Symphonic sounds of spring

Italian virtuoso Alessandro Taverna will be the soloist in Chopin’s Piano Concerto No 1 in E minor on August 23.

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BY BILLY SUTER

YOUNG Hong Kong-born conductor Perry So will be on the Durban City Hall podium to open the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic’s early spring symphony season on August 23, with a programme that includes Mozart’s Il Seraglio Overture and his iconic Symphony No 40 in G minor.

The Italian virtuoso Alessandro Taverna will be the soloist in Chopin’s Piano Concerto No 1 in E minor in the second half of the programme.

The season runs in the Durban City Hall at 7.30pm each Thursday, until September 13.

Perry So returns for the second programme on August 20. This opens with the L’ile de Tulipatan Overture by Jacques Offenbach. The prize-winning young German violinist Alissa Margulis will be the soloist that night in Mendelssohn’ E-minor Violin Concerto, and the concert will close with Brahms’s monumental Symphony No 1.

Acclaimed Russian maestro Daniel Raiskin makes a return to the KZN Philharmonic podium on September 6 to conduct a richly eclectic programme. This includes Richard Strauss’s early concert masterpiece, Don Juan; Liszt’s Piano Concerto No 2 (spotlighting Vitaly Pisarenko, a soloist); and Smetana’s The Moldau/Vltava from his patriotic symphonic poem, My Homeland.

Hong Kong-born conductor Perry So.

The programme rounds off with the fascinating inclusion of Warren Bessey’s Symphonic FantasyInkosazane Mkabayi. This 25-minute work focuses on one of the most powerful figures in 19th century Zulu history – King Shaka’s formidable aunt, the Princess Mkabayi Kajama – whose dramatic entrance into life foreshadowed not only the shape of her own destiny but also that of the Zulu nation forever.  She is remembered as a highly intelligent leader and fierce defender of the Royal household.

The season ends in traditional style on September 13 with the KZN Philharmonic’s resident conductor, Lykele Temmingh, conducting the annual National Youth Concerto Festival, which showcases the cream of young South African talent taking the stage to perform with seasoned professionals. This year’s event will be dedicated to the memory of the orchestra’s founding conductor, Dr David Tidboald, who died recently at the age of 92, having spent a lifetime dedicated to fostering the careers of young musicians and promoting musical excellence.

Season tickets and bookings for individual concerts are through Computicket. For more information call (031) 369 9438.


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