‘Concert of Firsts’ to open KZNPO season

2011-09-13 00:00

THE KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra (KZNPO) launches its World Symphony Series 2011 Spring Season at the Durban City Hall on Thursday with a programme entitled “A Concert of Firsts”

Popular United-States-based conductor Victor Yampolsky opens the season with the world premiere of John Simon’s Fanfares for Tristan, followed by Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 and Symphony No. 1 in G minor “Winter Dreams”.

South African-born Simon, who lives in the United Kingdom, joins the distinguished band of poets, writers, painters, composers and film makers who have given creative expression to the tragic love story of Tristan and Isolde.

Having been inspired by Wagner’s operatic paean to the ancient myth of Tristan and Isolde, Simon describes his own work as a “musical tribute to the warrior hero, Tristan of Bretagne, in which elements from different versions of the story are freely interwoven”.

“A strong African sense of rhythm also pervades the music, suggesting that my version of the story may actually be set quite far from Brittany …”

The soloist is versatile U.S. pianist Bobby Mitchell, who will perform Tchaikovsky’s great B-flat-minor Piano Concerto No. 1, which is one of the best-loved pieces in the world’s concert repertoire.

To subscribe to the World Symphony Series Spring Season, which runs every Thursday evening until November 3, phone 031 369 9400 or e-mail bookings@kznpo.co.za.

Booking for individual concerts can be made through Computicket. Programme details of the season can be found at www.kznpo.co.za.

— Arts Editor

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