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The KZN Philharmonic Orchestra
Winter Symphony Season 2017
Concert Four: Playhouse Opera, Durban: Thursday 22 June
The KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra gears up for its final concert in its four-week Winter Season on 15 June with piano taking centre stage.
The fourth concert on 22 June is also under the baton of Daniel Raiskin has four glorious pieces on the programme – including a premier piece by South African Matthijs van Dijk – and works by Lutoslawski; Haydn and Beethoven.
Raiskin, a hugely respected conductor who grew up in St Petersburg, the son of a prominent musicologist and known as one of Europe’s leading viola players, opens the evening with a new work, intriguingly entitled Drop – an original composition from Mattjis van Dijk – past recipient of the SAMRO Overseas scholarship and winner of the Priaulx Rainer Prize. Drop derives its nuances from the 21st century sound of electronic music and fantastical percussive tempo.
Joining the orchestra will be members of the DECODA Ensemble, an affiliate ensemble of the famed Carnegie Hall in New York.
The DECODA ensemble stay with the orchestra for the centre piece for the evening: Haydn’s Sinfonia Concertate – this joyous work has solo parts for violin, cello, oboe and bassoon pitted against a large orchestra.
Also on the programme are Dance Preludes by Polish composer Witold Lutoslawski, and Ludwig van Beethoven’s iconic Fifth Symphony which brings the Winter Symphony Season to a grand close!
Refreshments and light snacks may be purchased in the foyer before the concert and during interval. Single tickets are available from, 0861 915 8000, or from Shoprite Checkers Money Market counters.
The KZN Phil continues its primary mission of bringing excellence in music making to the province of KZN. The Winter Season features top South African and international musicians in an eclectic programme of amazing music. “We are committed to bringing the highest quality concerts to Durban thereby enriching the city and province through music,” says Bongani Tembe CEO and Artistic Director of the KZN Philharmonic.
The final rehearsals for the Winter Symphony Season concerts are open to the public and provide a glimpse into the preparation needed for a symphony concert. Join us each Symphony Season Thursday at 10am. Entrance for adults is R30 / R10 for scholars, which includes a cup of tea. The final rehearsal is the perfect opportunity to introduce scholars to symphony concerts and also provides great outings for community groups and retirement homes. Please contact the KZN Philharmonic to enquire about special rates and to make arrangements for groups. Contact or call the bookings office on 031 369 9438.
You can gain a deeper understanding of the music you are about to hear by attending the Friends of Music’s Pre-Concert Lecture in the Tudor Room at the Playhouse starting at 6pm and entry is R10.
So come and join us for another amazing season of glorious music!
For more information, contact 031 369 9438 or email
Concert FOUR / final
Date: 22 June
Conductor: Daniel Raiskin
Soloist: DECODA Ensemble: an affiliate ensemble of Carnegie Hall in New York.
Featured instrument: various
Programme: Van Dijk: Drop Lutoslawski Dance Preludes; Haydn Sinfonia Concertante in B flat major, Op. 84 and Beethoven Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67
Pre-concert Lecture by Dr Teddy Pillay
Book: Computicket / box-office prior to concert.

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