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Tuesday, October 24, 2023



The legend of the upside-down violin.

Schumann and Beethoven on the menu for the second KZN Phil 2023 Spring Season concert - Playhouse Opera: Thursday October 26, 2023.

This week’s KZN Philharmonic Orchestra’s guest soloist, performing in the second symphony season concert in the Playhouse on Thursday, is visiting violinist, Nikita Boriso-Glebsky, who holds his violin upside down to honour the legend of the inaugural performance of Beethoven’s much loved Violin Concerto in D Major.

History suggests that when the concerto was performed for the first time, violinist Franz Clement was so annoyed with Beethoven for giving him the score at the very last minute, that he interrupted the concerto between the first and second movements with a solo composition of his own…. played on one string of the violin held upside down!

(Right: Nikita Boriso-Glebsky (c) Marco Borggreve 1)

Nikita Boriso-Glebsky will perform Beethoven’s much-loved work which lies at the heart of all violin literature on Thursday evening, under the baton of Spanish conductor Irene Delgado-Jiménez - a protegee of Marin Alsop – who makes her debut appearance on the KZN Philharmonic’s podium on October 26.

Also on the musical menu is Robert Schumann’s idyllic Spring Symphony.

The KZN Philharmonic presents its second Spring Symphony Season concert on Thursday October 26, in the Playhouse Opera starting at 19h00. The Spring Season marks the orchestra’s 40th anniversary. There is an open rehearsal at 10h00 on Thursday morning.

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