THURSDAY, June 7, marks the first of the Winter Symphony Season concerts by Durban’s KZN Philharmonic Orchestra which will continue until June 28 with concerts in the Playhouse Opera theatre, at 7.30pm on Thursdays.
“We are excited to present the second leg of our 2018 World Symphony Series, with a roster of top-flight international conductors and soloists on our concert platform, along with prominent South African artists, whilst continuing to carry out the KZN Philharmonic’s Orchestra’s broad mission of developing its dynamic artistic vision,” says Bongani Tembe, the orchestra’s chief executive and artistic director.
Associated Guest Conductor Daniel Boico launches the season on June 7 with Beethoven’s Egmont Overture. Written to accompany a performance of Goethe’s drama of the same title, it is one of the last works of the composer’s middle period, similar in style to the Fifth Symphony which predated it by two years.
A showcase for award-winning Italian virtuoso, Antonio Pompa-Baldi, the statuesque grandeur of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No 3 in C minor promises to be an exciting centrepiece to the evening’s programme, which concludes with a performance of the Symphony No 1 by the Russian composer, Alexander Borodin.
Conductor Brandon Philips makes his bow on the podium on June 14 with a programme of 19th Century German and French repertoire on. Robert Schumann’s overture to his only Opera, Genoveva, is the evening’s curtain-raiser, before Russian soloist, Alexander Buzlov, performs Édouard Lalo’s Cello Concerto in D minor. Brahms’ Symphony No 3 rounds off the programme.
Pretoria-born maestro Conrad van Alphen opens the programme on June 21 with a performance of Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream Overture. Celebrated Russian soloist Nikita Boriso-Glebsky then takes on the challenges of Sibelius’s towering Violin Concerto, and the season’s third programme rounds off a with Dvořák: Symphony No 5 in F Major Op 76,
The season concludes on June 28 with Norwegian conductor Catherine Winnes on the podium for a programme featuring Beethoven’s Fidelio Overture, Mendelssohn’s Italian Symphony, and a pot pourri of vocal music.
This showcases a quartet of soloists – Nozuko Teto, Siphokazi Maphumulo, Ntokozo Mhlongo, Khulekhani Khumalo and Andile Dlamini – together with four of Durban’s finest choirs: Prince Mshiyeni Choir, Thokozani Choral Society, Clermont Community Choir and the Durban Symphonic Choir.
Two great Handel items – the imposing Coronation Anthem, ‘Zadok the Priest’, and Merab’s haunting aria, ‘Author of Peace’, from the oratorio Saul – combine with the moving Lacrimosa from Mozart’s Requiem and Haydn’s The Heavens Are Telling from The Creation – to offset three visceral contemporary items by South African composers Bokwe, Mnomiya and Sibisi.
An uplifting end to the season. This concert will also celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of former South African president Nelson Mandela.
Season tickets and booking for individual concerts in KZN Philharmonic’s 2018 Winter Season are available at Computicket. For more info call (031) 369 9438,