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Saturday, February 18, 2017


(Daniel Ciobanu)

Michael Green previews the KZNPO concert on February 23, 2017.

Russian composers make up the programme for the third concert, on February 23, of the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra’s summer symphony season in the Playhouse, Durban.

All three works on the programme are favourites in their very different ways. The overture to the opera Price Igor is one of the most celebrated works of Alexander Borodin (1833 --1887). The overture condenses some of the drama of the opera, an epic set in the Russia of several hundred years ago.

The young Romanian pianist Daniel Ciobanu will be the soloist in the brilliant Piano Concerto No 3 by Sergei Prokofiev. Completed in 1921, this is one of the most popular concertos of the 20th century. It is dynamic, melodious, exciting.

Daniel Ciobanu had his music training in Scotland and is now rapidly building a reputation as performer in Britain and elsewhere.

The symphony of the evening is everybody’s favourite, Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6, the Pathetique.

The conductor in all these works will be Daniel Boico, the Israeli- American whose appearances with the KZNPO in recent years have made him a much admired figure in  Durban.

The usual pre-concert lecture will be given this week by me in the Alhambra Room, the Playhouse, starting at 18h15 and ending about 18h45, in time for a drink and a snack before the concert begins at 19h30. Entry for the lecture R10.

Bookings for the concert and for season tickets are at Computicket or Checkers or the KZNPO, phone 031 369 9438. Or you can buy a ticket on the night at the door. – Michael Green

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