MUSON Centre celebrates at 30

There are many Nollywood artistes who have joined the league of directors and while some have been successful, others are just testing the waters. However, what Dayo Amusa, the popular Yoruba actress did with her new movie is simply unforgivable. How could she have effortlessly directed a movie with so many intrigues from the beginning to the end? It was a seamless transition of characters, plots and even the emotion that the soundtrack evoked was heartrending. The movie titled ‘Unforgivable’ centered on domestic violence against women, cancer and marital issues. Besides addressing these key issues, Dayo was able to portray the true act of forgiveness.
The story of the Musical Society of Nigeria (MUSON) is the classical Nigerian success story. With no help from government whatsoever, a group of persons came together 30 years ago and decided to redefine how music is presented in Nigeria.
Supported largely by corporate Nigeria and a host of individuals, their efforts evolved into a magnificent edifice that has become an important landmark in Lagos. The support profile of MUSON is largely reflected in the naming of some of the halls, for instance the Agip Recital Hall and the Shell Hall.
Beginning on October 17 with a one-on-one interactive seesion that will feature four distinguished guests-Dr. (Mrs.) Femi Akinkugbe, Ms. Evelyn Oputu, Mr. Stefano De Leo and Amabssador Patrick Dele Cole, MUSON’s 30th anniversary events begins on an invitation only event titled, ‘My Kind of Music’.
Other items on the one-week course of events announced by the acting Chairman of the MUSON board and festival committee chairman, Mr. Kitoyi Ibare-Akinsan include a Jazz/Afro Concert sponsored by Mid Western Oil. The concert celebrates the mastery of two of Nigeria’s contemporary music icons-Femi Kuti and Yinka Davies on October 19. A riveting performance of classical music at its best sponsored by Etisalat takes place the next day. On call areLin Lin Fan (piano), Ulf Klausenitzer (violin), Thomas Kanitz (cello) and Ayo Bankole Jnr. (piano). A youth concert featuring the 12 finalists from a competition among vocal/instrumental soloists for youths comes up on October 24. It is sponsored by StanbicIBTC.
The 2013 MUSOn Festival is the 17th in the series. On October 25, there will be Latin American music, Tango and more. A stage play of Rasheed Gbadamosi’s ‘Echoes of the Lagoon’ is scheduled for October 26. The play is being produced by Dr. Tunde Azeez’s Silent Torch Productions. The cast include Joke Muyiwa, Nobert Young, Ola Rotimi Fakunle, Hafiz Oyetoro and Laide Adeyiga. It is sponsored by Chevron.
The MUSON Festivasl closes on October 27 with a gala concert sponsored by Total featuring the MUSON symphony orchestra, the MUSON Choir, Victoria Oruwari, London based soprano and other soloists.