A highlight for budding music and vocal students is the annual KZN Young Performers Concert with the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra which takes place on Saturday 20 May 2017 at 7pm at the Playhouse Drama Theatre.
The KZN Philharmonic Orchestra in association with the South African Society of Music Teachers once more presents a very special once-off concert to showcase the solo skills of 15 of the most promising young KZN orchestral performers and vocalists in a variety concert type format performing an eclectic repertoire of classical highlights, opera arias, and even crossover opera/pop.
The concert features the sublime KZN Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Naum Rousine. It is a red letter day for many of the orchestra players, who have the opportunity of performing publicly with their music students.
The KZN Philharmonic, in association with the South African Society of Music Teachers, held open auditions to talent-scout for young soloists, facilitated by a judging panel of respected musical professionals. Vocalists have to be under the age of 25 and instrumentalists under 23 to qualify. The annual Young Performers concerts have been running for at least a decade.
"For many of the young performers, this is a hugely significant opportunity for them as it is their first opportunity to perform with a professional orchestra, and it is often the springboard to their future musical careers," said Bongani Tembe, Chief Executive and Artistic Director of the KZN Philharmonic.
"While serving South Africa with top-drawer professional orchestra concerts, the busy KZN Philharmonic also dedicates much of its time and energy to enriching the community through its far-reaching Education and Development programme. The Young Performers initiative is in keeping with this transference of skills which allows industry professionals to engage with our up-and-coming stars and work with the KZN Philharmonic to enable them to benefit from aonce-in-a-lifetime opportunity and live their dreams," continues Tembe.