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Thursday, September 24, 2015


(Tabla virtuoso Sandeep Das)

The KZN Philharmonic Orchestra invites music lovers to join it in celebrating Heritage Month with an excitingly themed Heritage Concert in the Durban City Hall this evening (September 24) at 19h30.

Netherlands based Arjan Tien makes a popular return to the Durban concert podium to conduct an eclectic programme of that explores our own and other cultures from around the world.

The programme opens with the show-stopping Danzón No 2 by the Mexican composer Arturo Márquez. The work, which premiered 21 years ago, became known as the signature piece of the Venezuelan maestro, Gustavo Dudamel, and his virtuoso Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra, offering a dazzling amalgam of Central American and Caribbean dance influences.

The world renowned tabla musician, Sandeep Das, a noted recording star, then takes centrestage in a performance of Sri Lankan composer Dinuk Wijeratne’s Concerto for Tabla and Orchestra – hailed by musical commentator JoAnn Falletta as “a breath of fresh air in the repertoire, a vibrant, colourful piece that orchestras love to play, and audiences will never forget” – before the orchestra shows its classical paces in a performance of Mozart’s four-movement ‘Little” G Minor Symphony No 25.

The evening’s fare concludes with a rousing selection of South African choral classics, for which the orchestra will be joined by the prize-winning Clermont Community Choir.

The Heritage Concert takes place this evening (September 24) at 19h30 in the Durban City Hall. Bookings is through Computicket.