KZN Phil To Perform Four Summer Season Concerts

Playhouse Opera: Thurs 24 Feb / 3 / 10 / 17 March
Celebrating the much-anticipated return of live music-making in Durban, the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra is proud to announce details of its new World Symphony Series Summer Season. This launches in The Playhouse Opera in Durban on Thursday 24 February at 7pm. The season runs weekly on Thursdays at this time, until 17 March.
“Following the long months of isolation we have all experienced due to the Covid pandemic, we are delighted to launch our 2022 World Symphony Series with a line-up of international and South African guest stars who are set to join us in ensuring we bring our patrons the finest possible concert-going experience,” says KZN Philharmonic Artistic Director and Chief Executive, Bongani Tembe.
The German-born maestro Berhard Gueller opens the season conducting three works by Beethoven, Bruch and Brahms. Beethoven’s Leonore Overture No 3 promises to be an uplifting curtain raiser to this evening’s exhilarating event. The internationally acclaimed young Korean violinist Hyeyoon Park takes centre-stage as soloist in a performance of Max Bruch’s much-loved G minor Violin Concerto, bringing the first half of the programme to a close. Maestro Gueller ends the evening on a joyous note.
Returning to the podium on 1 March, Berhard Gueller ushers in his second programme with one of Mozart’s most iconic works, the Serenade K525, ‘Eine Kleine Nachtmusik’. Completing the first half of the evening’s programme, KZN Philharmonic’s Principal Cellist, Boris Kerimov is the evening’s soloist in Schumann’s Cello Concerto in A minor. Maestro Gueller brings the evening to a close with Mozart’s magnificent Symphony No 39, a miraculous feat of writing in which the composer seamlessly conceals his art.
The KZN Philharmonic’s resident conductor, Lykele Temmingh, is on the podium for the third concert of the season on 10 March, with an eclectic selection of Czech, South African and Russian classics. His programme opens with Janáček’s exquisitely crafted Adagio for Orchestra. Temmingh is then joined onstage by his nephew, the gifted young South African pianist Roelof Temmingh Jnr, in a performance of the Piano Concerto by the late South African composer, Roelof Temmingh, the conductor’s sibling, and the pianist’s father marking the tenth anniversary of his death. Conductor Temmingh brings the evening to a climax with Tchaikovsky’s hugely popular Pathetique Symphony..
Israeli / American conductor, Daniel Boico makes a long overdue to the South African concert platform, to close the Durban season on 17 March with one of his signature, all-Beethoven programmes. The first half of the evening sees the conductor joined onstage by the renowned Russian / Israeli / American soloist, Ilya Friedberg, for a performance of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No 1 in C Major. Beethoven’s iconic Eroica Symphony Symphony brings the evening to a rousing close.
There will be free Tea and Symphony concerts for the final rehearsal every Thursday morning at 10am in the Playhouse Opera.
Complimentary tea and coffee will be served prior to evening concerts and during interval.
Season tickets for the KZN Philharmonic’s World Symphony Series 2022 Summer Season are available through Quicket.For more information visit, email or call 031-369 9438 (office hours).

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