Durban City Hall: Thurs 27 Feb & 5 March @ 7.30pm
Beethoven lovers are in for a treat for the final two weeks of the KZNPO Summer Symphony Season taking place on Thursday evenings in the Durban City Hall, with multiple Beethoven pieces on the programme.
The KZNPO joins orchestras around the world in celebrating Ludwig van Beethoven’s 250th birth anniversary this year (1770 – 1827). Globally there will be concerts, operas, festivals, exhibitions and performances celebrating one of Germany’s most famous citizens. In Germany alone around 1000 events are planned
Perennial favourite Japanese maestro Shinozaki returns for the third concert of the season on 27 February, when Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture and his magnificent Emperor Concerto, played by German pianist Jan Jiracek von Arnim, can be heard in the first half of the evening, followed by a performance of Dvorák’s immensely rewarding Symphony No 7.
The Netherlands born conductor Arjan Tien makes a popular return to round off the season on 5 March, with two more Beethoven favourites, the Leonore Overture No 1 and the Triple Concerto, played by pianist, Malcolm Nay, violinist Tai Murray and cellist Aristide du Plessis. The evening closes with a performance of Bizet’s delightful Symphony in C.
The KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra 2020 Summer Season runs in the Durban City Hall every Thursday between 13 February and 5 March, each concert starting at 19h30. The season continues to espouse the proud tradition of the Orchestra’s World Symphony Series (WSS), which launched in Durban 24 years ago.
Season tickets for the KZN Philharmonic’s World Symphony Series 2020 Summer Season are available through Computicket. Call 0861 915 8000 or book online at For more information visit, email or call 031-369 9438 (office hours).
February 27, 2020:
Conductor: Yasuo Shinozaki
Soloist: Jan Jiracek von Arnim (piano)
Beethoven: Coriolan Overture, Op. 62; Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5, Op. 73 in E-flat Major, “Emperor” and Dvořák: Symphony No. 7, Op. 70 in d minor
March 5, 2020:
Conductor: Arjan Tien
Soloists: Tai Murray (violin); Aristide du Plessis (cello) and Malcolm Nay (piano)
Beethoven: Leonore Overture No. 1, Op. 138 Beethoven: Concerto for Violin, Violoncello & Piano, Op. 56 in C Major and Bizet: Symphony No. 1 in C Major