WSS Summer Season 2017: Concert 3 Preview


WSS Summer Season 2017: Concert 3 Preview

Posted by Zanele Maphanga in Concert Reviews, General News 17 Feb 2017

KZN Philharmonic Concert: 23 February 2017

Preview by Michael Green ( courtesy of


Russian composers make up the programme for the third concert, on 23 February, of the KZN Philharmonic  Orchestra’s summer symphony season in the Playhouse , Durban.

All three works on the programme are favourites in their very different ways.  The overture to the opera Price Igor is one of the most celebrated works of Alexander Borodin (1833 –1887).  The overture condenses some of the drama of the opera, an epic set in the Russia of several hundred years ago.


The young Romanian pianist Daniel Ciobanu will be the soloist in the brilliant Piano Concerto No 3 by Sergei Prokofiev.  Completed in 1921, this is one of the most popular concertos of the twentieth century.  It is dynamic, melodious, exciting.


Daniel Ciobanu had his music training in Scotland and is now rapidly building a reputation as performer in Britain and elsewhere.

The symphony of the evening is everybody’s favourite, Tchaikovsky’s Symphony N o., 6, the Pathetique.


The conductor in all these works will be Daniel Boico, the Israeli- American whose appearances with the KZNPO in recent years have made him a much admired figure in  Durban.

The usual pre-concert lecture will be given by Michael Green in the Alhambra Room, the Playhouse, starting at 6.15 p.m. and ending about 6.45, in time for a drink and a snack before the concert begins at 7.30.  Entry for the lecture:  R10.


Bookings for the concert and for season tickets are at Computicket or Checkers or the KZNPhil, phone 031 369 9438.  Or you can buy a ticket on the night at the door.

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