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Monday, June 25, 2018


The final concert of the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra’s Winter Symphony Season Series will take place on June 28 in the Playhouse Opera and celebrates the 100th anniversary of the birth of Nelson Mandela.

The impressive programme will feature conductors Cathrine Winnes and Msizi Brian Mnyandu with soloists soprano Nozuko Teto; soprano Siphokazi Maphumulo; alto Ntokozo Mhlongo; tenor Khulekani Khumalo, and bass Andile Dlamini.

The choirs involved at the Clermont Community Choir, Durban Symphonic Choir and Thokozani Choral Society.

The programme includes Beethoven’s Fidelio Overture in E Major, Op. 72; Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4 in A Major, Op. 90, “Italian”; Handel’s Coronation Anthem No. 1, Zadok the Priest and Author of Peace from Saul as well as Bokwe’s (arr. cock): Plea for Africa; Mnomiya’s Madiba and Sibisi’s Credo (Ngiyakholwa) from the Zulu Mass in B-Flat Major. Other works are Mozart’s (Süssmayr) Lacrimosa from Requiem and Haydn: The Heavens are Telling The Glory of God from The Creation

Unlike Mozart, whose extraordinarily fecund operatic productivity saw the creation of more than 20 operas, of which the last eight are unparalleled masterpieces, Beethoven laboured mightily to achieve a comparable feat with just one opera, Fidelio (originally titled Leonore, or The Triumph of Marital Love). The great work’s torturous gestation saw its initial première in its three-act format in 1804, before rewrites set in. By the time the work came to life in its final two-act incarnation in 1814, Beethoven had produced no less than three distinctive Leonore Overtures (each taking on its own concert-stage identity). The fourth and final version, the familiar Fidelio Overture, is the curtain-raiser of the fourth Winter Season programme.

Mendelssohn’s “Italian” Symphony has its origins in the tour of Europe which occupied him from 1829 to 1831. It was finished in Berlin on March 13, 1833, in response to an invitation for a symphony from the London Philharmonic Society. The symphony’s success, and Mendelssohn’s popularity, influenced the course of British music for the rest of the century. Mendelssohn, however, planned to write alternative versions of the second, third and fourth movements. He never published the symphony, and it appeared in print only in 1851; thus it is numbered as his “Symphony No. 4”, even though it was in fact the third he composed.

The evening’s programme concludes with a potpourri of vocal classics showcasing a quartet of soloists and some of Durban’s finest choirs. 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 the Glory of God from The Creation – to offset three visceral contemporary items by South African composers. An uplifting end to the season.

The concert takes place at 19h30 on June 28, 2018, in the Playhouse Opera. Booking is through Computicket (0861 915 8000).

Prior to all the KZNPO World Symphony Season concerts, Friends of Music hold pre-concert lectures in the Playhouse Alhambra Room at 18h15. These enlightening talks are designed to enrich the experience of the concertgoer.

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