Philharmonic highlights Zulu Symphony

 The KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra opens its 2018 Early Spring Season – the latest leg of the Orchestra’s renowned World Symphony Series (WSS) which runs in the Durban City Hall each Thursday, until 13 September, starting at 19h30.

The Orchestra’s renowned World Symphony Series (WSS) was launched in Durban 22 years ago.

The acclaimed Russian maestro Daniel Raiskin makes a welcome return to the KZN Philharmonic podium on 6 September to conduct a richly eclectic programme. This includes Richard Strauss’s early concert masterpiece, Don Juan; Liszt’s dazzling Piano Concerto No 2 (spotlighting Vitaly Pisarenko a soloist); and Smetana’s evocative The Moldau / Vltava from his deeply patriotic symphonic poem, My Homeland.

The programme rounds off with the fascinating inclusion of Durban’s own, Warren Bessey’s Symphonic FantasyInkosazane Mkabayi. This 25-minute work focuses on one of the most powerful figures in 19th Century Zulu history – King Shaka’s formidable aunt, the Princess Mkabayi Kajama – whose dramatic entrance into life foreshadowed not only the shape of her own destiny but also that of the Zulu nation forever.  She is remembered as a highly intelligent leader and fierce defender of the Royal Household.

The Early Spring Season ends in traditional style on 13 September with the KZN Philharmonic’s Resident Conductor Lykele Temmingh on the podium for the annual National Youth Concerto Festival, which showcases the cream of young South African talent taking the stage to perform with seasoned professionals. This year’s event will be dedicated to the memory of the Orchestra’s founding conductor, Dr David Tidboald, who died recently at the grand old age of 92, having spent a lifetime dedicated to fostering the careers of young musicians and promoting musical excellence.

Season tickets and bookings for individual concerts are through Computicket. For more information call 031-369 9438, email or visit

Heritage Month Concert

Date: Thursday 6 September, 7.30pm

Venue: Durban City Hall

Conductor: Daniel Raiskin

Soloist:  Vitaly Pisarenko and members of Clermont Community Choir

Featured instrument: Piano and Voice

Programme: Richard Strauss: Don Juan;

Liszt: Piano Concerto No 2

Smetana: Vltava from Ma Vast.

Warren Bessey: Symphonic FantasyInkosazane Mkabayi.


National Youth Concerto Festival

Date: Thursday 13 September, 7.30pm

Venue: Durban City Hall

Conductor: Lykele Temmingh

Soloist: various

Featured instrument: various

Programme: pieces by: Mozart; Rossini; Krommer; Gounod; Mozart; Dubois; Saint-Saens; Lalo; Bellini; Shostakovich

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