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Thursday, June 15, 2023



Don't miss the second concert of the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra’s World Symphony Series Winter Season, tonight (Thursday June 15, 2023) at the Playhouse Opera Theatre.

Bongani Tembe, Chief Executive and Artistic Director of the KZNPO says: “We warmly welcome back our much-loved maestro Yasuo Shinozaki - one of the leading Japanese conductors of the younger generation - who takes his place on the podium for the evening. Sharing the spotlight with our own classical musicians, it is our privilege to host the prize-winning pianist Emanuil Ivanov. The Bulgarian-born virtuoso attracted international attention after receiving first prize at the 2019 Ferruccio Busoni Piano Competition in Italy. This achievement was followed by concert engagements in some of the world’s most prestigious halls including Teatro La Scala in Milan and Herculessaal in Munich.”

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June 15, 2023, at 19h00 in the Playhouse Opera Theatre

Yasuo Shinozaki, conductor

Emanuil Ivanov, piano

Smetana: Vltava (The Moldau) from Má vlast

Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4, Op. 36 in f minor, “Fate”


The renowned Japanese maestro Yasuo Shinozaki makes a welcome return to the KZN Philharmonic’s podium for the second concert of the Winter Season. He opens his programme with one of the world’s concert warhorses, Vltava from Smetana’s six-piece suite of symphonic-poems, Má vlast, also known as My Fatherland. The six pieces, conceived as individual works, are often presented as a single work in six movements. They premièred separately between 1875 and 1880. Each poem depicts an aspect of Bohemia’s countryside, history, or legends. Vltava, the second in the famous set, is one of the world’s most graphically penned descriptive works, evoking the mighty Moldau River in all its tumultuous energy and majesty.

The dazzling young Bulgarian virtuoso Emanuil Ivanov, winner of the Busoni Piano Competition, takes centre stage to perform Rachmaninoff’s iconic Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini as the evening’s centrepiece. Written in July and August 1934, Rachmaninoff himself played the piano part at the piece’s première on November 7, 1934, at the Lyric Opera House in Baltimore, Maryland, with the Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Leopold Stokowski.

In stark contrast to the dazzling brilliance of the Rhapsody, the programme ends with a performance of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 in f minor. Following the fall-out of his mismarriage to Antonina Ivanovna Miliukova, he composed the work in 1877. Following is première under the baton of Nikolai Rubenstein, Tchaikovsky’s Fourth became known as his “Fate Symphony”, and the composer himself wrote that he’d sought a parallel with Beethoven’s Fifth during its creation. Indeed, this connotation is evoked for discerning listeners through the similar device of the four-note motif, which opens Beethoven’s Fifth and is heard in the fanfare at the outset of Tchaikovsky’s Fourth.




June 22, 2023, at 19h00. Playhouse Opera Theatre

Daniel Boico, conductor

Yeon-Min Park, piano

LISZT: Mephisto Waltz No. 1, S.514

LISZT: Piano Concerto No. 1, S .124 in E-flat Major

DVOŘÁK: Symphony No. 8, Op. 88 in G Major



June 29 2023, at 19h00. Playhouse Opera Theatre

Lykele Temmingh, conductor

Maria du Toit, clarinet

BEETHOVEN: Egmont Overture

TEMMINGH: Concerto for Clarinet

TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 1 in g minor, “Winter Dreams”


The KZN Philharmonic Orchestra is a not-for-profit company and a public benefit organisation with a committed board of directors consisting of prominent business people and community leaders.

The Orchestra is chaired by business luminary, Mr Saki Macozoma, and ably led for the past 25 years by Mr Bongani Tembe, an accomplished Juilliard School trained singer and distinguished arts manager. Mr Tembe’s strong vision fosters high artistic values and a commitment to engaging with the diverse communities of South Africa.

A comprehensive education, development and community engagement programme exposes more than 30,000 urban and township learners per year to music educational concerts, whilst the Orchestra also spends part of the year in the rural areas working with local schools and communities. In addition, the Orchestra presents its flagship World Symphony Series (WSS), which features four seasons of symphony concerts at the Durban City Hall and the Playhouse Opera Theatre.

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