KZNPO and Durban Art Gallery Making Music Together


Illa Thompson, Mduduzi Xakaza and Peter Court.

Making Music Together: an exhibition of 30 black and white prints journaling the extensive community, education and outreach of the busy KZN Philharmonic Orchestra, will be on display at the Durban Art Gallery (DAG) until April 30.

“So often one associates the orchestra with performing sublime concerts in our magnificent City Hall during our Symphony Seasons, not realising that this represents a fraction of the overall programme of the orchestra,” says Bongani Tembe, chief executive and artistic director of the KZN Philharmonic.

“So much of their time and talent is spent doing performances, workshops, master-classes and mentoring programmes which take place in community venues, school halls, rehearsal rooms, old age homes and informal spaces across the length and breadth of the province.”

Working closely with the Durban Art Gallery, The Print Room has been transformed into a mock orchestra rehearsal room, with 30 carefully chosen black and white prints displayed on music stands.

The photos have all been taken over roughly a two month period by photographers Val Adamson; Gcina Ndwalane and Rogan Ward to create a storyboard which begins to capture some of the special moments, connections and nuances of these programmes.

The exhibition is curated by Illa Thompson; designed by Peter Court; and the photographic consultant is Val Adamson.

The DAG is open seven days a week: Monday to Saturday from 8.30am to 4pm, and Sundays from 11am to 4pm. Entry is free and all are welcome! For more information, contact the Gallery on 031 311 2264/9 or email (weekdays).


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