The Heinitzburg closes its 2015 Classics @ The Castle series with a classical rendition (and combination) of international Christmas songs and Spanish guitar and violin works, presented by Uli Busch and Jesus Lasso on Sunday.
The duo is better known amongst classical music pundits as ‘Moringa Strings’. Jesus Lasso Rey is a Spanish national, who studied classical violin at the conservatoire of Burgos from the age seven through 22. His passion lies in modern arrangements of traditional Spanish and Celtic folk music. Jesus played with numerous modern folk outfits at home and in Ireland. Ulrich Busch received classical guitar training at the Hochschule Für Künste in Bremen, Germany and was taken through the ropes of solo guitar rendition by Frank Bungarten, Hanover.
The two maestros have concocted a lively programme of contemporary music that draws from pop, folk and swing. Let yourself in on a journey through various eras of music and share – in passing – the combined musical geniuses of Django Reinhart, Stephan Grappelli, Stevie Wonder, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin and others. In keeping with the spirit of the month December, ‘Moringa Strings’ have ventured – and invite audiences to come along – on an international voyage of Christmas tunes hailing from the USA, South America, Spain, Germany, Israel, Brasil and – Africa.
The December Classics @ The Castle concert has been shifted to Sunday to coincide with the third advent of Christmas. Also, the Heinitzburg management has decided to move the starting time of the concerts to 17h30 in line with the changing sundowner time, as the Namibian summer approaches its peak (and to allow patrons to ‘cool off’ effectively in the course). The Classic @ The Castle events are free of charge. It resumes on February 13, 2016.