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Tuesday, October 17, 2023


 (Right: Bongani Tembe, KZNPO CEO and Artistic Director)

Bongani Tembe, Chief Executive and Artistic Director of the KZNPO announces that “Our World Symphony Series 2023 Spring Season is a very special occasion indeed, as we’re celebrating our 40th Anniversary!”

“Our opening night commemorates this milestone, and features compositions from one of South Africa’s most phenomenally gifted musicians, Shalati Joseph Khosa, who was known as the Musical Prodigy of Africa. Extracts from his moving song collection, which includes Mintirho ya vulavula (Deeds speak) kicks off the evening's musical offerings, under the baton of Justus Frantz.

“Thereafter, we present a duo of crowd-pleasing staples that will make your spirits soar, including Rachmaninoff’s iconic Piano Concerto No. 2, to be performed by extraordinary Ukraine-American pianist Valentina Lisitsa, as we celebrate the composer’s 150th birth anniversary. With Justus Frantz on the podium, Dvořák’s New World Symphony brings the evening to a close.

“The rest of the four-concert season will see a cavalcade of luminaries in our guest slots, including the conductors Irene Delgado-Jiménez (a protégée of Marin Alsop), Daniel Boico, and Robert Moody.

“Our solo spots will showcase the superbly gifted violinist Nikita Boriso-Glebsky, and the dazzling skills of Russian virtuoso Nikita Mndoyants and Canadian cellist Bryan Cheng. Each will bring to life the concert stalwarts you’ll see detailed in the notes within our e-brochure - available for download here.

“We encourage you to secure your Season Tickets by contacting or 031 369 9438. Single tickets are available for purchase through us and through Quicket.”

Park and Ride

Tembe continues: In other news, we are thrilled to announce a new Park and Ride service. Park your car in one of our secure designated locations (within the Upper Highway, and North Coast areas), and hop onto the bus which will drop you off at the Playhouse. Easy peasy! As an introductory offer, this service will be complimentary for the Spring Symphony Season only, so do secure your spot ASAP.


The Spring Season’s Programme

All concerts take place in the Playhouse Opera Theatre at 19h00


October 19, 2023

Featuring the JPO to celebrate the 40th Anniversary

Justus Frantz, conductor & Valentina Lisitsa, piano

Choirs: Bokamoso Arts Institute & University of Limpopo

Khosa: Mintirho ya vulavula, Mi ya va rungula, Swidyondzeki

Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 18 in c minor

Dvořák: Symphony No. 9, Op. 95 in e minor, New World


October 26, 2023

Irene Delgado-Jiménez, conductor

Nikita Boriso-Glebsky, violin

Schumann: Symphony No. 1, Op. 38 in B-flat Major, “Spring”

Beethoven: Violin Concerto, Op. 61 in D Major


November 2. 2023

Daniel Boico, conductor

Nikita Mndoyants, piano

Schubert: Rosamunde Overture

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3, Op. 37 in c minor

Bruch: Symphony No. 3, Op. 51 in E Major


November 9, 2023

Robert Moody, conductor

Bryan Cheng, cello

Dvořák: Mein Heim, Op. 62 

Elgar: Cello Concerto, Op. 85 in e minor

Sibelius: Symphony No. 5, Op. 82 in E-flat Major


For more information click on the KZNPO advert at the top right-hand of this article which will link you to their website.