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Thursday, December 26, 2019


(Bongani Tembe)

Bongani Tembe, Chief Executive and Artistic Director of the KZN Philharmonic has announced the WSS summer season programme for 2020:

“Following the successful World Symphony Series in 2019, I am delighted to furnish you with details for the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra’s Summer Season 2020. As you have come to expect, the Season continues in the tradition of the World Symphony Series featuring accomplished international conductors and soloists, as well as the cream of South African artists.

The KZN Philharmonic remains sensitive to the current economic climate and has retained the same ticket prices over the past three years for our 2020 World Symphony Series. Please find programme and ticket price details below for the four week Summer Season, running from February 13 to March 5, 2020.

As a Season Ticket holder, you will enjoy the following benefits:

-The convenience of booking your Season Tickets through the KZN Philharmonic Office
-Retaining your preferred seat(s) for all four concerts
-Savings on Season Ticket prices

Season Ticket bookings by Subscribers will open on January 6 through the office and will close on January 22, 2020. Thereafter, unsold tickets held by the office will be handed over to Computicket for sale to the general public. To book your favourite seats, please contact our office from January 6 on 031 369 9438 for reservations or any other queries which you may have. Email contact details are:”


Concerts take place at 19h30 in the Durban City Hall.

February 13, 2020:
Conductor: Yasuo Shinozaki
Soloist: Maxime Zecchini (piano)
Brahms: Tragische Ouverture, Op. 81 (Tragic Overture); Ravel: Piano Concerto in G Major and Brahms: Symphony No.4, Op. 98 in e minor

February 20, 2020 - Valentine’s Variety Gala:
Conductor: William Eddins
Soloists:  Zandile Mzazi (soprano); Goran Krivokapić (guitar)
Berlioz: Un Bal from Symphonie Fantastique; Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez; Mascagni: Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana; Massenet: Je marche sur le chemins from Manon; Khachaturian: Adagio from Spartacus; Delibes: Ou va la jeune Hindoue from Lakmé; Massenet: Meditation from Thais and Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliette Overture

February 27, 2020:
Conductor: Yasuo Shinozaki
Soloist: Jan Jiracek von Arnim (piano)
Beethoven: Coriolan Overture, Op. 62; Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5, Op. 73 in E-flat Major, “Emperor” and Dvořák: Symphony No. 7, Op. 70 in d minor

March 5, 2020:
Conductor: Arjan Tien
Soloists: Tai Murray (violin); Aristide du Plessis (cello) and Malcolm Nay (piano)
Beethoven: Leonore Overture No. 1, Op. 138 Beethoven: Concerto for Violin, Violoncello & Piano, Op. 56 in C Major and Bizet: Symphony No. 1 in C Major

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