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Friday, September 16, 2011


The Durban City Orchestra is set to make its Old Mutual Music At The Lake Series debut appearance at the Durban Botanic Gardens on September 18 for its Spring Spectacular concert.

The Old Mutual Music at the Lake series was born out of Old Mutual’s desire to contribute to national biodiversity. This series was rolled out in partnership with the Durban Botanic Garden Trust and all proceeds from the concerts are donated directly to the garden.

The Old Mutual Music at the Lake series sees thousands of people packing their picnic gear and heading off to enjoy great South African acts on Sunday afternoons in the great natural setting of the botanical gardens.

The Durban City Orchestra has been in existence since 1888 when it was formed as the Durban Philharmonic Society and it comprises musicians from various backgrounds. To mark the arrival of warmer sunny days, Conductor Russell Scott, has chosen a wide selection of light classical and up-tempo music from the shows as well as popular hit favourites. The afternoon will be filled with rich orchestral sounds complimented by talented vocal soloists Leendert de Jager, Jessica James and Lisa Bobbert.

Visitors will be treated to a delightful concert, incorporating classical pieces such as La Donna e Mobile from Verdi’s Rigoletto, Gabriel’s Oboe from The Mission, Beethoven’s 6th Symphony (the 1st Movement) and Libiamo Ne' Lieti Calici - the famous Drinking Song from La Traviata - with Leendert de Jager singing both male and female voices!

The contemporary line-up is every bit as bubbly – the perfect complement to a lovely spring day in the garden. A broad scope of contemporary songs will be given a Durban City Orchestra makeover, ranging from Shania Twain’s Don't be Stupid to a full Tina Turner medley. Go West is another medley of western movie themes such as The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. Other standards that are featured include Frank Sinatra’s My Way and even Michael Buble’s hit, I Just Haven’t Met You Yet.

It’s clear from the line-up of the concert that there is something for everyone to look forward to. “We are so excited to be performing at the Durban Botanic Gardens – we are going to make music in a beautiful natural setting, while contributing to its upkeep – this is a wonderful partnership between Old Mutual and the Durban Botanic Garden,” said soloist Leendert de Jager.

The Old Mutual Music at the Lake series presents live concerts every month throughout the year at the Durban Botanic Garden and all proceeds from the performances go to the Durban Botanic Garden for its upkeep.

Tickets R50 (R20 children over 10) booked through Ticketbreak at On day sales at gardens and Ticketbreak: R60 (R20 children 10 to 18). Children under 10 years are free.

The concert starts at 14h30 and the gates open at 12h30 (closing at 18h00). Tea Garden available on site and alcoholic beverages for sale at the Restaurant and Tea Garden. Everyone is welcome to bring picnic baskets and blankets. Kids Zone available 13h30 to 16h30

Secure parking is available on the Juventus ground. Entrance to all parking is off lower Sydenham Road, adjacent to the Botanic Gardens and the Munies Hockey Field also off lower John Zikhale (Sydenham) Road.

For more information about this and other events in the Durban Botanic Gardens, visit or call the Info Centre 031 309 1170 or the Friends Office weekdays – 031 202 5819. For news, updates and more on The Durban City Orchestra go to