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Wednesday, March 20, 2024



(Above: Daniel Boico)

NB: This final concert, tomorrow evening, is totally sold out. However, because it is a Public Holiday, music lovers may want to consider attending the open rehearsal at 10h00 in the morning instead. See information below


The Final Concert FOUR will take place in the Playhouse Opera tomorrow (Human Rights Day, March 21, 2024, at 19h00)

All too soon the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra wraps up its 2024 World Symphony Summer Season with the final concert featuring an Ode to animals, folk dances, and a favourite city.

The season has gained momentum, with last week’s joyous concert being totally sold out! The final concert is an extra special treat for music lovers of all ages.

Conductor Daniel Boico returns to Durban to round off the season on a high, with a richly curated programme of showstoppers; Dvořák: Bohemian-folk inspired Czech Suite - and ending with Mozart’s exhilarating ‘Symphony no 38 ‘The Prague’ – one of the masterpieces he created in tribute to the city that took the young Austrian genius composer to its heart, the others being the opera’s Don Giovanni (1787) and La Clemenza di Tito (1791).

(Left: Nina Schumann)

 The centrepiece for the evening’s programme is Camille Saint Saëns’ The Carnival of the Animals - a playful, humorous musical suite of 14 movements honouring a variety of animals – the ass, the tortoise, the elephant, the kangaroo, the swan, birds and fossils – among others.

 The work, about 25 minutes in duration, was a piece Camille Saint Saëns’ wrote for fun, for a private performance by two pianos and chamber ensemble. 

The piece is now more frequently performed with a full orchestral complement of strings.  On piano are Nina Schumann and Megan-Geoffrey Prins.


(Right: Megan-Geoffrey Prins)

KZN Philharmonic Season tickets are available through KZN Philharmonic Office on 031 369 9438 or, and bookings for individual concerts, are available at Quicket outlets. 

For more information call 031-369 9438, email  or visit

 Free Bus Service

The KZN Philharmonic Orchestra wants to make their audiences’ experience as comfortable as possible. Many audience members would prefer not to self-drive to the Playhouse to attend KZN Philharmonic concerts in the evening, so the Orchestra is providing a FREE bus service allowing people to park in the suburbs and hop on a bespoke bus into town.

Various routes are on offer: for north of Durban residents - from Grace Family Church in Umhlanga departing at 18h15; for upper highway residents - a bus departs from St Agnes Church at 17h45; Westville residents can park at Westville Senior Primary, with a bus departing at 18h00. A bus stops at the Caister Lodge in Durban’s Berea for Durbanites, departing 18h20. Safe, free parking is available at all departure points.  The bus is free, but booking is essential. Booking may be made by emailing or by calling 031 369 9438.

Whilst the Playhouse Coffee Shop is not operational at the moment, The Playhouse bar is once more operational for pre-concerts and interval drinks. One can pre-order interval drinks on arrival.

Final Rehearsal:

Public are welcome to sit in on the final rehearsal every Thursday morning at 10h00 in the Playhouse Opera. Tickets R50 adults throughout. Unreserved seating in the downstairs stalls only.