Arts Events List

At a loose end? Wondering whats on in the city you live in? Look no further than our up to date Arts events list, kindly brought to you by Twin Arts Trust.


Mean Mr Mustard @ Borrowdale Racecourse (7 May)

Live from S.A., Mean Mr Mustard will be performing a concert at Borrowdale Racecourse on Friday, 7 May.

Included will be songs from their new album, their smash hit “Build Me Up Buttercup” and some fantastic cover … an overall brilliant show! Tickets are available at the Spotlight at $15 per head. Please phone 308159. You may bring in your own food (please keep it plastic, no glassware) and chairs and blankets if you wish.

Tickets at the door are $20. Kids under 10 are $5 at the door. Doors open at 5pm.

Performing Arts Bulawayo [PAB] and the Academy [Bulawayo]

Lunchtime Talk: Festival Foretaste 1 @ the Academy (6 May)

Thursday 6 May in Room 25 at 1.10 p.m.

Michael Bullivant introduces some of the music to be heard at the Bulawayo Music Festival

Admission: $1.00

Verdi: Otello @ the Robert Sibson Hall (7 May)

Friday 7 May in the Robert Sibson Hall at 6.30 p.m.with supper interval. Carriages: 10.00 p.m.

Herbert von Karajan directed this film of Verdi’s Shakespearian masterpiece as well as conducting the Berlin Philharmonic. As the tragic Moor of Venice, arguably his greatest role, Jon Vickers “commands both the notes and the moral grandeur of the part. And he has the aura of greatness, greatness of heart, of bearing, of musical and dramatic conception” [David Cairns]. Mirella Freni is a heartbreakingly lovely and fragile Desdemona, while the fine English baritone is superb as the villainous Iago.

“One of the best filmed operas ever made.” [The Times]

Admission: $3.00 / R25.00 [free to Red Carpet members and subscribers]

The Bulawayo Music Festival (1923 May)

Wednesday 19 Sunday 23 May 2010 at the Academy of Music

Booking is now open for individual concerts at the Academy, $5.00 for day and late-evening concerts, $10.00 for the main evening concert. Season tickets are also still available at $60.00, half the price of individual tickets to all seventeen Sibson Hall performances.

Zimbabwe Academy of Music Tel: [09] 60684 / 67195; e-mail: [email protected]


Wednesday 19 May

6.00 p.m. Gala Opening Concert

Gibbons, arr.Adrian Cruft: Suite for Trumpet and Strings; Bach: Concerto in C major for Three Pianos and Strings, BWV1064; Smetana: Sonata in E minor; Percy Grainger: Green Bushes; Delius, arr.Leslie Howard: La Calinda; Liszt: Rkczy March; Bach, arr. Percy Grainger: Toccata in F; Rossini: William Tell Overture [four pianos, sixteen hands]; Vivaldi: Gloria, RV589

Thursday 20 May

11.00 a.m. Rubinstein: Fantasy in F minor, Op.73; Brahms Variations on a Theme of Haydn, Op.56a; Liszt: Les Prludes, S597

Michael Brownlee Walker, Coady Green, Leslie Howard

1.00 p.m. A Spanish Celebration – music by Albeniz, Tarrega, Malats, Sor & Rodrigo. James Grace (guitar)

6.00 p.m. Saint-Sans: Variations on a Theme of Beethoven, Op.35 [two pianos]; Ravel: Bolero [two pianos]; Ravel: String Quartet in F major; Saint-Sans: Septet in E flat, Op.65

The Odeion Quartet, Elizabeth French, Coady Green, Leslie Howard, Leon Bosch, Trevor Lax

9.00 p.m. Kit and the Widow [Bulawayo Club with dinner : see above]

Friday 21 May

11.00 a.m. & 1.00 p.m. Chopin: Berceuse in D flat major, Op.57; Ballade No.4 in F minor, Op.52; Four Waltzes; Rondo in C major for two pianos, Op.73; Five Etudes; Nocturne in C sharp minor, Op.posth.; Scherzo No.3 in C sharp minor, Op.39; Variations brillantes in B flat major, Op.12; Fantasy in F minor, Op.49; Impromptu No.3 in G flat major, Op.51; Tarantella in A flat major, Op.43; Barcarolle in F sharp major, Op.60; Three Mazurkas, Op.59; Polonaise in A flat major, Op.53

Elizabeth French, Coady Green Michael Brownlee Walker, Leslie Howard

6.00 p.m. Schubert: Piano Quintet in A major, D.667 “Trout”; Dvork: Piano Quintet in A major, Op.81

The Odeion Quartet, Leon Bosch, Michael Brownlee Walker, Leslie Howard

8.45 p.m. Alkan: Symphony for Solo Piano, Op.39, Nos.4-7; Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No.2 in D minor/G major, S621/2; Shostakovich: Concertino for Two Pianos, Op.94; Milhaud: Paris – Suite, Op.284 for Four Pianos

