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Tuesday, February 3, 2015


(Daniel Boico)

Experience a beautiful and breezy concert with the magnificent music of the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra when An Italian Serenade takes to the stage on February 5 in the Pietermaritzburg City Hall.

Presented by Parklane SUPERSPAR in association with Christopher Duigan's Music Revival, An Italian Serenade sees the orchestra and featured soloists perform a light-hearted evening of Italian music under the baton of visiting American conductor, Daniel Boico.

The evening will feature popular and energetic selections including the overture to Barber of Seville, O Sole Mio, Habanera from Carmen, plus Italian opera arias O mio babbino caro and Una furtiva lagrima.

Christopher Duigan will once again be featured at the piano in this performance playing Franz Liszt's solo transcription from Donizetti's Lucia di Lamermoor. He joins the soloists in Rossinis’ comic Cat Duet.'

Following on from Last Night of the Maritzburg Proms and the resoundingly successful Viennese Nights, An Italian Serenade seeks to capture a similar sophisticated and light-hearted mood.  Expect to enjoy celebrated Italian music from Cavalleria Rusticana, La Danza by Rossini, Dance of the Hours, Finiculi Finucula and the winning Brindisi from La Traviata. Audience members are invited to dress to suit the elegant summery conditions and set the tone for the evening. Tickets include refreshments served at interval.

An Italian Serenade takes place on February 5 at 19h00 in the Pietermaritzburg City Hall. Tickets range from R130 to R190 (discounts for pensioners and scholars) and are available from the new Ticket Desk in the main entrance to Parklane SUPERSPAR or phone 033 342 3487.

Opening hours for the Ticket Desk are Monday to Friday from 08h00 to 18h00 and Saturday and Sunday from 08h00 to 15h00.

An Italian Serenade is sponsored by Parklane SUPERSPAR, The Witness, Big Beat, Msunduzi Municipality and CPW Printers. Parking is secure and patrolled in the City Hall, Tatham Art Gallery and Bessie Head Library precincts.