KZNPO’s Spring Season climaxes this month

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The final two concerts of KZN Philharmonic’s 2015 World Symphony Series Spring Season are set to run in the Durban City Hall on 8 and 22 October.

Virtuoso pianist Vitaly Pisarenko is guest soloist with the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra in the Durban City Hall on Thursday 8 October.
Virtuoso pianist Vitaly Pisarenko is guest soloist with the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra in the Durban City Hall on Thursday 8 October.

The KZN Philharmonic Orchestra’s pen-ultimate concert in its 2015 Spring Season this Thursday 8 October sees the German conductor Justus Frantz returning to the Durban City Hall podium. The evening’s programme opens with a performance of Mozart’s engaging three-movement Symphony No 32 in G Major K318, written in 1779 after the composer’s visit to Paris that year.

Tchaikovsky’s ever-popular Piano Concerto No 1 in B flat minor – one of the great barn-storming war-horses of the late 19th century – is the evening’s musical centre-piece. It will be performed by the prize-winning Russian virtuoso, Vitaly Pisarenko, winner of the Franz Liszt Competition in Utrecht, who makes a welcome return to the KZN Philharmonic’s guest roster during of his current South African concert tour.

After interval, Maestro Frantz, a one-time protégé of both Leonard Bernstein and Herbert von Karajan, leads his orchestral forces through a performance of another well-loved concert staple, Beethoven’s mighty Symphony in No 3 in E-flat Major ‘Eroica’.

Russian maestro Daniel Raiskin conducts the season’s final concert on 22 October.
Russian maestro Daniel Raiskin conducts the season’s final concert on 22 October.

The KZN Philharmonic’s Spring season climaxes on 22 October (there is no concert next Thursday) when the concert goers can look forward to a performance of Richard Strauss’s lushly scored orchestral tone poem, Death and Transfiguration, followed by Carl Orff’s grand-scale secular cantata, Carmina Burana. Set to reprise their appearances in the latter work as performed last year, are soprano Beverley Chiat, tenor Nicholas Nicholidis and baritone Njabulo Madlala. The widely acclaimed young Russian conductor Daniel Raiskin will be on the podium.
Both these exciting concert programmes start at 19h30, and booking is through Computicket on 0861 915 8000 or online at www.computicket.com

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