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Monday, February 28, 2022


(Boris Kerimov & Maestro Bernhard Gueller)

For the love of Mozart … and Schumann is the theme for the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra’s second concert of the World Symphony Series Summer Season. This will take place in the Playhouse Opera on March 3, 2022, at 19h00.

Maestro Bernhard Gueller returns to the podium and the concert will feature Boris Kerimov, the KZN Philharmonic’s Principal Cellist. A favoured German-born conductor of both players and audiences, Gueller is Music Director Laureate of Symphony Nova Scotia, Halifax and Principal Guest Conductor of Cape Town Phil.

Maestro Gueller ushers in his second programme with one of Mozart’s most iconic works, the Serenade K525, Eine Kleine Nachtmusik - without doubt the most delightful of all the serenades this composer wrote purely for the enjoyment of audiences, considers Paul Boekkooi in his orchestra season programme notes. He continues: “Its civilized charms make no demands, but bubbles along its irrepressibly tuneful way in the composer’s most relaxed manner. Mozart’s Eine kleine Nachtmusik belongs to the category of music pieces one should classify under the heading ‘deceptive simplicity’.

Completing the first half of the evening’s programme, KZN Philharmonic’s Principal Cellist, Boris Kerimov is the evening’s soloist in Schumann’s Cello Concerto in A minor. Originally considered a Konzertstück (concert piece), this remarkable piece of writing was completed in just two weeks.

Maestro Gueller brings the evening to a close with Mozart’s magnificent Symphony No 39 - a miraculous feat of writing in which the composer seamlessly conceals his art. It is the first of a set of three (his last symphonies) that Mozart composed in rapid succession during the summer of 1788.

“Following the long months of isolation we have all experienced due to the Covid pandemic, we are delighted to launch our 2022 World Symphony Series with a line-up of international and South African guest stars 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.

There will be Tea and Symphony concerts for the final rehearsal every Thursday morning at 10h00 in the Playhouse Opera. Tickets R50

Complimentary tea and coffee will be served prior to evening concerts and during interval. There is safer parking at the Royal Hotel.

Season and individual tickets for the KZN Philharmonic’s World Symphony Series 2022 Summer Season are available through Quicket.

For more information click on the KZNPO advert at the top right of this page or visit, email or call 031-369 9438 (office hours).

(The season runs weekly on Thursdays at this new earlier time, until March 17, 2022)