South African classical guitarist, James Grace will on November 14 and 16 give two recitals in the country as guest of Celebrity Subscriptions Concerts and Performing Arts in Bulawayo.
The first recital will be in the capital on November 14 at the Harare International School Theatre while the November 16 performance will be in Bulawayo at the Robert Sibson Hall.
“We are delighted to be able to host a guitar recital, especially with an acclaimed performer, and we look forward to what promises to be one of the most entertaining performances of the year,” said Fran Eigenraam, the chairman of the Celebs.
He said in addition to the performance, Grace would also be promoting his latest album, World Café, whose copies would be sold to members of the audience.
Eigenraam said the album celebrated the diversity of modern guitar, in a six-string global journey that included music from the US, Australia, France, Spain, Scotland, England, Turkey and South Africa.
“The album celebrates the diversity of the modern guitar Featured works include Carlo Domeniconi’s hauntingly beautiful Koyunaba, Grace’s own rendition of Abdullah Ibrahim’s The Wedding and Cavatina by Stanley Myers (the theme from The Deer Hunter),” he said.
He said Grace who is the KANNA Award winner for best male artist 2010 was one of South Africa’s leading concert artists.
Eigenraam said Grace had appeared with all the major South African orchestras, most recently in March 2010 at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens in a sold-out performance of Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez with the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra and Pieter Daniel.
“He has released five solo albums under his own record label, Stringwise Records, with his previous two albums both topping the ClassicFM Top 20 Charts and earning SAMA nominations for Best Instrumental Album (Café Latino) and Best Popular Classical Album (Sevilla – Music of Spain II),” he said.