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KZNPO CONCERTS IN OCTOBER (article first published : 2003-09-18)

The KZN Philharmonic World Symphony Season continues every Thursday in the City Hall with concerts starting at 19h30.

On October 2, the programme combines the works of Brahms and Schumann and will be conducted by London-based Chinese conductor En Shao. Acclaimed German pianist Nikolaus Lahusen plays Brahms' magnificent and demanding Piano Concerto No. 1. Lahusen has been lauded for his ability to innovatively interpret the music he plays, imparting it confidently and effectively and he will be making his début with the KZN Philharmonic. This concert is being presented in association with the City of Bremen.

En Shao will make his last appearance for this Spring Season with the KZNPO on October 9 when he conducts the talented pianist Jitka Cechova who will perform one of the most famous of all piano concertos, composed by Grieg. For the second half Shostakovich's Fifth Symphony, ambiguously subtitled "A Soviet Artist's Practical Creative Reply to Just Criticism" will be featured. Overwhelming in its grandeur and beauty, it has arguably become his most popular work.

KZN Philharmonic’s Conductor Laureate David Tidboald guides the cream of South Africa's up and coming young stars through their paces during the popular National Youth Concerto Festival on October 16. This concert enables these young people to perform with a professional orchestra and, as always, the programme will offer something for everyone.

October 23 is a red-letter day in the KZN Philharmonic’s calendar as it will be the orchestra’s 20th Anniversary Concert. In celebration of 20 years of musical excellence, two brilliant soloists with diverse backgrounds will be featured. Accomplished French violinist Philippe Graffin plays Mozart's most beloved Violin Concerto, No. 3 and consummate South African singer Sibongile Khumalo performs Haya, Mntwan' Omkhulu! by Mzilikazi Khumalo and orchestrated by Peter Klatzow. This work, which has been commissioned by the SAMRO Endowment for the National Arts 2000, honours Princess Magogo, a powerful and charismatic princess whose songs symbolised the beauty and culture of the Zulu people. This special evening ends with Borodin's exotic Polovtsian Dances featuring the Durban Symphonic Choir and the award-winning SA Singers. The concert line-up would not be complete without Dr David Tidboald who conducted the very first concert of the KZN Philharmonic in October 1983.

On October 30, Mark Kosower who fast emerging as one of the leading cellists of his generation, plays one of Saint-Saëns more serious works - the stormy First Cello Concerto. The concert is led by US-born Maestro Robert Maxym who, since making South Africa his home in 1993, is in great demand throughout the country. He has been commended for his work towards educational and cultural upliftment, through music, in disadvantaged communities. President Polisi of the world-renowned Juilliard School in New York has facilitated Mark Kosower's South African début.

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