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Saturday, August 23, 2014


(Bongani Tembe, the KZN Philharmonic’s Artistic Director and CEO, celebrates his 20th anniversary with the orchestra on October 23)

At the end of August the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra brings the Durban City Hall to life with the first of its eight Spring Season concerts. 

A key feature of this season is the return to South Africa of globally renowned violinist Shlomo Mintz after a 15-year absence. He will perform Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto at the opening concert on August 28.

For those who love choral works, there are two major treats in store: the Heritage concert on September 25 to celebrate 20 years of freedom in South Africa - with no less than seven choirs making up a massive combined choir; then the final concert of the season on October 23 to be conducted by Justus Franz and in celebration of Artistic Director and Chief Executive, Bongani Tembe’s 20 years at the helm of the Orchestra, with Orff’s Carmina Burana.

Commenting on the Spring season, Tembe said: “A vital element of our mission is to contribute to an improved quality of life for all South Africans by presenting concerts of a high calibre and by utilizing  music to bring diverse communities together which helps to promote social cohesion in our beloved South Africa.”

One of Durban audiences’ favourite soloists, South African pianist Ben Schoeman, performs Sain-Saëns’ Piano Concert No 5, also known as the Egyptian on September 4 and the September 18 concert features the National Youth Concerto Festival, under the baton of resident conductor Lyk Temmingh, which showcases the crème-de-la-crème of young South African soloists, each performing a concerto with the full orchestra.

Amongst the international soloists are David Salleras (saxophone) and Olivier Patey (clarinet) whilst the KZN Philharmonic’s concert master, American Joanna Frankel, will perform Brahms’ Violin Concerto, Op. 77 in D major on October 2.

The season of eight Thursday night concerts in the Durban City Hall runs from August 28 to October 23 (excluding October 16).  By booking for the full season one becomes a subscriber and achieves a 25 percent discount in price from booking individual concerts.  Pensioner subscribers get 30 percent off.

Before each concert, music lovers can attend a 45 minute lecture in the Playhouse Alhambra Room which offers a deeper understanding of the music to be heard in the concert. Refreshments and light snacks may be purchased in the foyers of the Playhouse and the City Hall before and after the talk.

Added to the excitement of the eveningnd the cherry on the cake is the free performance by the KZN Youth Wind Band, on Church Walk outside the City Hall, before the concerts on …

Booking is through Computicket (single tickets) or by calling the KZN Philharmonic’s booking office on 031 369 9404 or e-mail (season tickets for subscribers).