An afternoon of Protest, Passion and Puzzlement.
Durban City Orchestra presents a
Classical Concert
St Agnes Church, Kloof: Sun 23 July at 2.30pm
St Thomas Church, Musgrave: 6 August at 2.30pm
Music-lovers are invited to an intimate afternoon concert in the company of the Durban City Orchestra (DCO) as they perform a magnificent programme of Classic and Romantic pieces at St Agnes Church in Kloof on Sunday 23 July and again at St Thomas Church on the Berea on Sunday 6 August both at 2.30pm.
The orchestra, one of the longest running orchestras in the country, has a complement of approximately 30 active members who get together weekly. The orchestra includes two accomplished professional musicians in Charl van der Merwe as Resident Conductor and Jitske Brien as Concert Master.
The programme comprises three pieces: Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony; Francois Borne’s Fantaisie Brillante sur Carmen from Georges Bizet’s opera Carmen, and Finlandia by Sibelius.
Protest: Finlandia is a symphonic, tone poem by Finnish composer, Jean Sibelius. It was written for the Press Celebrations of 1899 – as a protest against the increasing censorship of the media controlled by tsarist Russia.
Passion: François Borne’s Fantasie Brillante on Themes from Bizet’s Carmen (based on the opera Carmen by Georges Bizet) is by far his most famous composition. Borne’s setting of Carmen’s luscious melodies combine a deep understanding of the flute (he was a flautist, French composer, flute maker and flute professor) with a flair for the distinctive Habanera dance rhythms and passionate colours of the opera – although his interpretation is far brighter and more cheerful than Bizet’s original. The soloist performing this work will be Nolwazi Nkwanyana, who is a Cadet member of the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra and a music student studying through UNISA under the tutorage of Sabina Baird, Principal Flute with the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra.
Puzzlement: Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony is among the most popular works of the prolific and accomplished composer, and one of the iconic pieces of the late Classical, early Romantic period. Dubbed great and strange with uncharacteristic fearlessness and directness, it is one of the many alluring mysteries as to why this piece was never finished.
Good to Know:
Tickets: R150 full price / R120 for pensioners and students (excluding Computicket surcharge)
Booking: Through Computicket.
It is advisable to pre-book tickets.
St Agnes Church
53 Abelia Road, Kloof
St Thomas Church
Musgrave Rd, Berea.

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