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KZNPO SPRING SEASON (article first published : 2004-08-15)

For ten weeks, from September 9 to November 11, the KZN Philharmonic offers a diverse range of music programmes in its World Symphony Series Spring Season. From the brilliance of Verdi to the power of Stravinsky and the subtlety of Debussy to the joy of Beethoven, the season offers a line-up of the cream of International and South African artists performing the works of masterful composers.

September 9 - Viva Verdi!, conducted by Giorgio Croci with soloists Gabriella Morigi (soprano) and Mario Malagnini (tenor) and featuring the Durban Serenade Choral Society. Maestro Crociís impressive career includes conducting the 125th Anniversary performance of Aida in Cairo to great acclaim. He leads this Italian Operatic Gala concert featuring some of the most treasured operas of Guiseppe Verdi. The programme includes highlights from Nabucco, I Lombardi, Ernani, Luisa Miller, Il Trovatore and Otello.

September 16 - Ode to Joy, conducted by Justus Frantz and featuring guest orchestra: Philharmonie der Nationen with the Durban Serenade Choral Society and Durban Symphonic Choir. The highly regarded Philharmonie der Nationen, which regularly tours worldwide, will join forces with the KZNPO for a performance of Beethoven's phenomenal Choral Symphony which, with its themes of brotherhood, unity and joy, has been embraced by diverse cultures across the globe as a symbol of their aspirations and principles. The Ninth Symphony is contrasted by Shostakovich's Chamber Symphony, which he composed as a musical reaction to the widespread devastation of World War 2.

September 23 - East Meets West, conducted by David Murphy with soloist Wajahat Khan. The leading sarod virtuoso of India will make his debut with the KZN Philharmonic performing the African premiere of his exuberant Sarod Concerto. Described by the composer as a "synthesis of two great classical traditions", it was orchestrated by conductor David Murphy and is perfectly contrasted by two popular masterpieces, Mozart's Twenty-Fifth and Beethoven's Fifth symphonies. This concert also forms part of the "Celebrate Durban Week" festivities.

September 30: Spring Innovations conducted by the highly popular Leslie B. Dunner featuring soloist Lara Jones who will perform Mozart's expressive Piano Concerto No. 24. Since her debut at the age of eleven with the then Natal Philharmonic, Lara Jones has returned on many occasions to captivate Durban audiences. Also on the programme are Debussy's elusive and subtle Prelude a l'apres-midi d'un faune and Stravinksy's powerful and challenging Rite of Spring.

October 7: Gift Of Melody, conducted by Lykele Temmingh who leads an eclectic programme, which features promising young South African pianist Ben Schoeman, who made his debut with the KZN Philharmonic at a National Youth Concerto Festival. Ben takes centre stage to perform Mozart's Seventeenth Piano Concerto, which demands grace and fluidity from the pianist. Winner of various music competitions, Schoeman is also a talented violinist. Also on the programme are Rossiniís Barber of Seville Overture and Dvorak's Seventh Symphony.

October 14: Stars of Tomorrow conducted by Lykele Temmingh. A sought-after vehicle for up-and-coming musicians wanting to make their musical mark, the National Youth Concerto Festival (NYCF) sets a high standard of performance for aspiring virtuosos and has become an auspicious event on the classical music calendar. Dr David Tidboald, as principal conductor for the KZNPO, initiated the NYCF concept 20 years ago. He recently announced his retirement and it is therefore fitting that tonight, together with the Friends of Music, the KZNPO honours his contribution to the orchestra, as well as to music in South Africa.

October 21: English Charm. This charming programme combines the works of three English masters and provides a fitting return to Durban for accomplished English conductor Adrian Sunshine. It also sees the welcome return of gifted violinist Nokuthula Ngwenyama, who will perform Vaughan-Williamsí Violin Concerto. In the second half of the programme the Drakensberg Boys' Choir brings a uniquely South African flavour to Rutter's popular choral work, Magnificat. Other works to be performed are Handelís Royal Fireworks Music: Overture and Allegro and Elgarís Introduction and Allegro.

October 28: Russian Masters. Skilful British conductor Kris Russman leads a programme that opens with the premiere of South African-based composer John Simon's rhythmic and vibrant Concert Overture. This is followed by the debut of gifted Italian pianist Carlo Guaitoli, who performs Khachaturian's virtuosic Piano Concerto. Tchaikovsky's autobiographical symphony of sorrow, the Sixth Symphony, brings the evening to an emotional conclusion.

November 4: Effortless Elegance. French violinist Julien Chauvin is fast establishing himself as one of the most talented musicians of his generation. In his debut performance with the KZNPO he performs Mendelssohn's lyrical Violin Concerto in E minor under the baton of respected conductor Robert Maxym. Other works are Mendelssohnís Ruy Blas: Overture and Cesar Franckís Symphony in D minor.

November 11: Country Of Hope. Conducted by Naum Rousine with soloists Linda Bukhosini (soprano) and Bongani Tembe (tenor) with the Durban Serenade Choral Society. This concert sets the scene for a triumphant conclusion to the season and forms part of the Orchestra's contribution to South Africa's 10th Anniversary festivities. Of particular significance are two special works which pay tribute to birth and hope: Forsyth's Ukuzalwa was premiered at the KZNPO's inaugural concert in 1983 and Simon Mnomiya's Zizi lethu! Themba lethu! (Our hope!) based on a poem by eminent author Dr Lindiwe Mabuza, was commissioned this year for South Africaís democracy celebrations. Mendelssohnís Symphony No. 2 makes up the programme.

Ticket prices for the WSS Spring 2004 season have remained constant and patrons can save up to 25% on ticket prices by booking for five or more concerts. As always, there are several booking and payment options available. Enquiries to be directed to 031 369 9404/369 9477/369 9438 during office hours or visit www.kznpo.co.za




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