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Monday, October 30, 2023



(Bongani Tembe, with members of the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra – full time and ad-hoc / additional members - in a formal portrait marking 40 years of music making. Pic by Val Adamson)

KZN Philharmonic: 40 years of music making. Sumptuous programme for the third KZN Philharmonic Spring Season Concert to take place in the Playhouse Opera on November 2, 2023, at 19h00.

The KZN Philharmonic Orchestra performs a sumptuous programme of Schubert, Beethoven and Bruch for the third concert of their 2023 Spring Symphony Season, taking place as part of the orchestra’s 40th Anniversary, on November 2 at 19h00.

Associate Guest Conductor, Cape Town-based Daniel Boico returns to the podium on November 2 with a crowd-pleasing line-up. Schubert’s joyous Rosamunde Overture and Max Bruch’s hyper-melodic Symphony No 3 bookend Beethoven’s grandly imposing Piano Concerto in c minor, performed by Russia’s internationally-acclaimed master-pianist and composer, Nikita Mndoyants.

The Pianist magazine gave a wonderful accolade to Mndoyants. “...There comes a time when a rising talent comes onto the scene so polished that there isn’t much to say other than to simply applaud it.” The magazine went on to say: “...Mndoyants also showed in his Beethoven performance that he could become one of the leading Beethoven interpreters.”

Bongani Tembe, KZN Philharmonic’s Chief Executive and Artistic Director, says: “We are overjoyed to join hands once again with our special family of music lovers for Concert 3 of our four-concert Spring Symphony Season. We are delighted to welcome back our Guest Resident Conductor, Daniel Boico together with talented pianist Nikita Mndoyants. who will join our dedicated orchestral musicians in bringing our audiences many hours of sheer musical magic. The season dovetails with our ongoing work in the spheres of community engagement and skills transfer among new-generation artists and learners.”

To book tickets for the KZN Philharmonic’s 2023 Spring Season through Quicket / call 031-369 9438.


Park and Ride

Patrons of the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra can make use of a complimentary Park and Ride service to get to the Thursday evening concerts – with three services being offered – one departing from the upper highway area, one from the North Coast and one from Berea. There is no charge for this service, but one needs to pre-book a spot on the bus by emailing

KZN Philharmonic Season tickets, and bookings for individual concerts, are available at online at


Morning Rehearsal Concerts

There will be Morning Rehearsal Concerts for the final rehearsal every Thursday morning at 10h00 in the Playhouse Opera. Tickets R50 (R30 for children under 12). Unreserved seating in the downstairs stalls, and the Playhouse coffee corner is open to purchase coffee and light snacks during the interval.

Suggested parking for the morning concert is at the Royal Hotel parkade, and evening parking at the Albany Parkade and Royal Hotel Parking which can only be accessed through the Esplanade entrance after 18h00.

The bars are no longer open at the Playhouse; however, tea and coffee and non-alcoholic drinks can be purchased prior to concerts and during interval at the Playhouse Coffee Corner.

For more information call 031 369 9438, email or visit

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