The Music Society of Nigeria started its annual festival 14 October. Called the MUSON fest and organised around the theme ‘Celebrating the School of Music: The Arts through Young Nigerian Eyes’, the event celebrates new and old students of the society’s School of Music.
This year, the festival has several events including My Kind of Music, which involves guests speaking about their favourite music. Speaking at this event are South African Consulate-General, Lagos, Ambassador M. S. Monaisa; Managing Director, Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC), Osagie Okunbor; Deputy Director MUSON School of Music, Edna Soyanwo; and Head, Energy and Natural Resources, FBN Capital, Rolake Akinkugbe.
MUSON fest will also stage the Andrew Lloyd Weber musical Jesus Christ Superstar. The MUSON Symphony Orchestra, led by visiting conductor Walter-Michael Vollhardt from Germany, will play a classical concert on October 18.
The MUSON Diploma School will give a recital and a jazz night is scheduled with past and current students of the School of Music performing. The Society for Performing Arts in Nigeria (SPAN) is collaborating with MUSON to bring to the festival audience a dance concert called ‘The Gathering’. Dance studios based in Lagos will be involved in the project.
Closing the festival are the MUSON Choir and School Orchestra. They will be performing Arthur Sullivan and W>S Gilbert’s ‘The Pirates of Penzance’.
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