The KZN Philharmonic Orchestra (KZNPO) celebrates 30 years of musical excellence in 2013, with an impressive anniversary season featuring the Royal Concertgebouw’s first South African tour.
“We are very proud to be celebrating our 30th anniversary. The KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra’s mission is to contribute to the improvement of the quality of life of all South Africans by presenting concerts of a high calibre and integrating music into the learning experience of our children.” says KZNPO Chief Executive and Artistic Director Bongani Tembe.
In tribute to their 30 years, the 2013 programme will be punctuated by extra special highlights. The first of these, which takes place during the February/March Summer Symphony Season, is a South African tour by the Amsterdam-based Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (RCO). This double anniversary celebration also honours the RCO’s 125th year, which will see them undertaking a world tour, visiting six continents in a single year – the only orchestra ever to do so.
The world-renowned RCO is currently rated by Gramophone magazine as the world’s greatest orchestra. Expressing his delight at hosting them, Mr Tembe said: “It is a privilege to host the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra on their first tour to South Africa. The RCO is undoubtedly one of the best orchestras in the world and are known for their unique sound. They will perform in Cape Town, Durban and Pretoria. I am also pleased that the RCO will be participating in educational and community related work in Cape Town, Umlazi Township and Soweto.” says Tembe.
Mr Jan Raes, Managing Director of the RCO, said: “We are delighted to be hosted by the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra in South Africa, on our World Tour in celebration of 125 years. How appropriate that the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, which has a reputation for achieving and delivering the highest level of quality at every performance, should be partnering with an orchestra whose quest for excellence and innovation has enabled them to be the first orchestra in South Africa’s democratic dispensation to distinguish themselves with a thirty year record.”
Mr Raes added that the orchestra is looking forward to their tour of South Africa as part of their world tour. “Both management and musicians approach their work with the goal of making every performance another opportunity to let listeners ‘hear the unhearable, feel the unfeelable and touch the untouchable’; and as a result, magic happens, and their concerts are a truly unforgettable experience. We look forward to delighting South African music lovers. ”
The KZN Philharmonic’s Summer Symphony Season 2013 has been designed to enhance the musical experience of all concert-goers. As the KZN Philharmonic continues to uphold their core goals of excellence, innovation and community engagement, Tembe is proud that “we also present concerts that highlight the cultural heritage of our country and over the years, our programmes have attracted people of all races and ages who come to our events just to enjoy themselves together as South Africans.” Stunning international soloists, reverberating local choirs, popular South African artists and a mix of the very best composers will form part of the offering through the six-week season, with a special concert for Valentine’s Day.
Since its inaugural concert in the Pietermaritzburg City Hall on 22 October 1983, the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra has contributed many stimulating experiences to diverse audiences nationally and internationally. 70 Fulltime professional musicians hail from over 20 countries including South Africa, the USA, Russia, Bulgaria, Norway, Germany, Italy and the UK. Widely regarded as Africa’s premier orchestra, the KZN Philharmonic has established itself as both a musical force to be reckoned with and as an ensemble willing to break down preconceived notions of what an orchestra should be; and, in celebrating this milestone, confirms its position on the map of South Africa’s cultural landscape, well into an exciting future.
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NOTES TO EDITORS:
Details of the RCO South African Tour:
Tickets are available from Computicket and range in price from R250 to R750.
For more information, see http://www.concertgebouworkest.nl/en/
9th March, 8:00 pm: Artscape Opera House, Cape Town
10th March, 7:00 pm: City Hall, Durban
12th March, 7:30 pm: State Theatre, Pretoria
Conductor: Charles Dutoit
Soloist: Janine Jansen, Violin
Johan Wagenaar Overture “Cyrano de Bergerac” op. 23
Peter I. Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto, op. 35
Johannes Brahms Symphony No. 1, op.68
Details of the KZNPO Summer Season:
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7 Feb – The World Orchestra partners the KZNPO
The KZN Philharmonic will kick off its summer 2013 World Symphony Series in true global fashion doing a joint performance with the talented young musicians of the World Orchestra led by maestro Josep Vincent. There will be works from South Africa and around the world in the first half, followed by excerpts from Sergei Prokofiev’s masterful ballet “Romeo and Juliet”.
14 Feb – Romance at the Symphony – celebrating Valentine’s Day
The KZN Philharmonic is pleased to welcome conductor Daniel Boico back to the podium in the 2013 season. Always inspiring with his passionate and thoughtful conducting, maestro Boico and the KZN Philharmonic will be joined by soloists Anna Tifu and Pablo Sáinz Villegas.
21 Feb – French Connection
With maestro Daniel Boico once again on the podium, award-winning Russian pianist Yulianna Avdeeva joins the KZN Philharmonic for a night of French music by Caesar Franck, Frédéric Chopin and Georges Bizet.
28 February – Britten’s 100th Anniversary
Benjamin Britten stands out as one of the central figures in 20th century British classical music. He was talented and prolific, as well as versatile; with pieces ranging from a cappella choral works to concerti and operas.
7 March – Fairy Tales and Praises
The penultimate concert of the Summer 2013 World Symphony Series will be conducted by one of the KZN Philharmonic’s resident conductors, Naum Rousine. Maestro Rousine will lead a varied programme of music by Engelbert Humperdinck, Antonin Dvorák, and Qinisela Sibisi.
14 March – A tribute to BRICS’ fifth world summit (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) to be held in Durban in March 2013.
For the final concert of the KZN Philharmonic’s Summer Symphony Series maestro En Shao returns to Durban to lead a truly global mix of exciting musical selections. Mr. Shao has led orchestras in Asia, Europe, Africa and America. His depth of musical knowledge and great rapport with the musicians are always a hit with Durban audiences. Featuring Ben Schoeman on piano.
More Info: http://www.kznpo.co.za