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Wednesday, February 12, 2020


(Yasuo Shinozaki)

Ahead of Valentine’s Day, three pieces from the Romantic period classical music are on the menu for the opening concert in the KZNPO Summer Season, taking place in the Durban City Hall tomorrow (February 13) at 19h30.

Japanese maestro Yasuo Shinozaki conducts two concert staples by Romantic composer #Brahms, either side of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto.

Brahms was a German composer pianist and conductor of the #Romantic period. His music is known for its meticulous structures and deeply romantic motifs. His Tragic Overture and Symphony No 4 are both on the programme. Fellow composer from the Romantic period, this time from Russia, Sergei Rachmaninoff’s iconic Piano Concerto No 2 in C minor, will be played by leading SA concert pianist, Francois du Toit, under the baton of Yasuo who returns for the third concert of the season on February 27.

The second concert for the season on February 20 is a Valentine’s Variety Spectacular. American conductor William Eddins shares the spotlight with two guest soloists, the Montenegrin guitarist Goran Krivokapic and the gifted young South African soprano, Zandile Mzazi, who join the orchestra in performing a richly curated programme of concert bon-bons by Schubert, Rodrigo, Mascagni, Massenet, Verdi, Elgar and Tchaikovsky.

“We are delighted to launch our 2020 World Symphony Series with a remarkable line-up of international and South African guest stars gracing our roster, who are set to join us in ensuring we bring our patrons the finest possible concert-going experience,” says KZN Philharmonic Artistic Director and Chief Executive, Bongani Tembe.

“We encourage our regular supporters to introduce the joy of live music to family and friends. Particularly as our programmes include an engaging mix of well-loved works along with less familiar repertoire, which we know you will enjoy discovering!” he adds.

The concerts take place in the Durban City Hall at 19h30.

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