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In this issue:

Price hike

CPYO at the KKNK

Winter Symphony

Masidlale in Langa

Ton Vosloo's gift

Len van Zyl Competition

Juliet Quartet

Joshua Bell

Liesl Stoltz's new CD

Barry Smith retires

CPYO in Suidoosterfees

Subscription winner

Musicians having fun

RSG Broadcasts
Upcoming Concerts:
Autumn Symphony Season 2
Cape Town City Hall, April 9, 20:00
Conductor: Dmitry Yablonsky. Soloists: Oxana Yablonskaya (piano); Dmitry Yablonsky (cello); Janna Gandelman (violin).
Autumn Symphony Season 3
Cape Town City Hall, April 16, 20:00
Conductor: Dmitry Yablonsky. Soloist: Janna Gandelman (violin). Mozart; Beethoven.
Rise Cocktail curtain-raiser 19:00. CPY WE Curtain-raiser. Conductor: Faan Malan.
Winter Symphony Season 1
City Hall, June 4, 20:00
Conductor: Yasuo Shinozaki. Soloists: Awadagin Pratt (piano); Laura Stevens. Beethoven; Tchaikovsky.
Winter Symphony Season 2
Cape Town City Hall, June 11, 20:00
Conductor: Yasuo Shinozaki. Soloists: Ben Schoeman (piano); Anzél Gerber (cello). Dvorak; Tchaikovsky; Saint-Saëns; Grove; Sibelius.
Winter Symphony Season 3
Cape Town City Hall, June 18, 20:00
Conductor: Victor Yampolsky. Soloists: Olivier Charlier (violin); Elizabeth Frandsen (mezzo); Esewu Nobela (tenor); New Apostolic Choir. Glinka; Mozart; Scriabin.
Winter Symphony Season 4
Cape Town City Hall, June 25, 20:00.
Conductor: Victor Yampolsky. Soloists: Liesl Stoltz (flute); Frank Mallows (marimba). An all Klatzow concert.
Joshua Bell In Concert
Cape Town City Hall, August 26/27 20:00. Conductor: Bernhard Gueller. Beethoven; Mendelssohn; Tchaikovsky
FOM GALA Concert
Cape Town City Hall, November 19,  20:00.
Conductor: Bernhard Gueller.

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Concerto out

Read about how a season is put together, the story behind Bell and much more in the new issue of Concerto which is out now.
Download Concerto here. It will be available at the concerts from April 16.

Len van Zyl Conductors' Competition

The 3rd Len van Zyl Conductors’ Competition drew so many young aspirant conductors from around the country that it was hard to bring the applications down to the 16 that Maestro Yampolsky will take to the next round of master classes.  Says Len van Zyl, "It is heartening to see so much talent there and I know the future of the artistic direction of South African orchestras has a great future."

Joshua Bell

It may be early days, but the hall is beginning to fill up for Joshua Bell’s Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto on August 26 and 27. Bernhard Gueller will also direct the CPO in Leonore Overture No. 3, and Mendelssohn Symphony in A, Op. 90, “Italian”. More details here.

Liesl Stoltz releases new CD

A double CD with music for the flute by Hubert du Plessis, Braam du Toit, Stefans Grové, Paul Hanmer, Hendrik Hofmeyr, Alexander Johnson, Peter Klatzow, Roelof Temmingh and Paul Loeb van Zuilenburg has just been released by Liesl Stoltz, one of the soloists in the Klatzow celebration in June. Liesl recorded these works over a three- year period with pianists François du Toit, Pieter van Zyl and José Dias as well as harpist, Jacqueline Kerrod. This CD was part of her post-doctoral studies at UCT, funded by the AW Mellon foundation.
       Liesl is generously donating the proceeds from the sales of the double CD to go to SACM Productions at the SA College of Music, University of Cape Town, to cover the costs of this recording as well as for future funding of similar projects.  CDs can be bought via

New subscription winner

The winners of the tickets to the Cape Town Concert Series Juliet Quartet recital at the Baxter Concerto Hall on April 25 is Mr M Brown. This incentive was open to one new subscriber in the current season.

Musicians having fun

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RSG Broadcasts

Radio Sonder Grense is broadcasting works played in the second concert of the international summer music festival concert in January. Tune in on April 22 at 21.10 to here Martin Panteleev and the CPO play the Brahms Symphony no 2 in D, and then on April 29 to hear the Tannhaüser overture by Wagner and Derek Han’s interpretation of the Beethoven Piano Concerto no 3 in C.

Final Yablonsky appearances

After this week’s Beethoven Triple Concerto which is looking like it is sold out, Janna Gandelman  (violin) and Dmitry Yablonsky (conductor and cellist) will bring the current CPO season to an end. This concert will take place at the Cape Town City Hall on Thursday, April 16, at 20:00, in their interpretation of the Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat, K264, by Mozart. Yablonsky will also direct the CPO in Beethoven’s Symphony no 3. There will be a curtain-raiser at the start of the concert by the CPY Wind Ensemble under the direction of Faan Malan. The young musicians will play Michael Sweeney’s Passages.
Ms Gandelman, concertmaster of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, emigrated from Moldavia to Israel in 1979, joining the American-Israel Cultural Foundation, She has won prizes in many countries internationally, and is considered one of Israel’s leading violinists.     
      There will also be a Rise curtain-raiser with cello transcriptions related to the night’s programme at 19:00 in the Sunken Lounge. Called Keeping Up with the Yablonskys, the recital will feature Aristide du Plessis (cello) and Olga Rademan (piano) playing the Glinka Sonata for Viola and Piano, which has been transcribed for cello by Dmitry Yablonsky.
      Tickets for this concert from Computicket 0861 915 8000  and Artscape Dial-A-Seat on 021 421-7695.    
Read what the Cape Times had to say about the family here.

