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Tuesday, April 10, 2018


(Russell Scott)

In celebration of the DCO conductor’s – Russell Scott’s – 10th anniversary at the helm of the orchestra, on April 15, the DCO proudly presents Romantic Legends, the first concert in the Masters Series – a series of performances dedicated to growth, expansion and success of the Durban City Orchestra under Scott’s tenure.

The DCO returns to the Mariannhill Monastery Church, with it’s wonderful acoustics and beautiful setting playing host to a program featuring three very different, but equally enthralling Romantic Masters.

Opening the concert is Schubert’s enigmatic “Unfinished” Symphony no 8. Left incomplete upon the composers’ death, the symphony’ lyrical melodies and dramatic structure provide the perfect concert appetizer.

The featured soloist for this concert is none other than KZN’s own Aristide de Plessis – Co-Principal Cellist of the KZN Philharmonic.

Durban born and bred, Aristide du Plessis has studied in Cape Town as well as at the Zürich University of the Arts, where he studied with the renowned pedagogue and Principal cellist of the Tonhalle Orchestra, Thomas Grossenbacher.

Aristide du Plessis joins the orchestra in Dvorak’s iconic Cello Concerto in B minor. A mini symphony in itself, the B Minor Concerto, among all cello concertos, has been called "supreme," "the greatest", and the "king" and has been recorded by almost every well-known soloist.

After interval, the final work on the programme is the lesser-heard Symphonic Dances, Op 64 by Edvard Grieg. Well-known for his use and development of Norwegian folk music his compositions put the music of Norway in the international spectrum.

A collection of four folk songs drawn from an 1853 collection by Ludvig Mathias Lindemann, this exciting setting exploits the myriad sound and effects the romantic orchestra can create and brings the performance to an explosive close.

The concert starts at 14h30 on April 15, 2018, at the Mariannhill Monastery Church. Tickets R100 (R80 pensioners & students) and available through or at the door.