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Monday, February 10, 2020


(Bongani Tembe, Chief Executive & Artistic Director)

Bongani Tembe, Chief Executive & Artistic Director of the KZN Philharmonic introduces the KZNPO Summer Season as follows:

“Music is an essential part of South African life. It forms part of the rhythm of our day as we move from place to place. It is the melody in our hearts as we sing to keep us going through highs and lows. And it is the harmony of our humanity as the cultures of our land live and work together to build families and communities. The KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra is proud to be an essential part of your life, infusing your soul with musical rhythm, melody and harmony.

“Our World Symphony Series is specially curated to instil inspiration and joy into your spirits during the heat of the Summer Season, and we are excited to welcome back three of our favourite conductors. Arjan Tien and Yasuo Shinozaki will lead concerts that feature the music of Beethoven, Brahms and Bizet, showcasing the talent of highly accomplished soloists including pianist Jan Jiracek von Arnim and American violinist Tai Murray. Maestro William Eddins will conduct an exotic evening of operatic hits, featuring South African soprano Zandile Mzazi and excellent guitarist Goran Krivokapić, who will play the most famous guitar concerto ever composed - Rodrigo’s legendary Concierto de Aranjuez.

“Summer, ihlobo, is a beautiful time in our magical country. It is a time of energy, a time of passion, a time of community and togetherness. I ask that you join us for these fantastic four concerts that will surely enrich your lives. In the words of the great American composer Aaron Copland, “so long as the human spirit thrives on this planet, music in some living form will accompany and sustain it and give it meaning”,” Tembe concludes.

The KZN Philharmonic remains sensitive to the current economic climate and has retained the same ticket prices over the past three years for the 2020 World Symphony Series. As a Season Ticket holder, patrons 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

Summer Season Programme: February 13 to March 5, 2020
Concerts take place at the Durban City Hall at 19h30.

(Right: Conductor Yasuo Shinozaki)

February 13:
Conductor: Yasuo Shinozaki
Soloist: Maxime Zecchini (piano)
Brahms: Tragische Ouverture, Op. 81 (Tragic Overture);
Rachmaninov’s iconic Piano Concerto No 2 in C minor;
Third piece TBC

February 20 - 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:
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:
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

For more information contact the KZNPO offices on or 031 369 9438.

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