The KZN Philharmonic Orchestra has announced details of its 2022 World Symphony Series Winter Season. This takes place at the Playhouse Opera in Durban every Thursday from June 2 to 16, with each concert starting at 7 p.m.
The new winter season sees the welcome return to the podium for two concerts of KZNPO associate conductor, popular Israeli American Daniel Boico, a long-time favorite of Durban audiences.
The orchestra is also delighted to welcome back the young American maestro, Robert Moody, who made his KZNPO debut in 2019.
On the list of guest soloists, the orchestra welcomes the acclaimed Venezuelan flautist of the new generation, Joidy Blanco, the South African pianist, Leo Gevisser and the acclaimed American piano virtuoso, Bryan Wallick.
Daniel Boico opens the season on June 2 with a rendition of Beethoven’s popular Prometheus overture to his ballet score, The Creatures of Prometheus.
Young, award-winning Venezuelan flautist Joidy Blanco takes center stage in two starkly contrasting works for solo flute and orchestra, with the seductive innocence of Mozart’s exquisite Flute Concerto No. 2 balanced by bluster and bravado. of the Zigeunerweisen from Sarasate.
The evening ends with Mendelssohn’s much-loved “Italian” Symphony No. 4. Back on the podium on 9 June, Maestro Boico inaugurates his second program with the lively and dazzling spirit of Berlioz’s brilliant overture Béatrice et Bénédict, before being joined on stage by Leo Gevisser for an interpretation of the exotic Concerto for piano n° 5 by Saint-Saëns.
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Dubbed the “Egyptian” Concerto as the composer wrote it while vacationing in the ancient city of Luxor, the colorful work evokes the sounds of nightlife on the banks of the Nile, while suggesting sound effects reminiscent of the climates of more distant travelogues.
The evening program will conclude with the rich texture of Brahms’ Symphony No. 3, admired by the composer’s friend and confidante, pianist Clara Schumann, for its warm passages evoking the beauty of nature.
The third and final program of the Youth Day season sees young American conductor Robert Moody make a triumphant return to the Durban concert platform after his successful debut here three years ago. The evening will feature a superbly curated program that opens with Mozart’s capricious Overture to his tragicomic masterpiece, Così fan tutte.
This paves the way for Maestro Moody’s compatriot, virtuoso pianist Bryan Wallick, to scale the hurricane heights of Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3. After an intermission, the evening ends with Beethoven’s magnificent Symphony No. 7.
There will be free tea and symphony concerts for the final rehearsal every Thursday morning at 10am at the Playhouse Opera.
Bars are no longer open at the Playhouse, however, free tea and coffee will be served before concerts and during intermissions.
Subscriptions for the 2022 winter season of the KZN Philharmonic’s World Symphony Series are available through Quicket. For more information, visit http://kznphil.org.za/