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Sunday, October 8, 2023


 Bongani Tembe, Chief Executive and Artistic Director of the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra, has released the dates of the next Symphony Series.

“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 a composition from one of South Africa’s most phenomenally gifted musicians, Shalati Joseph Khosa, who was known as the Musical Prodigy of Africa. An extract from his glorious song collection titled Matimba Ya Vuyimbeleri (The Power of Music) kicks off the evening's musical offerings, under the baton of Justus Frantz.

“Thereafter, we’ve gone big with a duo of crowd-pleasing staples that will make your spirits soar, including Rachmaninoff’s iconic Piano Concerto No. 2 which will spotlight the return of the extraordinary Valentina Lisitsa. Dvořák’s New World Symphony brings the evening to a close.”

The following three concerts feature outstanding conductors Irene Delgado-Jiménez (a protégée of Marin Alsop), Daniel Boico, and Robert Moody.Solo spots are occupied by two Russian virtuosos: violinist Nikita Boriso-Glebsky and pianist Nikita Mndoyants; and the superbly-gifted Canadian cellist Bryan Cheng.

The full programme is available below, and the e-brochure with all details is available for download here:

Tembe adds: “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.

“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.”


Programme details:

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


October 19, 2023

Justus Frantz, conductor

Valentina Lisitsa, piano

Khosa: Mintirho ya vulavula (Deeds Speak)

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


To link directly to the KZNPO website, click on the advert at the top right hand of this article.