News: August, 2011

Duo Four4Two commission in Cape Town

Marimba and vibraphone ensemble Duo Four4Two continue their South African tour with a concert in Cape Town at the Beau Soleil Music Centre, including the second performance of their new piece by Robert.

Duo Four4Two

Beau Soleil Music Centre, Kenilworth, Cape Town

17 August 2011  

www.duofour4two.co.za

Four4Two commission at New Evenings in Cape Town

Marvellous marimba/vibraphone duo Four4Two (Magda de Vries - marimba, Frank Mallows - vibes) perform their new commission Divisions at the fourth event in Cape Town’s new music venture New Evenings.

Wednesday 15 August 2011 at 9.00pm

New Evenings #4, The Dream Factory, Orphan St, Cape Town

www.duofour4two.co.za

www.newevenings.co.za

 

Premiere of Duo Four4Two commission

South African mrimba and vibraphone ensemble Duo Four4Two (Frank Mallows and Magda de Vries) present the world premiere of a new work commissioned by them in Port Elizabeth.

Duo Four4Two

Port Elizabeth, 10 August 2011

www.duofour4two.co.za

Love Songs second performance

Love Songs, a new music-theatre work in progress commissioned by Tête à Tête for their annual Opera Festival at the Riverside Studios, will have its first airing on 4-5 August at 19:00. Directed by Tête à Tête’s Bill Bankes-Jones and conducted by Tim Murray, it features a wonderful cast - Christopher Diffey, Sadhbh Dennedy and Keel Watson - and the brilliant Chroma ensemble.

For more info and online booking, visit the festival website: www.tete-a-tete.org.uk/opera-festival-2011

Love Songs: 4 and 5 August 2011 at 7.00pm

Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival

4th-21st August 2011
Riverside Studios
Hammersmith
London W6 9RL

Review: Tete a Tete Opera Festival, Riverside Studios

Love Songs
Tete a Tete Opera and Chroma Ensemble

www.matthewbutt.com

…Tête à Tête have made quite a fetish for airing works in progress, sometimes in the very early stages of gestation. Robert Fokkens‘s Love Songs was presented as little more than a sketch, but already had a great sense of identity and purpose. Fairly predictably, the moment that stood out for me was the marriage scene, where Fokkens sets the priest’s homily as Anglican psalmody to an accompaniment on the melodica, which slowly gives way, with gentle insinuations on the drum kit, to a slow dance for the ‘happy couple’ before returning to the liturgical style for the pronouncement of marriage. Fokkens has a sure hand with the various genres he plays with…

Love Songs at Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival

Love Songs, a new music-theatre work in progress commissioned by Tête à Tête for their annual Opera Festival at the Riverside Studios, will have its first airing on 4-5 August at 19:00. Directed by Tête à Tête’s Bill Bankes-Jones and conducted by Tim Murray, it features a wonderful cast - Christopher Diffey, Sadhbh Dennedy and Keel Watson - and the brilliant Chroma ensemble.

For more info and online booking, visit the festival website: www.tete-a-tete.org.uk/opera-festival-2011

Love Songs: 4 and 5 August 2011 at 7.00pm

Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival

4th-21st August 2011
Riverside Studios
Hammersmith
London W6 9RL