I’m a Durban Culture Queen…

City Hall

 … well not really, but Thursday night at the City Hall, listening to the KZNPO, made me feel more cultured then ever before! I must confess, it was the first time I had listened to the Philamonic Orchestra (and yes it’s not everybody’s cup of tea!) but it was beautiful and all we had to do was just sit and enjoy! Thank goodness, because after a long day/week/month, it was so nice to just sit and let my ears do all the work.

My view

So the conductor, Tibor Boganyi, walks out and bows to the crowd and we all applaud him. He is quite a vibrant and expressive man, although I think that must be one of the criteria for becoming a conductor?! As I sat there I wondered, and maybe daydreamed a bit, What is it like being a conductor? There is this unspoken respect that you get, and everyone applauds you for waving your arms around, and I think your bank account looks good at the end of every month too!So who wouldn’t want to be one? But seriously, what fun to be constantly, surrounded by incredible musicians, beautiful music and to be doing something you truly love doing. I know it can’t be easy with all the practices and shows etc, but I suppose that’s the life of a performer. Shame.

Now I didn’t know this… but there is an Orchestra Etiqutte! You can’t just clap after every song, or make any kind of noises, its DEAD quiet (besides the instruments playing, obviously!) So, like, after every song I felt this urge to stand and clap, you seriously can’t help it, as it was beautiful, but everyone knew to wait and then like magic at the end of …ok I know this isn’t the right lingo…a set, everyone clapped. At the end of the interval, and after all the soloists had a turn to belt out a few notes, people stood and applauded the conductor (who walked off and on stage a few times) and the soloists. They all got a goodie bag – I wonder what they got? anyway – and then the conductor thanked  everyone (by waving his hands and pointing to various people on the stage) and we all clapped and clapped and clapped and clapped – you get the picture? and then finally INTERVAL…yay! The second half was wonderful, to be honest I prefered it to the first half, it was just the instruments playing and yes I did just want to close my eyes and drift off  – actually I think I almost did, but it was lovely… just lovely.

Going to get some champagne and chocolate!

Now the evening didn’t end after the conductor, finally, left the stage for real this time, because it was the last night, there was a jazz band outside and champagne and chocolate was served! I couldn’t wait to get my hands on some chocolate and it seemed like EVERYONE else had the same idea as when I got to the table all the little chocolates were gone – sadness- but we found the table where they were handing out some more. You would be surprised, seeing grown men and woman all dressed up for a night of culture, grabbing as many chocolates as they could and glugging down glasses of champagne, wow, you see something new everyday. The jazz band was just so cool and jazzy… I think the average age of the band was 60! There was this rocking granny jamming on the bass guitar (please excuse my ignorance if it wasn’t a bass)…wow they blew my mind, and got everyone moving, what an awesome vibe, people were dancing all over the place! What a night, thank you City Hall, you did good. Sopeople of Durban, if you are looking to feel more cultured and need an evening to dress up and an excuse to drink champagne and dance with grannies, you should go, it really was worth it!

The Jazz Tent

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