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Wednesday, September 17, 2014



(Kgaugelo Mpyane & Alyssa Bouwer)

Ten of South Africa’s finest young music stars have arrived in Durban perform with the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra in their symphony concert at the Durban City Hall tomorrow night (September 18).

This annual concert, known as the National Youth Concerto Festival, provides an opportunity for the cream of South Africa’s up and coming musical talent to perform on stage with the full orchestra. For some of these exceptional young musicians it will be their first performance on a symphony concert stage and undoubtedly their gateway to a professional career in music.

The KZN Philharmonic is dedicated to supporting and nurturing the musical talents of South Africa’s youth. Bongani Tembe, Chief Executive and Artistic Director, says: “We believe that music helps to enrich the lives of people both young and old. For young students music not only brings joy and fulfilment but enhances their educational achievement whilst broadening their historical and cultural understanding.”

The concert is a wonderful selection of concerti from a wide range of composers: Kabalevsky, Bruch, Mendelssohn, Chopin, Lalo, Mozart, Gounod, Weber and Saint-Saëns

The soloists who were auditioned in centres around the country are Leo Gevisser, Richard Rheeder and Willem de Beer (all pianists), Samantha van Gysen and Jonathan Mayer (both violin), Johannes Slabbert (baritone), Axolile Hoza (flute), Visser Liebenberg (clarinet) and Alyssa Bouwer (clarinet) with Kgaugelo Mpyane (viola) who will perform a double concerto.

Conducting the performance is Lykele Temmingh, a founder member of the KZN Philharmonic and resident conductor.

This very special concert commences at 19h30 tomorrow (September 18) and is a wonderful opportunity to see South Africa’s new generation of musical stars take to the stage. Preceding the concert outside the City Hall the Durban Music School Jazz Band will perform from 18h30 to 19h15.

Booking is through Computicket or purchase tickets at the door.