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Wednesday, September 10, 2014


(David Salleras)

The KZN Philharmonic’s third concert of the Spring Symphony Season features the renowned Spanish saxophonist, David Salleras.

He will perform Piazzollo’s Tango Suite. At the end of the concert, the Tango Suite will be repeated but with a big difference. Enthusiastic members of the audience will be invited to the front of the hall to dance the tango to the live music!

“This is just an example of how the orchestra encourages cross-pollination with other related artistic genres”, said Bongani Tembe, Chief Executive and Artistic Director of the KZN Philharmonic. “We hope to see many faces from the dance world enjoying our concert on September 11.”

Multi-award winning saxophonist David Salleras has an outstanding sense of improvisation. In his compositions and arrangements he distinguishes himself by blending classical contemporary music with traditional music idioms. His flexibility and knowledge of multiple musical genres, coupled with his unique ideas, have resulted in a highly successful international career.

Pianist Christopher Duigan, who has worked closely with Salleras over the years, will also be part of the orchestral accompaniment.

The concert starts off with Ravel’s beautiful Alborada del Gracioso before Piazzollo’s Tango Suite: Libertango, Oblivion and Adiós Nonino. After interval, the often overlooked masterpiece of the orchestral repertoire, Dukas’s Symphony in C major, will be performed. Dutch conductor Arjan Tien – one of Durban’s favourites – will be on the podium.

The Spring season consists of eight concerts, on consecutive Thursday nights until October 23 (except for October 16). 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 Bongani Tembe’s 20 years at the helm of the Orchestra. They will play Orff’s magnificent Carmina Burana preceded by Richard Strauss’s sultry tone poem, Don Juan.

Audience members can still purchase season tickets for the remaining six concerts to ensure their seat of preference for the rest of the season. The Durban Music School’s Jazz Band will give a free performance outside the City Hall from 18h30 to 19h15 before Thursday’s concert to add even more variety to the evening’s entertainment.

Also before each concert, at 18h15 one can attend a 45 minute lecture in the Playhouse Alhambra Room, across the road from the City Hall. The lectures are delivered by local music experts and give concertgoers a deeper understanding and appreciation 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.

The concert on September 11 featuring David Salleras will take place at 19h30 at the Durban City Hall. 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).