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In this issue:

Autumn season begins

Subscriptions for the winter season opening

Belvedere Singing Competition

Belvedere media jury announced

CPYO in Suidoosterfees

Vanya Milanova

Update from Chad Hendricks

Bravi FOM

New partner: Jan Royce Foundation

Len van Zyl Conductors' Competition

CPYO members play with SA Army Band
Vaughan Williams in London
Cape Town City Hall, April 28 20:00. Conductor: Conrad van Alphen. Soloist: Alexander Ramm (cello), Balakirev, Tchaikovsky, Vaughan Williams
CPYO at Suidoosterfees
Artscape Opera House, April 28 19:30. Conductor: Brandon Phillips. Opera arias and choruses and music from District Six: The Musical by Kramer and Peterson.
Perfect Prague
Cape Town City Hall, May 5 20:00. Conductor: Conrad van Alphen. Soloist: Nikita Boriso-Glebsky (violin). Mozart, Vieuxtemps, Dvořák.
Tien and Tan
Cape Town City Hall, May 12 20:00. Conductor: Arjan Tien. Soloist: Melvyn Tan (piano). Puccini, Mendelssohn, Brahms. CPYWE curtainraiser.
Scottish Flair
Cape Town City Hall, May 19 20:00. Conductor: Arjan Tien. Soloist: Bryan Wallick (piano). Britten, Prokofiev, Mendelssohn.
Sublime Dvořák
Cape Town City Hall, June 16 20:00. Conductor: Bernhard Gueller. Soloist: Peter Martens (cello). Dvořák, Tchaikovsky.
Romantic Schumann
Cape Town City Hall, June 23 20:00. Conductor: Martin Panteleev. Soloists: Maciej Grzybowski (piano), Erik Dippenaar (organ). Schumann, Saint Saëns.
Baráti plays Bartok
Cape Town City Hall, June 30 20:00. Conductor: Martin Panteleev. Soloist: Kristóf Baráti (violin). Ravel, Bartok, 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), Thato Machona (bass). Book from 5 May.

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Bravi FOM

As part of its mandate to support up-and-coming musicians, mainly from the previously disadvantaged community,  the Friends of Orchestral Music continues to support students, budgeting this year for R170 000 to assist in their studies or accommodation while studying.  Virtually all of these students are either currently with the Cape Town Philharmonic Youth Orchestra or Wind Ensemble. The CPO is grateful to the commitment of the Friends, not only for this support but for its ongoing support of the CPO.
A comment on the Len van Zyl Conductors' competition

I am very grateful to Len van Zyl for creating the conductor’s competition in SA. I am also proud of the winners the past years and wish them all well. Please convey this message to Len van Zyl, he deserves recognition from (at least) all South African musicians and music lovers.
       Mia Rich (née Hartman) former violist: CAPAB and PACT Orchestras
CPYO members play with SA Army Band

April 15 saw three youth orchestra's members on stage with the SA Army Band as part of their mentorship of particularly Wind instruments and repertoire. Jade Hendricks, Michael De Kock and Zhaun Gorridon. Joined by alumnus William Hendricks all played in the City Hall concert.

Trumpets: left, Jade Hendricks,
6th from left: Michael de Kock
Clarinet: right, William Hendricks

There's so much happening with the CPO...

  • The autumn season begins on Thursday, April 28
  • Renewals for the winter season in June open on April 30
  • CP Youth Orchestra performs in Suidoosterfees on April 28
  • Entries for Cape Town qualifying rounds auditions for the 35th International Belvedere Singing Competition announced
Autumn Season
Cellist Alexander Ramm,UNISA and many other top prize winner, opens the season with what will be a really exciting interpretation of the Tchaikovsky Rococo Variations (April 28); Nikita Boriso-Glebsky, another of the new generation of outstanding young Russian violinists and winner of the Sibelius and Kreisler competitions will play Vieuxtemps (May 5); Melvyn Tan will come back to Cape Town after seven years to play Mendelssohn (May 12) and Bryan Wallick, the Horowitz International competition winner, will play Prokofiev (May 19). On the podium we are delighted to welcome back both Conrad van Alphen and Arjan Tien, for two concerts each. The concerts will again be broadcast live on FMR and take place at the City Hall at 20:00.
       NB: the dress rehearsal on May 5 will take place at 11am and not 10 as usual.

 Winter Season
Renewals for the winter season of three concerts will be open for current subscribers from April 30 to May 11. One renewing subscriber has the chance to  win a night in a two-bedroomed suite in the 5-star Iconic Luxury Apartments in Stellenbosch.  The same prize will also be awarded to one new subscriber; single seat and new subscriptions open on May 21. In the season, Peter Martens will play the Dvořák Cello Concerto on June 9; Polish pianist Majiec Gryzbowski will play Schumann on June 23 and the signature violinist Kristóf Baráti will perform Bartok on June 30. The conductors are Bernhard Gueller and Martin Panteleev. Subscribers receive 20 per cent discount; an extra 10% for members of FOM.

