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In this issue:

Antonio Pompa-Baldi back in town

International cellist gives master classes

New Year's Eve at Nederburg

CPO in Gansbaai

Music Academy fills a gap

FOUR:30 Operas

CPYO Quartet at Tattoo

Youth development and education
FOM Gala Concert
Cape Town City Hall, November 19 20:00. Conductor: Bernhard Gueller. Soloist: Antonio Pompa-Baldi (piano). All Brahms.
Huberte Rupert Memorial Concert
Endler Hall  on December 4 at 20:00. Conductor: Brandon Phillips. Solist: Ammiel Bushakevitz (piano) Mozart Piano Concerto no 23 in A, Tchaikovsky, Dvořák.
Holiday Pops in the Overberg
Gansbaai Primary School, Blompark, December 16 15:00. Conductor: Brandon Phillips. Soloists: Heavenly Quartez.
Holiday Pops at Green Point
Green Point Track, December 27 19:30. Conductor: Richard Cock. Soloists: Emo Adams, Sarah Theron, Elvis Blue, Janelle Visagie.
New Year's Eve at Nederburg
Nederburg, December 31 21:30. Conductor: Brandon Phillips. MC: Katlego Maboe. Soloists: Elvis Blue, Sarah Theron, BlackByrd, Lloyd Cele.
Viennese New Year
Cape Town City Hall, January 17 15:00 and 19:00. Conductor: Richard Cock. With Cape Town City Ballet dancers and opera singers.
Donohoe plays Tchaikovsky
Cape Town City Hall, February 4 20:00. Conductor: Bernhard Gueller. Soloist: Peter Donohoe (piano). Berlioz, Tchaikovsky, Dvořák
Symphony of Ghazal
Artscape Opera House, February 6 20:30. Conductor: Brandon Phillips. Soloist: Deepak Pandit (violin)
The music of Jagjit Singh.
CPYO Showcase
Artscape Theatre, February 7 15:00. Conductors: Brandon Phillips and Faan Malan
Kern meets Tchaikovsky
Cape Town City Hall, February 11 20:00. Conductor: Bernhard Gueller. Soloist: Olga Kern (piano). Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Berlioz.
Len van Zyl Conductors’ Competition
Cape Town City Hall, February 14 20:00. Final Round.
Bruch and Brahms
Cape Town City Hall, February 18 20:00. Conductor: Victor Yampolsky. Soloist: Jack Liebeck (violin). Strauss, Bruch, Brahms.
Beethoven Piano Cycle No 1
Cape Town City Hall, February 24 20:00. Conductor: Victor Yampolsky. Soloist: François du Toit (piano).
Beethoven Piano Cycle No 2
Cape Town City Hall, February 25 20:00. Conductor: Victor Yampolsky. Soloist: François du Toit (piano).
Jewish Community: 175 Years
Cape Town City Hall, March 3 20:00. Conductor: Omri Hadari. Soloist: Aviram Reichert, (piano). Bernstein, Gershwin, Rachmaninov.

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CPO on a roll!

The Cape Town Philharmonic is on a roll …. The concerts this season have pretty much seen rave reviews (read Andy Wilding here).  So don’t miss the last conventional symphony concert this year – it’s tonight and it's the Friends of Orchestral Music fundraiser with pianist Antonio Pompa-Baldi and conductor Bernhard Gueller (read the Cape Time’s take on Gueller’s music making on different continents here). Members of the Friends receive a 10 per cent discount and an invitation to the post-concert reception.  You need to have signed up as a member before the concert, no new members will be signed up on the night.  Rodney Trudgeon’s  pre-concert talk is, as usual,  at 7.15.
       Tickets are still available at Computicket and Artscape Dial-A-Seat on 021 421 7695. They are R500, R450 for Friends and R200 on the stage, where there are just a few left.
      Don’t miss this all-Brahms concert of the 2nd Piano Concerto, which follows the Third Symphony.
Festive Season

The CPO is offering a wide array of concerts over the festive season in the city and outside … download the concert card here for bookings for the concerts in Green Point, Gansbaai and at Nederburg on New Year’s Eve. It will also tell you about the Huberte Rupert Memorial concert with Ammiel Bushakevitz at the Endler Hall in Stellenbosch on December 4 and the Viennese New Year with Richard Cock on January 17.

Powerful pianist Antonio Pompa-Baldi back in town, says the Cape Times

Thank heavens for the internet, for catching up with pianist Antonio Pompa-Baldi proved a real challenge as he moved around China and America before gearing up for this concert with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra – an all Brahms gala fundraiser presented by the Friends of Orchestral Music tonight at the City Hall at more

International cellist gives master classes

German cellist and teacher Maria Kliegel  gave master classes to young cellists from the Cape Town Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and the University of Cape Town while in the city on a tour last week. Here she shows cellist Dane Coetzee, cellist in the CPYO and ad hoc in the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, how to hold his bow to create a stronger sound.

