KZN orchestra returns

2017-11-07 06:00
PHOTO: SuppliedConductor Justus Frantz.

PHOTO: SuppliedConductor Justus Frantz.

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

THE KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra returns to the Durban City Hall for its four-week late Spring Symphony Season of sublime world class music until 16 November.

The concert will take place the following Thursday, on November 2, under the baton of German maestro Justus Frantz. The programme is devoted to those tragically short-lived giants of the early Viennese school, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) and Franz Schubert (1797-1828).

Performing Mozart’s A Major Concerto will be Polish born and UK raised violinist Rafal Zambrzycki-Payne, winner of numerous prizes including the BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition. Born in Lodz, he studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School and the Royal North College of Music in Manchester and in Vienna. He was the leader of the Frankfurt-based contemporary music group, Ensemble Modern, and he is a founding member of the Dimension Piano Trio, winners of the 2005 Parkhouse Award.

Notable career highlights include in January 2015, he performed in-front of 300 survivors and dozens of heads of state during the 70th anniversary commemoration of the liberation of the German Nazi Concentration Camp in Aushwitz-Birkenau. The poignant and solemn ceremony was broadcast live on over 250 TV channels worldwide.

In July this year, together with the String Quartet of the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Rafal Zambrzycki-Payne performed before Prince William and Kate Middleton on the occasion of the Queen’s birthday party in Poland.

The third concert is on 9 November. On the menu will be Smetana’s Má Vlast / My Country - a set of six symphonic poems composed between 1874 and 1879; Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in c minor and Dvorák’s Ninth Symphony.

Soloist is Ukrainian-American Valentina Lisitsa, a Ukrainian classical pianist, and vocal social commentator, who in 1991 emigrated to America, and then to France. She’s risen rapidly from relative obscurity in her twenties to global media and piano stardom in her forties: her website gets hundreds of thousands of hits and her YouTube channel has more than 170 000 subscribers making her one of the most frequently viewed pianists on YouTube – particularly of her recordings of the romantic era composers: Liszt; Chopin and Rachmaninoff. She launched her career on social media, famously without signing with a record company / tour promoter.

Refreshments and light snacks may be purchased in the foyer before the concert and during interval. Single tickets are available from, 0861 915 8000, or from Shoprite Checkers Money Market counters. It is cheaper to subscribe: For subscriptions contact 031 3699438.

The morning rehearsals for the early Spring Symphony Season concerts are open to the public and provide a glimpse into the preparation needed for a symphony concert. Join us each Symphony Season Thursday at 10am in the Durban City Hall. Entrance for adults is R30 / R10 for scholars, which includes a cup of tea or coffee during the interval. The final rehearsal is the perfect opportunity to introduce scholars to symphony concerts and also provides great outings for community groups and retirement homes. Please contact the KZN Philharmonic to enquire about special rates and to make arrangements for groups. Contact or call the bookings office on 031 369 9438.

- Supplied


Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.