Playhouse Opera: Every Thursday 9 Feb – 16 March

First concert: Thursday  9 Feb

The glorious KZN Philharmonic begins their year with a six concert summer symphony season taking place every Thursday in the Playhouse Opera.

“The KZN Philharmonic is committed to enriching the cultural life of South Africa’s diverse audiences by presenting world-class concerts which reflect thediverse heritage of our country,” says Bongani Tembe, Chief Executive and Artistic Director: KZN Philharmonic.

The first concert of the season features Joanna MacGregor on piano performing Shostakovich’s scintillating Piano Concerto No 2, under the baton of Canadian born conductor Kwame Ryan.

Joanna MacGregor is one of the world’s most innovative musicians, appearing as a concert pianist, curator and collaborator. Head of Piano at the Royal Academy of Music and Professor of the University of London, Joanna MacGregor is also the Artistic Director of Dartington International Summer School & Festival. Joanna MacGregor was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the Queen’s Jubilee Honours in 2012.

Conductor Kwame Ryan is a Canadian of Trinidadian descent who will be making his debut with the KZN Philharmonic. He has earned distinction conducting a broad spectrum of symphonic and operatic repertoire on both sides of the Atlantic and in the Far East.

On the programme is Beethoven’s Overture to the Creatures of Prometheus; Shostakovich’s piano concerto No 2; Beethoven’s Symphony No 6 in F Major Pastoral. Booking is through www.computicket.com / 0861 915 8000 / Shoprite Checkers Money Market Counters. For subscriptions contact 031 3699438.

Pictured: Joanna MacGregor: soloist for the first week of the ZKN Phil

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