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Upcoming concerts:
CPO Celebrates Johan Botha
Artscape Opera House, August 13 20:00. Conductor: Bernhard Gueller. Soloists: Johan Botha (tenor), Goitsemang Lehobye (soprano), Bongiwe Nakani (mezzo), Mandla Mndebele (baritone). Verdi, Mascagni, Puccini, Léhar.
FOM Fundraising Gala
Cape Town City Hall, November 3 20:00. Conductor & soloist: Howard Shelley. All-Mozart programme.
Mendelssohn for Two
Cape Town City Hall, November 10 20:00. Conductor: Omri Hadari. Soloists: Nettle and Markham (piano). Mendelssohn; Shostakovich.
Peter and the Wolf
Cape Town City Hall, November 13 18:00. Conductor: Carlo Ponti. Narrator: Evita Bezuidenhout. Peter and the Wolf; Britten.
Ode to Joy
Cape Town City Hall, November 17 & 19 20:00. Conductor: Omri Hadari. Soloists: Siphamandla Yakupa (soprano), Elizabeth Frandsen (mezzo), Lukhanyo Moyake (tenor), Mandla Mndebele (baritone). Beethoven.
Alexander Nevsky
Cape Town City Hall, November 24 20:00. Conductor: Daniel Boico. Soloists: Yevgeny Kutik (violin), Violina Anguelov (mezzo). Philharmonic Choir of Cape Town. Haydn, Wieniawski, Prokofiev
Holst's Planets
Cape Town City Hall, December 1 20:00. Conductor: Daniel Boico. Soloist: Michael Thornton (horn). Bartok, Strauss, Holst.
 

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Artscape Women's Festival

The Cape Town Philharmonic Youth Orchestra conducted by Brandon Phillips will be part of Artscape’s  7th  Women / Humanity Arts Festival. Against all Odds focuses on women, societal challenges and disability and will take place from August 4 – 10. The festival includes panel discussions, stage productions, activities, workshops and exhibitions to raise awareness, educate and inform survivors, families and communities that they have the human and constitutional right to live in a non-oppressive and non-violent society.
       The opening concert on Sunday, August 4, will feature, with the CPYO, Nianell, Zanne Stapelberg, Louis Brittz, Ivan Siegelaar, Rouchelle Liedermann, Elton Jansen and Piper James  in the Borrowed Angels Healing Initiative (BAHI) Healing Concert.  Artists  will tell their stories of hope and bring healing with inspiring songs.  Stage production highlights include Nancy, a workshop play directed by Abduraghmaan Adams and which comments on the South African / universal gay experience; In The Wings, an original play written and directed by Jared Kruger and is a coming of age story of two sisters, one of whom has cerebral palsy; Ngangelizwe is a one woman show about the construction of a woman’s identity, taking into account issues of culture, sexuality, and sexual orientation.  For further information contact Debbie Damons on 021 410 9915.  Tickets from Computicket or Artscape Dial-a-Seat on 021 – 421 7695.  Full details: www.artscape.co.za

Changes to booking procedures


Due to an increase in bookings, we are forced to streamline our booking procedures. The booking period is  longer, but ALL BOOKING  (renewals, new season tickets, single seat sales) will start on the same day.  Renewals as usual will only be available via Artscape Dial-A-Seat (021 421 7695); new subscriptions and single seats from Dial-A-Seat or any Computicket outlet. In the future, all existing season tickets will be “frozen” on the system for a period of 3 weeks to give subscribers ample time to renew their regular seats (please note that this will not apply to the Spring Season where existing subscribers’  tickets will be kept until September 3.)  If subscribers do not book (or at least make a special arrangement with the CPO on 021 410 9966 or via email – luvuyo@cpo.org.za - before the end of the grace period), we regret that their specific tickets will be released back into the system.
Important booking dates:
  • Booking for the November season is open now
  • Booking for the Jan/Feb 2017 season opens on Monday,14 November
  • Booking for the March/April 2017 season opens on Friday, 27 January
  • Booking for June 2017 season opens on Monday 1 May

Botha programme announced


Verdi, Puccini, Mascagni, Léhar - hear some of the most loved arias, duos and quartets from opera and operetta sung by Johan Botha and  three of Cape Town’s favourite and most accomplished  singers, Goitsemang Lehobye (soprano), Bongiwe Nakani (mezzo) and Mandla Mndebele (baritone). The concert, Johan Botha and Friends,  celebrates life, and is conducted by Bernhard Gueller and directed by Christine Crouse. It will  take place at Artscape Opera on August 13 at 8 pm. Ticket sales are brisk.  
       The all-Verdi first half will include Celeste Aïda (Botha), the duet from Don Carlo (Botha and Mndebele) and the quartet from Otello; the second half will comprise arias by Leoncavallo, Puccini, Mascagni and Léhar.
       In the light of Botha's recent illness, part of the proceeds of the concert will go to CANSA. Read more here.

