The KZN Philharmonic  Orchestra 
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The KZN Philharmonic Orchestra Picture: Supplied

KZN Philharmonic Orchestra to play at the Virtual National Arts Festival

By Entertainment Reporter Time of article published Jul 2, 2020

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The KZN Philharmonic Orchestra will present a full symphonic repertoire at the Virtual National Arts Festival. 

For the first time in 46 years the festival is being held entirely online due to Covid-19. 

Bongani Tembe, CEO and artistic director of the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra said they had to come up with a creative way to entertain audiences. 

“After we had to cancel our Winter Season due to the world’s latest pandemic, the orchestra had to resort to other creative ways in order to continue uplifting spirits of people around the country by sharing the musical experience with their audiences. With the many challenges that the national lockdown has presented; the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra is amongst the many artists to be featured on this year’s vNAF”, he said. 

The orchestra will present their concert titled "The Joy of Classical Music with the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra" which was recorded live at Hilton College in the Midlands, whilst following all the Covid-related protocols. The concert will feature timeless classics ranging from Grieg’s Holberg Suite to Barber’s Adagio for Strings. 

“Music lovers, all over South Africa and across the continent, can tune in to hear this great orchestra perform a specially curated programme for the vNAF. We hope this concert will uplift the spirit of South Africans and Africans during these trying times”,  said Tembe. 

Conducted by Lykele Temmingh, the concert will be aired as part of the vFringe live streamed events and forms part of the “videos-on-demand” offering and will be available to view until the end of July, thereby allowing audiences to view the orchestra’s performance at their leisure. Tickets are R100. 

Visit National Arts Festival for more information. 

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