Durban music picks: March 9 2012

Friends of Music is hosting a recital by the internationally acclaimed Russian pianist Alexander Lubyantsev. Since he won the All-Former-USSR Piano Competition in 2007, his reputation has grown globally. He has toured extensively, including in his native Russia, Japan and Brazil. He will perform works by Haydn, Rachmaninov, Chopin, Liszt, Beethoven and Ravel.

Durban Jewish Club, 44 Old Fort Road, Tuesday March 13 at 7.45pm. Tickets R70 from ­Computicket.

? Music Revival will feature the gifted young alto saxophonist Maxine Matthews. Born in Mauritius and based in Durban, she recently completed two years’ study in Besançon, France, under the renowned classical saxophonists Cecile Dubois and Laurent Blanchard. She received a Diplome de Perfectionement with distinction and is now a regular concert partner with Music Revival founder and Steinway pianist Christopher Duigan. On this occasion the duo will present an appealing programme that will include classical music, jazz and the tango and compositions by Mikhail Glinka, Phil Woods, Astor Piazzolla and Richard Guinness.

35 Montgomery Drive, Pietermaritzburg, March 9 at 7.30pm and March 11 at 3.30pm. Tickets are R100, including refreshments. Booking is essential. Email: [email protected] Tel: 033?342?3051.

? Young Guns: Unearthing Music Talent, an initiative to uncover and encourage talented musicians and provide them with a professional platform, will hold its first gig in KwaZulu-Natal this week. Auditions were held recently. Taking to the stage this weekend are rock band Pulse, reggae act Undivided Roots, indie outfit Toxic Candy and folk-pop singer Holly.

The Heritage Theatre, Saturday March 10 at 2pm. Tickets are R30 at the door.

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