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Monday, March 19, 2012


(Beverley Chiat)

Parklane Superspar in association with the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra present Last Night of The Pietermaritzburg Proms on March 30.

This gala event draws inspiration from the legendary Last of Night of The Proms, a concert which concludes the PROMS, a series of daily concerts staged over an eight-week period held annually in the Royal Albert Hall, London since 1895.

With the KZNPO under the baton of young South African conductor Albert Horne, the evening offers local audiences a unique musical experience. Horne, who currently holds the position of Chorus Master and Music Assistant for Cape Town Opera, appears as conductor and accompanist in South Africa and Europe.

Soloists include Cape Town soprano Beverley Chiat who impressed local audiences with her superb voice and phenomenal vocal control at the Magical Music Supper Theatre at Maritzburg College in 2011. Chiat will sing the legendary Queen of the Night aria from Mozart’s Magic Flute and will be joined by the young KZN mezzo–soprano Vuyusile Madladla in the popular Flower Duet from Delibes’ Lakme. Madladla also sings the sultry Habanera from Carmen.

Star KZN pianist Christopher Duigan plays Frederic Chopin’s virtuoso concert showpiece - Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise Briliante and the gifted young saxophonist Maxine Matthews makes her debut with the orchestra in music by Astor Piazzola and South African composer Richard Guinness. The orchestra are highlighted in the Comedian’s Galop from Smetana’s The Bartered Bride and other concert showpieces.

The second half of the programme features much audience participation in the traditional standards of any Last Night of the Proms Concert; Rule Britannia, Elgar's Pomp and Circumstance March (Land of Hope and Glory) and the hymn Jerusalem.

The Last Night of the Proms is a musical celebration featuring orchestra, star soloists, and audience participation in a standard selection of traditional sing-along. While acknowledging the traditional content of the concept, it is the all-inclusive musical celebration on an international stage that the Pietermaritzburg version aims to promote.

Last Night of The Pietermaritzburg Proms takes place in the Pietermaritzburg City Hall on March 30 starting at 19h00. Secure parking is available in the City Hall precinct, Tatham Art Gallery and Bessie Head library. Tickets range from R100 to R160 including discount seats for students and pensioners. Booking at Parklane Superspar through Jennifer at the Dulce Coffee Shop on 033 342 3487 between 07h00 and 17h30 Mondays to Fridays (07h00 to 15h00 Saturday/Sunday).

The Last Night of the Pietermaritzburg Proms is sponsored by The Witness, CPW Printers and iCafe.