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CLASSICAL music fans are in for a Valentine’s treat tonight when the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra (KZNPO) presents Romance at the Symphony at 7.30 pm in the Durban City Hall.
Conductor Daniel Boico returns to Durban to conduct the KZNPO’s performance of Mozart’s rousing overture from his famous opera Le Nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro).
Anna Tifu, a talented young Italian violinist, will then join the orchestra to perform one of the signature pieces in her impressively broad repertoire: Bruch’s first violin concerto.
Possibly Bruch’s most famous composition, its mix of excitement and melodic tranquility is sure to be a gem.
The orchestra will also be joined by Pablo Sáinz Villegas, who will perform Joaquin Rodrigo’s Concierto De Aranjuez, which will showcase just why Villegas is one of the world’s foremost classical guitarists.
Concierto de Aranjuez depicts the lush gardens of the spring resort Palacio Real de Aranjuez, showing both the beauty of nature in the gardens, and the regal grandeur and noble spectacle of the dances and balls that would take place there.
The evening will end with KZNPO’s performance of the orchestral suite from Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, which captures some of the ballet’s most brilliant moments, and showcases some of Tchaikovsky’s most powerfully emotional and awe-inspiring passages. — Arts Editor.