KZNPO’s 2018 Winter Symphony Season at The Playhouse

Daniel Boico launches the Winter Symphony Season on 7 June in The Playhouse Opera


The KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra 2018 Winter Season opens next week in Durban. The season will run in the Playhouse Opera Theatre, each Thursday, between 7 and 28 June, starting at 19h30. The season is part of the Orchestra’s renowned World Symphony Series (WSS) which was launched in Durban 22 years ago.“We are excited to present the second leg of our 2018 World Symphony Series, with a roster of top flight international conductors and soloists to our concert platform, along with prominent South African artists, whilst continuing to carry out the KZN Philharmonic’s Orchestra’s broad mission of developing its dynamic artistic vision,” says Bongani Tembe, the Orchestra’s Chief Executive and Artistic Director.


“We continue to focus on offering music-making of the highest excellence to the city of Durban and surrounds. This endeavour dovetails with our community engagement programmes. By presenting a series world-class concerts, as well as promoting transfer of skills to young musicians of all races, the KZN Philharmonic remains committed to enriching the cultural life of our citizens.”


Associated Guest Conductor Daniel Boico launches the Winter Season on 7 June with Beethoven’s powerful Egmont Overture.  Written to accompany a performance of Goethe’s drama of the same title, it is one of the last works of the composer’s middle period, similar in style to the Fifth Symphony which predated it by two years. A superb showcase for award-winning Italian virtuoso, Antonio Pompa-Baldi, the statuesque grandeur of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No 3 in C minor promises to be an exciting centrepiece to the evening’s programme, which concludes with a performance of the Symphony No 1 by the Late Romantic Russian composer, Alexander Borodin.


 Brandon Philips


Resident Conductor of the Cape Town Philharmonic Brandon Philips makes his bow on the KZNPO’s podium on 14 June with a programme of 19th Century German and French repertoire on. Robert Schumann’s Overture to his only Opera, Genoveva, makes a welcome appearance as the evening’s curtain raiser, before  the renowned Russian soloist, Alexander Buzlov takes the spotlight to perform Édouard Lalo Cello Concerto in D minor. Brahms’ Symphony No 3 rounds of the programme.


Conrad van Alphen


Pretoria born maestro Conrad Van Alphen opens the programme on 21 June with a performance of Mendelssohn’s mercurial Midsummer Night’s Dream Overture. Taking centre-stage, the celebrated Russian soloist Nikita Boriso-Glebsky takes on the challenges of Sibelius’s towering Violin Concerto, and the season’s third programme rounds off a with Dvořák: Symphony No 5 in F Major Op 76. 


 Cathrine Winnes


The season concludes on 28 June with the Norwegian conductor, Cathrine Winnes on the podium for a programme featuring Beethoven’s Fidelio Overture, Mendelssohn’s Italian Symphony, and a potpourri of vocal music. This showcases a quartet of soloists led by soprano Nozuko Tetho, with four of Durban’s finest choirs – Prince Mshiyeni Choir, Thokozani Choral Society, Clermont Community Choir and the Durban Symphonic Choir. Two great Handel items – the imposing Coronation Anthem, ‘Zadok the Priest’, and Merab’s haunting aria, ‘Author of Peace’, from the oratorio Saul – combine with the deeply moving Lacrimosa from Mozart’s Requiem and Haydn’s exhilarating ‘The Heavens Are Telling’ from The Creation – to offset three visceral contemporary items by South Africa composers. An uplifting end to the season.


Season tickets and booking for individual concerts in KZN Philharmonic’s 2018 Winter Season through Computicket. Call 0861 915 8000 or book online at  For more information call 031-369 9438, email or visit

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