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2005 World Symphony Series
The KZNPO's 2005 World Symphony Series: Spring Season - great value, easy and tailor-made for your convenience! The first symphony season of 2005 comprises seven concerts at affordable subscription prices. By subscribing, you will save on normal ticket prices, have preferred seating, avoid long queues at the box office and enjoy personalised service.

10 Feb

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Durban City Hall - 19h30
Conductor: Vladimir Kern
Soloist: Olga Kern (piano)

Olga Kern (piano)Olga Kern (piano)
Mario Malagnini (tenor) Vladimir Kern (conductor)
Rossini: La gazza ladra: Overture
Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2
Scalzone: Revolution Square
Rachmaninov: Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini

Russian Romanticism
The unique opening drum rolls of Rossini's melodic overture announce the start of our season, which begins on a high note with gifted Russian siblings Olga and Vladimir Kern. Olga makes a welcome return to our stage for a double bill of Rachmaninov concertos, which showcase the skill and technical mastery of both composer and soloist.

17 Feb

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Durban City Hall - 19h30
Conductor: Omri Hadari
Soloist: Sarah Oates (violin)

Sarah Oates (violin)Sarah Oates (violin)
Omri HadariOmri Hadari (conductor)

Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1
Bruckner: Symphony No. 4 "Romantic"

German Grandeur
Accomplished conductor Omri Hadari begins his three-concert engagement in grand style, preparing to carry the audience along on the glorious tide of sound created by the lyrical drama and sweeping grandeur of extraordinary works by Bruch and Bruckner. Lauded for her expressive and rich tone, violinist Sarah Oates joins the maestro on stage for this her debut concert with the KZNPO.

24 Feb

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Durban City Hall - 19h30
Conductor: Omri Hadari
Soloist: Boris Giltburg (piano)

Boris Giltburg (piano)Boris Giltburg (piano)

Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1
Mahler: Symphony No. 5

Polyphony of Sound
Tchaikovsky amplifies the scale and emotional range of the classical concerto and provides a fitting debut for dynamic young Israel-based pianist Boris Giltburg. The orchestra is then set the challenge of Mahler's monumental Fifth Symphony, which calls on every technical and musical resource of the musicians.

3 Mar

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Durban City Hall - 19h30
Conductor: Omri Hadari
Soloist: Melvyn Tan (piano)

Melvyn Tan (piano)Melvyn Tan (piano)

Mozart: Divertimento KV334
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 21
Mozart: Symphony No. 41 "Jupiter"

Sublime Mozart
From the solemn opening of the overture, to the lyrical second movement of the concerto and finally the robust spirit of the symphony, tonight's programme brings to the fore the brilliance that is Mozart. Internationally renowned pianist Melvyn Tan undertakes the composer's demanding 21st Piano Concerto.

10 Mar

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Durban City Hall - 19h30
Conductor: Adrian Sunshine
Soloists: Zenhlanhla Cibane (soprano)
Thulile Hadebe (mezzo-soprano)
Mhlonishwa Dlamini (tenor)
Bongani Vilakazi (baritone)
Choir: East Coast Choristers

Zenhlanhla Cibane (soprano)Zenhlanhla Cibane (soprano)
Thulile Hadebe (mezzo-soprano)Thulile Hadebe (mezzo-soprano)
Mhlonishwa Dlamini (tenor) Mhlonishwa Dlamini (tenor)

Vivaldi: Opus 3, No. 8 in A minor
Sibisi: Zulu Mass in B flat
Mendelssohn: Symphony No.5 "Reformation"

Zulu Footprints
Accomplished conductor Adrian Sunshine launches his two-concert engagement with a programme which showcases the abundant talents of South African artists. The KZNPO's New Music Initiative bears fruit with the world premier performance of Qinisela Sibisi's interesting - Zulu Mass.

Bongani Vilakazi (baritone)Bongani Vilakazi (baritone)
Adrian SunshineAdrian Sunshine (conductor)
17 Mar

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Durban City Hall - 19h30
Conductor: Adrian Sunshine
Soloist: Francois du Toit (piano)

Francois du Toit (piano)Francois du Toit (piano)

Ravel: Ma mere l'Oye (Mother Goose) Suite
Saint-Saens: Piano Concerto No. 2
Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5

Pulsating Tempi
Music that combines irrepressible romance with a streak of witty mischievousness provides Francois du Toit, who is undoubtedly among the finest of South Africa's pianists, with a challenging platform for his return to the Durban stage. The programme is completed with Prokofiev's grandly patriotic Fifth Symphony.

24 Mar

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Durban City Hall - 19h30
Conductor: Victor Yampolsky
Soloist: Katie Pryce (horn)

Katie Pryce (horn)Katie Pryce (horn)
Victor YampolskyVictor Yampolsky (conductor)
Wagner: Flying Dutchman, Overture
Strauss: Horn Concerto No. 2
Wagner: Siegfried Idyll
Hindemith: Mathis der Maler: Symphony

Artistic Inspiration
A pictorial conclusion to the Summer season. The KZNPO's principal horn player takes centre stage for our final concert and, under the baton of the highly regarded Victor Yampolsky, explores the technical and expressive possibilities of the horn with Strauss's Second Horn Concerto.

Enliven your KZN Philharmonic Musical Experience!

Music lovers can enjoy extra elements of the concert-going experience by attending the orchestra's Morning Symphony and Pre-Concert Talks.

Morning Symphony
The perfect way to start your day! Join the KZNPO for the final rehearsal on the day of the concert and catch a glimpse of the techniques, insights and preparation which go into making a concert.
Morning Symphony Open Rehearsals take place at the venue of the concert on the day of the concert at 10.00 with the exception of concerts where singers are involved. Entrance is free for subscribers, and R15 for non-subscribers and includes a cup of tea.

Pre-Concert Talks
Every WSS concert is preceded by a musically illustrated introductory talk presented by the Friends of Music Society. These talks are designed to enlighten and entertain, and each speaker is an authority on their subject. You will find this to be a worthwhile 30 minutes. The talks are open to all concert-goers and are held at the Royal Hotel from 18.15 to 18.45. Pay at the door.

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