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Sunday, February 8, 2015


The six-concert summer season of the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra begins this month, and so do the pre-concert lectures.

For nearly 20 years these lectures, which are organised by the orchestra and the Friends of Music, have provided concert-goers with entertaining, amusing and instructive commentaries about the music to be played in the Durban City Hall on Thursday evenings.

The lectures are given in the Alhambra Room, the Playhouse, Anton Lembede Street, opposite the City Hall, at 18h15 and end by 19h00 in plenty of time for the five-minute walk to the City Hall for the start of the symphony concert at 19h30.

Aimed at a wide audience, the lectures are non–technical, and are illustrated with musical excerpts from the programmes to be heard. The admission fee is R10.

The lecturers for the coming season are:

February 19 & March 5: Liezl-Maret Jacobs, well-known concert pianist and a teacher who is a doctor of music

February 26 & March 19: Dr Teddy Pillay, paediatrician (child specialist) and music-lover

March 12 & 26: Michael Green, former editor of the Daily News and Sunday Tribune and now classical music critic of artSMart.