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Tuesday, August 22, 2023



Bongani Tembe, Chief Executive and Artistic Director of the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra (KZNPO) is delighted to present the orchestra’s Early Spring Symphony Season.

“The KZN Philharmonic's Early Spring Symphony season kicks off next week, and we are eager to welcome our dedicated audiences back to our perennial home: the Playhouse Opera Theatre. Women's month is the backdrop for this three-concert Season, and we are delighted to host talented female guest artists and conductors for each performance,” he says.

“Renowned French violinist Fanny Clamagirand, winner of a string of prestigious international competitions, joins Dutch maestro Arjan Tien who makes a welcome return to the KZN Philharmonic podium to open the season with a programme of music by Glinka, Mendelssohn, and Schubert.

“The Italian conductor Claudia Patanè makes her eagerly anticipated local debut as she takes the podium for the season’s second concert. After intermission, Russian virtuoso Evgeny Konnov unleashes his legendary arsenal of powerhouse pianism on one of the repertoire’s most technically daunting piano concertos, Rachmaninoff’s formidable Third.

“The widely admired Japanese pianist Etsuko Hirose takes the spotlight for Robert Schumann’s a minor Piano Concerto for the third and final concert of the season, under the baton of Daniel Boico, for a programme of concert staples by Prokofiev, Schumann, and Beethoven.

“As we keenly anticipate the launch of our Early Spring Symphonies, we encourage you to secure your Season Ticket bookings by contacting or 031 369 9438. Single tickets are available for purchase through us and through Quicket.




August 24 2023, 19h00.

Playhouse Opera Theatre

Arjan Tien, conductor

Fanny Clamagirand, violin

Glinka: Valse-Fantaisie

Mendelssohn:Violin Concerto, Op. 64 in e minor

Schubert: Symphony No. 8 D. 759 in b minor, “Unfinished”

Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Nocturne & Scherzo)



August 31, 2023, 19h00.

Playhouse Opera Theatre

Claudia Patanè, conductor

Evgeny Konnov, piano

Rossini: William Tell Overture

Schubert: Symphony No. 3, D. 200 in D Major

Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3, Op. 30 in d minor



September 7, 2023, 19h00

Playhouse Opera Theatre

Daniel Boico, conductor

Etsuko Hirose, piano

Prokofiev: Symphony No. 1, Op. 25 in D Major, “Classical”

Schumann: Piano Concerto, Op. 54 in a minor

Beethoven: Symphony No. 2, Op. 36 in D Major


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NB: Please note that gallery seating is not available for the Early Spring Season

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.

For more details, click on the KZNPO’s advert to the top right hand side of this page or visit