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National Youth Music Competition
Artscape Theatre, 18 Oct, 19:30
Conductor Brandon Phillips
Spring Symphony Concert
Cape Town City Hall, 30 Oct, 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, 6 Nov, 20:00
Conductor: Conrad van Alphen; Soloist: Andrey Pisarev, piano; Liszt, Grieg, Dvořák
Spring Symphony Concert
Cape Town City Hall, 13 Nov, 20:00
Conductor: Conrad van Alphen; Soloists: Hanneli Rupert, mezzo;  Alexander Gilman, violin; New Apostolic Church Male Choir; Brahms, Korngold, Williams, Franck
Spring Symphony Concert
Cape Town City Hall, 20 Nov, 20:00
Conductor: Owain Arwel Hughes; Soloist: Olga Kern, piano; Dukas, Haydn, Stravinsky, Prokofiev
Concert
Endler Hall, 21 Nov, Stellenbosch
Conductor: Owain Arwel Hughes; Soloist: Sarita Uranovsky, violin; Dukas, Beethoven, Stravinsky
Spring Symphony Concert
Cape Town City Hall, 27 Nov, 20:00
Conductor: Owain Arwel Hughes; Soloist: François du Toit, piano; Mozart, Adrian More (world première); Shostakovich
FOM Gala Concert
Cape Town City Hall, 4 Dec, 20:00
Conductor: Martin Panteleev; Soloist: Benjamin Schmid; Mendelssohn, Paganini, Rimsky-Korsakov

RISE cocktail curtain-raisers


Diarize these dates now:
Nov 13 and 27 is when young musicians will perform works related to the evening’s concert. 7 pm at the City Hall.

International intern!


Twenty-three-year-old Maria Biroukova came to the CPO in August for three months to gain some practical experience in arts management. Born in Moscow to a family of musicians, she grew up in France. While completing a master’s degree in Music Management at the Sorbonne University, her curiosity led her to Cape Town, as she sought to widen her cultural knowledge before launching her career as a production manager in performing arts.

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David de Villiers is 70!


It is hard to believe that the CTSO’s 75th anniversary tour of Taiwan took place in 1988; it is harder to believe that the conductor who took the orchestra there is turning 70 on October 23! David de Villiers was for many years a popular figure on the podium when he managed to come to Cape Town between his teaching commitments at in Essen and guest conducting engagements.

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The story




The story of Cape Town’s Orchestra is being launched at the FOM Gala concert on December 4.
       This is your last chance to buy a special copy. Contact info@cpo.org.za

Golda Schultz to sing for Wagner Society


Golda Schultz, often a CPO soloist before she moved to Germany, is back in town. Our golden soprano will sing Countess Almaviva for Cape Town Opera’s The Marriage of Figaro starting on October 18 at Artscape. She will give a one-hour recital for the Richard Wagner Society on October 19 in the Chisholm Room at 20:00.

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Support the CPO through My School


It’s on the cards that the CPO can become a beneficiary of My School, provided we get 100 new applications. Once accepted, existing members can change to the CPO if they like.  Please pass this on and if you would like application forms contact Mary Frew at fundassist@cpo.org.za

Cape Town Opera up for UK award


The public voted Cape Town Opera’s production of Showboat, with the CPO in the pit, on to a short list of three in the touring category of the My Theatre Matters! UK’s Most Welcoming Theatre Award. The winner will be announced on Sunday.


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Freshlyground for New Year's Eve concert with CPO at Nederburg

Freshlyground and the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra with Richard Cock will bring in the New Year in the magical atmosphere of the historic manor house on the Nederburg wine farm in Paarl. It’s when  Afro-pop meets symphony!
        The CPO will provide a bus service at 19:00 from Artscape, where parking will be available. It will leave Paarl at 00:30.  Return tickets are R60 for adults; R30 for 18 and under.  Seating is limited so book now  and get banking details from info@cpo.or.za / 021 410 9809.
       Tickets for the concert are R300 for adults and R175 for those 12-18; free for those under 12 and are available at Computicket or Artscape Dial-a-Seat on 021 421 7695.

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Conrad van Alphen opens the new season

Conrad van Alphen will barely have caught his breath after conducting the Bochum Symphony Orchestra shortly after the Xiamen Philharmonic Orchestra in China before coming here to conduct three concerts.  He’ll open the season on October 30 with the Belorus cellist Georgi Anichenko as soloist in the Schumann Cello Concerto.
       Read more about what he has been up to in this piece that appeared in the Cape Times yesterday.  There’s still time to buy subscriptions to the season of 5 concerts with a 20 per cent  discount (10 per cent extra for FOM members) and stand a chance to win tickets to the Olga Kern recital with the Cape Town Concert Series.     