South Africans invited to enter the 35th International Belvedere Sining Competition

South African singers are invited to enter the 2016 Belvedere Hans Gabor International Singing Competition which will be held in Cape Town – entries for the Cape Town qualifying rounds close on June 10 while the rounds themselves, open to the public, will take place from June 27 -30 from 10 am at the Baxter.  Qualifying rounds will be held in Pretoria on April 28 at the Musaion at the University of Pretoria at 14:00.
       Cape Town Opera, the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, the University of Cape Town and Artscape Theatre Centre are the proud hosts of the prestigious International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition which was founded in 1982. 
       The International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition is THE “springboard” for young opera singers into a career in opera.  The 2016 competition will be held in Cape Town, making it the very first time that it will not be held in Europe.  With qualifying rounds in more than 70 cities worldwide, the competition attracts over 1300 entrants. Jury members for the finals are exclusively opera and casting directors of internationally renowned opera houses like the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London, Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, Metropolitan Opera in New York and Deutsche Oper Berlin.  The competition brings singers, their agents, their families, representatives of international opera houses and international media to the hosting city.
       Four South Africans reached the 34th Belvedere Singing Competition final round in July 2015, and Levy Sekgapane went on to win the 1st prize.  Acclaimed South African soprano Pretty Yende won all the categories in the 2009 competition; Siyabulela Ntlale placed 2nd in 2014 and Hlengiwe Mkhwanazi took the 2nd prize in 2013.  Competition managers Isabella Gabor and Holger Bleck said, "The exceptional quality of South African singers and their huge success in recent years in several global competitions make a compelling argument to take this progressive step and hold the competition in Cape Town and we are thrilled to have the support of key funders: the Rupert Music Foundation, Ton Vosloo, REMGRO, the Hiemstra Trust and Wendy Ackerman.  Cape Town is a fantastic city, we love the hospitality, the openness of the people and the commitment of our South African partners.”
       The final round of the competition will be held at the Artscape Opera House on 2 July 2016 and tickets for this exciting Belvedere Hans Gabor International Singing Competition are on sale at Computicket.
        Entry is by electronic form only, available on the following website: www.belvedere-competition.com
South Africans in last year’s competition from left:  Lukhanyo Moyake, Noluvuyiso Mpofu, Levy Sekgapane (2015 winner) and Caroline Modiba
Photographer - Paul van Wijngaarden

Media jury announced for the Belvedere

Arts writers Beverley Brommert, Fiona Chisholm, Deon Irish, Barry Smith and Wayne Muller have accepted invitations to join the media jury.  South Africans on the main jury include Marcus Desando, John Roos and Matthew Wild.
For more, please read www.belvedere-competition.com/jury

Cape Town Philharmonic Youth Orchestra part of Suidoosterfees April 28

The Cape Town Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and its dynamic conductor Brandon Phillips have been invited to be part of this year’s Suidoosterfees at Artscape Opera House on Thursday, April 28, at 19:30. The concert features the Cape Town Opera Chorus in music that pays tribute to the Eoan Group and reaches from District Six to Spain and China and offers some of the most soaring choruses from operas by composers from Verdi to Puccini and Donizetti. Soloists include the brightest stars on the Cape Town stage today like soprano Linda Nteleza  and tenor Monwabisi Lindi. Ernestine Stuurman, Babalwa Mdayi, Lula Nqadini en Lindile Kula will also sing the stunning quartet Bella figlia dell’amore from Rigoletto by Verdi.  Other works that will be sung include include Va Pensiero, the Humming Chorus and a medley from District Six the Musical  by Kramer and Pietersen and the Champagne Song from Die Fledermaus.
      Phillips will also direct the orchestra in the prelude from La Traviata by Verdi.
      Don’t miss this stunning production, which will also be broadcast live by RSG. Tickets from Compticket and Artscape Dial-A-Seat on 021 421 7695.

Vanya Milanova turns writer

Violinist Vanya Milanova has produced a book, Wit and Wisdom of a Violinist. It reflects on her life lived fully between her native Bulgaria, her home in London and her current home in Greece.  South Africa even rates a picture (she was on the UNISA strings competition jury) and an anecdote about a concert goer who threatened to hang herself if she didn’t return to Cape Town!  Fortunately for that concert goer, she did...

Update from Chad Hendricks, 3rd Len van Zyl Conductors’ Competition winner

Hi everyone! A number of people have requested that I post some of my experiences thus far here in USA. It has been a great experience so far and I have been blessed to hear and see a lot of music. Some of the highlights:
  • The Philadelphia Orchestra and Mahler 8
  • The Philadelphia Orchestra and CPE Bach's concerto for two harpsichords. Had dinner with the guest conductor after the concert and I was able to pick his brain about certain ideas and concepts.
  • The New York Metropolitan Opera performing Puccini's Manon Lescaut.
I have settled in Chicago and began lectures  with Maestro Yampolsky, and so I am looking forward to absorbing as much as I can.

Jan Royce Foundation comes on board

Welcome, the Jan Royce Foundation, to our family of supporters. The foundation was established in Cape Town in 2015 by Kees Moonen  and Ian Gale to support young musicians and artists.   As a music teacher around the world, Gale saw the value of music as education in the lives of children, to help build “a society with character and soul,” says Gale.
      Their first gift to the CPO was a cello (valued at R17 000) in order to help fast-track Ivanna Rose into the Youth Orchestra. 
      Says Gale, who has a special affinity with the cello, “We plan to continue with our support of the CPYO, and the many visual artists in SA and have planned a number of fundraising events, including an art auction on June 14, a cabaret in early July, and have set up a regular lunch-time concert monthy series called Mid-Month Monday Music  A number of fundraising events have been planned for 2016, including an art auction on June 14, a cabaret in July, and our regular monthly concert series, Mid Month Monday Music. The concert on April 11  featured CPYO musicians Garreth Cederes (flute), Andrea Esau (oboe) and Dane Coetzee (cello); the next one will be on June 14 at 64 Church Street.  More details from www.janroycefoundation.com
Dane Coetzee, Ian Gale and Ivanna Rose
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