BEAUTIFUL music takes, performed by world class musicians, will take centre stage when the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra performs in the Pietermaritzburg City Hall on Friday, March 24 at 7.30 pm.
Presented by the KZN Philharmonic, in association with Christopher Duigan’s Music Revival and Parklane SuperSpar, the annual Symphony in the City, will feature solo performances by three of the orchestra’s most outstanding young musicians: Aristide du Plessis (cello), Junnan Sun (clarinet) and Fifi Olifant (violin).
The orchestra will be conducted for the first time by the ‘rising star’ of the local music world, young South African Brandon Phillips, director of orchestral activities at the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra.
“It’s a really beautiful programme we have chosen this year ,” said Music Revival’s Christopher Duigan, “one that not only features several soloists in exhilarating performances that stretch their capabilities to the extreme, but a programme that also showcases the orchestra itself and its incomparable way of creating a lush, rich and luxurious tapestry off sound.
“Hearing a symphony orchestra of 60 professional, highly skilled musicians in full-flight, making music together in a beautiful acoustic such as we have in our City Hall, is surely one of the most awe-inspiring experiences possible. There is nothing ordinary about it! ”
The concert will feature the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra playing the Karelia Suite by Finnish composer Jean Sibelius, Rossini’s Overture to The Silken Ladder and the haunting Pavane by French Romantic, Gabriel Faure.
Cellist Aristide du Plessis plays the first movement from the Dvorak Cello Concerto, one of the most inspired and passionate of cello solos, while Fifi Olifant plays the Adagio from Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy, a broad symphonic collection based on traditional Scottish folk melodies.
Local pianist and Steinway artist, Duigan will be featured in the opening movement of the Beethoven Piano Concerto No 3, regarded as one of the composer’s most mysterious, dramatic and dazzling piano compositions, designed to display his ability as pianist and composer.
Principal clarinet of the orchestra, Junnan Sun, will play two movements from the Clarinet Concerto No 1 by Weber, an exciting and gracefully energetic work, contrasting floating lyrical melodies with brilliant finger-twisting passages.
As with all Parklane/Music Revival concerts in the City Hall, every guest receives a complementary souvenir programme; the hall is beautifully presented with lighting by Big Beat; and complimentary drinks and eats are served at interval.
So, make sure you book your tickets for Symphony in the City, which is also supported by the Msunduzi Municipality, CPW Printers and ABI, now.
Tickets are R190 (R170 pensioners, R120 scholars) and R250 for premier seats. To book go to www.ticketpro.co.za. Tickets are also available via Ticketpro representatives at Edgars Direct at the Liberty Midlands Mall and CNA at the Hilton Quarry.
There is secure, patrolled, parking in City Hall, Bessie Head Library and Tatham Art Gallery precincts.