130 for pensioners and students) and booking is at Computicket or by phoning Roland at 082 499 8636.
For my review of I Love Rock & Roll, from its recent Kloof season, click here: https://wp.me/p8dL0W-43G
If you are a fan of saxophone you might consider catching Liverpool-born sax ace Andrew Young, who performs at the Rhumbelow Theatre’s Kloof branch, at Tina’s Hotel in Beryldene Road, at 8pm on Wednesday and Saturday, March 6 and 9, and again at 2pm on March 10.
Tickets cost R150 (R130 for pensioners and students) and booking is at Computicket or by phoning Roland at 082 499 8636.