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FRENCH pianist Claire Foison-Bechu will play works by several classical composers at an anniversary concert hosted by Celebrity Subscription Concerts this weekend.

Brought to Zimbabwe by Alliance Francaise, she will first perform works by Schumann, Chopin, Liszt and she will then be joined by her father, Christian Foison, in a four-hands performance of works by Weber, Brahms and Dvorak.
The concert will take place at the Harare International School Theatre at 4pm on March 28, just a few days ahead of the 50th anniversary of Celebs’ first concert, which was also a performance by a French pianist and was the start of a half century of between four and 10 concerts each year, featuring leading classical performers from across the world.
“We decided to host a French pianist as a means of re-enacting the format of the initial concert back on March 31 1960,” said Frans Eigenraam, chairman of Celebs.
“We are delighted to have been able to work with Alliance Francaise for this event and we welcome Ms Foison-Bechu to her first performance in Zimbabwe, and we are delighted she was able to spare time from her busy schedule in France and elsewhere to perform for us as a special treat.”
Foison-Bechu is based in France, where she was born and educated, and where she received extensive training and performance experience.
She will also give a performance in Bulawayo for Alliance Francaise and Performing Arts Bulawayo, at the Robert Sibson Hall at 7.30pm on March 30. The same programme will be performed there.
Celebs is using the March 28 concert to celebrate its 50th anniversary as the foremost facilitator of classical music in Harare. Over the years many of the world’s leading performers have been brought to the country by the organisations, with most of the recent years’ concerts being collaborations with Performing Arts Bulawayo.
The concert this weekend is a free one for members of Celebs and for members of Alliance Francaise.
“We look forward to yet another successful performance by a visiting artiste and to mark 50 years of excellence in classical music, as well as to re-committing ourselves to continued service to music lovers in Harare,” said Eigenraam.