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Sunday, February 28, 2021


(Right: Bongani Tembe, Chief Executive & Artistic Director of the KZNPO)

The Kwa-Zulu Natal Philharmonic Orchestra is pleased to present its Virtual Summer Symphony Season, that will be taking place exclusively online!

“To continue to bring great music to our audience, and in light of global health concerns regarding COVID-19, the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic has been hard at work to create its first online Symphony Season,” says Bongani Tembe, Chief Executive and Artistic Director of the KZNPO.

“The Virtual Summer Symphony Season comprises a four-week programme, filled with exciting repertoire. Performances were recorded at The Playhouse Opera Theatre whilst observing strict COVID regulations. Although there was no live audience, the musicians performed with the audience in mind – donning their typical concert wear! Their passion to make the performances as immersive and entertaining as possible can be seen, and the energy and enthusiasm of the orchestra is palpable,” he adds.

The KZN Philharmonic Orchestra’s Virtual Summer Symphony Season was designed to reflect the vibrancy and creativity of our artists. The Season opens on Thursday March 4, 2021, streaming online from 19h30, and will be available to the audience for 72 hours thereafter.

A new concert will be streamed every Thursday evening from 19h30 for the following three weeks, with each concert being available for a 72 hour period.

“On behalf of the KZN Philharmonic, I would like to thank our dedicated patrons and music enthusiasts. While we know that the live concert experience can never be replaced by virtual concerts, we are pleased that you will still be able to enjoy great music in the comfort of your home.”

Tickets for the series of four concerts are R600. Individual concerts are R200 each.

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The KZNPO Virtual Summer Season programme is as follows:

CONCERT 1: Watch online from March 4 to 7, 2021

Conductor: Lykele Temmingh. Soloist: Liesl Stoltz, flute

Programme: Mozart: Flute Concerto in G Major, K 313 and Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 in F Major, “Pastorale”

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CONCERT 2: Watch online from March 11 to 14, 2021

Conductor: Schalk van der Merwe. Soloist: Aristide du Plessis, cello

Programme: Mendelssohn: The Hebrides, “Fingal’s Cave”; Fauré: Élégie; Bruch: Kol Nidrei, and Schubert: Symphony No. 8 in b minor, “Unfinished”

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CONCERT 3: Watch online from March 18 to 21, 2021

Conductor: Jeremy Silver. Soloist: Kimmy Skota, soprano

Programme: Mozart: Così fan tutte: Overture; Mozart: Così fan tutte: “Una donna a quindici anni”; Verdi: La Traviata: Prelude to Act 1; Verdi: La Traviata: “È strano! … Sempre libera”, and Brahms: Symphony No. 1

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CONCERT 4: Watch online from March 25 to 28, 2021

Conductor: Brandon Phillips. Soloist: François du Toit, piano

Grieg: Piano Concerto in a minor; Dvořák: Symphony No. 8

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