The Spring Season's concerts


With the chance of winning a dinner with Omri Hadari on November 8 as an incentive to renew or take up a new season ticket subscription before September 2 and November 4, respectively, don’t delay in getting your tickets. The season of four concerts has two conductors – Hadari and Daniel Boico – and opens on November 10 with the distinguished British piano duo, Nettle and Markham, who will play the Double Piano Concerto by Mendelssohn. Also on the programme are the Ruy Blas overture, also by Mendelssohn, and the Symphony no 5 in D minor by Shostakovich.
November 17 sees the New Apostolic Church Choir and soprano Siphamandla Yakuba, mezzo Elizabeth Frandsen, tenor Lukhanyo Moyake and baritone Mandla Mndebele in the Beethoven Choral Symphony, the Symphony no 9.  This concert, presented in collaboration with the South African Society of Psychiatrists, is being repeated on Saturday, November 19. The concert speaks of triumph over adversity, and will feature several works with this theme in the first half.
On November 24, Russian-American violinist Yevgeny Kutic will play the second Wieniawski Violin Concerto, while the Philharmonia Choir and mezzo Violina Anguelov will sing the powerful oratorio, Alexander Nevsky, by Prokofiev. Boico will conduct.
The season  ends with The Planets, the suite by Gustav Holst, Michael Thornton will play the Strauss Horn Concerto no 1 after the Miraculous Mandarin Suite by Bartok. This concert, conducted by Boico, will be on December 1.
        All concerts are at 8 pm at the Cape Town City Hall.
        Contact Artscape Dial-A-Seat on 021 421 7695 for subscription renewals by September 3.  New subscriptions and single seats are obtainable from Dial-A-Seat and all Computicket outlets. 
        More information on www.cpo.org.za or contact Luvuyo Kakaza on 021 410 9966 / luvuyo@cpo.org.za

Bookings open for Peter and the Wolf



The CPO and the CPYO will give a joint concert on Sunday, November 13, at 6 pm at the City Hall when Carlo Ponti (above) the Italian-American conductor and friend of Pieter Dirk Uys, will direct both Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf and Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra.  Peter and the Wolf will be narrated by none other than Evita Bezuidenhout.  Ponti has a reputation built on his work with young people. The first half of the concert will feature a young soloist. Brandon Phillips will also conduct the CP Youth Orchestra in a piece designed to showcase our great young players. 
      Tickets are on sale at Computicket and Artscape Dial-A-Seat on 021 421 7695 now.

FOM tickets on general sale
August 1



Tickets for the all-Mozart concert with conductor and pianist Howard Shelley on November 3 at the City Hall, presented as a gala fundraiser by Friends of Orchestral Music go on sale on August 1. Members of the Friends are invited to the post-concert reception and receive  a discount on tickets.  Contact Derek Auret derek@auret.co.za if you want to sign up or sign up on line at www.fomct.com.

Zanelle Britz, Double Bass


Welcome Zanelle Britz, our new (ish) double bass tutti player. Zanelle joined the CPO in June, having played as an ad hoc musician while she was completing her post-grad diploma in double bass performance at UCT with Alex Fokkens in 2014 and 2015.  She has had much experience, having first played in an orchestra in Bloemfontein when she was 10, and then in the Free State Youth Symphony, the SA National Youth Orchestra, at the Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival, as an ad hoc with the JPO, the Gauteng Philharmonic, Free State Symphony Orchestra, Namibian National Symphony Orchestra, when she was doing a post graduate certificate in education, this after she had been  awarded a BA in Media Studies in Bloemfontein …
      What made her play the double bass as a career when she had so many choices? Degrees in media and education, and the choice of several instruments  from recorder and piano to flute and cello?
       “Cello was always my first love,” she says. “I thought it was the best instrument to play in the orchestra because the parts written for the instrument have such a wonderful balance of melody, harmony and bass lines. When I moved to Pretoria in 2010, I found an abundance of cellists and a shortage of good double bass players. I offered to play double bass in the University of Pretoria Symphony Orchestra and soon after many opportunities started presenting themselves to me as a bassist - opportunities I never would have had as a cellist. Read more here.
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