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Monday, March 5, 2012


The KZN Philharmonic Orchestra presents a concert titled Winding Paths on March 8. This concert forms part of the World Symphony Series Summer season which runs until March 22.

Alison Lowell, the KZN Philharmonic’s principal oboist will be the soloist for the evening. Alison is a tireless advocate of new music. She has premiered new works with ensembles around the world and is in constant pursuit of ways to expand the repertoire for her instrument. In this evening’s programme she will perform Strauss’ Oboe Concerto; this piece is known as one of the most beautiful and demanding concertos written for the oboe.

Japanese Maestro Yasuo Shinozaki will again conduct the evening’s programme which includes Beethoven’s Leonore Overture and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No.3 known as the “Scottish” symphony. This symphony, despite being labelled as the middle symphony, was actually the last that Mendelssohn composed. The piece is more of a collection of impressions than a programmatic work, but its catchy tunes and evocative musical imagery have kept this well-crafted symphony at the height of popularity.

Patrons are reminded not to miss the final concert of the season on March 22 where the KZNPO will launch its Winter season. The concert will be followed by a function on the beautiful lawns opposite the Durban City Hall.

Patrons can also unwind after work before attending the concert with sundowner cocktails at Quarters Hotel on Florida Road as well as taking advantage of a free shuttle service to and from the concert.

The KZN Philharmonic in association with the Friends of Music again presents informative talks on concert evenings. Patrons are advised that these talks will now be held at the Albany Hotel at 18h15 and last for 45 minutes. Admission is R30 per person which includes light refreshments.

The concert takes place at the Durban City Hall at 19h30. Subscriptions are still available directly through the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra offices on 031 369 9404 / 9438 or e-mail Single tickets can be purchased through Computicket on 083 915 8000 or

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