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KZNPO SYMPHONY IN THE SUBURBS (article first published : 2005-04-25)

In August last year, the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra put on a wonderful concert for South Coast residents and the good news is that on May 5, the Orchestra will be back! The KZNPO will perform a programme classical music at the Amanzimtoti Civic Centre and the concert will be lead by Russian-born Naum Rousine with the internationally acclaimed violinist, Geza Kayser, as soloist.

The evening’s programme will begin with the overture to Barber of Seville by Rossini followed by Dvoøák’s Concerto for Violin. The second half features the 1st movement of Dvoøák’s New World Symphony which will be followed by the second movement of Tchaikovsky’s 4th Symphony and the evocative 3rd movement of 3rd Symphony by Brahms. The Hungarian Dance No 5 also by Brahms and Dance of the Comedians from the opera The Bartered Bride by Smetana will complete your evening’s enjoyment.

Geza Kayser was born in Austria from a German-Hungarian musical family but he grew up here in South Africa. After studying at the Conservatoire in Zurich with Thomas Fueri, he began his postgraduate studies at the Royal Academy of Music in 1988, studying with Gyoergy Pauk and members of the world famous Amadeus String Quartet. While at the Academy, Geza won the David Martin Concerto prize playing Walton’s Violin Concerto, the Winifred Small and Rowsby Woof prizes, the Gerard Heller Inter-collegiate String Quartet prize and the John B McEwen String Quartet prize. He was awarded the coveted Edwin Samuel Dove prize for special merit during studentship and also gained the Recital Diploma and Marjorie Hayward Recital prize.

Geza has taken part in masterclasses with Igor Ozim, Franco Gulli, the Tokyo String Quartet, Gyoergy Kurtag and Zakhar Bron. Overseas, he has given recitals and chamber music concerts in England, Holland, Germany, Switzerland and Austria whilst in South Africa his performances have been in Bloemfontein with PACOFS, in Cape Town with CAPAB and in Durban with the KZNPO. In addition he has made recordings for Austrian and German radio as well as BBC Radio 2 and SAfm.

His orchestral career began in Bloemfontein as a cadet in the PACOFS orchestra. Subsequently he freelanced with the London Mozart Players, Royal Ballet Sinfonia as co-leader, and Bournemouth Sinfonietta. He joined the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra in 1996 and was leader of the second violins for three years. Geza also has an interest in teaching pupils to learn the violin which stems from his days as an undergraduate, and he continues to give lessons to this day.

Before immigrating to South Africa in 1992, Russian-born conductor-violinist Naum Rousine held posts as conductor at the Kazan Opera House in Russia, assistant conductor with the Kazan Philharmonic Orchestra and lecturer in operatic conducting at the Kazan State Conservatory. On arrival in Durban, he took up a post as first violinist with the KZN Philharmonic in the première performance of his own Flute Concerto in 1994. The scope of his work encompasses chamber, symphonic, operatic and choral works, ballet, musicals as well as education and development programmes with the KZNPO.

Naum Rousine has scored great success in the vocal repertoire including Mendelssohn’s Elijah and the Hymn of Praise; Brahms’s Ein Deutshes Requiem; Haydn’s Creation and Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance. Highlights of his career have included all-Beethoven and all-Tchaikovsky programmes and a memorable performance of Ravel’s Bolero during the KZN Philharmonic’s World Symphony Series. He accompanied the Orchestra on its recent tour to Europe and conducted a performance of Zizi Lethu! Themba Lethu! in the St Ansgarii Cathedral in Bremen. At Easter this year he was on the podium for a sell-out performance of Handel’s Messiah at the Mariannhill Cathedral. The first week of April saw him lead the KZN Philharmonic, choir and soloists in four performances of Bravo! A Night at the Opera in the Playhouse Opera. He is a familiar figure with the KZN Philharmonic’s World Symphony Series and outdoor concerts

The concert at the Civic Centre, Amanzimtoti starts at 19h30. Tickets R40 (R20 scholars) will be available at the door.

Further information from Janet Welch at the KZNPO on 031 369 9453 during office hours, e-mail:: marketing@kznpo.co.za or visit www.kznpo.co.za (To reach the site, simply click on the KZNPO advert on the main pages)




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