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Upcoming Concerts

13 April Petronel and the Emperor
20 April Khachaturian with Avigail
8 June Vondrácek is back
15 June Graffin plays Brahms
22 June Gershwin in Paris
29 June Prokofiev and Brahms

Avigail in Cape Town

In case you missed the interview with Avigail, you can read it here.  There was also one on Brandon Phillips which you can read here. Together they bring the successful autumn symphony season to a close. 

Subscriptions on 
sale from May 1

New subscriptions and single seats go on sale on May 1, along with the renewals which can be activated at Artscape Dial-A-Seat only.  It’s a blockbuster season of four concerts with principal guest conductor Bernhard Gueller making his debut in that position.
      The season runs from June 8 – 29.  Last year’s  2016 Queen Elisabeth International Piano Competition prizewinning sensation Lukáš Vondráček (Rachmaninov Piano Concerto no 3) makes a welcome return to Cape Town, followed  by violinist Phillipe Graffin also making a welcome  return, in the  Brahms Violin Concerto. Then we have another Queen Elisabeth laureate, the Belgian  Liebrecht Vanbeckevoort, following him in Gershwin Piano Concerto in F and our  own popular pianist Luis Magalhães bringing the season to an end with the Third Piano Concerto by Prokofiev. The concert card for the complete season is at the bottom of this email for you to download.

New Concerto available

You will also find the concerts in the new Concerto, which is available for download at the bottom of this newsletter. Printed copies should be available at the last concert of the season.

Reviews of recent concerts

Rising stars (March 30)
      Deon Irish’s review in
Rudolph Mare’s review in What’s on in Cape Town.

Rudolph Mare’s review of Gilman’s Beethoven in What’s on in Cape Town here

Good news

If you arrive at the City Hall at 7.30, 7.45 or 7.55 you may be spellbound by the sound of the carillon being played again.  Piano tuner Garth Hammer of Ian Burgess-Simpson, the company that looks after the new Steinway, is refurbishing the old, and took a Kawai piano to the top of Table Mountain to celebrate international piano day, was spurred on by the steering committee. The  carillon, the largest and heaviest at least in South Africa, was rung for the first time in recent years at the first concert of the Autumn Symphony season.
      The carillon was originally suggested by the then mayoress of Cape Town a few days after Armistice in 1918 but the bells were not inaugurated until 1925. Although there are 39 bells, we are only using 12, and Garth drives the barrel player, like an enlarged music box, to ring them, a job that would require 12 men! See full story here.

Starlight Classics

Relive or experience the magic of the annual Starlight Classics at Vergelegen, which will be broadcast by MNet on Sunday, April 14, at 3 pm. 

Congratulations to

Hanna van Schalkwyk, also known as Hanna van Niekerk, for winning the prestigious Huberte Rupert Prize for 2017. Known not only as a singer herself but as a teacher of some of the best such as Levy Sekgapane, who won the International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition in 2015, Noluvuyiso Mpofu who took second prize last year and Hlengiwe  Mkhwanazi who took second prize in 2012, Hanna was also co-convenor with Louis Heyneman and Liza Coetzer of last year’s Belvedere held in Cape Town. 

Owen Metsileng and Mandla Mndebele, who won audition rounds in Cape Town for the Belvedere and will be off to Moscow this year to compete in the 36th International competition.  
Emperor, Petronel and Reggie

At the concert tonight we have the pleasure not only of hearing the magical Petronel Malan playing the majestic Emperor Concerto (read the interview here), but having in the audience her parents and the CPO’s newest star, Reggie Dreyer. At 72,  Reggie’s debut performance with the CPO in the lunch hour concert last month brought tears to the eyes of the hundreds of concert goers, and we hope to welcome him back to the platform. 

Don't lose your seats

We have been as accommodating as possible in holding subscriber’s seats as long as possible but that, we are afraid, needs to change because anxious new subscribers are making their voices heard, not always pleasantly!  There will be ONE reminder via email or SMS, provided the right cell and email are provided to Artscape Dial-A-Seat, after two weeks which enables subscribers to renew by May 22.  After that, if you have not renewed your seats, they will be released back into the system.  From the August season, we will  revert to the old system whereby new seats can only be bought after the  closure of the renewal period.  We are sorry that we are having to be stricter...

The complete Beethoven cycle on DVD

All things being equal, the DVD of the complete cycle of Beethoven Piano concerti played by François du Toit with the CPO will be available at the concert tonight at Peter Kramer’s Classics4U in the foyer. They cost R395 each. Our donors to the Steinway keys will receive signed copies along with a copy of the symphony history as soon as possible thereafter.  François was in the office signing the covers earlier this week. 

CPYO at Suidoosterfees

Our young CPYO musicians and their conductor Brandon Phillips with emerging superstar pianists Qden Blaauw and Leo Gevisser will be part of this year’s Suid-oosterfees. Legends Classique takes place at Artscape on April 27. 

Alexander Gilman's Beethoven

Gilman  graciously gave a master class to 3  CPYO violinists (including those who are music students at UCT and Stellenbosch), one from Hugo Lambrechts and one from Beau Soleil  UCT at the weekend between his concerts and his tips to these young musicians was exceeded only by his generosity.  As Shaheema said: “He paints a picture within the music that makes one understand it better and showed how to make the audience understand what you, as a performer, is feeling.”

From left: Joshua Louis, Shaheema Lakay, Bevan Snyders, Gilman, Christie-Ann Collison and Nicholas Bruiners. 

Welcome Back

Donat Pellei, who has become principal second bass of the CPO. More about him in further newsletters. 

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