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CPYWE to play in Waterfront

Belvedere competition finals: Booking is open

 Leo Gevisser's Honorarium donated to Masidlale

Jack Liebeck with Concert Series

Duet concert ticket winners

Congrats to Avigail!!
Bruch and Brahms
Cape Town City Hall, February 18 20:00. Conductor: Victor Yampolsky. Soloist: Jack Liebeck (violin). Strauss, Bruch, Brahms.
Beethoven Piano Cycle No 1
Cape Town City Hall, February 24 20:00. Conductor: Victor Yampolsky. Soloist: François du Toit (piano).
Beethoven Piano Cycle No 2
Cape Town City Hall, February 25 20:00. Conductor: Victor Yampolsky. Soloist: François du Toit (piano).
Jewish Community: 175 Years
Cape Town City Hall, March 3 20:00. Conductor: Omri Hadari. Soloist: Aviram Reichert, (piano). Bernstein, Gershwin, Rachmaninov.

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Young soloist donates honorarium to Masidlale

Leo Gevisser, the 13-year-old pianist who played the first movement of the Ravel Piano Concerto in the 3rd Len van Zyl Conductors' Competition on Sunday, has donated his fee to the Masidlale Strings Project.  Here’s why:
      “I have been lucky to have the best teachers and the best instruments, others have not. Music is for everyone, it uplifts me and I would like other children to experience and feel the way I do when I play.”
      Thank you Leo, for your talent, your compassion and your generosity, and we thank your family for instilling such values in you.

Winners of the Duet concert tickets are...

Norman and Carol Sulcas! 

We are delighted that Norman and Carol, long-time subscribers and supporters of the CPO,  were the winners of two tickets to the Duet concert with Pretty Yende, Sonnyboy Ddlala, Kamal Khan and the CPO and CTO on March 21.  They renewed their subscriptions to the CPO’s Autumn season April 28 to May 19.   If you haven’t renewed your tickets, do so now, because seats not bought or reserved with Artscape Dial-A-Seat will go back into the Computicket system from Feruary 29 when new subscriptions go on sale.  New and existing subscribers have a chance to win two tickets to the Cape Town Concert Series matinee recital with violinist Krystof Barati on June 11 at 3 pm at the Baxter Concert Hall.

Chad Hendricks wins the 3rd Len van Zyl Conductors' Competition

Chad Hendricks, 25, of Retreat, has won the third prestigious Len van Zyl Conductors’ Competition, which comes with a three month internship at the Philadelphia Orchestra and with Professor Victor Yampolsky, doyen of American conducting teachers, in Chicago.

       The title was awarded unanimously by four judges (Yampolsky, Bernhard Gueller, Richard Cock and Brandon Phillips) at a concert with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra at the Cape Town City Hall last Sunday night.
       For Hendricks, who grew up in the New Apostolic Church (NAC), this is a dream come true.
      “This competition is a major stepping stone for anyone in South Africa wanting to make conducting a career. I have seen what it did for Brandon Phillips, who was the first Len van Zyl competition winner in 2010. He is now resident conductor of the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra and music director of the Cape Town Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.  There is nothing like this competition in South Africa and I am thrilled to be the winner, especially against such strong competition from other young conductors around the country.”
       More than seven years ago, former advertising executive Len van Zyl saw that while orchestral musicians had several competitions to help them establish their careers there was nothing suitable for conductors.   “I started this competition with the fervent hope that it would prepare young musicians for the all-important leadership role which conductors have. When I see what it has done for Phillips and also for the second winner Xavier Cloete, I feel we are accomplishing a great deal and I wish Chad Hendricks all the best as he embarks on this new stage of his life.”
       The other two finalists were Schalk van der Merwe and Jaco van Staden, both of Pretoria.

Cape Town Philharmonic Youth Wind bands to play in Waterfront

Both the Cape Town Philharmonic Youth Wind Ensemble (CPYWE) and the Junior Youth Wind Ensemble (CPYJWE) will give a concert in the Clock Tower precinct of the V&A Waterfront on Saturday, February 27, from 19:00.   It is the exciting debut performance of the CPYJWE, some musicians as young as ten.

       Both bands  of 40 players each will play in the "A Taste of Belgium" festival under the direction of Faan Malan, wind band specialist and conductor. The bands will play a light and lively programme which includes concert marches, medleys of popular songs and the latest hits.  The concert will also feature local singer and song writer Jannie du Toit and the internationally known Belgian cabaret singer Kathleen Aerts, accompanied by the CPYWE.
       Malan says these talented young musicians, mostly between the ages of ten and 24 and coming from areas that stretch from Mitchell’s Plain to Durbanville,  receive intensive training on a weekly basis at the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra’s Music Academy which operates out of Rhodes High School in Mowbray.
      “Many of them came to the wind ensembles with nothing more but talent, and we, thanks to sponsorship of instruments, have been able to turn that gift into what could well become a career.”
      The CPO’s projects, which include the CP Youth Orchestra and strings ensembles, two wind ensembles and the Masidlale grass roots training strings and woodwinds projects with youngsters from the townships to Atlantis, reach hundreds of children each year.
      This, says Youth Development and Education manager Laurika Steenkamp, “offers a chance for talented musicians to excel, as well as a healthy alternative for those who did not previously have access to quality music education. “
      More information from laurika@cpo.org.za 021 410 9809.

Belvedere Competition finals concert: booking is open

Qualifying rounds start soon in Cologne, Sofia, Klagenfurt, Phildalphia, Vienna and Heidelburg and tickets have gone on sale at Computicket for the finals of 35th prestigious International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition. The final rounds take place in Cape Town from June 25, with the finalists' concert taking place at Artscape Opera House under the direction of Kamal Khan on July 2. 
       The International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition is THE “springboard” for young opera singers into a career in opera.  Four South Africans reached the 34th Belvedere Singing Competition final round last year, and Levy Sekgapane went on to win the 1st prize.  Acclaimed South African soprano Pretty Yende won the 2009 competition; Siyabulela Ntlale was placed 2nd in 2014 and Hlengiwe Mkhwanazi took the 2nd prize in 2013. 
The local organizing partners in Cape Town: Hanna van Schalkwyk, the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra’s Louis Heyneman and Cape Town Opera’s Lize Coetzer.

Jack Liebeck with Concert Series

If you didn’t manage to get seats to violinist Jack Liebeck’s Bruch Concerto with the CPO and Victor Yampolsky tonight, you can listen on FMR and you can also attend his recital at the Baxter Concert Hall on Saturday. He will play works by Lalo, Brahms, Beethoven and Debussy for the Cape Town Concert Series at 8pm. More information ctconcerts.co.za
     Read what the Cape Times said about Jack here.

Congrats to Avigail!

Congratulations to Avigail Bushakevitz, a CPO soloist and now in the violin section of the Konserthaus Orchestra in Berlin, who married a violist in the same orchestra, Ernst Schmidt, last weekend.
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