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Upcoming concerts:
Romantic Schumann
Cape Town City Hall, June 23 20:00. Conductor: Daniel Boico. Soloists: François du Toit (piano), Erik Dippenaar (organ), Christo Jankowitz. Schumann, Saint Saëns.
Ravel and Rachmaninov
Cape Town City Hall, June 30 20:00. Conductor: Daniel Boico. Soloist: Rachel Lee Priday (violin). Ravel, Prokofiev, Rachmaninov.
Belvedere Singing Competition
Artscape Opera House, July 2 18:00. Conductor: Kamal Khan. The finals of the prestigious 35th International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition 2016 take place for the first time outside Europe.
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)
 


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Last week's concert - and FMR

Here’s what Pieter Kooij said in his review of last week’s concert with Peter Martens playing Dvorak and Bernhard Gueller conducting the CPO in Tchaikovsky’s 5th Symphony and the Shaun Crawford premiere, Overture.
      And Andy Wilding loved it - read what he said here; and Rudolph Maré’s glowing critique in WhatsoninCapeTown here
      FMR has continued to broadcast the CPO’s concerts, and the first concert of the winter season elicited these comments:
      “Last night I was listening to the concert via FMR on my tiny Ipod Nano ( the size of a matchbox)... The music was simply extraordinary and that little nano gave me every wonderful nuance of sound. It was totally breathtaking!"
      And from Germany: “We are lucky to have internet access with our radio so we could hear last night’s concert with Bernhard Gueller conducting. It is of course not the same as being there but….better than nothing. We especially enjoyed Tchaikovsky’s 5th!”
Condolences to Louis Heyneman

The board, management and musicians of the CPO would like to extend to CEO Louis Heyneman sincerest condolences on the passing of his mother, Freda Heyneman
Subscription incentive winners

Congratulations to Mrs San Vivier and Mrs Ruth Friedmann – they are the winners of a night each at the 5-star self-catering Iconic Luxury Apartments in Stellenbosch as a new and a renewing subscriber. We hope you enjoy your stay! 
Board member Ronnie Samaai on air

Ronnie Samaai, one of the CPO’s two board members responsible for youth development, presents a weekly programme on RSG called Ronnie se Goed, It’s an hour long programme of the music closest to his heart, has a huge following and begins at 12 noon. 

Change of artists for CPO concert June 23

 
To paraphrase Oscar Wilde, losing one artist may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness.  Actually, it was simply all in a day’s work for musicians!  On the same day it became clear that neither Martin Panteleev nor pianist Maciej Grzybowski were able to fulfil their engagements due to circumstances beyond our control, so, what to do?  
      Since Durban was in the same position with the same pianist and Schumann Piano Concerto, a call was made by KZN Philharmonic at lunch time to François du Toit. The trouper that he is, he got hold of the music, went home and practised until 11 pm, rising at 4am to get to Durban in time for the dress rehearsal and concert that night. This was in fact a sort of dress rehearsal for his appearance in the Schumann with the CPO tomorrow!  It is three or four years since he played the Schumann and he is really looking forward to his Cape Town concert with Daniel Boico (pictured above), with whom he has happily collaborated before.  Boico is the KZN Philharmonic’s associate guest conductor who happened to be was in town and was also happy to jump in. Read what the Cape Times says about him here.
      While we regret having to replace artists, we know you will be happy with the replacements.  The other works remain the same – the Organ Symphony (Saint-Saëns) with Erik Dippenaar, and the premiere of Christo Jankowitz’s Revelation, thanks to a SAMRO Foundation/Concerts SA collaboration.
      Tickets here: Computicket  0861 915 8000/ www.computicket.com or Artscape Dial-A-Seat on 021 421 7695.   

Belvedere competition to be streamed for out of towners 


With Austrian organizers Holger Bleck and Isabella Gabor having arrived from Vienna to join the local team of Hanna van Schalkwyk, Lize Coetzee (Cape Town Opera) and Louis Heyneman (CPO), excitement about the 35th Hans Gabor Belvedere International Singing Competition is mounting … some 80 local contestants will be auditioned on June 24 at Artscape Opera.
       Only a handful will join the 108 singers from around the world in the next rounds at the Baxter from June 27 to June 30, with perhaps 10 to 15 chosen for the finals on the night of July 2 at 18:00 at Artscape Opera.  
      While there still are some tickets available and nothing beats the frisson of a live music event,  people around the country and overseas can log in on the night here.
      This website, created by sound engineer Marek Pinski  and FMR’s Andy Wilding,  will go live for the Belvedere. 

Composers say thanks

Shaun Crawford
The musicians were delighted to be presented with two chocolate cakes one week and cupcakes the next by composers Shaun Crawford and Christo Jankowitz, their way of saying thanks for the care they put into playing their  new pieces, Overture and Revelation in last week’s and tomorrow's concerts. 

Christo Jankowitz and Jane Price

More details on the Johan Botha gala concert


Johan Botha, South Africa’s most celebrated tenor, will be joined by soprano Goitsemang Lehobye, mezzo Bongiwe Nakani and baritone Mandla Mndebele (left). The CPO, which will be conducted by Bernhard Gueller, will play the overture from Nabucco by Verdi and the Intermezzo from Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana. On the program are some of the most popular arias, duets and more  in the opera repertoire from Verdi’s operas Don Carlo and Aida; Giordano’s Andrea Chenier, and Tosca by Puccini. Part of the proceeds will go towards cancer research. 
      The concert takes place on August 13 at Artscape. Tickets from Artscape Dial-a-Seat on 021 421 7695 and Computicket.

CPYO musicians in Mandela Day benefit concert for the CT Society for the Blind


To celebrate Mandela Day, the Cape Town Philharmonic has partnered with the National Youth Orchestra and Fine Music Radio to perform a benefit concert to supply 67 radios to the Cape Town Society for the Blind.  Several Cape Town Philharmonic Youth Orchestra musicians will join the National Youth Orchestra in this concert at 19:00 on Saturday 16 July at the Hugo Lambrechts Auditorium in Parow.
       Says Laurika Steenkamp, the CPO’s youth development manager, We are delighted to have been the instigator behind this concert to raise awareness of disability.  Ten CPYO musicians, including former concertmaster Jeffrey Armstrong, are part of NYO 2016 and we are all doing this for the same cause: to make our music accessible to all. Thanks to FMR, a CPO partner which broadcasts all City Hall concerts live, we are able to offer this one live too.” 
      On the programme are Mahler’s transformative Fifth Symphony, and Benjamin Britten’s seldom-heard Double Concerto for Violin and Viola, written when the composer was just 18, and featuring soloists Samantha Durrant, Jonathan Mayer and former CPYO concertmaster Jeffrey Armstrong (violin) and Erin Torres, Nicholas Fidler and Kgaugelo Mpyane (viola), each pair playing one movement. The orchestra will be lead by the sensational Polish conductor, Ewa Strusiñska.
      Proceeds from the concert will go towards the National Youth Orchestra’s work with South Africa’s most talented young musicians. The 67 radios are sponsored by Fine Music Radio listeners and Pick n Pay and will be handed over to the Cape Town Society for the Blind that night. Tickets, available online from Tixsa. The concert is generously supported by the National Lotteries Commission and the Department of Arts and Culture. 
      
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