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Friday, August 16, 2013


(The KZN Philharmonic)

The annual FNB Concert In The Park returns to Pietermaritzburg this year taking place on Goldstone's Field, Maritzburg College on Sunday (August 18). This promises a 'not- to be missed' family outing.

Presented by First National Bank and Parklane SUPERSPAR in association with the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra, this social event will once again be attracting capacity audiences. Come along and enjoy the day with a concert of fantastic music. Be entertained with live music from a world class symphony orchestra, crowd-pleasing soloists and selected performances from Old Collegians.

Set in the beautiful surrounds of the historic Maritzburg College, in their 150th anniversary year, this concert acknowledges the landmark year for this historic school. On a field where many games of rugby have been won and lost, concert-goers are invited to bring their own food and drinks, chairs and blankets and enjoy the day together.

The day begins with performances from two of Maritzburg College's most celebrated old boys both of whom have enjoyed massive popular success in recent years - pop stars Rory Eliot of Plush and Mario Ogle. At noon a collaborative programme of current Maritzburg College boys and old boys takes to the stage including the popular College Vocal Ensemble, the duo of Head Boys of 2011 and 2012 - Ryan Hosking and Jesse Filaferro, local guitar virtuoso Luke Wyngaard and others.

The KZN Philharmonic, under the baton of Richard Cock, take to the stage at 13h00. Their programme includes a salute to both the historic and cultural aspects of the school and KZN over the last 150 years including selections from Gilbert and Sullivan's Pirates of Penzance and a Traditional African Medley. Soloists with the KZNPO include Old Collegians Nigel Fish (cello), plus Anthony Stonier and Dwayne du Toit (vocals) in a Frank Sinatra Tribute that includes a collaborative rendition of My Way.

Pietermaritzburg-born soprano Bongiwe Madlala will make her homecoming debut with the KZNPO with arias by Johan Strauss and the magnificent Ebben from La Wally. Madlala was part of the celebrated Black Tie Ensemble in Gauteng and recently sang the role of Bess in Cape Town Opera's Porgy and Bess in Berlin. She will play the role of Butterfly in Puccini's Madame Butterfly in Cape Town later this year.

The second half of the concert sees Rory Eliot and guitarist Carl Wegelin of Plush joining the KZNPO onstage in renditions of Plush songs including My Baby. Singing sensation Joseph Clarke who has become synonymous internationally with his powerful renditions of Queen songs, turns up the volume with Don’t Stop Me Now and Crazy Little Thing Called Love. Bongiwe Madlala will join him in performing the show-stopper Barcelona.

A new addition to the programme this year offers extra entertainment after the KZNPO performance. with music from Cathy 'Hot Lips' Peacock on trumpet and Platform Jazz with vocalists Shelley Maclean and Joseph Clark. The 10-piece Platform Jazz band, including legendary Melvin Peters on piano, Bruce Baker on drums and Jonathan Judge on sax, takes audiences on a whirlwind tour of classic jazz numbers and standards like Basin St Blues, Take Five, and Sway.

FNB Concert In The Park takes place on Sunday (August 18) from 11h00 to 17h00 Tickets R100 (R90 pensioners and R50 scholars). Children under 6 years are free.

Tickets are available at the Dulce Coffee Shop at Parklane SUPERSPAR, corner Greyling/Chief Albert Luthuli Street (Commercial Road) or on 033 342 3487 (opening hours Saturday and Sunday from 07h00 15h30) Tickets also available at Maritzburg College before and on the day.

FNB Concert In The Park 2013 is proudly presented by Parklane SUPERSPAR and sponsors First National Bank, The Witness, CPW Printers and SPAR.