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KZN PHILHARMONIC NEWS (article first published : 2005-04-19)

The KZN Philharmonic Orchestra’s forthcoming Winter Season of its World Symphony Series promises to offer virtuoso performances of the high calibre, KZNPO patrons have come to expect.

The WSS Winter Season runs for seven concerts from May 19 to June 30. There are savings of up to 20% for subscribers and several booking and payment options available.

May 19: Timeless Enchantment. The season opens under the baton of popular Dutch conductor, Arjan Tien. Joining him on stage for the first time is gifted South African musician, Marc Uys, who performs Glazunov's finely crafted Violin Concerto. The perennially popular Capriccio Italien by Tchaikovsky sets the tone for the evening and the concert concludes with excerpts from Prokofiev's evocative musical illustration of the lyrical beauty and tragic power of Romeo and Juliet.

May 26: Force of Life. Talented Swiss conductor Baldur Bronnimann debuts with the KZNPO, along with American musician Spencer Myer. Noted as one of the most promising pianists of his generation, Myer performs Brahms's masterly Piano Concerto No.1. The second half features Nielsen's Symphony No. 4 "The Inextinguishable". In the midst of a mid-life crisis, the composer sought to make sense of the war and destruction around him by paying homage to the indestructible force that is the "elemental will of life", something he felt only music had the power to express in full.

June 2: Bountiful Beethoven. Beethoven's musical genius provides a fitting platform for the return of two accomplished artists: prominent Chinese conductor En Shao who is a long-standing favourite with Durban audiences, and Israel-born Dror Biran who has enjoyed several successful tours of South Africa. The programme includes Beethoven's Musik zu einem Ritterballet, Piano Concerto No. 2 and Symphony No. 4, replete with musical jokes.

June 9: Operatic Gala. Excerpts from Puccini's Madame Butterfly and Tosca; Verdi's Otello, Nabucco, Rigoletto, La Forza del Destino, Un Ballo in Maschera, I Vespri Siciliani and Luisa Miller; Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia; Mascagni's Cavalleria Rusticana and Giordano's Andrea Chenier. Satiate your opera appetite with excerpts from treasured Italian masterpieces. The four accomplished Italian performers - conductor Armando Tasso, soprano Daniela Longhi, tenor Cesare Catani and baritone Fabio Previati - are sponsored by Arena di Verona, the largest operatic theatre in the world, in association with the Italian Institute of Culture, Pretoria, and the Italian Consulate, Durban. The concert also features talented South African baritone, Nicholas Ndadane.

June 16: Spirit of Youth. En Shao conducts a programme that is in turns both bracing and poignant. Khachaturian's Violin Concerto abounds with vitality and tenderness. Polish violinist Rafal Zambrzycki-Payne debuts centre stage with the KZNPO to present his interpretation of this enthralling concerto. The programme also includes two works by Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin: Polonaise and Symphony No. 2 "Little Russian".

June 23: Spanish Moods. In addition to being a founding member of the well-known Aviv String Quartet, Sergey Ostrovsky has also established himself as a skilled soloist. Under the direction of the KZNPO's Naum Rousine, Sergey performs Lalo's rhythmic concerto with its haunting gypsy-flavoured melodies. Other works on the programme are Chabrier’s España and Bizet-Schedrin’s Carmen Suite.

June 30: Festive Flourish. Lauded for playing "with intrepid power ... and sensuous detail", the Norwegian National Opera's acclaimed concert master, Ole Böhn debuts with the KZN Philharmonic to perform Dvorák’s Violin Concerto. On the podium is respected British conductor Nicholas Cleobury. Berlioz’s Roman Carnival Overture and Elgar’s Enigma Variations completes the programme.

For further information, contact 031 369 9404 or 369 9477 or 369 9438 during office hours, or email bookings@kznpo.co.za To visit the orchestra’s website, just click on the KZNPO advert which can be found on the main pages.




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