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Thursday, June 6, 2013


Conducted by Lykele Temmingh, the final concert of the 2013 Winter Symphony Season features a young cellist who, while still in his teens, won more awards and accolades than many seasoned performers twice his age.

Santiago Ca├▒on Valencia was already performing as an orchestra concerto soloist at the age of six and his passion and ability have only blossomed since that tender age. In this appearance with the KZN Philharmonic, he will perform Robert Schumann’s Concerto for Violoncello, a piece which showcases the tender beauty and vocal quality of the cello’s tone.

The young musicians of the Bochabela String Orchestra will also be featured in this concert.

Bochabela String Orchestra is part of the Mangaung String Project, an extraordinarily exciting music education programme that has taken root in South Africa. The goal of the project is to provide opportunities for young people to learn classical music regardless of their socio-economic backgrounds. In the short time since its founding, the Mangaung String project has blossomed, already impacting on the lives of young people and their communities. Where the potential of young people was once limited by apartheid, a new generation is making headway and showing how their talent can thrive when it is nurtured.

The concert opens with Le Carnaval Romain by Hector Berlioz. Berlioz’s talent for programmatic music is on full display as this festive piece transports us from the concert hall into a world of Berlioz’s imagination. The cello concerto follows, after which the Bochabela String Orchestra will join forces with the KZN Philharmonic for Vaughan-Williams’ Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis which has the unusual distinction of being written for antiphonal orchestras as well as string quartet.

The concert will conclude with Leonard Bernstein’s Symphony Dances from West Side Story, an orchestral rendition of the most stirring tunes from the uniquely American retelling of Romeo and Juliet that became a beloved Broadway classic.

The concert takes place tonight (June 6) at 19h30 in the Durban City Hall. Tickets R150 booked through Computicket. Santiago Valencia will have CD’s available for sale.