THE annual KZN Young Performers Concert will take place on Saturday, May 21 at 7 pm at the Drama Theatre in the Playhouse in Durban.
The concert is being presented by the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra, in association with the South African Society of Music Teachers, and showcases the solo skills of some of the most promising young KZN orchestral performers and vocalists. They will be performing an eclectic repertoire of classical highlights, opera arias, choruses and even crossover opera/pop.
The concert also features the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Naum Rousine.
After a rigorous auditions process in front of judges, Naum Rousine; Priscilla Crundwell; Sareen Young; Tania Borman and Dr Ros Conrad, the following soloists have been selected to perform:
- Violinist, Emma Steenkamp (8), performing Vivaldi’s Concerto in A minor, 3rd movement;
- Violinist, Sabastian Marimuthu (11), performing Seitz’s Concerto 1 in A major, 1st movement;
- Cellists, Ayanda Makulwane and William Nobelo (both 24) performing Vivaldi’s Concerto 2, movements 1 and 2;
- Pianist Xizhi Aiden Luo (4) performing Noona’s Concertino in C major, 3rd movement;
- Pianist Weien Amy Luo (8) performing Sheutsova’s Concerto Variations Op.3;
- Pianist Alessia Zedde (12) performing Haydn’s Concerto in C major, 3rd movement;
- Pianist, Joseph Carmody (10), performing Haydn’s Concerto in C major, 1st movement; and
- Recorder player, Alida Esterhuizen (12), who will be showing off her skills with Sammartini Concerto in F major, 2nd movement.
Budding vocalists taking to the stage are:
- Marianthe Panas (15) performing Rachmaninoff’s All by Myself;
- Sabrina Loubser’s (16) rendition of Mozart’s Vedrai, Carino from Don Giovanni;
- Nathan Julius (17) doing Haydn’s Auf starkem Fittiche from The Creation;
- Ellen Pretorius (17) and Marianthe Panas (and vocalists from Crawford School) in Freddie Mercury’s iconic Barcelona; and
- Nzuzo Masuku (21) performing Handel’s Vieni, O Cara, A Consolarmi.
EKwazini High School in uMlazi boasts four entrants in this year’s concert: Nolwazi Gumede (14), who sings Khumalo’s Ngiyamazi uZibhebhu, and quartet Nosipho Kortjaas (20), Thulasizwe Kweshube (19) , Nomathemba Mthethwa (18) together with Nolwazi Gumede who will sing Sibisi’s Zenzeni na?.
“This is their first opportunity to perform with a professional orchestra and is often the springboard to their future musical careers,” said Bongani Tembe: chief executive and artistic director of the KZN Philharmonic.
“While serving South Africa with distinctly professional orchestra performances, the KZN Philharmonic also dedicates much of its time and energy to enriching the community through its Education and Development programme.
“The Young Performers initiative is in keeping with this transference of skills which allows industry-professionals to engage with our up-and-coming stars and work with the KZN Philharmonic enabling them to benefit from a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and live their dreams.”
Entry is free and all are welcome! Please note – tickets must be reserved in advance at 031 369 9438 during office hours.
- The KZN Philharmonic presents its World Symphony Winter Season weekly from May 19 to June 23 n the Durban City Hall. Tickets on sale at Computicket.
Alessia Zedde (12) on piano will perform Haydn Concerto in C major, 3rd movement
There will be two cello solos, Ayanda Makulwane and William Nobelo (both 24) performing Vivaldi Concerto 2, movements 1 and 2