MUSON readies for 30th anniversary with Femi Kuti, jazz fest, others

Posted: October 14, 2013 in art/entertainment, arts/culture
Afrobeat King Femi Kuti and Afro Jazz Diva Yinka Davies at the MUSON Festival 2013 press conference

Afrobeat King Femi Kuti and Afro Jazz Diva Yinka Davies at the MUSON Festival 2013 press conference

Activities heralding the 30th anniversary of the founding of the Musical Society of Nigeria (MUSON) gets into gear, organizers have unveiled programmes towards a celebration of the perfection in the arts which kicks off from October 17 through to 27 at the Centre, in Onikan, Lagos.

The 25th of October 2013 marks the 30th year that the centre was founded and also incidentally falls in the period of its annual MUSON festival.

Events at this year’s MUSON festival include – My kind of Music on October 17 featuring Dr. Mrs. Femi Akinkugbe, Mr. Stefano de Leo, Ms. Evelyn Oputu and Amb. Patrick Dele Cole OFR; The MUSON Jazz festival on the October 19 featuring Afrobeat King Femi Kuti and Afro Jazz Diva Yinka Davies; The Classical Concert on October 20 featuring Manami Sano, Ulf Klausenitzer and Thomas Kanitz.

There is also the Youth Concert on October 24 with 12 finalists in the musiquest competition; MUSON day on October 25 with Latin American Music, Tango and more; ‘Echoes from the Lagoon’ a drama stage play written by Chief Rasheed Gbadamosi on October 26 and lastly The Gala Concert on October 27 with performances from Victoria Oruwari, The MUSON symphony orchestra and The MUSON choir.

With its core activities mainly in the areas of training and inspiring professional musicians, as well as and staging the Annual MUSON Festival, the Musical Society of Nigeria (MUSON) was founded as a result of the interaction and commitment of some friends who love and appreciate classical music. These included Mr. Akintola Williams, Mr. Louis Mbanefo, Chief Ayo Rosiji, Chief Rasheed Gbadamosi and Mrs. Francesca Emanuel.

Along with Sir Mervyn Brown, the then British High Commissioner in Nigeria and Lady Brown, these distinguished Nigerians stimulated interest and awareness of Nigerians, especially in Lagos of the richness and elegance of classical music.

All of the interaction ultimately led to the formation of the Musical Society of Nigeria in 1983 with the primary objectives being to, promote the understanding and enjoyment of classical music, promote the education of children in the performance and theory of music, promote interaction between Nigerian and Non-Nigerian musicians, promote the performance of serious music with emphasis on classical music, provide facilities for the realization of the above mentioned objectives and raise funds from persons and organizations for the realization of these objectives.

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