Harpsichord duo Les Cordes Partout at Wits

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John Reid Coulter and Jetty de Vries

Wits Theatre and Wits School of Arts/Division of Music present Les Cordes Partout with John Reid Coulter and Jetty De Vries (harpsichord duo).

Wits Theatre and Division of Music take pride in creating a yearly programme of concerts that stage the best musical talent, forge unique musical partnerships and showcase a diverse range of musical styles. The harpsichord is generally considered mainly an instrument of Baroque music and was eclipsed by the development of the piano in the late 18th century. Concerts featuring the harpsichord, especially as a solo instrument are not frequent and it is even more of a rarity when two harpsichords are featured in the same concert. This is exactly what will happen when two South African musicians, John Reid Coulter and Jetty de Vries, present a programme of works for two harpsichords on Sunday 19 April 2015 at 15:30 in the Atrium at Wits University.

The concert titled Les Cordes Partout, means “with only strings” or “with strings everywhere” will feature compositions by the most famous of Baroque composers such as JS Bach, Handel and Vivaldi. Besides these better known composers, Coulter and de Vries will also play less well-known pieces by John Dowland, François Couperin and Johann Ludwig Krebs. They also perform a contemporary composition by Simon Jeffes, based on traditional mbira music from Zimbabwe.

John Reid Coulter is one of South Africa’s leading exponents of Historically Informed Performance Practice. He completed his studies at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague and has taught and lectured at a number of universities in South Africa. He performs regularly with local and visiting artists and has performed as continuo player and soloist in The Netherlands, England, Norway, Sweden and Germany. He is much sought after as an adjudicator at music festivals throughout South Africa. John also builds historical keyboard instruments including a fortepiano based on a Stein model (ca. 1780). He is currently a part-time lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand.

Henriëtte (Jetty) van Rensburg (née De Vries) studied at the PU for CHE, obtaining BMus and MMus as well as UODM (Teacher’s Diploma) and UDMV (Performer’s Diploma). At UNISA she completed UTLM (Piano) and UPLM (Organ), for which she received the prestigious UNISA Overseas Scholarship. This enabled her to study at the Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna for four years, where her teacher was the well- known organ pedagogue, Anton Heiller. For three successive years she received a bursary from the Austrian Bundesministerium für Wissenschaft und Forschung. She concluded her studies in Vienna by obtaining the Konzertdiplom in organ performance. Back in South Africa she completed a PhD with a thesis in Afrikaans titled “A Historical Perspective on Musical Borrowing with specific reference to Thematics in the free organ works by Buxtehude and Bach” at the North-West University. Since 1972 she has been on the staff of the Department of Music at the then PU for CHE, and is currently senior lecturer in organ and piano at the School of Music, North-West University (Potchefstroom campus).

Safe parking is available at Origins Centre, (off Yale Road) West Campus, Braamfontein

PRODUCTION: LES CORDES PARTOUT: John Reid Coulter and Jetty De Vries (harpsichord duo)

VENUE: The Atrium, S W Engineering Building, Wits East Campus, Braamfontein

SEASON: Sunday 19 April 2015 at 15:30

RUNNING TIME: Ninety minutes (including interval)

BOOKING: www.webtickets.co.za

Full price = R80; discount price = R55 (students, pensioners and Wits staff). Tickets are available at the door. Full price = R85; discount price = R60 (students, pensioners and Wits staff).

ENQUIRIES: 011 717 1376 / 073 1212 112 / Catherine.pisanti@wits.ac.za

For updates please visit www.wits.ac.za/witstheatre

Etienne Shardlow

Etienne Shardlow

Etienne is a proud lover of South African jazz, and host of the weekly JazzE Radio Show on Bakgat Radio. He works as an IT Service Management consultant and trainer.
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