By Japhet Alakam & Iyabo Aina
Music lovers from in and around Lagos will be thrilled with an all round entertainment as The Musical Society of Nigeria (MUSON) rolls out drums for a double celebrations of its annual MUSON festival and her 30th year anniversary.
The 2013 MUSON festival which is the 17th in the series tagged: Celebrating perfection in the Arts will kick off from October 17th to 27th, at the company’s multi-event centre, Onikan, Lagos.
Addressing the press in preparation for the festival, the acting Chairman of the MUSON board and festival committee chairman, Mr. Kitoyi Ibare-Akinsan disclosed that this year year’s festival will be unique as it coincides with the 30th celebration of Muson, and to make it memorable the organisers have lined up a lot of activities.
One of the key event is the MUSON Jazz festival, which will feature the toast of Jazz and Jazz related music, Afrobeat King, Femi Kuti and Afro Jazz Diva Yinka Davies who are billed for the stage on October 19.
Other festival activities include – My kind of Music, slated for the first day and featuring Dr. Mrs. Femi Akinkugbe, Mr. Stefano de Leo, Ms. Evelyn Oputu and Amb. Patrick Dele Cole OFR.
for ‘The MUSON Jazz festival’, while another show tagged ‘The Classical Concert’ fixed for October 20 and featuring Manami Sano, Ulf Klausenitzer and Thomas Kanitz.
This will be followed by ‘The Youth Concert’ on October 24 with 12 finalists in the musiquest competition. ‘MUSON Day’, comes up on October 25 with Latin American Music, Tango and more.
On October 25, there will be Latin American music, Tango and more. A stage play of Rasheed Gbadamosi’s ‘Echoes of the Lagoon’ is scheduled for October 26. The play is being produced by Dr. Tunde Azeez’s Silent Torch Productions. The cast include Joke Muyiwa, Nobert Young, Ola Rotimi Fakunle, Hafiz Oyetoro and Laide Adeyiga. It is sponsored by Chevron. The MUSON Festival closes on October 27 with a gala concert sponsored by Total featuring the MUSON symphony orchestra, the MUSON Choir, Victoria Oruwari, London based soprano and other soloists.
MUSON is said to be founded as a result of interaction of some friends who love and appreciate classical music. These distinguished Nigerians stimulated interest and awareness of Nigerians, especially in Lagos of the richness and elegance of classical music.
MUSON’s core activities are in the areas of training and inspiring professional musicians and anyone interested in learning how to play any instrument, organizing classical concerts and staging the Annual MUSON Festival.