BY BILLY SUTER
A STELLAR line-up of new-generation and established international guest artists has been secured for the 2018 Spring Season by Durban’s KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra. The season will run at 7.30pm every Thursday in the Durban City Hall from November 1 to 22.
“After a mid-spring break, we are delighted to welcome back our greatly valued family of music lovers to join us as we continue our celebration of music-making,” says Mr Bongani Tembe, the orchestra’s chief executive and artistic director.
“In keeping with the tradition of the orchestra’s long-running World Symphony Series, the season features a stellar line-up of new-generation and established international guest artists. These include the return appearances of conductors William Eddins, Justus Frantz, Yasuo Shinazaki and Daniel Boico.
“Luminaries populating our roster of guest soloists include: the acclaimed young violinist Rachel Lee Priday; award-winning pianists Dina Ivanova and Olga Scheps; the celebrated clarinet virtuoso Robert Pickup; and young vocal stars Linda Nteleza (soprano), Abongile Fumba (mezzo-soprano), Wayne Mkhize (tenor) and Andile Dlamini (bass), who perform with one of our leading choirs, Sounds of Joy.
“The season dovetails with our ongoing commitment to community engagement and skills transfer among emerging artists and learners.”
American maestro William Eddins, Music Director Emeritus of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, launches the season on November 1, making his bow alongside the evening’s soloist, violinist Rachel Lee Priday.
Acclaimed for her beauty of tone and riveting stage presence, Priday performs Brahms’s Violin Concerto in D Major. The second half of the evening sees the orchestra paying homage to Jean Sibelius’s three-movement Fifth Symphony.
German conductor Justus Frantz takes the podium on November 8, for an all-Mozart programme. This features performances of the Overture to Lucio Silla; Piano Concerto K 271, a superb debut vehicle to introduce the award-winning young Russian virtuoso, Dina Ivanova; and the Coronation Mass in C Major.
Japanese conductor Yasuo Shinozaki is at the helm of the KZNPO for its third programme of the season on November 15. Following a performance of Mendelssohn’s rarely heard Fair Melusina Overture, and Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings, South African-born virtuoso, Robert Pickup, principal clarinetist of the Philharmonia Zurich Orchestra, takes the spotlight in Carl Maria von Weber’s Clarinet Concerto No 1 in F minor.
The programme climaxes with Robert Schumann’s ‘Spring Symphony’, the German Romantic composer’s first symphonic composition, written in 1841.
Daniel Boico, the KZNPO’s associate guest conductor, rounds off the Spring Season with performances of Mendelssohn’s hugely popular ‘Scottish Symphony’, and Balakirev’s rarely heard Overture on Three Russian Themes, before German-Russian pianist. Olga Scheps performs Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No 2 in C minor.
Season tickets and bookings for individual concerts are through Computicket. For more information call (031) 369 9438.