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Saturday, December 5, 2009


(Pic: Acclaimed international cellist Julian Lloyd Webber will perform in February)

KZN Philharmonic launches the World Symphony Series Summer Season 2010.

The KZN Philharmonic recently launched its programme for the World Symphony Series Summer Season 2010. The launch unveiled their revamped website and brochure, as well as a new online campaign.

Speaking at the Shoprite sponsored cocktail function, chief executive and artistic director, Bongani Tembe, said: “The orchestra has developed a reputation for innovation and excellence and we are confident that our Summer Season 2010 programme will live up to the high standards our audiences have become accustomed to. Our season starts on a romantic note just three days before Valentine’s Day, featuring Mozart’s overture from The Marriage of Figaro. Brahms’ heartfelt Violin Concerto, performed by Durban-born and internationally renowned violinist, Daniel Hope is followed by Franck’s Symphony in D minor, known for its beauty and complexity – not dissimilar to love itself.”

The 2010 Summer Season commences on February 11 with conductor Thomas Sanderling making his debut appearance with the orchestra. A number of familiar faces return as well, including accomplished cellist Julian Lloyd Webber and 2003 winner of the Juilliard Gina Bachauer Competition, pianist Konstantin Soukhevetski.

Japanese pianist Noriko Ogawa makes her first appearance this season performing Takemitsu’s Riverrun, composed primarily from the three letters of the SEA – the German Es or E flat, E and A. Benjamin Schmid joins the KZNPO for a second time, while the orchestra’s own principal cellist Boris Kerimov performs Miaskovsky’s Cello Concerto on March 18. Yasuo Shinozaki steps up to the podium for a third consecutive year and Maestro Omri Hadari’s 20-year relationship with the orchestra continues as he conducts the last two concerts of the season.

In addition to this line-up of world-class soloists and conductors, the 2010 Summer Season also marks the orchestra’s first online marketing campaign including an MMS advert, interactive website and electronic newsletters. This campaign is focused on attracting diverse audiences through various mediums. With the increased accessibility to the internet and social networking platforms, the inclusion of electronic and online campaigns provides more opportunities for speaking to especially younger audiences.

Subscribers to the World Symphony Seasons will also enjoy additional benefits such as limited edition gifts for early bookings, lucky draws, preferential seating and advance notification through sms and e-mail of special concerts and events. Pensioners will, for the first time, also be able to book subscriptions and will receive a 30% discount on their booking.

The World Symphony Series Summer Season 2010 runs from February 11 to March 18, every Thursday evening in the Durban City Hall starting at 19h30. Pre-concert talks, in association with the Friends of Music, take place at The Royal Hotel at 18h15. Entrance is R30 and includes light refreshments. Safe and subsidised parking is available at The Royal Hotel and the KZN Philharmonic also contracts some 30 private security personnel to provide a presence around the City Hall precinct, escort concert-goers to their vehicles and generally ensure the safety of patrons.

Subscription bookings are now open and available through the orchestra office on 031 369 9404/9438 or e-mail Alternatively, online booking forms are available at Single ticket and subscription bookings are available from Computicket.