Philharmonic launches summer season

Pianist, Anna Dmytrenko, is the soloist for the first concert on 22 February. PHOTO: Val Adamson

THE KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra’s four week 2018 Summer Season which runs in the Playhouse Opera Theatre between 22 February and 15 March, will be performed each Thursday, starting at 7.30pm.

For its 2018 opening concert on 22 February, KZN Philharmonic welcomes the return of its associate guest conductor, Israeli-American, Daniel Boico, with a programme of three concert block-busters. Maestro Boico opens his programme exploring the high drama of Frantz Liszt’s famed symphonic poem, Les Préludes, before being joined onstage by the acclaimed young Ukraine-born pianist, Anna Dmytrenko, for a performance of Saint-Saëns’s dazzling Piano Concerto No 2 in G minor.

Boico brings the evening to a close, delivering a powerful reading of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 in F minor. Often referred to as the late romantic Russian composer’s ‘Fate symphony’, it bears fascinating synergistic aspirations to Beethoven’s Fifth, as can be heard in the similar device of the four-note motif which opens Beethoven’s Fifth and the fanfare at the outset of Tchaikovsky’s Fourth.

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There are pre-concert lectures at the Alhambra Room in the Playhouse from 6pm to 6.40pm on a Thursday evening preceding the concert. Cost is R15.

The concert rehearsal is at 10am in the Playhouse Opera. Entrance for adults is R35 and R15 for school learners, which includes a cup of tea or coffee during the interval. The final rehearsal is the perfect opportunity to introduce scholars to symphony concerts and also provides great outings for community groups and retirement homes. Contact the KZN Philharmonic to enquire about special rates and to make arrangements for groups. Contact [email protected] or call the bookings office on 031 369 9438.

Season tickets for the World Symphony Series can be booked through Computicket. Call 0861 915 8000 or book online at Visit for the series line-up.


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Lauren Walford

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