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Thursday, September 3, 2015


The Durban City Orchestra will present a classical concert of what they describe as “epic proportions” on September 6 at St Agnes Church in Kloof.

Well-known for their popular and symphonic rock concerts with prominent South African artists, the Durban City Orchestra returns to its classical roots with class.The programme features two works seldom heard on Durban stages, promising a little something for all orchestral music lovers.

KZN Philharmonic Co-Principal Trumpet player Jonas Brolin will take centre stage to perform Haydn’s immortal Trumpet Concerto in E-flat. The cornerstone of the solo trumpet repertoire, Haydn’s concerto was the first to truly showcase the myriad of colours and tones that the new chromatic trumpet could achieve, in a masterpiece that allows the solo trumpet to shine through the complimentary orchestral backing.

The Swedish-born trumpeter, Brolin has garnered accolades both in Europe and the UK including first prize at the John Packer brass competition, and the Silver medal from the worthshipful company of musicians UK. As a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician he has appeared throughout Europe, Asia, Russia and United States of America.

The featured work of the concert will be the 9th Symphony by Dmitry Shostakovich. An accessible work, that is both satirical and humorous in its mocking of the Soviet Communist Regime. The symphony is a playful and vivid musical work, with a neoclassical air that has led to comparisons to Haydn's symphonies as well as Prokofiev's Classical Symphony. Shostakovich himself considered it "a joyful little piece".

Conducted by DCO resident conductor Russell Scott, the concert will open with Glinka’s popular Overture to Ruslan and Ludmilla.

The Durban City Orchestra’s concert will take place at 14h30 on September 6 at St Agnes Church in Kloof. Tickets R120 ((R80 pensioners and students) Bookings can be made through the church on 031 764 2037 or

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