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KZNPO ON TOUR (article first published : 2005-04-11)

On April 12, the hardworking and dedicated musicians of the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra will travel from their base in Durban to take up residency in the Hluhluwe region of northern Zululand until April 16, as part of their bi-annual visits to rural and remote areas of the province.

Bongani Tembe, Chief Executive and Artistic Director of the KZNPO said, “I strongly believe in the value of integrating music into the learning experience of our children and the society at large, and the Residency Programme seeks to achieve this by reaching people in the communities where they live. I am passionate about sharing our skills and the opportunity to give Master Classes with the Khongisa Youth Orchestra is going to be marvellous for these young musicians. Indeed, I trust that in every contact we make on this visit, our music will act as an inspiration to everyone.”

The Residency Programme is designed to allow the KZNPO to spend about a week at a time with rural communities visiting their schools, conducting workshops and rehearsing with local performers.

This Residency will include performances for the Hluhluwe, Hluhluwe Private and Pongola Primary Schools, as well as the Ekudubekeni, Maqhing‘endoda and Thol’ukukhanya High Schools. The visit will begin with a concert in a remote corner of Zululand at the Inkandla Community Centre where four local schools will congregate to hear the Orchestra. The schools are: Inkandla and Umthiyaqhwa High Schools and Umzikazi, Isigananda and Matshensikazi Primary Schools.

On Wednesday evening, residents are invited to a community concert in the Hluhluwe Farmers’ Association Hall (Pineapple Hall) where they will enjoy a feast of music. In addition to the KZNPO’s selection of popular as well as classical music, concertgoers will also be treated to musical compositions by gifted soloists Zenneth Cibane, Elena Kerimova and Makho Humbane. Popular Dutch born Lyk Temmingh, who is a resident conductor with the KZN Philharmonic, will conduct the Orchestra. The concert will be repeated at Grantleigh School near Richards Bay on April 14.

The residents of Empangeni have not been left out, with a concert taking place on April 15 at the NATU Hall. On this occasion the Orchestra will be joined by the Zululand Cantata and local soloists.

All three concerts begin at 19h00 pm and tickets will be available at the door on the night of the concert. For more information contact Janet Welch, KZNPO’s Marketing Manager on 031 369 9453, fax 031 369 9403, email: marketing@kznpo.co.za




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