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Upcoming concerts:
Sublime Dvořák
Cape Town City Hall, June 16 20:00. Conductor: Bernhard Gueller. Soloist: Peter Martens (cello), Shaun Crawford. Dvořák, Tchaikovsky.
Romantic Schumann
Cape Town City Hall, June 23 20:00. Conductor: Martin Panteleev. Soloists: Maciej Grzybowski (piano), Erik Dippenaar (organ), Christo Jankowitz. Schumann, Saint Saëns.
Ravel and Rachmaninov
Cape Town City Hall, June 30 20:00. Conductor: Martin Panteleev. Soloist: Rachel Lee Priday (violin). Ravel, Prokofiev, Rachmaninov.
Belvedere Singing Competition
Artscape Opera House, July 2 18:00. Conductor: Kamal Khan. The finals of the prestigious 35th International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition 2016 take place for the first time outside Europe.
CPO Celebrates Johan Botha
Artscape Opera House, August 13 20:00. Conductor: Bernhard Gueller
Soloists: Johan Botha (tenor), Goitsemang Lehobye (soprano), Bongiwe Nakani (mezzo), Thato Machona (bass). Book from 28 May.

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Reviews of recent concerts

The last two concerts of the season attracted more great reviews. Read Deon Irish on Scottish Flair on Tien and Tan (May 12). Peter Kooij in Die Burger and Andy Wilding on the same concert.

Reviews to date about the final concert in the season:
Pieter Kooij glows in Die Burger, Whatsonincapetown liked it too.
Schools concerts

The CPO is busy with school and community concerts this month – from  June 2 the musicians are giving concerts at Parklands School for learners and  people from the community in Table View, the Lathi-Tha School of Skills in Khayelitsha, the Glendale Home for Intellectually Challenged Adults in Heathfield, the Kusasa Project in Franschhoek and Yellowwood Primary in Mitchells Plain.
Singers with the CPO shine

Bongiwe Nakani, along with Levy Strauss Sekgapane and Sandile Sikhosana, has been chosen for the quarter-finals of the Operalia, won before by Pretty Yende in 2011. Other South Africans who have won top prizes are Maria Jooste (2004) and last year Noluvuyiso Mpofu, Bongiwe, who also won a top prize in  the  Deborah Voigt competition in March, will sing in the Johan Botha gala concert on August 13.
       Lukhanyo Moyake will sing in the Symphony no 9 by Beethoven in November this year. Watch her here and here and be charmed by his singing in the Neue Stimmen prizewinners’ concert. He won third prize in the competition last year. Lukhanyo also sang with the CPO earlier this year at Kirstenbosch as well.
Twinning CPO with CPYO musicians

In most first-world countries schools, universities and training academies are tasked with the transfer of skills. Professional organisations provide career opportunities to qualified professionals. This is also true in the world of music: the world’s foremost orchestras concentrate on being the best orchestra possible, while training and mentoring musicians are the job of teaching institutions.
       The CPO’s business plan includes a unique mentoring plan to take skills transfer to the next level, from the professional musicians to those in the youth orchestras  and the music academy in an effort to engender transformation and it is deadly serious about this. The all-inclusive approach to transformation involves every single musician in a mentorship programme, one that is monitored and evaluated.  The outcomes of the first such programme instituted last year was so extraordinary, and played an essential part in the CPYO’s many successes. Each CPO musician is twinned with at least one in the youth orchestras (many strings players have two) , and each is required to have regular contact sessions with the twin.
      Says CEO  Louis Heyneman, “This is one of the many areas in which we pay more than lip service to the future of an orchestra that will reflect the demographics of our country in time to come. We also have our eye on specific musicians to auditioning for vacancies down the line and this requires even more targeted mentoring.”
CPO goes International, again

Its tours to Europe and America aside, here’s the CPO, sadly unattributed, on the BBC website.

In this issue...

Hearing impaired attend rehearsal

Fifteen children with hearing impairment attended a rehearsal last week. Here’s the feedback to Arjan Tien from the director of the Kronedal Music Academy of Hout Bay, Dwyn Griesel:
     "I just wanted to thank you for being so gracious with our pupils at your rehearsal last Tuesday. They enjoyed it so much and for every single one of them this was a new and wondrous experience... We are so proud that we are providing these experiences for them, and grateful to Laurika, the CPO and Louis (Heyneman) for this honour. The children from the Dominican Grimley School for the Deaf in Hout Bay had never imagined they would be able to hear such "glorious noise"! :-)
       "You can rest assured that the pupils' lives and their souls were enriched forever that day."

Botha bookings open May 28

The good news is that booking opens for the gala concert with Johan Botha, Goeitesmang Lehobye (soprano),  Bongiwe Nakani  (mezzo) and Thato Machona (bass) opens on Saturday.  This feast of opera arias on August 13 at Artscape at 20:00 will be conducted by Bernhard Gueller.

Masidlale at Artscape, June 1

Don’t miss the launch of the new Artscape lunch-hour series presented by some of our Masidlale learners on June 1 at 13:00.

