KZNPO Winter Season 2018

Playhouse Opera, Durban: June 7-28, 2018

The KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra (KZNPO) is about to launch its four-week 2018 Winter Season to run in the Playhouse Opera Theatre, each Thursday, between 7 and 28 June. The performances start at 7.30pm as part of the KZNPO’s renowned World Symphony Series (WSS) which was launched in Durban 22 years ago.

“We are excited to present the second leg of our 2018 World Symphony Series, with a roster of top flight international conductors and soloists, 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.

World-class concerts

“We continue to focus on offering music-making of the highest excellence. This endeavour dovetails with our community engagement programmes. By presenting a series of world-class concerts, as well as promoting transfer of skills to young musicians of all races, the KZN Philharmonic remains committed to enriching the cultural life of our citizens.”

Associated guest conductor Daniel Boico launches the Winter Season on June 7 with Beethoven’s powerful 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.

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Antonio Pompa Baldi

Soloist, pianist Antonio Pompa Baldi.

A superb 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.

Renowned soloist

Conductor Brandon Philips makes his bow on the podium on June 14 with a programme of 19th Century German and French repertoire. Robert Schumann’s Overture to his only Opera, Genoveva, makes a welcome appearance as the evening’s curtain-raiser, before the renowned Russian soloist, Alexander Buzlov takes the spotlight to perform Édouard Lalo 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 mercurial Midsummer Night’s Dream Overture. Taking centre-stage, the celebrated Russian soloist Nikita Boriso-Glebsky 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.

Potpourri of vocal music

The season concludes on June 28 with the Norwegian conductor, Catherine Winnes on the podium for a programme featuring Beethoven’s Fidelio Overture, Mendelssohn’s Italian Symphony, and a potpourri of vocal music.

Season tickets and booking for individual concerts in KZN Philharmonic’s 2018 Winter Season are through Computicket. Call 0861 915 8000 or book online at www.computicket.com

For more information call 031 369 9438, email bookings@kznphil.org.za or visit www.kznphil.org.za