KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra

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The KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra (KZNPO) is a professional orchestra based in Durban, South Africa.[1] It was founded in 1983 under the name Natal Philharmonic Orchestra (NPO).[2]

Funding[edit]

The KZNPO receives funding from the eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality Municipality, the national Department of Arts and Culture, the KwaZulu-Natal provincial Department of Arts and Culture,[3] South African National Lottery, the National Arts Council of South Africa, the Rupert Music Foundation and various individual donors.

Staff[edit]

The orchestra's Chief Executive and Artistic Director is Bongani Tembe and its Concert Master is Hristo Kardjiev.

Repertoire[edit]

In August/September 2009, the KZNPO accompanied soprano Renée Fleming on a concert tour to Durban, Pretoria and Cape Town.[4]

In April 2011, the orchestra played the world premiere of Bongani Ndodana-Breen's opera Winnie the Opera at the State Theatre, Pretoria, with soprano Tsakane Maswanganyi in the title role of Winnie Mandela.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "KZNPO National Youth Concerto Festival", September 2010, ClassicSA.co.za
  2. ^ Philip Harrison (January 2005). Arts & culture. New Africa Books. pp. 15–. ISBN 978-0-86486-565-6. Retrieved 5 July 2011. 
  3. ^ Thusi, Weziwe. "Budget Speech for 2009/10 delivered in the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature by the Honourable Weziwe Thusi, MEC for Arts and Culture". Retrieved 23 June 2011. 
  4. ^ Sinkins, Estelle (20 May 2009). "World renowned soprano Renee Fleming coming to SA". The Natal Witness. Archived from the original on 2012-03-23. Retrieved 2015-10-06. 
  5. ^ Redvers, Louise (29 April 2011). "Winnie the Opera premieres with all eyes on Winnie the spectator". the Guardian. Retrieved 2015-10-06. 

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