SAMRO partnership announced... premieres in June Season

The CPO is delighted to announce a partnership with the SAMRO Foundation / Concerts SA to include new works by talented young South African composers in concerts. The CPO and SAMRO share the same ideals… to showcase up and coming young South African composers and enable them to have their works played by a professional orchestra and distinguished conductor. The first short works have been chosen and scheduled  for the concert series in June.  On June 16 will the concert will open with Overture, a sparkling work with film music idioms by Cape Town composer Shaun Crawford under the direction of Bernhard Gueller.
On June 23, Christo Jankowitz’s Revelation will be performed, a work that showcases the orchestra.  Martin Panteleev will be on the podium.
      Says Louis Heyneman, "This is a partnership with long-term benefits and we look forward to programming more works in forthcoming seasons."
More about the season:

On June 16, Peter Martens will play the sublime Dvořák Cello Concerto, while Gueller and the CPO will play the dramatic Fifth Symphony by Tchaikovsky as well as Overture by Crawford; on June 23 ,the soloist will be Polish pianist Maciej Grzybowski in the powerful Piano Concerto in A minor by Schumann. Erik Dippenaar will be the soloist in the main work on the programme, the Organ Symphony by Saint-Saëns, as well as Jankowitz’s Revelation. On June 30 in the final concert, the Korean-American violinist Rachel Lee Priday will play Prokofiev Violin Concerto no 1 while Panteleev and the CPO will present Ravel’s Alborado del Gracioso and the colourful Symphonic Dances by Rachmaninov. All concerts are preceded by a pre-concert talk by Rodney Trudgeon at 19:15 in the Sunken Lounge, open to concertgoerts. Although not part of the season, the CPO together with Cape Town Opera and Artscape, is hosting the finals of the 35th Hans Gabor Belvedere International Singing Competition at Artscape on July 2, conducted by Kamal Khan.
      More information about this season on or
      Seats from Computicket and Artscape Dial-A-Seat 021 421 7695.

Wouter de Wet joins the Belvedere media jury

We welcome well-known radio presenter Wouter de Wet to the media jury for the 35th International Belvedere Singing Competition which takes place on July 3 at Artscape.  Wouter has been presenting  the popular opera programme, "Dis Opera", on Sundays on RSG for years.  He joins Beverley Brommert, Fiona Chisholm, Deon Irish, Wayne Muller and Barry Smith as the South Africa contingent. International members come from America, Austria, England, France, Germany and Ireland.
     Read more here.

Brandon Phillips to conduct Coppélia

Rising young stars of the Cape Town City Ballet (CTCB) are set to take centre stage in the classic and comic ballet, Coppélia, at Artscape, accompanied by the CPO with Brandon Phillips in certain performances, in the run from May 25 – 29.
      For this production, a number of young star dancers of the CTCB will be shining in the spotlight. The role of Swanilda will be shared by Cleo Ames, Sarah-Lee Chapman, Meghan Henegan and Elizabeth Nienaber, while Franz will be danced by Ivan Boonzaaier Martin Milner, Craig Pedro and Revil Yon.
      Alternating as the eccentric Dr. Coppelius, as well as the Bürgermeister, CTCB’s master character dancers, Mervyn Williams and Johnny Bovang are bound to have audiences in the palms of their hands at all performances.

Tickets are available at Computicket or Artscape Dial-a-Seat on 021 421 7695. More information

CPYO musicians at the SICMF

Congratulations to the following CPYO members who are being sponsored by the CPO to participate in the 13th Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival. The ten deserving and talented young musicians will play chamber music and audition with 290 others for one of the two festival orchestras.  They can also receive coaching from some of the 30 leading musicians who will be performing there.
       The CPYO musicians are violinists Joshua Louis, Shaheema Lakay, Jessica Rossouw (viola), Lance Thysma and Amy Rossouw (clarinet), Shannon Thebus (horn) and Gregory Petersen (trumpet) and Michael de Kock and Wesley de Kock (trombone).
      In this year’s line up in Stellenbosch, which takes place from July 1 to 10 at the Endler Hall, you can hear musicians like Daniel Rowland (violin), James Austin Smith (oboe), Billy Ray Hunter (trumpet), Wesley Sprott (trombone) and Ferdinand Steiner (clarinet), who will perform Mozart’s popular Clarinet Concerto.  Nicolas Dautricourt will be the soloist in Saint-Saëns’s Violin Concerto no.3.
      Matthijs van Dijk’s new work for narrator, percussion, overtone singer, string quartet and piano will be narrated by anti-apartheid activist Denis Goldberg and the festival conductors are Daniel Boico and Kazem Abdullah.
      Tickets are available from Computicket / 021 808 2358 to purchase a festival pass. Visit for more information.

Design Indaba

Joshua Louis, Stephanie Lawrenson and Pearl Jung, all  (all members of the CPYO and music students at the SA College of Music at UCT, participated in the recent international Design Indaba at Artscape.  They performed  two excerpts from Song Queen, a Pidgin Opera, with Helen Parker-Jayne Isibor, The opera, the first in Nigerian Pidgin or broken English, promotes peace and cultural exchanges, challenging notions of ‘high’ and ‘low’ art.
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