Bot Gardens filled with the sound of music

2009-06-22 00:00

FROM the moment KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra (KZNPO) conductor Naum Rousine arrived at the fifth Concert in the Park in a horse-drawn carriage — provided by the KwaZulu-Natal Horse and Carriage Society — it was clear it was going to be a special afternoon in the Pietermaritzburg Botanical Gardens.

Around 4 500 people enjoyed picnics in the winter sunshine as pupils from Maritzburg College and Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High School got the show under way with songs from their recent Nashville musical, before the KZNPO and guest artists — cellist Boris Kerimov, the electric violin group BraVa and tenors Stefan Louw, Dewald Solms and Jannie Moolman — took the stage. The three tenors’ rendition of Nessum Dorma from La Boheme was a particular favourite with the audience.

In the second half, concertgoers enjoyed a selection of Scottish favourites from the Pietermaritzburg Caledonian Pipe Band before they were joined by the KZNPO for Amazing Grace.

Then it was the turn of vocalists Tim Moloi and Crystal Tryon to wow the crowds with songs like Get This Party Started, Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, Memories and Mango Groove’s Special Star, which got concertgoers dancing in the park .

Organiser Chris Hodgkins said he was pleased with the turnout, adding: “If you look at the number of families here today, I think this has to be one of Maritzburg’s biggest events.”

He is also hoping that the concert, which was sponsored by CocaCola, KFC and The Witness, will act as a springboard to encourage people to attend other musical events in the city. “I think that if people enjoyed this concert, they will love All Time Classics at the city hall on July 23.”

There are, however, only a limited number of tickets available for that event, so interested music lovers should book as soon as possible. For more information, call Pearl at 033 342 4512.

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