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Thursday, May 16, 2019


(Conductor Kutlwano Masote)

The Royal Symphony at The Royal Show featuring the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra with Kutlwano Masote (conductor), takes place on Sunday May 26, 2019, at 10h00 on the Great Stage of The Main Arena, Royal Show Grounds in Pietermaritzburg.

The robust rhythms of marches and lilting sway of a waltz will have local audiences on their feet when the Royal Symphony, now in its eighth year, enthrals with a magical compilation of rousing and elegant music performed by the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra.

The Royal Symphony Concert is presented by the Royal Show in association with the KZN Philharmonic and Music Revival. Experience the pageantry, pomp, ceremony and splendour of this grand selection with toe-tapping rhythms and sweeping melodies under a sparkling, blue African sky.

The programme is conducted by South African Kutlwano Masote and introduced by Andy Capostagno. Well-known as Super Sport commentator on everything from rugby to netball, Capostagno has a secret love for the classics and all things relating to musical trivia.

Born into a musical family in Soweto, Masote began violin lessons at an early age under the tutelage of his father, Michael, a respected music teacher and founder of the Soweto Symphony Orchestra.  After studying at the University of the Witwatersrand, he was awarded a scholarship by Yehudi Menuhin to further study cello and chamber music at the International Menuhin Music Academy in Switzerland. His affinity for cross-cultural music projects and performances has set him apart as a versatile music director and conductor. He is also an orchestrator and arranger of music not usually performed by orchestras. To this end, he has orchestrated music by hip hop artists Khuli Chana and Kwesta, soul singers Kabomo and Maleh as well as Lira, Sibongile Khumalo and Zonke.

(Haylea Heyns)

Masote has enjoyed a 20-year career as an on-air broadcaster at both Classic FM and SAfm, sharing his love for classical music with audiences of those platforms. The programme includes the popular Radetzky March by Strauss, Light Cavalry Overture by Franz von SuppĂ©, the celebrated Waltz from Gonoud’s Faust and Gold and Silver Waltz by Viennese icon Franz Lehar. Pietermaritzburg soprano Haylea Heyns will once again sing the anthems.

Extensive seating will be provided in the Main Arena and on the Grandstands. It is recommended that hats and/or umbrellas are included in your ‘bring alongs’ should it be a warm day.

The concert has been made possible with support from First National Bank, ECR, The Witness and Coca-Cola. Daily gate fees for the Royal Show apply.

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