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Spring Symphony Concert
Cape Town City Hall 20:00
Conductor: Conrad van Alphen; Soloist: Georgi Anichenko, cello; Stefans Grové, Schumann, Rachmaninov; Curtain-raiser: CPYO Verdi
Spring Symphony Concert
Cape Town City Hall 20:00
Conductor: Conrad van Alphen; Soloist: Andrey Pisarev, piano; Liszt, Grieg, Dvořák
Spring Symphony Concert
Cape Town City Hall 20:00
Conductor: Conrad van Alphen; Soloists: Hanneli Rupert, mezzo;  Alexander Gilman, violin; New Apostolic Male Choir; Brahms, Korngold, Williams, Franck
Spring Symphony Concert
Cape Town City Hall 20:00
Conductor: Owain Arwel Hughes; Soloist: Olga Kern, piano; Dukas, Haydn, Stravinsky, Prokofiev
Endler Hall, Stellenbosch
Conductor: Owain Arwel Hughes; Soloist: Sarita Uranovsky, violin; Dukas, Beethoven, Stravinsky
Spring Symphony Concert
Cape Town City Hall 20:00
Conductor: Owain Arwel Hughes; Soloist: François du Toit, piano; Mozart, Adrian More (world première); Shostakovich
FOM Gala Concert
Cape Town City Hall 20:00
Conductor: Martin Panteleev; Soloist: Benjamin Schmid; Mendelssohn, Paganini, Rimsky-Korsakov

Friends' soirée

The Friends are also holding a very exciting soirée featuring the works of pianist and composer David Earl on October 14 at chairman Derek Auret’s home in Lakeside.  David will be joined by violist Emile de Roubaix  for his Sonata for Viola and Piano, and will then present the world premiére of his Quintet for Cor Anglais with Carin Bam, cor anglais, Suzanne Martens, violin, Karin Gaertner, violin, Emile de Roubaix, viola, and Peter Martens, cello

As there are only a limited number of seats available for this soirée, please telephone Ruth Allen, 021 794 2435, 083 292 4645 or email to make a booking. Wine and snacks will be served after the concert and the tickets will be R150 for non-members and R100 for members.

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CPO out at schools

Schools and community concerts are being presented by the CPO this week. The CPO is being conducted by Xavier Cloete, the winner of the second Len van Zyl National Conductors’ Competition in 2013. Xavier has come down especially from Bloemfontein to work with the CPO.  The first winner of the competition, Brandon Phillips, will be narrating the special outreach programme and conducting a couple of concerts, too. Joining the CPO will be Heavenly Quartez, who will sing an African melody including various well-known South African folk songs.
Amongst the communities to receive an inspiring visit will be the Camphill Village for intellectually challenged adults near Malmesbury; others are the Zwaanswyk Academy, Astra and St Joseph’s School in Athlone and then, in Montagu, there will be a Soup and Symphony concert, where people can attend the concert free of charge but buy the soup, all in aid of the rural arts development in Montagu.

Friends' Gala Concert

December 4
Cape Town City Hall

Preferential booking opens on today at Computicket and Artscape Dial-A-Seat for one week for paid-up members of FOM to buy seats at the discounted price of R400 instead of R450. Subscribers’ seats will be reserved, but changes can be made.  Those who are not subscribers may buy discounted seats on production of their membership cards.  On the podium will be the popular principal guest conductor Martin Panteleev, with the fantastic Austrian violinist Benjamin Schmid giving us his interpretation of the First Violin Concerto by Paganini.  Also on the programme are works by Mendelssohn and Rimsky-Korsakov.

The gala event will be followed by a private reception for members only, and adding to the glitter of the event will be the launch of the CPO’s centenary book.

CPO to perform for Hamburg Ballet

The end of September sees the opening of the Hamburg Ballet’s Spring and Fall, presented by Cape Town City Ballet, on the Artscape Opera stage. In the pit, conducted by Tim Murray, will be the CPO accompanying two of three works, Spring and Fall and Le Sacre; the third ballet, Vaslav has been choreographed to music by Johann Sebastian Bach and will be performed to solo piano played by Peter Rooi.
        The works are by world-renowned choreographer, John Neumeier of Hamburg Ballet. Spring and Fall is a lyrical piece danced to Dvorák’s stirring Serenade for Strings; Vaslav is dedicated to the life and work of legendary dancer and choreographer, Vaslav Nijinsky; Le Sacre is danced to Igor Stravinsky’s highly dramatic and primeval composition, The Rite of Spring (Le Sacre du printemps), one of the most influential orchestral works of the 20th century. Two star dancers from Hamburg Ballet, Silvia Azzoni and Alexander Riabko, join the full Cape Town City Ballet company for each performance.
Book through Computicket or Artscape Dial-a-Seat on 021 421 7695 for the performances from September 26 to 30.

CPO My School / My Village / My Planet

Join the CPO family and sign up for a My School/My Village/My Planet card and help support the orchestra. As you know, the concept supports a number of worthy charities, and the CPO can now be one of them.  Write to for an application form. Joining costs you nothing and will help sustain the CPO.

RSG and FMR broadcasts

The first broadcast of part of a CPO concert by Radio Sonder Grense will take place on Wednesday, September 24, between 21:10 and 22:00..  You can hear John Ntsepe perform the 2nd Liszt Piano Concerto. Bernhard Gueller was on the podium with the CPO at the City Hall.  Gueller’s Fine Music Radio's People of Note interview which was originally broadcast in August was chosen for rebroadcast during Rodney Trudgeon’s time away from the studio over the next couple of weeks because, says Trudgeon, it was really unusual and interesting.  Tune in on Sunday week if you missed it.

Musical training tunes the brain

Musical training tunes the developing brain, scientists report in the Sept. 3 Journal of Neuroscience. After two years in a music enrichment programme, children in Los Angeles had more sophisticated brain responses to spoken syllables than those who had only a year of training.
          Researchers led by neuroscientist Nina Kraus of Northwestern University studied 44 children enrolled with the Harmony Project, an organization that brings music training to children in low-income communities. The children began music lessons when they were on average 8 years old. After two years of lessons, but not one, their brains showed distinct responses to the rapidly spoken sounds “ba” and “ga.”
           Electrodes placed on their scalps revealed millisecond-scale differences in brain activity in response to the syllables, suggesting that the more musically trained brains were better at distinguishing between the sounds. This neural distinction has been linked to real-life skills such as reading and the ability to pick out speech from a noisy din, says Kraus.
           She and her colleagues hope to expand their research and bring musical training to more children. “We’ve opened the window a crack, but I’m hoping it can be thrown wide open,” she says.
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