Master Series Concert 1 – Romantic Legends

In celebration of the DCO conductor’s – Mr. Russell Scott’s – 10th anniversary at the helm of the orchestra, on the 15th of April, the DCO proudly presents Romantic Legends, the first concert in the Masters Series – a series of performances dedicated to growth, expansion and success of the Durban City Orchestra under Mr. Scott’s tenure.

The DCO returns to the Marianhill Monastery Church, with it’s wonderful acoustics and beautiful setting playing host to a program featuring 3 very different, but equally enthralling Romantic Masters.

Opening the concert is Schubert’s enigmatic “Unfinished” Symphony no 8. Left incomplete upon the composers’ death, the symphonies’ lyrical melodies and dramatic structure provide the perfect concert appetizer.

The featured Soloist for this concert is none other than KZN’s own Aristide de Plessis –

Co-Principal Cellist of the KZN Philharmonic.

Durban born and bred, Aristide du Plessis has studied in Cape Town as well as at the Zürich University of the Arts, where he studied with the renowned pedagogue and Principal cellist of the Tonhalle Orchestra, Thomas Grossenbacher.

Aristide du Plessis joins the orchestra in Dvorak’s iconic Cello Concerto in B minor.

A mini symphony in itself, the B Minor Concerto, among all cello concertos, has been called “supreme,” “the greatest”, and the “king” and has been recorded by almost every well-known soloist.

After interval, the final work on the program is the lesser-heard Symphonic Dances, Op 64 by Edvard Grieg.

Well known for his use and development of Norwegian folk music his compositions put the music of Norway in the international spectrum.

A collection of four folk songs drawn from an 1853 collection by Ludvig Mathias Lindemann, this exciting setting exploits the myriad sound and effects the romantic orchestra can create and brings the performance to an explosive close.


The concert starts at 14:30 on the 15th April 2018.

Tickets are R100 (R80 Pensioners & Students) and available through or at the door.


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