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Another season of MUSON festival…

By Uche Dim

The Musical Society of Nigeria (MUSON) has again called on lovers of music, art and the general public to be  part of its forthcoming MUSON festival. This call was made at a press conference  held at MUSON center last week in preparation for this year’s festival.

This year’s MUSON festival, the 12th edition in the series, which  also marks the 26th anniversary of the founding of the Musical Society of Nigeria (MUSON) will start on Sunday, October 25, 2009 and run through Sunday, November 8, 2009 and will show case stage performances, youth concert, my kind of music, Indigenous social music, chorale concert, jazz and classical music.

In a press conference which was presided over by Chief Femi Adenuyi-Williams, chairman MUSON, Bashorun J.K. Randel, chairman Festival Committee and Vice-chairman MUSON, Miss Iyabo Aboaba, General manager MUSON, Miss Bunmi Falomo, Deputy general manager MUSON and  Mr. Emeka Nwokedi, director music choir, was aimed at making the public aware of this year’s festival programs and to urge them to participate in them.

This year’s festival will start with a celebration of the MUSON day on Sunday 25th October at the Agip Recital hall with the MUSON orchestra on stage to perform the works of Fela Sowande, Ebenezer Obey, Tony Momoh and W.A. Mozart. The second day of the festival which comes on Thursday October 29, will be divided into two sections. The first section of the day, which starts at mid day will take place at Shell Nigeria hall and will feature seven young talented students who will compete for the Brandler prize in the Youth Concert.
The winner of the concert will have the privilege of being sponsored for  a diploma certificate at the MUSON school of Music, which is being sponsored by MTN foundation. The second section, which comes under My Kind of Music will take place in the evening at the Agip Recital hall and will feature four interesting personalities on stage, whose stories are not yet known to any body. The personalities for this year’s festival are Mrs. Amina Oyagbola, Mr. John Momoh, Mr. Odein Ajumogobia SAN and Ms Bennedikter Molokwu.

My kind of music which started seven years ago has featured personalities like Joke Silva, Ms Ibru among many others and the personalities are people, who appear of interest to members of  society. 30th October which marks the third day of the festival will witness the performance of indigenous social music at the Agip Recital hall.

Also on Saturday October 31 at Agip Recital, the works of late prof. Zulu Sofola, the first female  dramatic voice in Nigeria will be performed. The work, Wedlock of the gods, recounts the intriguing story of two lovers whose lives were punctuated by another suitor with a higher bride price. The dramatic production is being sponsored by NNPC-Chevron joint venture.

On the 1st of November at the Shell Nigerian hall, there will be a chorale concert highlighting selected choral master pieces of two musical giants; George Handel whose 250th post-humous anniversary is being marked this year and Joseph Hayden, whose own  200th post-humous anniversary is also being celebrated this year. Also between Friday November 6th  and Saturday November 7th at the Shell Nigerian hall will be two nights of jazz which will feature one international artiste and four Nigerian artistes whose names are not yet known as at the time of this story.

The 2009 MUSON festival will be brought to an end on Sunday November 8 at the Agip Recital hall with a classical music to be  performed by Lisa Anne Robinson, an Australian lyric soprano. Anne Robinson who is an opera singer, recitalist and soloist and a student of Joy Mammen and Isabelle Flinn will be accompained by Daniel Grimwood, a pianist. Dianel Grimwood, who has been described by Felix Aprahancian as probably the finest-all-round- musician he has ever known, won a scholarship to the Purcell school where he studied with Graham Fitch and finished under the tutelage of Vladimir Ovchinnikov and Peter Feuhtwanger.


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