Elizabeth French, Michael Brownlee Walker, Coady Green, Leslie Howard

Saturday 22 May

11.00 a.m. Chopin: Impromptu No. 1 in A flat, Op.29; Schumann:Blumenstck, Op.19; Leslie Howard: From Preludes, Op.25; Tchaikovsky: From Eighteen Pieces, Op.72; Chopin/Liiszt: Moja pieszczotka; Schumann/Liszt: Widmung, S566; Schumann: Waldscenen, Op.82; Liszt: Mephisto Waltz No.1, S514. Michael Brownlee Walker, Coady Green

1.00 p.m. Music for Trumpet and Piano by Jean Hubeau, Eugene Bozza, Zequinha Abreu, Derek Bourgeois, Johann Molter, Oskar Bhme, Edrich Siebert

Trevor Lax, Elizabeth French

6.00 p.m. Mozart: String Quartet in G major, K387; Hummel: Piano Quintet in E flat, Op.87; Mendelssohn: Piano Sextet in D major, Op.110.

The Odeion Quartet, Michael Peto, Leon Bosch, Coady Green, Leslie Howard.

8.45 p.m. Kit and the Widow

Sunday 23 May

11.00 a.m. Boccherini: Guitar Quintet in D major, G448; Pujol: Suite Buenos Aires for violin and guitar; Bottesini: Gran Quintetto in C major.

The Odeion Quartet, Leon Bosch, James Grace

1.00 p.m. Music for Double Bass and Piano by Bottesini, Rachmaninov, Rubinstein and Mendelssohn.

Leon Bosch, Elizabeth French

4.00 p.m. Schumann: Carnaval, Op.9; Leslie Howard: Piano Quintet (2010) First Performance

Leslie Howard; the Odeion Quartet

6.00 p.m. Shostakovich: Suite in F sharp minor for Two Pianos, Op.6; Richard Rodney Bennett: Four Piece Suite for Two Pianos; Liszt: Grosses Konzertstck on themes from Mendelssohn’s Songs without Words;Liszt, arr.Leslie Howard: Galop in A minor [one piano, six hands] First Performance

7.30 p.m. Closing Concert to include: Beethoven: Variations on God Save the King: Rossini: Duo for cello and double bass; Paganini:Cantabile for violin and guitar; Rachmaninov: Italian Polka; Czerny:Variations brillantes on a theme from Auber’s “La Maon”; Supp: Light Cavalry Overture [two pianos, eight hands]; Richard Sisson: The Mukamba Tree First Performance – commissioned for the Festival

There will also be daily “Meet the Performer” interviewers with Petroc Trelawny and music in the grounds with performances in a large marquee plus workshops, etc. in a second venue. The entertainment lined up includes Liyana, Yebo, Drums of Peace, the Peterhouse Orchestra, the Girls’ College marimba band, gospel choirs, pop bands, jazz and more.

The Bulawayo Club is offering a special rate of $90 single room B&B and $100 double room B&B for the duration of the Festival. All rooms have been refurbished and standards there are now very high. Tel: 09 64868 | Mobile: + 263 11 215 904


Accommodation is also available through Co-ordinating Zimbabwe Tel: 09 243064 E-mail:


Gallery Delta – 35 Years @ Gallery Delta (April/May)

A select retrospective and contemporary exhibition of 35 paintings graphics and sculptures by 35 artists of stature, prominence and promise

plus ‘Windows’ of works by Foreign, Ceramic and Young Artists.

Exhibition duration until late May

Foundation for Art and the Humanities, Gallery Delta. Supported by Hivos Foundation

‘Robert Paul’s Old House,’ 110 Livingstone Avenue/Ninth Street, Greenwood Park, Harare

Telephone: 792135; ; .


BirdLife Zimbabwe (BLZ) Mashonaland (2 and 9 May)

We have a bird walk almost every weekend the walk itself lasts 23 hours and thereafter the combined bird list is called while refreshments are being enjoyed. We also have a monthly evening presentation on the 3rd Thursday of each month, 5:30 for 6:00 p.m. The venue is the Avondale Sports Club on Brighton Road, between 2nd Street Extension and Upper East Road. There is a bar and eats. There is a security guard to look after the vehicles.

Members and non-members are welcome to attend any of the events.

For more information, contact a committee member, try:

Tony Alegria: 0912 438 697 , 490375 Home. Email:

Ken Dixon: 0912 324 301 . 793063 Home. Email: .

Web site:

Listed below are the events for the next two weeks.

