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KZNPO’S WORLD SYMPHONY SERIES 2001 (article first published : 2001-08-31)

Subscribe now and save substantially on ticket prices. The KZN Philharmonic Orchestra's eight-subscription concert World Symphony Series 2001 Spring Season runs from September 20 to November 15, with weekly evening concerts in the Durban City Hall at 19h30. In addition to KZNPO’s eight subscription concerts, the season also includes three non-subscription concerts (details included below). The orchestra’s guest roster features a line-up of front-ranking artists from the international circuit as well as several of South Africa's finest musicians.

KZNPO Conductor Laureate David Tidboald opens the season on September 20. This subscription programme features Schumann’s A minor Piano Concerto, with the highly distinguished young German virtuoso Florian Uhlig as soloist and rounds off with Schubert’s magnificent Symphony No 9 “The Great”.

On September 23 at 19h30, the KZN Philharmonic honours its Conductor Laureate with a special David Tidboald 75th Birthday Concert in the Durban City Hall. Dr Tidboald is joined by the exciting young South African star pianist Lara Jones (now based in Cologne, Germany) who appears as soloist in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No 23 in this celebratory, non-subscription concert. The programme also features Beethoven’s titanic Symphony No 9, “The Choral” (a Tidboald speciality) with a massed choir comprising the Durban Serenade Choral Society, the Durban Symphonic Choir and the Music Paragons. Soloists are Sabina Mossolow (soprano), Margie Nel (mezzo soprano), Eddie Motlhakoane (tenor) and Raphael Vilakazi (baritone).

On September 27, David Tidboald takes the podium for the KZNPO’s National Youth Concerto Festival performance. This year’s annual talent line-up of South Africa’s emergent concert can be seen and heard in concert with the orchestra in the Student Union Hall on Natal University’s Durban campus at 19h30. (NB: This year’s event takes place as a non-subscription concert).

The subscription series resumes in the Durban City Hall on October 4 at 19h30 with the return of the German conductor Wolfram Christ for a programme featuring Mozart’s famous Posthorn Serenade and March K335 to be followed by Mendelssohn’s E minor Violin Concerto with the brilliant young French violinist David Grimal making a welcome return to Durban after his star debut here last year. Mendelssohn’s much-loved Symphony No 4 “The Italian” concludes this programme.

The following week’s subscription concert on October 11 sees Wolfram Christ, also an internationally acclaimed violist, making his second appearance of the season in the dual role as conductor-soloist. This bumper programme opens with Mozart’s Don Giovanni Overture, and is followed by Hummel’s rarely-heard Don Giovanni Fantasy for Viola and Orchestra, and a fascinating transcription of Johan Christian Bach by Robert Casadesus entitled Concerto in the Old Style for Viola and Orchestra. Three Ravel masterpieces make up the second half of this generous bill: Alborado del Grazioso, Rhapsodie Espagnol and La Valse.

The noted young Greek conductor Stefanos Tsialis follows his successful local debut last year with a return visit for the subscription concert on October 18. This week’s spectacular programme opens with Stravinsky’s Circus Polka, then showcases the prodigiously gifted Russian pianist Vladimir Viardo in Rachmaninov’s ever-popular Piano Concerto No 2, and concludes with one of the most powerfully imaginative of all works, Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique.

Mozart’s Idomeneo Overture opens the subscription programme on October 24 (NB: this is a Wednesday night) with Robert Maxym on the podium. The American-born conductor is joined by the celebrated young Hungarian violinist Barnabas Kelemen and violist Katalin Kokas for Mozart’s magnificent Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola and by Kelemen for a performance of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto.

On November 1, En Shao returns to the platform following his popular debut in Durban last summer. He will conduct a subscription programme focusing on two concert show-stoppers: Chopin’s Piano Concerto No 1 with the gifted Florentine pianist Alessandra Amara as soloist (courtesy of the Embassy of Italy), and Rimsky Korsakov’s Scheherazade.

Another KZNPO favourite, US based Leslie B Dunner returns to Durban to conduct the final three Thursday concerts of the season. His subscription concert on November 8 features Borodin’s In the Steppes of Central Asia, Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No 4 performed by Nina Schumann and Dvorak’s Symphony No 5.

Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte Overture opens the season’s final subscription programme on November 15. A musical highlight of the season, this week’s soloist spot is filled by the world-renowned Bartok String Quartet. They join forces with Dr Dunner and the KZNPO in a rare performance of the Concerto for String Quartet and Orchestra by the early 19th century German composer Louis Spohr and return in the second half of the programme for Elgar’s Introduction and Allegro. This composer’s ever-popular Enigma Variations concludes the evening’s programme.

The celebrated concert cellist Lynn Harrell takes solo spot in the non-subscription concert on November 22. Conducted by Leslie Dunner, this programme features Brahms’ Academic Festival Overture, Haydn’s Cello Concerto in D Major, Tchaikovsky’s Rocco Variations and Marche Slav.

All KZN Philharmonic Spring Season symphony concerts start at 19h30. Details regarding subscription ticket prices and preferred seating on the KZNPO’s infoline on (031) 369 9404, fax (031) 369 9559 or email kznposubs@iafrica.com Booking for non-subscription concerts is also available through TicketWeb.




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