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Friday, April 22, 2016


(KZNPO second violin cadet player, Zos George Ntuli, introduces his violin to learners from iThemba Academy in Hillcrest after a schools’ performance. Pic by Val Adamson)

Making Music Together, an exhibition of 30 black and white prints journalling the extensive community, education and outreach of the busy KZN Philharmonic Orchestra, comes to the end of its presentation the Durban Art Gallery on April 30, 2016.

“So often one associates the orchestra with performing sublime concerts in our magnificent Durban City Hall during our Symphony Seasons, not realising that although the Symphony Seasons are our flagship programme, they represent a fraction of the overall activities of the orchestra. The majority of the orchestra’s time is spent presenting performances, workshops, master-classes and mentoring programmes which take place in community venues, school halls, rehearsal rooms, old age homes and informal spaces across the length and breadth of the KZN province,” says Bongani Tembe Chief Executive and Artistic Director of the KZN Philharmonic.

Working closely with the Durban Art Gallery, an exhibition was created to give gallery-visitors special insight into some of these activities. The Print Room in the gallery has been transformed into a mock orchestra rehearsal room, with 30 carefully-chosen black and white prints displayed on music stands. The photos have all been taken over roughly a two-month period during December last year and February this year, by photographers Val Adamson; Gcina Ndwalane and Rogan Ward to create a storyboard which begins to capture some of the special moments, connections and nuances of these community engagement programmes.

Making Music Together runs at the Durban Art Gallery in the Durban City Hall until April 30 and is curated by Illa Thompson; designed by Peter Court and photographic consultant is Val Adamson.

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