Sunday 2 May 7.00 a.m : Mukuvisi Woodland

In May Swallow-tailed Bee-eaters have complicated movements, but they seem to leave the Harare area during the rains and come back for winter towards the end of April. Bird parties start to form, so if a good bird party is found, there should be lots of miombo specials. Turn off the Chiremba Road into Ford Road (opposite Queensdale shops) and continue down to Blatherwick Road (T -junction). Turn right and the gate is about 150 metres on the left. Bring chairs and refreshments and a reasonable tip for the guard, taking into account the value of your vehicle!

Sunday 9 May- 7.00 a.m: Lake Chivero Bird Sanctuary

There may be a few summer migrants left such as European Sedge Warbler and Striped Cuckoo. Bird numbers may improve as National Parks had an increased presence there in March and human disturbance will hopefully be reduced. Meet at Marimba Shopping Centre, Samora Machel Avenue West. Remember to bring chairs and refreshments.

Association of Complementary Health Practitioners (11 May)

Our meeting on 11 May will be held as usual at Highlands Sports Club at 6.30 pm for 7 pm.

Our speaker will be Ms Zia Thomas, who will tell us all about the benefits of Ozone Therapy . To explain this simply, “Diseases are caused by a lack of oxygen at cellular level. For optimal health, sufficient amounts of Oxygen are required. Oxygen is O2. Ozone is O3, and is a highly charged form of O2, which invites health benefits.”

Zia will give us a power point presentation, demonstrating this amazing and very interesting therapy which helps to prevent a huge range of illnesses, from Alzheimer’s disease to cardiac problems, multiple sclerosis and diabetes, and very many more.

Come and join us for a super talk, which could have a major effect on your own life, if you to try it.

After the talk we enjoy a Bring and Share Supper, and we ask that everyone who attends will bring an offering to add to the meal, anything from soup to salad or pizza or a pudding. Everything is appreciated. The bar will be open for drinks, and Highlands Club ask us all to drink more! A small charge is requested at the door, and new members are welcome at any time.

For any information please phone Lorna Robinson on 744410, but bear with her, as between Zesa and Telone, we seem to be off more than on.

Zimbabwe German Society: Language classes (from 10 May)

We would like to inform you that our second term of language classes commences on 10 May, 2010.

The course fees per term are US$60.00 for the German course comprising 44 teaching units.

The fees for Shona and Ndebele are US$60.00 and the courses comprise 22 teaching units.

German, Shona and Ndebele classes take place in the evening between 5:30 and 7:15 pm.

As usual private tuition is available upon request.

We would like to expand our knowledge as Johann Wolfgang von Goethe exhorted, “Every day we should hear one little song, read one good poem, see one exquisite picture, and, if possible, speak a few sensible words.”

For more information, contact Alfred Mano, Head of Language Department, Library and Information Centre

Zimbabwe-German Society / Goethe-Zentrum Harare

51 Lawson Ave, Milton Park, Harare

Tel/Fax: 00263 (0… , Phone: 00263 (0…


Mountain Club of Zimbabwe (May)

P.O. Box HG 203 Highlands. Secretary: Lorraine Regadas: 0912 …

Walker’s Rep: Marge Dewdney: 011-2… ,0912-236319, 2916778

WALKING : PLEASE NOTE, we meet at a convenient venue where excess vehicles can be left contact the leader or Walkers’ Rep.

Meet 15 minutes before the advertised time, to ensure a prompt departure. Saturday depart 1.30 pm (afternoon meets), Sunday depart 8am (all-day meets) unless indicated otherwise.

CLIMBING: Climbing is usually held on Wednesday at Cleveland Quarry, from about 4pm. Contact Andy Heelas (885158), or Lynn Gilmour ( 011 7… ) particularly if use of MCZ climbing gear is required.

WEDNESDAY EVENINGS: The HQ (Boy Scouts HQ, 76 Mchlery Ave, Highlands) will be open on Wednesday evenings from about 6.00pm. There is always a braai fire. Bring your own meat etc.

ARRANGEMENT FOR CAMPING WEEKENDS: Please come to the advertised convivial if you wish to go camping, so that transport can be arranged.


Saturday 8 Bernice’s House, Shamva Rd – Bernice Guthrie 0915 … . Please bring a Toot and Snax for Sundowners afterwards

Wednesday 12 Convivial for Africa Day Week-end

Saturday 15 Swiswa Walking: Michael Laban 333312; Climbing: Val Caldecott 0912 245716

Wednesday 24 Convivial for Monte Casino Michael Laban 333312

Saturday 22 Tuesday 26 TBA

Saturday 29 Mazowe Hills Dick Arnott 0913 597910 , Marge Dewdney 0912 236319



Friday 4 Camping at Halfway House Michael Laban 333312

Saturday 5 Climb Monte Casino – Readers can receive a free copy of the Arts Events List every week by e-mailing [email protected] Visit for more information. Items for inclusion in the ARTS EVENTS LIST, written EXACTLY as you wish them to appear and in the format used here, should be sent to [email protected] by 4pm Monday.

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