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KZN 2007 WSS SEASON (article first published : 2007-01-28)

The KZN Philharmonic Orchestraís 2007 WSS Summer Season features top international and South African artists as well as an eclectic mix of music to suit all tastes. One of the highlights of the season is the closing concert on March 29 - titled Patron's Choice. The KZNPO has joined forces with the Sunday Tribune to give one lucky reader/subscriber the opportunity to put together a programme for the concert.

February 8: Gala Opening Concert. The season opens in sophisticated style with a gala evening to celebrate another year of the World Symphony Series. Celebrating his 20th anniversary on the KZNPO podium, maestro Omri Hadari, will conduct a masterful programme of music with accomplished violinist Vanya Milanova on centre stage and a 70-strong orchestra: The programme includes Beethoven's grand Violin Concerto and Berlioz's revolutionary masterpiece Symphonie Fatastique. NB: This is a non-subscription concert. Dress is black tie - optional but encouraged.

February 15 - Vivid Brilliance. Initially inspired by Beethoven's admiration for Napoleon Bonaparte (which turned to disdain when he crowned himself Emperor of France), the Eroica Symphony is a daring and dramatic work that sets the tone for an evening of powerful music. In the second half, to capture the elegant beauty and vast emotions of Brahms's First Piano Concerto, the KZNPO will feature applauded Serbian pianist Vladimir Milosevic. Lauded for his performances abroad, Vladimir was selected to perform at the Belgrade 2005 Great Performers series and has won several international competitions, including the Arthur Rubinstein Competition and the Paderewski International Piano Competition. In the current season he is set to perform in the U.S.A. and Russia with acclaimed pianist Olga Kern. The conductor will be Omri Hadari.

February 22 - Rewarding Contrasts. Marked as a turning point in his career, Barber's Violin Concerto offers contrasting movements that flow from pure lyricism to a far more hard-edged finale. Violinist Netta Hadari, under the baton of his father Omri Hadari who is once again on the podium, performs this virtuosic piece. The programme concludes with a work that reveals Dvorak's depth of feeling and technical mastery - composed in the shadow of the death of his beloved mother, the richly satisfying Seventh Symphony stands apart from the rest of his work as a stark reminder of the darkness that sometimes borders even the happiest existence.

March 1 2006 - High Notes. Winner of the 2006 Vodacom Unisa International Singing Competition (Opera), Korean-born soprano Ji-Hyun Park debuts with the KZNPO in a glittering programme of operatic highlights. Accomplished conductor Naum Rousine leads the concert which includes works by Bellini, Mozart, Delibes, Rossini, Verdi and Donizetti.

March 8 - Classical Triumph. Saint-SaŽns's Fifth Piano Concerto No. 5 Egyptian, a pictorial of musical impressions from his world travels, marks the return of skilful pianist Konstantin Soukhovetski. Recipient of the 2006 Julliard William Petschek Piano Recital Award, he has been lauded for his "...virtuosity, expressive vibrancy and infectious spirit". The programme, under the baton of Swiss conductor Emmanuel Siffert in his debut performance with the KNZPO, concludes with Franck's inventive Symphony in D minor - an extraordinary work that, despite uncertain beginnings, has become a celebrated inclusion in the symphonic repertoire.

March 15: - Melodic Invention. In the KZNPO's National Youth Concerto Festival and the KZN Young, Avigail Bushakovitz showed her remarkable talent as a violinist - receiving high praise for her performances. She is now given a soloist platform on the WSS stage and she will play Saint-SaŽns's expressively subtle Third Violin Concerto. In the second half DvorŠk shows his lighter, more optimistic side with his festive Eighth Symphony. Strongly influenced by Brahms and Schubert, as evidenced in this symphony, the composer produced a melodic symphony that is clearly a departure from the emotional intensity of its predecessor. The conductor is Emmanuel Siffert.

March 22 - Brazilian Genius. The first guitarist to receive the Tagore Gold Medal from the Royal College of Music, James Grace is an experienced performer who has made his mark in Europe, the Middle East and South Africa. For his first appearance with the KZNPO, he performs Villa-Lobos's Guitar Concerto - this beautiful and exciting piece, which explores the virtuosity of the guitarist, has grown in popularity in recent years and gained deserved recognition for the masterful work that it is. Led by British conductor Owain Arwel Hughes, associate conductor of London's Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the programme ends with Sibelius's appealing Second Symphony, which evokes various images of Finnish life and national spirit.

March 29: Patron's Choice conducted by Owain Hughes. The winning programme of the competition the KZNPO is running in conjunction with the Sunday Tribune will be performed at this concert. The prize will befit the event as the winning patron, along with five friends, will be the guests of honour at the concert - there are quite a few treats in store for them.

Contact the KZNPO on 031 369 9404 or 369 9477 or 369 9438 during office hours, or email bookings@kznpo.co.za




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