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Upcoming Concerts

30 Mar Stars of the Future
06 April Gilman's Beethoven
13 April Petronel and the Emperor
20 April Khachaturian with Avigail

Free lunch-hour concert at Artscape March 7, 1 pm

The CPO and Artscape do indeed provide opportunities for all…74-year-old Reggie Dreyer waited more than 50 years for his debut performance with the CPO, and Qden Blaauw is only 12!  Both pianists will play Mozart in the free lunch-hour concert. Read more here. Here is a another story on Reggie Dreyer, which follows the story in which was shared more than 1000 times on Facebook alone!

The CPYO at the Fiestas

Under the direction of Brandon Phillips, the musicians of the Cape Town Philharmonic Youth Orchestra stunned the  audience – live and televised – with their virtuosity, energy and talent  at last week’s vibrant KYKNet Fiesta awards. The annual show honours the best performers and performances at the country’s festivals.  We congratulate our young musicians on their fantastic performance. While most of them  were in the pit (just two musicians were on stage),  people tell us they were the glue in the exciting event!  Picture courtesy Karina Erasmus/Tygerburg Children’s Choir.

Steinway update

We are thrilled at the support given by Cape Town’s musical public to invest in the new Steinway piano purchased by the CPO. With 88 keys at R18 000 available to bridge the shortfall between the gift of R700 000 by Naspers and the R2.4 million cost, there are 23 keys left.  Those who have so far supported this venture are: 
Nicholas Ackerman, Suzanne Ackerman (5 keys), Ruth Allen, Anonymous (2 keys), Richard Berger, In memory of Jean Louis Bertin, David and Rochelle Bloomberg, Mariki Chin, Robin Crawford, Dr Chris Eedes, In memory of Azriel Fine, Pam Golding, Hanne and Wolfgang Haupt, Louis Heyneman (2 keys), Gordon Johnson, Amanda Katz, Kirsh Foundation (8 keys), Ettienne Koekemoer, The Kove Collection (5 keys), Philip Krawitz/Cape Union Mart, In memory of David Luyt, Faan and Kim Malan, Dr NJ Nel, Nikola Nel, Rupert Pardoe (2 keys), Maria-Jose Pascual, Ben Rabinowitz (8 keys), Gus Robins, In memory of Jenny Rogan, Brian Swart, Bill van Rensburg, Caroline van Zyl (3 keys), Ton and Anet Vosloo (2 keys), In memory of Sona and Michael Whiteman, Phillip Zietsman.
      Should you wish to add your names to this list of supporters, please contact Money can be paid via EFT into the CPO’s account 

Bank: ABSA
Branch: Business Banking Cape Town
Branch Code: 632005
Account Name: Cape Philharmonic Orchestra
Account Number: 4065827384
Type of Account: Current/ Cheque
Swift BIC code: SBSA ZA JJ

In return, your name will be in concert programmes and on the web, and you will have a numbered and signed double DVD of Francois du Toit’s performance of the 5 Beethoven Piano Concertos, recorded live in the City Hall last year, plus a coffee table book about the centenary of the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra.  

Peter Klatzow: Major review of his opus

The Music of Peter Klatzow was reviewed in the winter edition of the eminent British journal Musical Times
      The article, written by musicologist Veronica Mary Franke, entitled "Klatzow reinvented: from modernist non-tonal activist to tonal art-music champion", begins with:
      “The present article serves as a testament to the creative accomplishments of one of the most prolific and vocal South African art music advocates, Peter Klatzow.”
       Says Prof Klatzow: It really IS an honour, both for Veronica Franke and myself. I don't think the Musical Times has ever paid attention to a South African composer (although I have had attention in some fine articles in US musicological magazines).  
You can order it here.

Quote for the day

A New York City taxi driver asked him where to go; Karajan replied "No matter - I am in demand everywhere." Source
Alexander Gilman and co so excited about concerts! 

New subscriptions are ongoing until the first concert on March 30. See the video and more on the season. Follow us on Facebook here.
Marvin’s enthusiasm for young people 

Enthusiastic, and that enthusiasm is so infectious in Marvin Weavers, the young man from Elsie’s River just chosen to head up the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra’s Youth Education and Development programme, that you want to sing and dance with him!  
      Twenty-seven-year old Marvin joined the CPO as co-ordinator on March 1, ready to build on a programme established by Henriette Weber some 14 years ago and expanded by Laurika Steenkamp to reach more than 400 learners.
      Marvin, who is a violist and has played in the Cape Town Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, the CPYO’s string quartet and the New Apostolic Church Orchestra, is raring to go. Read the rest of the article here.

FOM Soiree on March 18

Don’t miss South Africa’s favourite piano duo, Nina Schumann and Luis Magalhães, in a programme that includes two suites for two pianos by Rachmaninov, as well as a transcription for two pianos of his Symphonic Dances.  Date and time are Saturday, 18 March 2017 at 5.30 for 6pm at the Table Bay Hotel. Tickets for the soirée and cheese and wine post-concert reception are R300 from Derek Auret (082-557-6566; or Ruth Allen (021-794-2435; Payment can be made by EFT to: Friends of Orchestral Music, Standard Bank, Rondebosch, Code: 025009, Account No.: 071031146 with reference ‘your name/soirée’ as  proof of payment.

CPO Octet plays at Meerendal 

Eight string principals and sub-principals of the CPO are appearing by special invitation, for the second time, at Meerendal Wine Estate on March 9.  They are Patrick Goodwin, Emina Lukin, Michele Williams, Tomasz Kita, Paula Gabriel, Radomir Cermak, Kristiyan Chernev and Christian de Hahn.  Composers include Mozart, Warlock, Barber, Pachelbel and more. This will indeed take the abilities of the CPO into a cultivated field!

Valentine Under the Stars

It clearly wasn’t all hard work  at the Valentine’s concerts at Century City for MC Katlego Maboe of SABC 3’s Expresso and resident conductor Brandon Phillips!

Gerlinde Moser’s love for music

Long-time concertgoer and supporter of the CPO in her personal and professional capacity, Gerlinde Moser of Re/Max Living tells us why she is so generous. 
      “My passion, love and strong support for the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra can be dated back to my childhood. Growing up in Vienna, Austria, The Capital of Classical Music and home to many of the greatest composers of the classical music era, such as Haydn, Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart, Mahler, Schubert and Bruckner, my soul grew fond of classical music from a young age.” “Throughout my last 50 years in South Africa the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra has continued to be a reminder of home and family while also creating a real impact on our community through its Outreach and Education programs. Read more

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