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Wednesday, September 9, 2009


(Pic: Evgenia Grekova appears in the first concert of the WSSS)

The KZN Philharmonic Orchestra offers ten weeks of sublime music in its Spring Season.

The KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra proudly presents its World Symphony Series 2009 Spring Season, starting September 10 and continuing each Thursday evening until November 12. Pre-concert talks, in association with Durban’s Friends of Music, start at 18h15 and the concerts start at 19h30.

This season features an eclectic mix of international and local musicians, as well as emerging talent in the form of the National Youth Concerto Festival on Heritage Day. The National Youth Concerto Festival is one of the Celebrate Durban events and showcases the cream of South Africa’s young & aspiring artists, selected from around the country and performing under the baton of the KZN Philharmonic’s resident conductor, Lykele Temmingh.

Another highlight of the season is a collaborative concert with the Indian Shared Histories Festival, featuring Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia playing the flute and accompanied by six fellow Indian musicians. Pt. Chaurasia has won great international acclaim with his innovative yet respectful musical style. This concert on October 1 also features Jan Hugo, a young and talented South African pianist, performing Liszt’s Piano Concerto No.1.

The final concert of the season celebrates the 200th anniversary of Haydn’s death with a selection of excerpts from his masterpiece, The Creation, featuring South African soloists Linda Bukhosini, Lionel Mkhwanazi and Selby Hlangu on November 12, 2009. They will be joined on stage by the combined forces of the African Chorus and Durban Symphonic choir who recently performed with the KZN Philharmonic for the Renée Fleming Durban concert.
The first concert on September 10 is Operatic delight in which Russian soprano Evgenia Grekova performs a varied programme of operatic arias under the baton of conductor Kamal Khan. Programme highlights include selected items Mozart's Cosi fan tutte and The Magic Flute, Bellini's Norma and Verdi's Rigoletto.

Bookings are open through Computicket on 083 915 8000. To take advantage of up to a 25% discount when booking for more than one concert, call the subscriptions line on 031 369 9404 or 9438. Safe and subsidised parking is available at the Royal Hotel on concert nights.

For more information on the KZN Philharmonic’s activities or the Spring Season call 031-369 9438 or log onto (or enter via the advertising banner on the artSMart main pages)