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Monday, November 6, 2017


(Soloist Valentina Lisitsa)

The KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra is half way through its late Spring Season every Thursday at the Durban City Hall – with two concerts to go, on November 9 and 16.

The third concert is on November 9. On the programme will be Smetana’s Má Vlast / My Country - a set of six symphonic poems composed between 1874 and 1879, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in c minor and Dvorák’s Ninth Symphony.

Soloist is Ukrainian-American Valentina Lisitsa, a Ukrainian classical pianist, and vocal social commentator, who in 1991 emigrated to America, and then to France. She’s risen rapidly from relative obscurity in her 20’s to global media and piano stardom in her 40’s: her website gets hundreds of thousands of hits and her YouTube channel has more than 170,000 subscribers. She is one of the most frequently viewed pianists on YouTube – particularly of her recordings of the romantic era composers: Liszt; Chopin and Rachmaninoff. She launched her career on social media, famously without signing with a record company / tour promoter.

The Late Spring Season ends on November 16 in a concert celebrating cello and voice, conducted by Daniel Boico. Rossini’s Semiramide overture opens the programme. One of the two featured pieces is Camille Saint-Saëns’ Cello Concerto No. 1 in a minor. It offers a superb solo platform for the KZN Philharmonic’s Associate Principal Cellist, Aristide du Plessis.

Haydn’s masterwork and paean to nature, The Creation, a score infused with a life force that swiftly ensured its honoured place in the annals of choral singing. It will be performed by a stellar line up of vocalists, and the Clermont community choir which celebrates its 25th anniversary with the orchestra.

The KZN Phil continues its primary mission of bringing excellence in music making to the province of KZN. The Late Spring Season features top South African and international musicians in an eclectic programme of amazing music. “We are committed to bringing the highest quality symphony concerts to Durban thereby enriching the city and province through music. In true World Symphony Season tradition, we are happy to offer you a stellar mix of international and local talent, both on our podium and on our roster of soloists,” says Bongani Tembe CEO and Artistic Director of the KZN Philharmonic.

Refreshments and light snacks may be purchased in the foyer before the concert and during interval. Single tickets are available from, 0861 915 8000, or from Shoprite Checkers Money Market counters. It is cheaper to subscribe: For subscriptions contact 031 3699438.

The morning rehearsals for the early Spring Symphony Season concerts are open to the public and provide a glimpse into the preparation needed for a symphony concert. Join the orchestra each Symphony Season Thursday at 10h00 in the Durban City Hall. Entrance R30 (R10 scholars), which includes a cup of tea or coffee during the interval. The final rehearsal is the perfect opportunity to introduce scholars to symphony concerts and also provides great outings for community groups and retirement homes. Contact the KZN Philharmonic to enquire about special rates and to make arrangements for groups. Contact or call the bookings office on 031 369 9438.

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