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Saturday, February 11, 2017


(Natalie Rungan, leader of the new music centre)

Durban High School (DHS) has a new music centre under the leadership of renowned Durban jazz singer - Natalie Rungan. Opened in October last year, this will now also be the new home for the KZN Youth Orchestra.

The KZNYO is a non-profit making organisation which consists of talented, young musicians between the ages of 12 and 22 from all around KZN province. They meet once a week on Friday afternoons to rehearse and make music together. Over the last four years, the KZNYO has toured to Germany, the Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival, the Grahamstown National Arts Festival and in 2016 performed a number of concerts around the province including two successful collaborations with the Drakensberg Boys Choir.

On February 17, the KZNYO will perform their first public concert for this year at their new home venue, DHS, and will be joined by the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra. This is the first time in a decade that the two orchestras have performed together. Both orchestras will perform separately and then join together to create one large orchestra of over 100 people.

The programme will be varied to include favourite classics such as Eine Kleine Nacht Musik and the theme from Swan Lake and some contemporary jazzy items such as What a Wonderful World and Brazil thus showing the versatility of modern orchestras. As February is seen as the month of romance, Natalie Rungan will perform I've got you under my skin and One Moment in time with the KZNPO which will be an added delight.

The hour-long concert will be held in the Hall at DHS in St Thomas Road, Musgrave, on February 17 at 18h30. Tickets R40 (R30 pensioners and scholars) and will be available at the door 45 minutes before the concert. This promises to be a musical experience not to be missed!

For more information contact Cathy on 082 349 8362.