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The KZN Philharmonic’s World Symphony Series Spring Season is running at the Durban City Hall every Thursday at 19:30 until 1 November.
Naum Rousine, one of the KZN Philharmonic’s resident conductors, will take the helm for a concert of excellent works, old and new. The programme features colourful works inspired by Mendelssohn’s travels, a gem by Beethoven, and an attractive Violin Concerto by Thomas Rajna.
Mendelssohn wrote his Hebrides Overture in 1830 after a visit to Fingal’s Cave in the Hebrides islands. Writing to his sister, Mendelssohn jotted down the opening theme of what would become one of his most effective concert overtures. Evocative of the cave and its interaction with the sea, the Hebrides Overture is a perfect blend of Romantic imagery and impeccable structure.
The first half closes with a recent work by Thomas Rajna, a Hungarian-born composer and pianist who has lived in South Africa for over forty years. His Violin Concerto was composed in 2007, and has been championed by South African violinist Suzanne Martens, who joins us for this impressive and approachable work.
Suzanne Martens will return to open the second half of the concert with Beethoven’s lovely Romance No. 2, which was actually Beethoven’s first effort in the violin and orchestra genre. This musically rich rondo offers a delectable contrast before Mendelssohn’s fourth symphonic essay. Mendelssohn’s “Italian” symphony was initially inspired by the same trip around Europe that prompted his Hebrides Overture. One of Mendelssohn’s happiest creations, the “Italian” designation stems from his experiences while touring Rome and Naples in particular, and ends with a lively saltarello dance.
Pre-concert talks take place at the Playhouse Alhambra Room at 18:15 on the night of each concert. The speakers for the season are: 4 October – Dr Teddy Pillay, 11 and 18 October – Michael Green, 25 October – Barry Edwards and 1 November – Stavros Anthias.
Safe and subsidised parking is available at the Royal Hotel. For further information contact the subscription office on 031 369 9404 or 031 369 9438, e-mail email@example.com or visit www.kznpo.co.za Booking for individual concerts is through Computicket on 0861 915 8000 or online at www.computicket.com
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Playhouse, Durban KwaZulu-Natal South Africa