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Sunday, February 12, 2023



Bongani Tembe, Chief Executive and Artistic Director of the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra (KZNPO), has announced the line-up for the first Season of the orchestra’s World Symphony Series 2023.

“Our Summer symphony concerts take place at the Playhouse Opera Theatre as usual, and will run from March 2 to 23, 2023, with performances commencing at 19h00. Each evening's musical offerings are included below, and tickets are available now from our offices.

“Note that the Playhouse Opera Theatre is in the process of being upgraded, involving the installation of brand-new seats specially imported from Spain. For the Summer Season, they have made temporary yet comfortable seats available. As a result of this, we have decided to offer discounts ranging between 15-20% on the price of single tickets, with an additional 15-20% off subscription tickets.

“In other words, as a subscriber, you will save between 30-35% on prices compared to last year’s 2022 Spring Symphony Season. This means that you could enjoy all four concerts for as little as R340!”

Season tickets are only available through the KZNPO offices on or 031 369 9438. Single tickets may also be purchased now, and will be available online via Quicket in the near future.

“Your safety is of paramount importance to us. Our security team will be stationed around the Playhouse / parking precinct, and all COVID protocols will be strictly followed.

“Looking forward to sharing a wealth of superb music-making with you all!”, concludes Tembe.


Summer Season Programme:

All concerts are at 19h00 in the Playhouse Opera Theatre


March 2, 2023:

Hossein Pishkar, conductor

Danae Dörken, piano

Sibelius: Pelleas and Melisande, Op. 46

Mendelssohn: Concerto for Piano No. 1 in g minor

Beethoven: Symphony No. 1, Op. 21 in C Major


March 9, 2023

Daniel Boico, conductor

Rachel Lee Priday, violin

Wagner: Siegfried Idyll, WWV 108

White: Concerto for Violin in f-sharp

Schumann: Symphony No. 3, E-flat Major, “Rhenish"


March 16, 2023

Bernhard Gueller, conductor

Shannon Thebus, horn

Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night’s Dream Overture

Strauss: Concerto for French Horn No. 1 in E-Flat Major

Brahms: Symphony No. 4, Op. 98 in e minor


March 23, 2023

Daniel Boico, conductor

Luis Magalhaes, piano

Clermont Choir & Joyful Sounds, choirs

Beethoven: Fidelio Overture

Beethoven: Concerto for Piano No. 6 in D Major

Bessey: iNkosi uShaka: Umbono, Isizwe, Isiphetho

(King Shaka: A Vision, A Nation, A Destiny)


Don't miss out! Secure your tickets asap - Subscribers save up to 35%*

*Compared to Spring single ticket prices

Tickets now available through: or 031 369 9438. Please note gallery seating is not open this season due to the renovations.

Seating for the Summer Symphony Season will only be available on the ground floor of the Playhouse Opera Theatre

Single tickets will be available online via Quicket in the near future.


To link direct to the KZNPO website, click on the advert on the top right-hand side of this article.