Concert-goers turn out in force as orchestra comes to town

2008-09-07 00:00

Friday evening saw the city hall packed to capacity when the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra came to town. It was almost exactly a year ago that Chris Hodgkins brought the orchestra up to Pietermaritzburg for the first Symphony in the City, and he and the KZNPO seem to have found a formula that works.

And if they were a little muted in Carl Orff’s O Fortuna, they had only had one rehearsal together before the concert, and were well into their stride for the Slaves’ Chorus from Nabucco, and, inevitably, Land of Hope and Glory. Christopher Duigan, without whom any concert in Pietermaritzburg would seem incomplete these days, gave beautiful renditions of Chopin’s Polonaise and the Elvira Madigan movement from Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21.

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