Symphonic delight in the PMB city hall on Thursday

2010-11-08 00:00

CLASSICAL music fans cannot afford to miss Thursday’s fabulous Symphony in the City featuring the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra (KZNPO) and soloists — Ralitza Cherneva and Rifoloe Oliphant (violins), Joanne Rozario (clarinet) and Christopher Duigan (piano).

The programme for the concert, which takes place in the Pietermaritzburg City Hall at 7.30 pm, is expected to include: Johann Strauss’s Die Fledermaus: Overture; JS Bach’s Adagio from Double Violin Concerto in D minor; C.M. von Weber’s Concertino; Alexander Borodin’s In the Steppes of Central Asia; Jean Sibelius’s Finlandia; Richard Wagner’s Prelude to Act III — Lohengrin; Dmitri Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No 2; and Georges Bizet’s Carmen Suite No 1.

The KZNPO will be conducted by the young South African conductor, Alex Fokkens, who as a student at the University of Cape Town conducted, to critical acclaim, both the UCT Symphony Orchestra and UCT Opera studio. He currently works as a freelance conductor and double bass player in Cape Town, and is the music director of the Symphony Choir of Cape Town and resident conductor of the Cape Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.

Tickets for Symphony in the City range from R90 to R150 (discounts available for pensioners, students and scholars) and are available at Parklane Super Spar — phone 033 342 3487. Secure parking is available at the Bessie Head Library, City Hall and Tatham Art Gallery.

The Witness and organisers of Symphony in the City have joined forces to offer our readers the chance to win five double tickets to the concert in the City Hall.

Simply SMS Witness, followed by KZNPO and your name, to 34419. SMSs charged at R2. Competition lines close at 10 am on November 10. Winners will be telephoned.

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