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Posted on: Wednesday, 11 September 2013

KwaZulu Natal Philharmonic Orchestra World Symphony Series line up

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I am so looking forward to Thursday, September 26th because not only is it our wedding anniversary but we are also marking the occasion with a trip to Durban to watch the KwaZulu Natal Philharmonic Orchestra in concert as part of their 30th anniversary celebrations.

I am constantly bemoaning the fact that not much in the way of international shows ever comes to Durban but after reading about the KwaZulu Natal Philharmonic Orchestra World Symphony Series line up taking place at the beautiful City Hall on Thursday evenings through September and October thought that I must make the effort to get to one of the concerts.

The KwaZulu Natal Philharmonic Orchestra (KZNPO) was founded in 1983 as part of the Natal Performing Arts Council and fifteen years later was restructured as an independent body. The orchestra is a professional orchestra made up of about 70 musicians who travel extensively. Known for their excellence and innovation, this orchestra has undertaken a number of very successful tours to both Europe and other parts of Africa and in 2011 took part in three productions; two in Gauteng and one in Grahamstown.

The World Symphony Series takes place on Thursday evenings from September 12th through to October 24th. Concerts are held at the Durban City Hall at 19h30 until approximately 22h00 with a 20 minute interval. Pre-concert talks are held at 18h15 at the Alhambra Room which is at the Playhouse Theatre directly across the road from the City Hall.

Entrance for the pre-concert talks is R10. Ticket prices for the concerts range from R45 to R200 and are available from Computicket.


KZNPO at Pietermaritzburg City Hall

Photograph: KZNPO at Pietermaritzburg City Hall

The KwaZulu Natal Philharmonic Orchestra World Symphony Series line up is as follows:

12 September – Masterpieces of Beethoven with soloist Joanna Frankel (violin) and conductor Rossen Milanov. Performances of Beethoven Symphony No 2 and Beethoven Violin Concerto.

19 September – Wagner 200th Birthday Celebration with soloist Michelle Breedt (vocalist) and conductor Thomas Sanderling. Performances of Siegfried Idyll, Wesendonck Lieder and Beethoven Symphony No 4.

26 September – Romantic Classics with soloist Pallavi Mahidhara (piano) and conductor Thomas Sanderling. Performances of Dvorák Carnival Overture and Symphony No 7 as well as Mozart Piano Concert No 20.

3 October – National Youth Concerto Festival with conductor Lyk Temmingh. The soloists are Carla van der Merwe (clarinet), David Bester (violin), Sulayman Human (piano), Jeffrey Armstrong and Nathan Lawrence (both on trumpet), Caroline Modiba (soprano) and Xavier Cloete (conducting).

10 October – English Gems with soloist Maria du Toit on clarinet and Arjan Tien conducting. There will be a performance of The Wasps: Overture, Concerto for Clarinet (World Première), Serenade for Strings and Enigma Variations.

17 October – Fabulous Fours with soloists Alexandra Dariescu (piano) and Zandile Mzazi (soprano). The conductor is Arjan Tien. There are performances of Beethoven:  Piano Concerto No. 4 and Mahler:  Symphony No. 4.

24 October – 30th Anniversary Celebration with conductor Justus Frantz and soloists Siyasanga Mbuyazwe (soprano), Elizabeth Lombard (mezzo soprano), Stefan Louw (tenor) and Otto Maidi (bass). The choirs are the Clermont Community Choir, Durban Symphonic Choir, Durban Serenade and the New Apostolic Church Choir performing Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 Choral Symphony.

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KZNPO Contact Details:

Phone: +27 (0)31 369 9438

Helen Rushton


After living in London and travelling the world for many years and more recently living in the Mother City, I now reside on a tranquil sugar cane farm in Kearsney; an area steeped in the history of South Africa’s sugar industry. During the summer months I get involved with the community by assisting the local primary school with swimming lessons at our country club. Some of my favourite things are reading or picking freshly grown vegetables and Iceland poppies in our garden. Milly, my boxer loves her walks to the river that runs through our farm and sometimes, Sandy the cat I hand reared, joins us for a stroll!

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1 comment about KwaZulu Natal Philharmonic Orchestra World Symphony Series line up
  1. January 20th, 2014 at 18:48
    Hyde Lotter says:

    Hi Helen,I am a 78 year old and knew of the then Durban Phil. Orches. as a little boy just after the war right up until about 1960 and at that time the leader was Edward Dunne. Then there was another whose name escapes me , and who was very very well respected in music circles both here and abroad.I am sure things have changed very much since those years , hence the KZN Orches. etc etc , but I would really like to know his name. Kind regards , Hyde in the Eastern Cape . (for my Sins!)