Busy times for CPYO and Masidlale


The CPO, with CPYO musicians, under the direction of Brandon Phillips, is performing at the finalists’ Gala Concert of the Artscape National Youth Music Competition 2014 on Saturday, October 18, at 19:30.
       The choral piece for the postponed Nobel Laureate Peace Summit in Cape Town will now be heard at this competition. The four minute-long orchestral work, Palladio, by Welsh composer Karl Jenkins will now be performed by a combined youth choir and musicians.
       That same night, at 19:00, 25 of the young musicians from the grassroots Masidlale projects in the townships will be at V&A Amphitheatre to participate in "A Boy's Story of How Africa Was Created".  Music, song, dance and story-telling by our young artists will be directed by Bulelwa Basse.

New ways of reaching you


The internet is the most effective way here and internationally to get information across to audiences. It’s not only effective but cost-effective, too. We know, however, that some of our concertgoers do not make much use of the internet, so we will communicate in writing to inform them, early next month, about the 9th International Summer Music Festival in January and February.

Click here for the spring calendar

Some changes:
  • We are about to launch a new card which will be distributed to hundreds of outlets like Computicket and hotels and other tourism spots.  This will list the concerts from October to December.  
  • The concert calendar for the Jan – April seasons will not be printed to save costs for a cash-strapped orchestra. You will be able to read it on line or download and print and you will receive a letter giving you the dates and pertinent information.
  • The card for January to March concerts will be available from late December.

Peter Klatzow says congratulations


Composer Peter Klatzow may be having a significant birthday next year, but he is giving as a gift to the CPO, a piece commissioned by the Friends of Orchestral Music specially for the Gala concert on 4 December. He will compose “Congratulations!”, to mark the centenary of the CPO and to make the FOM gala concert even more special, offering it at no cost to FOM or CPO. The eminent professor has been acknowledged as a composer of huge note, being the recipient of the prestigious Helgaard Steyn prize for composition.  The CPO will acknowledge his birthday with something special next year, while the Johannesburg Festival Orchestra is performing his work for piano, choir and orchestra All people become spirit people when they die in its international festival in January, with Florian Uhlig playing the piano part.

Mary Frew on the funding team


Mary Frew, the Fund Administrator assisting business and fundraising executive Zohra Dawood, has come back to the corporate sector, albeit from an NPO aspect, after a brief foray into politics, where she was a key member of the start-up team for Agang.  She has had many years of experience working with corporates from IT to mobile communications.  While she adds much to the CPO office, she is also enthusiastic about what the CPO is bringing to her life -- she enjoys music and is looking forward to adding “much about the arts, in general, and the orchestra, in particular, to my repertoire.”

Changes at Artscape


The board, management and musicians would like to take farewell of Michael Maas, CEO of Artscape for 18 years, and Alastair Cockburn, in charge of planning, who were fantastic and supportive friends of the CPO. Michael has taken early retirement due to ill health; Alastair’s contract has come to an end.
        We will miss them both, and know that we won’t lose touch, for Michael will continue with the annual National Youth Music Competition which he founded, and Alastair will continue to conduct the CPO in Gilbert and Sullivan productions.
CEO Louis Heyneman says Michael Maas served on the first board when the CPO regrouped at the end of 2000. “Without the support and cooperation from Artscape, the streamlined orchestra had little chance of surviving. During his tenure as CEO of Artscape, the organisation flourished like never before and his vision and business sense transformed Artscape into the foremost theatre complex in the country. The upgrading of the theatres and foyers and the addition of the new administrative wings, not only gave the CPO professional offices for the first time, but ensured that Cape Town’s orchestra stays an essential part of Cape Town’s cultural life.”
About Alastair, Heyneman notes: “The future without you here at Artscape is going to be very different for all of us. Over the years you were our most solid and reliable partner and I’m sure we would not have been around if it wasn’t for you. On behalf of all of us here at the orchestra, including the Board, thank you for your personal advice and support over the past fourteen years – I can hardly believe that it has been almost fifteen years since those first nervous steps after regrouping and forming a new streamlined orchestra. Your moral support and practical advice to Sergei and me were extremely important and your interventions often saved the day.”

Interns at large

As part of the skills transfer aspect of its outreach programmes, the CPO has often employed interns to help them gain skills and to help with the workload in the busy office. The latest three, employed thanks to a grant by the Western Cape Government, are all musicians in the Youth Orchestra.  Ilan Brooks (18), Craig Nicholas (19) and Gregory Pietersen (19).

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Cape Town concert series to present the Bushakevitz Duo


The popular sister and brother duo, Avigail and Ammiel Bushakevitz, violin and piano, are back in Cape Town -  two subscribers won tickets to the Cape Town Concert Series recital on Saturday, October 25, at 20:00 at the Baxter Concert Hall.  The pair, both working in Germany, will play a programme celebrating some of their favourite pieces played in performances over the past year, from Respighi Berceuse to Schubert’s Erlkönig.  Tickets from Computicket.
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