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Wednesday, May 20, 2015


(Maestro Bernhard Gueller)

Africa is perhaps the most diverse continent in the world. The countless number of ethnic communities creates a broad rainbow of art and culture that have spread rays of light to every corner of the Earth.

On May 21 as part of the Africa Month festivities, the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic celebrates diversity and honours Africa as it opens the Winter Season of the World Symphony Series with a concert that features locally-sourced music combined with works that embody shared ideas and cultures.
Conducted by Cape Town based maestro Bernhard Gueller, the concert opens with the first four of Antonín Dvořák’s Slavonic Dances. Dvořák was a composer who often paid homage to the traditional art that surrounded him. While living in America, he was influenced heavily by African-American spiritual music, and wrote numerous chamber and symphonic works using these themes as a form of homage. His Slavonic Dances, although not based on actual Slavonic themes, were created as completely original works that evoke his Czech homeland through the use of rhythmic and melodic features of traditional music.

The evening that celebrates Africa and multiculturalism closes with Leonard Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from West Side Story. This suite of dances from the musical comprises all of the elements of music that Bernstein was exposed to, living in New York City. From African American jazz to Latin sambas to Rock and Roll, this work represents the combination of musical cultures from around the world.

The concert takes place in the Durban City Hall at 19h30, Subscriptions are available from the KZN Philharmonic offices at 031 369 9438 and all single tickets from Computicket.

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