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Saturday, March 12, 2016


The penultimate concert in the KZN Philharmonic’s Summer Symphony Season series features an array of jazzy swings to fill the City Hall.

This special concert features a host of international and local artists, the traditional jazz and Broadway music of George Gershwin is blended with the quirky music of modern Japanese composer Takashi Yoshimatsu.

Conducted by American maestro James Ross, the concert  jumps into swing with Gershwin’s An American in Paris. The work, written in1928, was inspired by the composer’s trip to Paris and through tone painting, evokes the sights and sounds of the busy and diverse streets. The music was later used in the 1951 Gene Kelly movie of the same title.

One of KwaZulu-Natal’s favourite pianists, Christopher Duigan, then joins the orchestra to close the first half with Rhapsody in Blue.

The second half turns from the sublime to the avant-garde, as Spanish saxophonist David Salleras returns to Durban to perform the Cyberbird Concerto by Takashi Yoshimatsu. Duigan and KZN Philharmonic principal timpanist Stephane Pechoux are also featured in this modern triple concerto. The composition explores the virtuosic elements of jazz and classical languages in a thrilling orchestral setting.

The concert takes place on March 17 at 19h30 in the Durban City Hall. Booking is at Computicket.

For more information, link to the orchestra’s website through the advert at the top of this page.