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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)
FOM Fundraising Gala
Cape Town City Hall, November 3 20:00. Conductor & Soloist: Howard Shelley
Mendelssohn for Two
Cape Town City Hall, November 10 20:00. Conductor: Omri Hadari. Soloists: Nettle and Markham (piano). Mendelssohn; Shostakovich.
Ponti meets Evita
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.
Holst's Planets
Cape Town City Hall, December 1 20:00. Conductor: Daniel Boico. Soloist: Michael Thornton (horn). Bartok; Strauss.

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Changing of the oboe guard

After 16 years with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra and many more with its predecessors, Olga Burdukova has taken retirement as sub-principal oboe and principal cor anglais. We will miss her, and her seamless playing particularly in works such as the New World Symphony by Dvořák. We also know we won’t lose touch as she will continue to play as an ad hoc and attend concerts. Olga is married to artistic executive and guest principal oboe Sergei Burdukov, and came with him and their two daughters from Russia to South Africa in 1991. They joined the CAPAB Orchestra in the early 1990s and the CTPO in 1997 and the CPO in 2000.  
      We will be welcoming Carin Bam as associate principal and principal cor anglais on August 1 and will tell you all about her then!
FOM Quiz

The annual quiz fundraiser hosted by Friends of Orchestral Music to raise funds will take place again at the Glen Country Club in Clifton on August 15 at 6 pm.  Tickets are R125 (tables are for 10). This includes a selection of wonderful soups and breads, and a night of fun. Book with Andy Wilding on andywildingfmr@gmail.com
Divas Unite

An all-female Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra will play for Divas Unite in a Women’s Day concert on August 9 at GrandWest at 1500.  Katlego Maboe is the host, and he will be joined by entertainers Thembeka Mnguni, Rouchelle Liedeman, Lynelle Kenned, Kim Kallie, Bev Scott-Brown, Magdalene Minnaar, Blackbyrd, Judy Page, Donné de Kock and Adelia Douw.  Brandon Phillips will conduct the orchestra. Tickets from Computicket.
Congratulations to Faan Malan and Henriette Weber

Faan Malan,  conductor of The CPY Wind Ensemble, received his doctorate in business administration. We are proud of you, Faan!
       Henriette Weber  has been awarded the prestigious Ministerial Youth Excellence Award for Service and Leadership. After helping to establish the CPO’s youth development programme and managing it from 2003 to 2011,  then joined the University of the Western Cape as Director of its Centre for the Perfoming Arts.

Orchestra valuable resource for International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition

“The orchestra is of tremendous value as part of the city’s resources to host international competitions like the Belvedere,” says Louis Heyneman, one of the organisers of the 35th International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition. “The city has an orchestra culture with a full-time professional orchestra steeped in many kinds of performance including opera. This gives it the flexibility to play a programme of 16 arias with one day’s rehearsal since the choice of arias was only announced at the same time the finalists on Thursday night,” he says.
      Heyneman was one of the organizing trio with Hanna van Schalkwyk and Lize Coetzer of Cape Town Opera who made the glittering finale and whole competition happen so successful.
      The concert was live streamed on Saturday and attracted nearly 30 000 viewers, and was a technical triumph for Marek Pinski, who worked with KYKnet’s camera crew for the feed.  The competition can still be viewed on www.capetownconcerthall.com and shortly an edited version will be uploaded on YouTube. The Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra was conducted by Kamal Khan.
Noluvuyiso Mpofu’s E Strano from La Traviata won the audience’s heart.
Picture: Kim Stevens  © limelightphotography.capetown
With four of 16 finalists coming from South Africa – Caroline Nkwe from Gauteng and our own Noluvuyiso Mpofu and husband and wife singers Lukhanyo Moyake and Siphamandla Yakupa – we were delighted that Noluvuyiso won 2nd prize of €3500 as well as the audience prize (€2000)  and was the choice of Margaretha Deysel for her own R20 000 award. Watch her aria here (there are YouTube clips of all the South African finalists online, and the others will be up shortly).  First was the American bass-baritone Nicholas Brownlee and third Raehann Bryce-Davis, a mezzo, also from the US.  The International Media Jury prize was awarded to Italian soprano Selene Zanetti.
From left: Raehann Bryce-Davis (3rd), conductor Kamal Khan, winner Nicholas Brownlee and Noluvuyiso Mpofu.
Kim Stevens © limelightphotography.capetown
Mandla Mndebele, while not in the finals, was offered an engagement by Gauteng Opera.  This is the fourth year in succession that South Africans have taken one of the top prizes – Levy Sekgapane took 1st prize in 2015, Siyabulela Ntlale took 2nd prize in 2014, tenor Reinaldt Moagi was 3rd prizewinner in 2013, and Hlengiwe Mkhwanazi, soprano, won 2nd prize and audience prize in 2012.  In 2009, soprano Pretty Yende won all the major prizes. Read what Deon Irish said here.
Now it is time to celebrate tenor Johan Botha.
Book your tickets here for the concert on August 13 at Artscape Opera with Belvedere semi-finalists Goitseman Lehobye (soprano) mezzo Bongiwe Nakani and baritone Mandla Mndebele! Bernard Gueller will conduct.

