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30 Mar Stars of the Future
06 April Gilman's Beethoven
13 April Petronel and the Emperor
20 April Khachaturian with Avigail
New Season draws closer!

Alexander Gilman (right) with rising stars Danielle Akta (cello) and David Nebel (violin), open the season on March 30.  If you missed the video that Alex sent us, you will find it on our Facebook. He’s thrilled to work with such talent. interviewed Alex here. In this story you will find a video of Nebel playing the Sarasate Navarra he will play on March 30.
     Weekend Special also interviewed Petronel Malan here and Avigail Bushakevitz here.

FOM supports local composers

With the performance of a new piece by South African composer Antoni Schonken at the gala concert in November, the Friends have introduced a competition  to support young South African composers younger than 35.  Entries will be adjudicated by composers Peter Klatzow and Hendrik Hofmeyr and CPO principal guest conductor Bernhard Gueller. Says chairman of the Friends, Derek Auret, on top of a cash prize, the winning composer will have the work performed at the FOM gala each year. The competition will be launched in November.    
Parking at concerts

Patrons are reminded that the CPO has security with dogs on the Parade and urges that concertgoers park there and request an escort to and from the City Hall if required.

Annelize de Villiers joins CPO

When a musician says “The orchestra inspired and motivated me as a child and especially during my student years at UCT,” then you know that musician has come home. Welcome Annelize de Villiers, who joined the orchestra last week, Annelize is sub-principal clarinet. Read more.

Double DVD with Francois du Toit in Beethoven soon out

Copies of the eagerly anticipated DVD marking François du Toit’s 50th birthday celebrated at the 2016 International Summer Music Festival when he performed all five Beethoven Piano Concertos with the CPO will be on sale during the autumn season concerts. Peter Kramer is the sole agent in Cape Town and he is taking orders.  The double CD will cost R395. Contact him on 079 833 7617 / Facebook / email. If you are a Steinway key sponsor, you will get one as a gift from the CPO!

Artscape lunch-hour concert

In case you missed our special newsletter on the concert last week, a concert that had a packed house on its feet, here’s a reminder of how thrilling it was.
      There were not many dry eyes in the house when Reggie Dreyer, 74, made his debut with the CPO, with Brandon Phillips conducting.  People from all over the city and suburbs packed the Chandelier Foyer, and leant over the balconies upstairs to hear the concert – and loved it. Reggie’s daughter Lynne Connolly even flew in from her home in London. Reggie joined 12-year-old Qden Blaauw and youth orchestra musicians Jordan Brooks and Shannon Thebus. The William Tell overture which opened the concert was dedicated to the firemen of the City of Cape Town, and it was good to have Alderman Ian Neilson, the executive deputy mayor, present.
Read more.

Photograph: Jeffrey Abrahams

The CPO to visit schools

Chad Hendricks, winner of the 3rd Len van Zyl Conductors’ Competition, will take the CPO to several schools from March 22 to 24. Concerts will be given at Meridian Pinehurst School in Durbanville, at Fish Hoek High School and at CBC St John’s Parklands. Parklands College and schools are tremendous supporters of the CPO.
New Chairman for the CPO

After more than eight years as chairman of the CPO, Ben Rabinowitz has stepped down, joining the board of patrons of the orchestra.  Says CEO Louis Heyneman:  “Ben's personal generosity is a byword in Cape Town, and he also opened many doors to other funders.  He has been an inspiration to us all, a diplomatic leader in good and challenging times and we thank him.”
      Elected at the board meeting yesterday as the new chairman is
Derek Auret.  
Heyneman says he is delighted to work closely with Derek, and that he knows that with him at the helm the CPO will remain in steady and committed hands.
      Read more about Messrs Rabinowitz and Auret here.

Starlight Classics

For several years, Richard Cock has invited the CPO to perform under his direction at Starlight Classics at Vergelegen, one of the most popular events on the symphonic calendar.  Not only is he close to the CPO, but he has included Brandon Phillips as conductor.   Here’s what Maestro Cock had to say about the concerts earlier this month:
       “I just wanted to tell you that the orchestra did an excellent job at Starlight Classics. They are always the strongest base on which to build the concert, and I’m very grateful for their cooperation and wonderful playing. The orchestra seems to be in a very good space at the moment, and I think RMB should be very happy with the results of Starlight. Every time we mentioned the orchestra there was a roar of approval from the crowd and I think this gives an indication of how much they’re appreciated. Please thank the orchestra very much indeed!”

Principal cello Chernev to play for Wagner Society

The CPO’s principal cellist Kristiyan Chernev and pianist François du Toit will give a recital for the Richard Wagner Society on Sunday, March 26, following the society’s AGM at 17.30. Both will take place at 37 Kingsgate, 301 Beach Road, Sea Point.
      The programme comprises sonatas by Brahms and Myaskovsky and, for solo cello, the Fantasy by Hristoskov.
      Tickets for the recital including finger buffet and wine are R240/R260 for members/guests from Jilly Cohen  / 082 459 6225.

Concert series to host Andrey

Andrey Baranov, the winner of the Queen Elisabeth International Violin Competition in 2012, returns to the Cape Town Concert Series platform, accompanied by his sister, Maria Baranova, piano. The recital takes place on Saturday, March 25, at 20:00 at the Baxter Concert Hall.
      They will play a wide-ranging programme from Tartini to Tchaikovsky, Chausson to Paganini and Ysaye.  Baranov will also play Ravel Tzigane.
     Tickets for this concert from Computicket /  0861 915 8000.
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