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Wednesday, August 24, 2016


(KZN Philharmonic Concertmaster Joanna Frankel)

The Durban City Hall will be alive with glorious music when the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra launches the Spring Season of its World Symphony Series taking place every Thursday from August 25 until October 13.

“In this season, we will introduce the ‘Passport Series’ as the orchestra takes audiences on a global tour from Russia to Europe to Scandinavia and to South Africa,” says Bongani Tembe: CEO and Artistic Director of the KZN Philharmonic. “The season includes concerts acknowledging Heritage Month and the National Youth Concerto Festival.”

The KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra continues its primary mission of bringing excellence in music-making to the city of Durban. The Winter Season features top South African and international musicians in an eclectic and carefully created programme of amazing music. “We are committed to bringing the highest quality concerts to Durban thereby enriching the city and province through music,” says Tembe.

The KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic kicks off its Spring Season of the 2016 World Symphony Series on August 25 with a roaring trio of Russian masterpieces.

Associate Guest Conductor of the KZN Philharmonic Daniel Boico leads the orchestra on this grand opening evening. The evening begins with Nikolai Rimsky- Korsakov’s orchestral suite entitled Capriccio Espagnol.

KZN Philharmonic Concertmaster Joanna Frankel then joins Boico and the orchestra to perform the cheerful and tuneful Violin Concerto in D by Igor Stravinsky. The concerto, while written for a large orchestra, often feels like a cross between a violin concerto and a piece of chamber music as it exploits delicate textures and conversational writing.

The concert closes with Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 3 in A minor. The final symphony by the great pianist/composer is packed full of traditional Russian folk tunes and dances. These powerful works sets the Spring Season in motion.

The Spring Season runs every Thursday from August 25 until October 13. Subscribe to the Spring Season on 031 3699 438 or buy single tickets through Computicket at / 0861 915 8000 or Shoprite Checkers Money Market counters

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