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Tuesday, February 21, 2012


(Sivan Rotem)

The next concert in the KZN Philharmonic Summer Season on February 23 is titled Soulful Synthesis. Conducted by Omri Hadari, it offers a classical cornucopia of beautiful and exciting works. The concert consists of some familiar and seldom-heard pieces by Rossini, Mozart and Beethoven, and features soprano Sivan Rotem in her debut with the orchestra. The evening opens with the overture to Rossini’s opera Semiramide.

Mozart dominates the remainder of the first half. Sivan Rotem opens the set with two arias from popular operas. The first – Deh vieni non tardar – hails from Le nozze di Figaro. In this aria, Susanna (who is engaged to Figaro) sings of her love, which Figaro mistakenly thinks is directed at the Count in this masterpiece of misdirection. The second aria comes from Cosi fan tutte, another collaboration with Lorenzo Da Ponte. Another story featuring mistaken identities, Cosi fan tutte essentially concerns the testing of the faithfulness of lovers. Una donna a quindici anni is an attempt by the scheming maid Despina to encourage some naughty flirtation.

The second half of the concert will feature a work that Beethoven considered one of his finest, and many are inclined to agree. The Symphony No. 7 offers something for everyone; from the majesty of its opening introduction to the soul-stirring second movement and the raw energy of the first, third and fourth movements, it is an exuberant work that will cap our concert on an exhilarating note.

The concert takes place in the Durban City Hall on February 23 at 19h30 (doors open at 18h30). Patrons wishing to purchase tickets at the door should arrive early to avoid delays and queues at Computicket.

The pre-concert talks held in association with Friends of Music have moved to the Albany Hotel (follow signage from the foyer). Entry fee R30 includes tea, coffee and sandwiches. The speaker for February 23 will be Ted Brien.

Safe and subsidised parking is available at The Royal Parkade – R10 flat rate for the evening. Some 30 additional security personnel are positioned in and around the City Hall, Royal and Albany hotels to escort patrons to and from the vehicles.

Booking for the concerts and the pre-concert talks is at Computicket.

Other pre-concert events include the 2012 series of Concert Conversations with Dr David Plylar at the UKZN which will take place on Thursday evenings at UKZN at 17h30. Transport will be provided from the university for students wanting to attend the concert after the talk.

Relax and unwind at Quarters Florida Road on Thursday evenings after work – enjoy a cocktail and snacks served from 17h30 and socialise with other concert goers. Meet orchestra staff, musicians and, on occasion, the visiting conductors and soloists. There is a complimentary shuttle service from Quarters to and from the Durban City Hall.

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