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KZN Philharmonic hosts The Academy in SA

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06/14/2011 10:54:14

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The KZN Philharmonic Orchestra is currently adding an exciting new element to its ongoing Education and Development programmes.

It is collaborating with The Academy—a programme of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School and the Weill Music Institute in partnership with the New York City Department of Education.

The Academy’s two-year programme supports the finest post-graduate musicians as they develop professional careers as top-quality performers, innovative programmers, and dedicated teachers who are fully engaged with the communities in which they live and work. Fellows of the two-year Academy programme — chosen for their musicianship, but also for their leadership qualities and commitment to music education — are graduates of some of the best music schools in the United States, including the Curtis Institute of Music, the Eastman School of Music, the Juilliard School, Mannes College, New England Conservatory, and the Yale School of Music. All members of the performance arm of The Academy, called Ensemble ACJW after its primary supporting organisations, are alumni or current fellows of The Academy. Both as individuals and as members of the Ensemble ACJW, these performers have earned accolades worldwide for their innovative programming and superb musicianship.

“Carnegie Hall is delighted to be partnering with the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra to bring The Academy’s alumni fellows to South Africa for this vibrant, month-long residency,” said Clive Gillinson, Executive and Artistic Director of Carnegie Hall. “I first had the opportunity to work with Bongani Tembe in my role as Managing Director of the London Symphony Orchestra, developing a major London event as a tribute to South Africa. I’ve long admired his phenomenal work at the KZNPO. We saw this latest project, involving outstanding young musicians from our Academy programme, as an opportunity to work with a partner who genuinely shares Carnegie Hall’s vision and belief in the power of artistic excellence, education, and community work.”

Commenting on the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra’s collaboration with The Academy, Chief Executive and Artisitic Director Bongani Tembe said; “The Academy’s programmes dovetail naturally with the KZN Philharmonic’s own numerous education and development initiatives, most notably with our Orchestra’s National Cadetship Programme, which is designed to harness South Africa’s finest young orchestral musicians.” The kindred spirits of the institutions is most evident in their collaborative partnership with the Bochabela String Orchestra, one of South Africa’s most promising educational initiatives for young string players, some of whom join the KZN Philharmonic’s Cadet programme and eventually become full-fledged members of the Orchestra.

Four excellent musicians comprising a string quartet will be in South Africa for a period of five weeks representing The Academy - violinists Angelia Cho and Joanna Marie Frankel, violist Brenton Caldwell and cellist Caitlin Sullivan. Their first stop was Bloemfontein, where they coached members of the Bochabela String Orchestra as they prepared Gustav Holst’s magnum opus, The Planets. Both groups will join the KZN Philharmonic on 16 June to perform this monumental work, in the final concert of the Orchestra’s 2011 World Symphony Series Winter Season in the Durban City Hall at 7:30pm, under the direction of Lykele Temmingh.

Durban music-lovers can hear more from The Academy musicians in two further performances in the city this month. The first of these takes place on Sunday 19 June when the Ensemble ACJW teams up with members of the KZN Philharmonic for the Orchestra’s forthcoming Sunday Sinfonia Concert at St Thomas’ Church, Musgrave at 11:30am. There we will hear a pair of works by composers who each admired the talents of the other: George Onslow’s beautiful Nonet alongside Beethoven’s ever-popular Septet.

In a stand-alone concert, the Ensemble ACJW string quartet can be heard in performance at the Howard College Theatre on the Durban campus of UKZN, on June 22 at 7pm. Their programme will include Haydn’s String Quartet Op. 20, No. 4, followed by movements from quartets by Bartók, Villa Lobos, Kevin Volans, Jennifer Higdon and Charles Ives. This programme concludes with a performance of Dvoøák’s popular String Quartet No. 12 (“American”).

Visitors to the 2011 National Arts Festival in Grahamstown will also have an opportunity to see the quartet in collaboration with the KZN Philharmonic for their Symphony Concert at the Monument Theatre under the baton of Hungarian conductor Tibor Bogányi, and when the KZN Philharmonic provides the music for Cape Town City Ballet’s production of Swan Lake.

The Academy’s South African residency culminates in their continued partnership with the KZN Philharmonic as they perform in the International Olympic Committee’s Gala Concert in Durban on July 5 at The Playhouse.

For more information about The Academy and Ensembe ACJW, visit www.acjw.org. For more information about the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra, visit www.kznpo.co.za or contact the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra offices on 031 369 9438.

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Janet Finch, Marketing Manager
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