Strings in the Spotlight this week
KZN Philharmonic Orchestra 2018 Summer Season
The KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra ended its four week 2018 Summer Season on Thursday 15 March in the Playhouse Opera Theatre with esteemed father-and-son duo, Max Baillie (violin) and Alexander Baillie (cello) under the baton of Maestro Arjan Tien performing a dynamic programme of three superbly contrasting masterworks by Mozart, Brahms and Sibelius.
While in Durban, Max Baillie and Alexander Baillie will be conducting a free strings workshop for young performers at the Durban Music School on Saturday 17 March and Sunday 18 March, hosted by the Quartet for Peace initiative. The Quartet of Peace is the name given to two violins, a viola and a cello made by master craftsman Brian Lisus, each dedicated to one of South Africa’s four Nobel Peace Laureates: Desmond Tutu, Albert Luthuli, FW de Klerk, and Nelson Mandela.
The vision for the Quartet is to promote the ideals symbolised by the lives of these great men, using the power of music to inspire, educate, and uplift. While promoting peace and inspiring audiences around the world, the project seeks to enhance the opportunities open to young South Africans talented in string-playing or instrument-making/repairing who would otherwise not be financially able to advance their studies. The project is overseen by two registered charities: in South Africa, The South African Peace Quartet Trust, and in Britain, the UK Friends of the South African Peace Quartet Trust.
The two day strings workshop is open to all music students. The KZN Philharmonic has facilitated music students from Kwabazothini from Inanda and The Gamalakhe Strings Ensemble from Port Shepstone, to attend the workshop.
The weekend workshop will culminate in a free concert on Sunday 18 March at 4pm at the Durban Music School featuring the KZN Philharmonic, Max Baillie (violin) and Alexander Baillie (cello) under the baton of Maestro Arjan Tien performing with some of the students from the workshop process.
For more information on the Baillie strings master-class, or to reserve your free tickets to the Sunday concert, please contact the KZN Philharmonic on 031-369 9438, email or visit

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