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Monday, April 22, 2024



"Greetings, my dear friends!"

Bongani Tembe, Chief Executive and Artistic Director of the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra takes delight in welcoming patrons back into the fold for the World Symphony Series 2024 Winter Season.

He says: “Spreading some mid-year warmth among us, our four-concert season’s artist and repertoire line-up is as enticing as ever. Luminaries returning to grace our podium include the accomplished Cape Town conductor Brandon Phillips; our much-loved associate guest conductor Daniel Boico; and longstanding favourites Yasuo Shinozaki from Japan, and the renowned Russian-born maestro Daniel Raiskin.

“The season’s guest roster of soloists includes the renowned Czech pianist Jan Bartoš; the US-based, Durban-born soprano Bronwyn Forbay; the celebrated American oboist James Austin Smith; and Ben Schoeman, one of our country’s most in-demand concert pianists.

“We have leavened our richly curated programme of concert staples with Beethoven, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Bizet, Gounod, Richard Strauss, and others, with some enticing rarities that are sure to delight. Not the least of these is the mesmerising Symphony in c minor by Edvard Grieg, a thrilling work whose neglect will confound you on discovery, as it brings our season to a resounding close. There is nothing like a fresh uncovering of a hidden masterpiece to push the “wow” factor.

Who says Classical Music isn’t exciting?”


The full details of the Winter Season are laid out in our digital brochure, accessible here. chrome-extension://efaidnbmnnnibpcajpcglclefindmkaj/


Audiences are encouraged to secure their Season Ticket bookings by contacting or 031 369 9438. Subscriptions will close on May 22, 2024. Single tickets are available for purchase through the KZNPO office and through Quicket.

Bongani Tembe adds: “Your participation as our audience is the very lifeblood that sustains our musicians. Each one of you adds something special to our work in the service of music, and you have our sincere appreciation.”




June 6, 2024,19h00. Playhouse Opera Theatre

Brandon Phillips, conductor

Jan Bartoš, piano

Haydn: Symphony No. 59 in A Major, “Fire”

Mendelssohn: Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 40 in d minor

Beethoven: Symphony No. 5, Op. 67 in c minor


June 13, 2024, 19h00. Playhouse Opera Theatre

Yasuo Shinozaki, conductor

Bronwen Forbay, soprano

Bizet: Suite No. 1 from Carmen

Bizet: “Je dis que rien m’epouvante” from Carmen

Fauré: Pavanne, Op. 50

Cilea: “Ecco: respiro appena” from Adriana Lecouvreur

Gounod: Overture from Romeo et Juliette, CG9

Gounod: “Je veux vivre dans ce reve” (Romeo et Juliette)

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 3, Op. 29 in D Major, “Polish”


June 20, 2024, 19h00. Playhouse Opera Theatre

Daniel Boico, conductor

James Austin Smith, oboe

Elgar: Serenade, Op. 20 in e minor

Strauss: Oboe Concerto, TrV 292 in D Major

Mozart: Symphony No. 41, K. 551 in C Major, “Jupiter”


June 27, 2024, 19h00. Playhouse Opera Theatre

Daniel Raiskin, conductor

Ben Schoeman, piano

Andrėe: Concert Overture in D Major 

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4, Op. 58 in G Major

Grieg: Symphony in c minor




Season tickets are now available through KZNPO offices on: or 031 369 9438. Single tickets are also available through us or via Quicket.

Don't delay! Secure your seats and enjoy up to 20% off when you subscribe.

Note that gallery seating is available during the Winter 2024 Season, but in the Gold category only

The KZN Philharmonic Orchestra is a not-for-profit company and a public benefit organisation with a committed board of directors consisting of prominent business people and community leaders.

The Orchestra is chaired by business luminary, Mr Saki Macozoma, and ably led for the past 25 years by Mr Bongani Tembe, an accomplished Juilliard School trained singer and distinguished arts manager. Mr Tembe’s strong vision fosters high artistic values and a commitment to engaging with the diverse communities of South Africa.

A comprehensive education, development and community engagement programme exposes more than 30,000 urban and township learners per year to music educational concerts, whilst the Orchestra also spends part of the year in the rural areas working with local schools and communities. In addition, the Orchestra presents its flagship World Symphony Series (WSS), which features four seasons of symphony concerts at the Durban City Hall and the Playhouse Opera Theatre.

To link directly to the KZNPO's website, click on the advert at the top right-hand side of this  page or visit