Price hike

We mentioned in the last newsletter how rising costs have resulted in a small increase in our season tickets. We wrote to all the subscribers who have emails registered with Computicket and were delighted to get positive responses back from many. Here are two of the nicest comments:
       “It is a notorious fact that ticket sales all over the world cover only a fraction of an orchestra’s costs.  We have been hugely privileged for years to have had the superb quality of music available on our doorstep that our orchestras have provided and  the CPO continues to give us … The new ticket prices are still in the bargain-basement category compared to anything anywhere else in the civilised world.  Even the ‘call-out’ cost of any tradesman is more than double your top price. Keep up the good work!” - Henk Rubidge
       And, from someone who wishes to remain anonymous: “I have just put down the phone to you. My message was a huge thank you to you all at the CPO for the wonderful job you all do. It is very much appreciated. I quite understand the necessity of your putting the cost of the tickets. Many thanks - I love the CPO!”
       Thank you. We hope the increases will not stop you coming to concerts, remembering you can still get up to 30 per cent off by subscribing and being a member of the Friends.

CPYO at the KKNK

The CPYO charmed the KKNK in Oudtshoorn with two performances of Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals and received an excellent review in the festival newspaper. The tour de force, however, was the youth orchestra’s performance to an audience of thousands at one of the major open air festival concerts. Silwerskerm Pops, a concert with iconic South African pop stars celebrating the best of South African film and television series’ theme music, was hailed as one of the highlights of the KKNK. It was the first time that an orchestra of young musicians from the age of 15, accompanying major South African stars, performed in a professional concert at a major national arts festival. Brandon Phillips and his team gained the respect of the industry by passing this acid test with flying colours!

Winter and the Symphony

The Peter Klatzow celebration to mark his 70th birthday will bring the  winter symphony season to an end on June 25, but there are another three superb concerts leading up to that.  June 4 sees the return of Yasuo Shinozaki for two concerts, the first one featuring the American pianist Awadagin Pratt.
Many will remember Pratt from his exciting Cape Town Concert Series recital some years ago.  He will play the First Beethoven Concerto with the CPO.  In the second concert, Ben Schoeman (piano) and Anzèl Gerber (cello) will each perform, and then play together in the Grové Bushman Prayers.  On June 18, Victor Yampolsky will conduct the first of his two concerts, this one with French violinist Olivier Charlier in Mozart. The Scriabin Symphony no 1 will also feature soprano Elizabeth Frandsen, tenor Esewu Nobela and the New Apostolic Church Choir.  Liesl Stolz (flute) and Frank Mallows (marimba) will be the centrepiece in the Klatzow homage, which also features Klatzow’s acclaimed arrangement of the Brahms String Quintet into a full symphony. One renewing and one new subscriber can win tickets to the Primakov-Lavrova Cape Town Concert Series two-piano recital on October 24 at the Baxter. More details about the season here.

Masidlale in Langa

The Masidlale projects participated in bringing the Open Streets Langa festival alive recently.

Ton Vosloo's latest gift to the Orchestra

Ton Vosloo, chairman of the CPO Endowment Trust and  former Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra board chairman, commissioned a special medallion to mark 100 years of orchestral music in Cape Town, the first such milestone achieved in Africa. Vosloo arranged through Natalie Jaffe of City Coins to have  SA Mint design a commemorative medallion; the design includes music played at the first concert in 1914 – the Meistersinger of Nuremberg on the one side with Table Mountain and the logo of the CPO on the other.  The medallions are being presented to all the musicians of the CPO, CP Youth Orchestra and the Masidlale grass roots training projects at Artscape Opera Bar on Friday, April 10.
      Vosloo, who retires as chairman of Naspers this year, has been a staunch supporter of the orchestra in Cape Town for more than 30 years.
Ton Vosloo presents Centenary medallions to CPO.

Juliet Quartet for Concert Series

There’s no doubt of the value that CPO musicians have in the community, over and above their commitment to the CPO and their teaching in the CPYO.  CPO associate concertmaster Patrick Goodwin and Annien Shaw (violin), Emile de Roubaix (viola) and Babette Roosenschoon (cello) recently formed the Juliet String Quartet, which will make its Cape Town Concert Series debut on Saturday, April 25, at 20:00 at the Baxter Concert Hall.  Don’t miss these young musicians, all fêted for their technique, musicality and fresh approach to music making. The ensemble will play Haydn, Mendelssohn, Glass and Hattingh.  Tickets from Computicket; students and scholars at the door.
Tickets from Computicket; students and scholars at the door.

Barry Smith retires

After more than 50 years of choral conducting in Cape Town, Barry Smith has handed over the baton … his last concert with St George’s Singers, the choir he established, was on Good Friday,  and included two of his original choristers.  Barry came to Cape Town in 1964 as organist and choirmaster at St George’s Cathedral, later also forming the Cape Town Symphony Choir. He also taught at the SA College of Music at UCT. Amongst the high points he wrote about in his contribution to the CPO’s A Centenary of Symphony: The Story of Cape Town’s Orchestra, he mentions a memorable Beethoven Choral Symphony with Louis Frémaux, Hugo Rignold’s Daphnis et Chloë, and Erich Bergel’s unforgettable Brahms Requiem.  Louis Heyneman, who has been a member of St George’s Singers for five years, says that Barry’s contribution to the choral life of Cape Town will never be forgotten. “Barry was unique in his commitment, his talent and the devotion he brought out in those who performed with him.”

CPYO in Suidoosterfees

Don’t forget that the CPYO and its conductor, Brandon Phillips, will be performing in the Suidoosterfees Winds of Change on April 30. If you cannot get to the City Hall, at least you can tune in to RSG and listen to the live broadcast.
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