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Friday, May 23, 2014


The power and magic of massive orchestral forces at play come to the fore when The Royal Symphony: At the Movies takes to the stage at the Royal Show in Pietermaritzburg on May 25. The annual KZN Philharmonic Orchestra performances at the Royal Show, now in the third year, features an array of film themes, theme songs and popular classics as popularised in the movies. Presented on the Great Stage of the Royal Show’s Main Arena, the concert promises to take audiences to stratospheric heights!

The young American conductor and KZNPO music director Daniel Walshaw directs the orchestra and soloists for this exciting performance. Think of classic films like Out of Africa and you hear the dulcet tones of Mozart's Clarinet Concerto.

Also on the action-packed programme are theme tunes from Star Wars, Superman and Pirates of the Caribbean. Popular songs Moon River star alongside classics such as Mozart’s Andante from Piano Concerto No 21 as used in Elvira Madigan (1967), Rossini’s William Tell Overture which was the theme tune of The Lone Ranger (1949 & 2013)  and the heart-breaking Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana, central music to The Godfather (1972).

A highlight of the concert will be South African music legend Steve Hofmeyr singing with the orchestra for the first time. Hofmeyr sings Neil Diamond’s Sweet Caroline as featured in Fever Pitch. Also featured in this unforgettable line-up are local pianist Christopher Duigan, the Drakensberg Boys Choir in the award-winning Happy and Durban-based vocalist Shelley McLean who sings The Rose and Wind Beneath My Wings. The concert is hosted by popular TV personality Andy Capostagno.

The Royal Symphony: At The Movies with the KZN Philharmonic takes to the Main Arena Stage at the Royal Show Grounds on May 25 at 10h30. Daily gate fees for the Royal Show apply: R50 (R35 for seniors and juniors with pre-school children free). Seating will be provided in the Main Arena and on the Grandstands.

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