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Autumn Season subscriptions

Gérard Korsten to conduct Salomé

Len van Zyl Conductors’ Competition has legs!

International Piano Competition

Tweeting at concerts

Pompa-Baldi in Stellenbosch

Another Beethoven Cycle!

The other side of FMR's Wilding

CPYO at Woordfees

Chad Hendricks on Espresso

Congratulations to Sheila Catzel

Harmonic Brass in Cape Town!

Rachmaninov in the riot
Jewish Community: 175 Years
Cape Town City Hall, March 3 20:00. Conductor: Omri Hadari. Soloist: Aviram Reichert, (piano). Bernstein, Gershwin, Rachmaninov.
Vaughan Williams in London
Cape Town City Hall, April 28 20:00. Conductor: Conrad van Alphen. Soloist: Alexander Ramm (cello), Balakirev, Tchaikovsky, Vaughan Williams
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. 
Scottish Flair
Cape Town City Hall, May 19 20:00. Conductor: Arjan Tien. Soloist: Bryan Wallick (piano). Britten, Prokofiev, Mendelssohn.

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Tweeting at concerts

We are delighted when concertgoers tweet out that they are at a City Hall symphony concert.  This picture was tweeted from one of the Beethoven concerts ‘Keeping it Classic’ with @LeLude and the @CapePhil. Le Lude was the generous sponsor of François du Toit’s fee.
Another Beethoven Cycle!

If you loved Francois du Toit’s cycle of all the Beethoven Piano Concerti last week, you can hear him again in another Beethoven cycle - - this time playing  the Beethoven Variations for solo piano. José Dias, Albie van Schalkwyk and Francois, each with one of their students, will give one of three recitals in the Richard Wagner Society 30th Anniversary Recital Series. Peter Klatzow will also premiere his Richard Wagner in Venice at the last recital of the series, which he composed specially to mark the anniversary. More details and booking information about this series of exclusive recitals and receptions on March 13, April 3 and April 10 from Jilly Cohen - email / 0824596225 
Chad Hendricks on Espresso

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Congratulations to Sheila Catzel

Long-time chairman of the Friends of the CTSO Sheila Catzel has returned from her home in Australia to spend her (significant) birthday with her family and friends here – and to see old friends Omri and Osnat Hadari. We congratulate you, Sheila, and hope we will see more of you!
Rachmaninov in the riot

Tannie Evita, Pieter-Dirk Uys, on her way to the State of the Nation address last month, ended up at a symphony concert …

Omri Hadari is back with CPO

It’s been years since Omri Hadari has lived in Cape Town, but it still remains one of his favourites, for its beauty and above all for the friendships he made. Hadari is back to celebrate 175 Years of South African Jewry in the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra’s final concert of the current 10th Cape Town International Summer Festival. This concert takes place at the City Hall tonight.
       Hadari has never lost his ties with South Africa. Having been principal guest conductor with the CTSO from 1985-1989. Read more from the Cape Times.

Subscriptions  and single seats now on sale for Autumn Season

The International Summer Festival may almost be over but it has enjoyed unprecedented high sales. The autumn season is coming up, and it is a superb mix of the young and exciting and the established.  
      UNISA prizewinning cellist, the young Russian Alexander Ramm, and Russian violinist Nikita Boriso-Glebsky with conductor Conrad van Alphen perform in the first two concerts on April 28 and May 5.In the next two, on May 12 and 19,   Arjan Tien takes up the baton with pianists Melvyn Tan and Bryan Wallick.  If the glorious Vieuxtemps Violin Concerto no 4 is new to you, listen to Hilary Hahn play it here.
      Subscribe to all four concerts now – you could win a pair of tickets to the recital and reception for violinist  Kristóf Baráti when he plays for Concert Series with Bryan Wallick on June 11.  This chance to win is on top of the discounts you receive – 20% and an extra 10% for FOM members. Call Artscape Dial-A-Seat now on 021 421 7695. Single seats are also obtainable at all Computicket outlets. Download the brochure here for the full programme.

Gérard Korsten here to conduct Salomé

It’s hard to believe that it has been 13 years since Gérard Korsten last conducted in Cape Town. He will conduct the CPO in Cape Town Opera’s Salomé, the Richard Strauss opera which will be “short, outlandish and incredibly exciting”, according to its daring director, Matthew Wild. Wild is making his debut as CTO’s artistic director. The CPO caught up with Korsten while Rodney Trudgeon was interviewing him for People of Note (March 13 at 6 pm and repeated on March 17 at 1 pm on FMR), and renewed a long-time friendship which began when he was concertmaster of the CTSO from 1991 to 1993. A top-notch violinist, he was concert master of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe with conductors Sandor Vegh, Claudio Abbado and Nikolaus Harnoncourt.  While there his interest in conducting grew and he made the switch to conducting.  Now, he only takes out his violin when feeling depressed.  Read more

The Len Van Zyl Conductors’ Competition has legs!