CPYO Players in SANYO/FMR 67 radios for Mandela

Nine members and four alumni of the CPYO are part of the 67 minutes for Mandela concert on July 16 at the Hugo Lamprechts  Auditorium at 19:00 … and the CPYO, whose idea it was, is also providing logistical support and percussion instruments, double basses and Contra bassoon.  Percussionist Eugene Trofimczyk and double bass ad hoc Roxanne Steffen are coaches. The aim is to give 67 radios to the Cape Town Society for the Blind.
      A soloist in the Benjamin Britten Double Concerto for Violin and Viola is former CPYO concertmaster Jeffrey Armstrong (violin) and the Symphony no 5 by Mahler. The musicians will be led by the Polish conductor, Ewa Strusiñska. Tickets are available online from Tixsa at R120.

Cape Town City Ballet's The Vortex

A dance adaptation by Marc Goldberg of Noel Coward’s controversial play, The Vortex, is being presented by Cape Town City Ballet.The ballet, which explores themes of drug addiction in 1920s high society, adultery, ageing and dysfunctional families, will be presented at Artscape Theatre from July 16 -  23. Musically, one will experience the unspoken tensions by the use of juxtaposing composers. Coward’s live recordings are combined with Mexican electronic composer Murcof's very atmospheric and sophisticated style to create a varied, and sometimes chilling, canvas of the human perspective, while working in the frame of Coward’s glamour and frivolity and the opulence of the era.  Also on the programme are Kirsten Isenberg’s ballet, created in 2014, Of Gods and Men  danced to the also atmospheric music of Armand Amor and Philip Rombi,  and Robin van Wyk’s Funeral Blues with music from Schindler’s List by John Williams.
      Tickets from Computicket and Artscape Dial-A-Seat  on 021 421 7695. More information www.capetowncityballet.org.za
      Following The Vortex will be Sleeping Beauty with several performances accompanied by the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Brandon Phillips. Performances with the CPO are on September 2, 3, 10, 11, 17 and 18.

My Fair Lady

Opening on July 16 is My Fair Lady, another fabulous musical  by the G&S Society. With Alastair Cockburn conducting the Cape Town Philharmonic and a host of wonderful singers, the  rags-to-riches tale, a winner since it opened in 1959,  is all about transformation, patronage, gender politics and class.
      Performances will take place from July 16 on Tuesday to Saturday evenings, with matinees on Saturdays and Sundays and the final performance on 7 August.
       Tickets from Artscape Dial-A-Seat on 021-421 7695 and Computicket.com.

Xavier Cloete new Bloemfontein City Orchestra resident Conductor

The winner of the 2nd Len van Zyl Conductor’s Competition in 2013 Xavier Cloete, has been appointed resident conductor and artistic director of the Bloemfontein City Orchestra (BCO).  He will take up this position at the beginning of August when he returns from two weeks in the US as conductor at the International Conducting Festival hosted by Danville University, Kentucky where he will conduct the Piccadilly Symphony Orchestra, from London, England.
      Cloete will also present lectures and seminars regarding rehearsal technique during these short rehearsals, which are all open to the public.
      He is very excited about this appointment, and looking forward to taking the orchestra up another notch or two.
      Cloete, who teaches bassoon at the Musicon, conducting at the University of the Free State, is also artistic director and resident conductor of the Free State University’s Camarata Orchestra.

A family affair


CPO violinist Phillips Martens repaired (with strings donated by his brother cellist Peter Martens via the Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival) some of the nearly 30 violins gathered by his mother flautist Marianne Martens and Springfield Convent and donated to the CPO's Masidlale project for budding violinists, thanks so much!
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