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Tuesday, February 26, 2019


(Victor Yampolsky)

Destiny, love, chance and fate are some of the themes explored during Thursday evening’s programme (Thursday, February 28) of glorious music by the KZN Philharmonic under the baton of Russian born conductor Victor Yampolsky in the third concert in the 2019 Summer Symphony Season.

After an absence of some years, Russian-born Yampolsky returns to the KZNPO podium on to delight his audience with a stirring programme made up of Robert Schumann’s much-loved Fourth Symphony, followed by a selection of operatic show-stoppers in the second half. This opens with Richard Wagner’s resplendent Overture to his three-act Romantic masterwork, Tannhäuser.

Cape-Town-trained soprano Cecilia Rangwanasha, winner of the 2018 UNISA International Singing Competition, steps into the spotlight as the evening’s soloist to launch her contribution to the evening’s programme with another item from this famous opera, the ecstatic  Dich teure halle, popularly known as Elisabeth’s Greeting

(Cecilia Rangwanasha)

Leavening the ‘big-gun’ content of the programme with some Italian melodrama, the heart-rending Intermezzo from Mascagni’s hugely popular one-act Opera, Cavalleria Rusticana, paves the way for another operatic tear-jerker – Ebben! ne andro’ lontana from Alfredo Catalani's brooding, verismo opera, La Wally. What better way to round off the evening than with two items from one of Giuseppe Verdi’s most thrilling masterpieces, the Overture and the soprano solo, Pace, pace mio Dio from La Forza del Destino, an experience sure to send Durban’s audience home happy.

“We are proud to launch our 2019 World Symphony Series this Summer Season with a spectacular line-up of international talent on our roster, who will join us in taking the experience of concert going for our audience to a new level,” says KZNPO Chief Executive and Artistic Director Bongani Tembe.

The third concert takes place in the Durban City Hall at 19h30 on Thursday (February 28, 2019).

Season tickets for the KZN Philharmonic’s World Symphony Series 2019 Summer Season are available through Computicket. Call 0861 915 8000 or book online at  For more information visit, email or call 031-369 9438 (office hours).

Daniel Boico, KZNPO’S dynamic Israeli-American Associate Guest Conductor, is at the helm for the last programme of the season on March 7, opening with Grieg’s ever popular Peer Gynt Suite No 1, followed by a performance of the same composer’s celebrated Piano Concerto in a minor, with Russian virtuoso Olga Kern in the spotlight. Dvořák’s rarely heard Symphony No 1 in C minor, a youthful work bursting with youthful vigour evocative of Beethoven and Mendelssohn promises to end the season on a high.

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