Yale University Glee Club Choir from USA with The KZN Philharmonic Orchestra

In the first concert of the
Winter Season 2017
Concert One: Playhouse Opera, Durban: Thursday 1 June
Season: Playhouse Opera, Durban: 1 – 22 June
Music lovers will be in for a treat when the world acclaimed 80-strong Yale University Glee Club from the USA joins forces with the KZN Philharmonic and soloists to perform Beethoven’s splendid Mass in C major, Op 86 to open the KZN Philharmonic Winter Concert Season on Thursday 1 June in the Playhouse Opera.
The season opens with a very special bumper concert! The acclaimed Yale University Glee Club Choir from the USA led by Dr Jeffrey Douma, professor of conducting at the Yale School of Music will be doing a whistle-stop visit to Durban as part of an extensive nation-wide SA tour.
The Yale Glee Club is an 80-voice chorus of undergraduate women and men based at Yale University, and currently in its 155th season. It is one of the world’s most travelled collegiate choruses, having appeared before enthusiastic audiences in every major US city and abroad on six continents.
Glee Clubs, the name given to musical or choir groups, have become an American school and university tradition made globally popular through the popular TV series, Glee, which follows a group of students in the fictitious McKinley High School.
Since the autumn of 2003, Jeffrey Douma has served as Director of the Yale Glee Club, hailed under his direction by The New York Times as “one of the best collegiate singing ensembles, and one of the most adventurous.” He also serves as, where he teaches in the graduate choral program, as founding Director of the Yale Choral Artists and as Artistic Director of the Yale International Choral Festival.
The Yale Glee Club will be joined by four vocalist soloists: Nozuko Teto (soprano), Violina Anguelov (mezzo-soprano), Wayne Mkhize (tenor) and Mthunzi Nokubeka (baritone).
Also on the programme will be Belgian pianist Liebrecht Vanbeckenvoort a laureate of the prestigious Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition and a celebrate Steinway artist, who takes the spotlight as the season’s first soloist.
The KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra returns to the Durban Playhouse Opera for its four week Winter Symphony Season of sublime world class music from 1 until 22 June 2017.
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.
Refreshments and light snacks may be purchased in the foyer before the concert and during interval. Single tickets are available from www.computicket.com, 0861 915 8000, or from Shoprite Checkers Money Market counters. It is cheaper to subscribe: Subscribers can save up to 30%. For subscriptions contact 031 3699438.
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 in the Playhouse Opera. 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 bookings@kznphil.org.za 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 Alhambra 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 bookings@kznphil.org.za.
Concert ONE / opening
Date: 1 June
Conductor: Naum Rousine
Soloist ONE: Liebrecht Vanbeckenvoort
Featured instrument: piano
Programme: Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, op.15
Soloist TWO: Yale University Glee Club and soloists: Nozuko Teto (soprano); Violina Anguelov (mezzo soprano); Wayne Mkhize (tenor) and Mthunzi Nokubeka (baritone)
Featured instrument: voice
Programme: Beethoven Mass in C Major, Op. 86
Pre-concert Lecture by Michael Green
Concert TWO
Date: 8 June
Conductor: Daniel Boico
Soloist: Philippe Graffin
Featured instrument: violin
Programme: Glazunov Overture Solennelle, Op.73; Lalo Symphonie Espagnole in D minor, Op. 21; Shostakovich Symphony No.10 in E minor, Op.93
Pre-concert Lecture by Michael Green

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