KZNPO celebrates

2010-09-09 00:00

CELEBRATIONS for the 200th birthday anniversaries of the composers Chopin and Schumann are among the highlights of the Kwa-Zulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra’s (KZNPO) World Symphony Series­ Spring Season, which gets under way on September 16.

Chopin’s Piano Concerto No 2 will be performed on September 23 and three weeks later, patrons can hear Schumann’s Spring Symphony.

The opening concert — at 7.30 pm on September 16 in the Durban City Hall — will be conducted by Victor Yampolsky and features violinist Sibylle Tschopp. The programme includes Mussorgsky’s Khovantchina: Introduction (Dawn on the Moscow River), Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D Major, Opus 35 and Shostakovich’s Symphony No 5 in D Minor, Opus 47.

Speaking to The Witness about the new season, Bongani Tembe, chief executive and artistic director of the KZNPO, said: “After hosting a successful series of concerts during the World Cup, the orchestra continues to promote this sense of pride and celebration with our symphony season featuring accomplished artists of many nationalities, as did the World Cup, except our fixture is a collaboration where everyone emerges a winner.”

In addition to Yampolsky, the orchestra will be conducted by Robert Maxym and the young Italian conductor Alessandro Crudele. Soloists include the pianists Russian Vassily Primakov; South African piano duo Cara Hesse and Laura Pauna; Italian­ Mariangela Vacatello; Korea­’s Young-Choon Park; world renowned violinist Daniel Rowland, who returns to South Africa for the sixth time to play Elgar’s Violin Concerto in B Minor; and cellist Jérôme Pernoo, who brings the season to a close with Offenbach’s Concerto Militaire for Violoncello and orchestra, for which he also composed the cadenza.

The orchestra will also be celebrating the stars of tomorrow with its annual National Youth Concerto Festival, during which the cream of young South African musicians will perform on stage with the KZNPO, under the baton of Lykele Temmingh­, on September 30.

Subscription bookings for the spring season and renewals are available through the KZNPO offices. Alternatively book at Computicket. Inquiries: 031 369 9438 or www.kznpo.co.za

 

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