The KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra has announced details of its four-concert 2020 Summer Season. This 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.
“We are delighted to launch our 2020 World Symphony Series with a remarkable line-up of international guest stars gracing our roster, 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.
“It is our great pleasure to welcome each of our dedicated subscribers back to the Durban City Hall, as well as those enthusiasts who prefer to select their musical outings from the Summer Season’s line-up.”
“We encourage our regular supporters to introduce the joy of live music to family and friends. Particularly as our programmes include an engaging mix of well-loved works along with less familiar repertoire, which we know you will enjoy discovering!”
Perennial favourite Yasuo Shinozaki returns to the Durban City Hall podium to launch the season on 13 February with two towering concert staples by Brahms, the Tragic Overture and the Fourth Symphony, which frame Rachmaninoff’s iconic Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, played by the leading SA concert pianist, Francois du Toit.
On 20 February, the American conductor William Eddins shares the spotlight with two guest soloists, the Montenegrin guitarist Goran Krivokapić and the gifted young South African soprano, Zandile Mzazi, who join the orchestra in performing a richly curated programme of concert bon-bons by Schubert, Rodrigo, Mascagni, Massenet, Verdi, Elgar and Tchaikovsky
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.
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 www.computicket.com. For more information visit http://kznphil.org.za/, email bookings@kznphil.org.za or call 031-369 9438 (office hours).