Playhouse Opera: Every Thursday 9 February 16 March 2017
DURBAN: The glorious KZN Philharmonic begins its year with a six-concert Summer Symphony Season taking place every Thursday in the Playhouse Opera.
The orchestra moves back to the Playhouse for this year performing in the magnificent Opera House.
The soloists selected for this season represent some of the most exciting vibrant talent of the new generation of global music makers marrying rock-star appeal and accessibility with heavy weight music credentials, applauded virtuosity. All have recently won major international music competitions.
The three featured conductors showcase diverse and rich backgrounds: Kwam Ryan is a Canadian of Trinidadian descent. Daniel Boico is an Israeli-American and associate guest conductor of the KZN Philharmonic, and Japanese maestro Yasuo Shinozaki.
The KZN Philharmonic is committed to enriching the cultural life of South Africas diverse audiences by presenting world-class concerts which reflect the diverse heritage of our country, says Bongani Tembe, Chief Executive and Artistic Director: KZN Philharmonic.
The first concert of the season features Joanna MacGregor on piano performing Shostakovichs scintillating Piano Concerto No. 2 under the baton of Canadian born Trinidadian conductor Kwam Ryan.
Joanna MacGregorOBE is one of the worlds most innovative musicians, appearing as a concert pianist, curator and collaborator. Head of Piano at the Royal Academy of Music and Professor of the University of London, Joanna MacGregor is also the Artistic Director of Dartington International Summer School and Festival. Joanna MacGregor was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the Queens Jubilee Honours in 2012.
Conductor Kwam Ryan will be making his debut with the KZN Philharmonic and will conduct the first two concerts. He has earned distinction over a broad spectrum of symphonic and operatic repertoires on both sides of the Atlantic and in the Far East.
On the programme is Beethovens Overture to the Creatures of Prometheus; Shostakovichs Piano Concerto No. 2 and Beethovens Symphony No. 6 in F major, Pastoral.
The second concert (16 February) sees Kwam Ryan return to the podium. The soloist is Francesca Dego on violin, making her debut with the KZN Philharmonic. Dego is quickly developing into one of the most sought-after young violinists on the international scene. Signed since 2012 by Deutsche Grammophon, she regularly appears with the worlds leading orchestras and is the winner of numerous national and international competitions.
The programme opens with Mikhail Glinkas Overture to Ruslan and Ludmilla followed by Italian composer Ermanno Wolf-Ferraris violin concerto and closes with Dvořks Symphony No.8 in G major.
The KZN Philharmonics associate guest conductor Daniel Boico joins us for the following two concerts. On 23 February he conducts multi award-winning young pianist Daniel Ciobanu from Rumania winner of the 2015 UNISA international piano competition and the 2014 Scottish international piano competition in Glasgow. Ciobanu has been described as impetuous with a love of the classical repertoire.
The all-Russian programme features at its centrepiece Prokofievs viscerally exciting Piano Concerto No.3. Either side of it are Borodins Overture to Prince Igor and Tchaikovskys Symphony Pathetique: No. 6 in B minor the composers final completed magnum opus.
The March 2 concert features Mariam Batsashvili on piano as the soloist performing Franz Liszts virtuosic Piano Concerto No. 1.
At only 23 years old, Mariam Batsashvili already ranks among the most promising young pianists of her generation. She won the 10th international Franz Liszt competition, and was nominated by the European Concert Hall organisation as the Rising Star for the 2016 / 17 season.
Also on the mixed bag programme will be Mendelssohns The Hebrides Overture Fingals Cave, Rajnas Adonai Ma-Adam Chorus No.1 and Brahms Symphony No.1 in C minor.
For the final two concerts of the Summer Season the baton is in the hands of Japanese conductor Yasuo Shinozaki. He opens the 9 March concert with Edvard Griegs Holberg Suite. The featured piece for the evening is the Trombone Concerto for Orchestra by Danish composer Launy Grndahl. Soloist is principal trombone player with the KZN Philharmonic, Italian trombonist Andrea Balocco a masters graduate from the Geneva University of Music.
The evening climaxes with Beethovens Symphony No.7 in A major one of the composers most revered masterworks. It is a paean to heroic patriotism.
The final concert for the season on 16 March opens with Hector Berliozs overture to Batrice et Bndict; followed by a technically exacting violin concerto in A minor by Aleksandr Glazunov, a Russian composer, music teacher and conductor of the late Russian romantic period, performed by St Petersburg-born Andrey Baranov a prize-winner of more than 20 major international competitions.
The Summer Seasons closing work is Tchaikovskys Little Russian Symphony No.2
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Morning tea and symphony: Catch the final rehearsal on the morning of the scheduled concerts every Thursday during season at 10am for a nominal charge. Contact KZN Philharomic offices for bookings and for more info: email@example.com / 031369 9438.
To better appreciate the music ahead of the concert: pre-concert lectures take place in the Alhambra Room at the Playhouse from 6 until 6.40pm prior to the concert every Thursday.