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Friday, May 11, 2018


(William Charlton-Perkins. Pic by Clinton Marius)

(Italian virtuoso Antonio Poma-Baldi is the KZNPO’s first soloist of its Winter Season on June 7)

Winter classics bonanza.
A rich programme of classical music is on offer for KZN concert goers in the weeks ahead…
 On the solo recital front, pianist Christopher Duigan turns his hand to a programme titled 20 'Not So' Popular Piano Solos by way of engaging with his loyal followers of admirers in various centres of the province during May. Duigan will introduce items that may be seen as popular, but are no less varied and appealing.  From his vast repertoire,  through his more than 40 years of piano study,  from the great world wide web and scores collected from libraries from around the world,  Duigan brings to local audiences an exciting and enlightening selection.

For those wanting to discover more  this will be chance to enjoy the curious  stories that accompany many of the pieces, insightful observation from the performer's view and many personal anecdotes presented in the manner for which he has become known.  The selection include Bach's 'Goldberg Aria', Liszt's 'Un susprio',  'The Lark' by Balakierev, ' Automne' by Cecile Chaminade, music from the four corners  of the earth, from film scores and a few technical and musical misfits.

Performances will take place as follows of 20 ' Not So ' Popular Piano Solos:
Thursday, May 24 at 19h00 at Grace Hall Ashton International College, Albertina Way, Ballito (opp. Ballito Hospital);
Tuesday, May 29 at 19h30at St Agnes Church, Kloof; 
Friday, June 1 at 19h45 at 'Casa Mexicana' - 35 Montgomery Drive, Athlone in Pietermaritzburg,
Saturday, June 2 at 18h30 at Highgate Wine Estate, 1 Dargle Road in the Midlands
Sunday, June 3 at 11h30 at the Tatham Art Gallery, Pietermaritzburg.
Booking is preferred: or music revival 083 417 4473 (sms or WhatsApp only).

The KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra has announced details of its 2018 Winter Season. The season will run in the Playhouse Opera Theatre, each Thursday, between June 7 and 28, starting at 19h30. The season is part of the Orchestra’s renowned World Symphony Series (WSS) which was launched in Durban 22 years ago.

Associated Guest Conductor Daniel Boico launches the Winter Season on June 7 with Beethoven’s powerful Egmont Overture. Written to accompany a performance of Goethe’s drama of the same title, it is one of the last works of the composer’s middle period, similar in style to the Fifth Symphony which predated it by two years. A superb showcase for award-winning Italian virtuoso, Antonio Pompa-Baldi, the statuesque grandeur of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No 3 in C minor promises to be an exciting centrepiece to the evening’s programme, which concludes with a performance of the Symphony No 1 by the Russian composer, Alexander Borodin.

Conductor Brandon Philips makes his bow on the podium on June 14 with a programme of 19th Century German and French repertoire on. Robert Schumann’s Overture to his only Opera, Genoveva, makes a welcome appearance as the evening’s curtain raiser, before  the renowned Russian soloist, Alexander Buzlov takes the spotlight to perform Édouard Lalo Cello Concerto in D minor. Brahms’ Symphony No 3 rounds of the programme.

Pretoria born Maestro Conrad van Alphen opens his programme on June 21 with a performance of Mendelssohn’s mercurial Midsummer Night’s Dream Overture. Taking centre-stage, the celebrated Russian soloist Nikita Boriso-Glebsky takes on the challenges of Sibelius’s towering Violin Concerto, and the season’s third programme rounds off a with Dvořák: Symphony No 5 in F Major Op 76.

The season concludes on June 28 with the Norwegian conductor, Cathrine Winnes on the podium for a programme featuring Beethoven’s Fidelio Overture, Mendelssohn’s Italian Symphony, and a potpourri of vocal music. This showcases a quartet of soloists headed by soprano Nozuko Teto, with four of Durban’s finest choirs – Prince Mshiyeni Choir, Thokozani Choral Society, Clermont Community Choir and the Durban Symphonic Choir.

Two great Handel items – the imposing Coronation Anthem, Zadok the Priest, and Merab’s haunting aria, Author of Peace, from the oratorio Saul – combine with the deeply moving Lacrimosa from Mozart’s Requiem and Haydn’s exhilarating The Heavens Are Telling’ from The Creation – to offset three visceral contemporary items by South Africa composers. An uplifting end to the season.

Season tickets and booking for individual concerts in KZN Philharmonic’s 2018 Winter Season through Computicket. Call 0861 915 8000 or book online at For more information call 031 369 9438, email or visit – William Charlton-Perkins

(To link direct to the orchestra’s website, click on the KZN Philharmonic’s advert at the top of this page)