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KZN PHILHARMONIC SEASON (article first published : 2002-02-7)

Due to ongoing repairs to the City Hall organ The KZN Philharmonic opens the February leg of its Summer Season 2002 at the Playhouse.

This sees concerts in the Playhouse Opera on February 7 and 13, followed by a brief shift to the Playhouse Drama on February 20 and 21 (two performances due to the smaller venue), returning to the Playhouse Opera on February 28.

In March the orchestra moves across to the Durban City Hall for the second leg of the season, where the regular World Symphony Series subscription concerts continue on Thursdays (March 7, 14, 21 and 28). As usual, all KZN Philharmonic symphony concerts begin at 19h30.

Opening the season is the sensational Russian born dramatic soprano Anna Shafajinskaia, who gained international recognition in 1996 when she was invited to sing the title role in Tosca opposite Luciano Pavarotti. She scored a notable triumph on our concert platform in 1999, replacing Jessye Norman at short notice. She will be appearing in another title role in Turandot at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, this year.

Omri Hadari, the acclaimed Israeli conductor, makes a welcome return to the World Symphony Series podium, sharing the limelight with a line-up of musical stars. These include KZNPO’s conductor Laureate David Tidboald; charismatic Chinese-born maestro En Shao; and the multi award-winning Russian keyboard virtuoso Sergei Babayan.

Making his African debut, the KZNPO will welcome the celebrated German conductor-pianist, Justus Frantz, who burst onto the international circuit as a protégé of Leonard Bernstein more than 20 years ago. This season also sees solo appearances, among others, from Durban born pianist Jonathan Oshry, and two KZN Philharmonic principal players, Ian Holloway (clarinet) and Vessela Minkova (bassoon).

The full programme details appears on the orchestra’s website at www.kznpo.co.za

To secure seats for this season, please email kznposub@iafrica.com or call 031-369 9404.




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