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PHILIPP MAIER FOR DCO (article first published : 2001-03-20)

The Durban City Orchestra (DCO) originally founded in 1888 as the Durban Philharmonic Society, is alive and well and starts an exciting 2001 concert season, with the appointment of a new conductor, a programme of exciting concerts and an active drive to sign-up new musicians.

Philipp Maier, recently appointed as the orchestra’s resident conductor, is known to most of the Durban public as a pianist but he also has extensive experience in conducting gained in Germany. Under his baton, the DCO has an all–Mozart programme planned for March 25 at 14h00 at Camelot Estate in Hillcrest, featuring works such as the Titus Overture” and the Symphony No. 28. The Camelot concerts have proved very successful and will continue throughout the year, many of them featuring several soloists.

The DCO provides a platform for amateur musicians to play as an ensemble. It also gives music students from the University of Durban, Natal with aspirations of a musical career, an opportunity to study works from the orchestral repertoire and gain valuable performance experience. The Orchestra also aims to establish and promote the vital link between a youth orchestra and a professional orchestra. Many of the student players are also cadets in the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra (KZNPO).

Mendelssohn’s Elijah will be performed in June together with the Durban Philharmonic Choir and the Pietermaritzburg Symphonic Society. Performances will take place in both Pietermaritzburg and Durban. Further details will be announced in the press closer to the time.

The orchestra is always in need of string, woodwind and brass players, especially viola, cello, double bass, French horn, oboe and bassoon. Due to Philipp Maier’s relationship with the KZNPO he has already recruited several KZNPO members to play with the DCO.

Musicians interested in joining the DCO or finding out more about the orchestra should call Ronald Boom on (031) 266-8623 or Philipp Maier on 083 794-1914.




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