Muson Centre

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Muson Centre
Background
Location:Onikan, Lagos Island, Lagos, Lagos State, Nigeria
TypePerforming-arts center
Established:1983
Divisions:
  • Muson Choir
  • Muson School of Music
  • Muson Symphony Orchestra
  • Muson Festival
Performances:
  • orchestra
  • opera
  • drama
  • musical
  • chorale
  • lecture
  • concerts
  • events
  • participatory
Also Called:Musical Society of Nigeria
Information
Website:www.muson.org
coordinates6°27′18″N 3°25′29″W / 6.4548791°N 3.4245984°W / 6.4548791; -3.4245984Coordinates: 6°27′18″N 3°25′29″W / 6.4548791°N 3.4245984°W / 6.4548791; -3.4245984

MUSON Centre (Musical Society of Nigeria) is a performance hall in Lagos. The multipurpose civic auditorium is located in the heart of Lagos Island, situated conspicuously between the National Museum, the City Mall, the Onikan Stadium and the former official residence of the Nigeria’s Governors-Generals and adjacent to Tafawa Balewa Square.

History[edit]

The Musical Society of Nigeria (MUSON) was established in 1983 in the site of the former "Love Garden" (prior to the unveiling the centre’s facilities by Prince Charles in 1995). MUSON was founded as a result of the commitment and dedication of some distinguished Nigerians and expatriates to stimulate the love and awareness of the richness of classical music in Nigerians, especially Lagosians.

The need for musical training and instruction spurred the establishment of the Muson School of Music in 1989.[1] Muson represents the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) in Nigeria and offers ABRSM theory and practical examinations. Muson regularly organizes concerts of both Nigerian and Western genres.[2] The MUSON choir commenced performances in 1995 while the MUSON Symphony Orchestra, Nigeria’s only professional symphony orchestra at the time, commenced performances in 2005. They perform regularly at the annual MUSON Festival and during the Society’s concert season.[1][3][4] The MUSON Choir and the MUSON Symphony Orchestra are also invited to perform outside MUSON.[3][5][6]

Divisions[edit]

The MUSON School of Music[edit]

The MUSON School of Music, founded in 1989 by the Musical Society of Nigeria and accredited by the Federal Government of Nigeria, is a comprehensive institution of music. It is Nigeria’s premier Classical Music conservatoire for all age groups.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Duro Oni (13 May 2010). Stage Lighting Design: The Nigerian Perspective. Society of Nigerian Theatre Artistes, Indiana University. ISBN 9789788065012.
  2. ^ Godwin Sadoh (2007). The Organ Works of Fela Sowande: Cultural Perspectives. iUniverse. ISBN 9780595915958.
  3. ^ a b Paul Konye (2007). African Art Music: Political, Social, and Cultural Factors Behind Its Development and Practice in Nigeria. Edwin Mellen Press. ISBN 9780773452534.
  4. ^ "Muson Symphony Orchestra performs in Grand Style". The Vanguard. 4 August 2013. Retrieved 10 May 2015.
  5. ^ Ben Ezeamalu (19 September 2014). "MUSON gets new artistic director as annual festival approaches". Premium Times.
  6. ^ MUSON (Organization : Nigeria). Festival (21 January 2010). The MUSON Festival. Indiana University. ISBN 9789782461322.

External links[edit]

"MUSON". Official website