The Planning Committee of the 2018 Musical Society of Nigeria Festival of the Arts has promised to host its guests to a much-improved version of the annual event, which is expected to take place between October 17 and 28 in Lagos.
Members of the committee made this known during a briefing held recently at the MUSON Centre in Onikan, Lagos to unveil details of the festival to the public.
Speaking at the event, the Chairman of the committee, Dr. Femi Akinkugbe, said the festival would begin with two major events, the Youth Concert, which is a talent hunt and competition rolled in one and aimed at providing a platform for young and upcoming music artistes to express themselves, and the Festival Art Exhibition.
Tagged, Music Meets Art, the exhibition is the product of a partnership between MUSON and the Society of Nigerian Artists led by Mr. Oliver Enwonwu. A special highlight of the exhibition will be the Dinner and Art Auction which will hold on Wednesday, October 24.
According to Akinkugbe, a favourite of the MUSON faithful, My Kind of Music, will take place on Thursday, October 18. As usual, guests will be taken on an eclectic musical journey through the memories, experiences and life philosophies of four outstanding individuals. They are acclaimed art curator and founder of an internationally recognised Film Festival, Ms Ugoma Adegoke; founder of the Lagos Jazz Series, Engr. Oti Bazunu; Chairman of Guardian Newspapers, Lady Maiden Alex Ibru; and Secretary of the Board of Trustees, MUSON, Mr. Adeyemi Akisanya.
Also, a three-day musical drama production titled Legends, which highlights selected ancient African kings and kingdoms, will feature during the festival, alongside a production of Don Giovanni for the Danjuma Festival Opera series and a production of the 18th Century Opera in two acts by W. A. Mozart, featuring the MUSON Opera Department.
On MUSON Day, scheduled for Thursday, October 25, the new MUSON Chamber Orchestra will be officially launched and followed by a cocktail.
The planning committee chairman urged guests to watch out for the Festival Jazz Party, which will feature Greece-based Nigerian Afro-Jazz guitarist and vocalist, Adedeji Adetayo, Aramide and the fast-rising pianist and singer, Kaline, among other artistes.
Prof. Femi Osofisan’s hilarious comedy, Such is Life, has been chosen for this year’s Chevron Festival Drama. The play, to be directed by Kenneth Uphopho, is scheduled for Saturday, October 27.
The festival is expected come to a close on Sunday, October 28, with a performance by the MUSON Choir and the MUSON Chamber Orchestra directed by Nigeria’s ace Choral Conductor and Music Director, Sir Emeka Nwokedi. The event will also feature a special appearance by the MUSON Junior Choir.
Written by Chux Ohai