With Chad Hendricks leaving last weekend to take up his one-month internship with the Philadelphia Orchestra and two months with Victor Yampolsky in Chicago, it is great to read how this competition has become a stepping stone for others. 
      Hanrich Claassen, a finalist of the 2010 inaugural Len van Zyl Conductors’ Competition and also a member of the CPO some years ago, has been selected as conductor and music director of the Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra. A cellist, conductor and teacher, Hanrich studied at the University of the Free State and was then awarded Hons and Masters’ degrees from the University of Stellenbosch. He was awarded the Teacher’s Licentiate from the University of South Africa with distinction before furthering his cello studies in Portugal in 2003.
      He won the Huguenot Music Society Prize Competition in Stellenbosch, was a semi-finalist in the 2002 UNISA String competition, runner-up during the UNISA Overseas Scholarship Competition and a semi-finalist in the prestigious 5th Edition of the Blue Danube International Opera Conducting Competition 2013 with the Bulgarian State Opera Ruse (Rousse). We would like to congratulate him and wish him well in this new appointment. 

The Olga Kern International Piano Competition

With a prize of $30 000, the first Olga Kern International Piano Competition is sure to attract good entrants, and since Ms Kern  has a special affinity with South Africa she hopes young South African pianists will enter.  The competition takes place in Albuquerque, New Mexico, from November 12 – 20. Because winning the Van Cliburn competition opened so much up to Ms Kern - good management, recognition, recording contracts and, of course, more and more engagements – she decided to provide a platform to help others. So, working with the New Mexico Philharmonic in the US, an orchestra with whom she had a great relationship, Olga is artistic director and chairman of the jury.  The closing date is June 1. More details can be found on the website

Pompa-Baldi back in Stellenbosch

Antonio Pompa-Baldi, a stalwart of the biannual Stellenbosch International Piano Symposium at the University of Stellenbosch, is joined for this year’s symposium by Ilya Friedberg, a Russian-Israeli pianist who is an assistant to Menahim Pressler and a faculty member at Indiana University, and Nicholas Phillips from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
      The Symposium takes place from March 16 – 20 at the Endler Hall. South African pianists include François du Toit, Franklin Larey and Albie van Schalkwyk, Catherine Foxcroft, Nina Schumann, Luis Magalhães, Pieter Grobler and Bennie van Eeden. 
      More details here.

FMR presenter and concert reviewer Wilding’s other side 

Andy Wilding will launch a sculpture exhibition on March 6, open every weekend afternoon for the month, at The Sculpture Garden, 19 Dalmore Road, Tokai.
      Entitled The Elemental Instrument Orchestra - An Exploration of Psychoacoustics, Andy describes it thus: “During my fine arts degree I was inspired by an experience in meditation, where I saw the Universe as a slowly turning, living, breathing doughnut-shaped plant form, like a galaxy. During this experience I also heard a sound that was later described to me as the "Cosmic Hum".  You will find more here”

CPYO at Woordfees 

The first ever Symphonic Pops concert is being held at Woordfees in Stellenbosch this year … and playing those pops will be the CPYO with Brandon Phillips. The concert takes place on March 6 at Coetzenberg at 18:00. Performing too are Laurika Rauch, Elvis Blue, Gloria Bosman, Magdalene Minnaar, Minette du Toit-Pearce, Brandon October, Louis Loock, Andriëtte Norman, Peter Maartens, Joshua na die Reën, Martin en Ignatius van Heerden, and the Tygerberg Children's Choir. Elana Afrika is the master of ceremonies.  There will also be a Life is Beautiful Concert on March 13 at 11 am at the Endler Hall with the CPYO and the Stellenbosch Youth Orchestra with music from ballet, opera and films.   Bookings can be made at Computicket

Harmonic Brass back in Cape Town!

On Saturday 12 March the Harmonic Brass Quintet returns to the city for one night only after a gap of four years. The word “addictive” has been used to describe this quintet that travels the world, delighting audiences of all ages with engaging stage presence,  technical prowess and  colourful programmes.
       The concert starts at 7.30pm at the Church on Greenmarket. Tickets available at the door. Contact Louise Howlett on 084 682 1337 /
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