New Year's Eve at Nederburg

Bringing in the New Year has never been as special as with a full symphony orchestra: The Cape Town Philharmonic is again appearing in the magical setting of the wine farm Nederburg in Paarl.  This year, the CPO will be conducted by its dazzling resident conductor Brandon Phillips. The MC will be the dynamic television presenter Katlego Maboe, who will also be in the line-up of first class entertainers: the fabulous pop/rock/folk singer Elvis Blue (Idols winner), Lloyd Cele (Idols runner up), the fabulous trio BlackByrd and popular jazz singer Sarah Theron. This exciting sound picture of symphony and song is presented in collaboration with the Distell Foundation.
       The concert begins at 21:30. Gates open at 17:00 to choose your picnic spot!  Bring your own picnic, but no alcoholic beverages are permitted. Selected Nederburg wines will be on sale, along with a selection of gourmet snacks.
       Tickets for the concert are R300 for adults and R175 for those 12-18; free for those under 12. Tickets: Computicket or Artscape Dial-a-Seat on 021 421 7695.
       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 R80 for adults; R30 for 18 and under.  Seating is limited so book now  and get banking details from Luvuyo Kakaza at 021 410 9966 /

CPO to play Gansbaai on Heritage Day

The Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra  (CPO) will perform for the  first time in the Overberg!
      On December 16 at 15:00, in a concert made possible by a grant by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF), the CPO will  perform a rural heritage concert at the Gansbaai Primary School in Blompark, Gansbaai, conducted by its resident conductor Brandon Phillips. Included amongst the musicians will be 10 talented young musicians who play each week in the Cape Town Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.
       The guest artists will be Heavenly Quartez, a passionate and talented group of four singers from Khayelitsha, whose heavenly harmonies in works influenced by gospel, jazz, opera and traditional South African music, will enthral the audience with works such as Bohemian Rhapsody and The Prayer. Joining them in African Medley and  La vergine degli angeli will be Nolufefe Mzondi.
       The CPO will also play a selection of popular works which are designed to entertain an audience and which, in many cases, will be new to a concert featuring a full symphony orchestra. Entrance to the concert is free.
       There will also be a Grootbos Orchestral Extravaganza at the Forest Lodge presented by the Grootbos Private Nature Reserve and the CPO at sunset on December 16. This combines the tastes of the region with the sounds of the symphony and is bound to be atmospheric!  Brandon Phillips will be on the podium. For more information, contact Karin Blumer

CPO's Music Academy fills a gap

The Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra’s Music Academy has been designed to fill a gap in music education in the city – providing opportunities for those who have little or no music education at school, privately or in music centres but have the passion and the aptitude to play an instrument. And some are being fast-tracked to go further faster. That the Music Academy succeeds is shown by the fact that the first musician, flautist Lyle Potgieter, who  had had no formal instruction in flute playing by the time he joined the CPO Music Academy at the age of 15, is now a second year student at Stellenbosch University and credits the CPO with shaping his life. Read on about Lyle and other young musicians here.

CPO to play for FOUR:30 Operas proudly made in South Africa

Four notable South African composers have teamed up with four acclaimed writers to create half hour works that are powerful and innovative. They will be performed by the CPO under the direction of Kamal Khan from November 25- 28 at Artscape Theatre.
      Presented by Cape Town Opera in collaboration with the UCT Opera School, the four new home-grown operas The Application (composer Robert Fokkens and librettist, Laurence Allan);  The Blood is Mine  (composer  Sibusiso Njeza  and librettist Janice Honeyman;   Bessie: The Blue-Eyed Xhosa (composer Angelique Mouyis  and librettist  Mkhululi Mabija)  and Anti-Laius (composer Adrian More  and librettist Joan Hambidge) will be telling contemporary African stories in imaginative new ways onstage.
        Seating is on stage and R200 gets you wine and cheese as well.  Book now at Computicket.

CPYO Quartet at Tattoo, Old Mutual Soiree

A CPYO quartet comprising Shaheema Lakay and Noluvuyo Nteta  (violins), Jessica Rossouw (viola) and Pearl Jung (cello) performed in fine form at the Military Tattoo at the Castle last week, and a quartet comprising concertmaster Joshua Lewis and Noluvuyo Nteta (violins)  Stephanie Lawrenson (viola) and   Pearl Jung (cello) will play for a soiree at Old Mutual House this Friday night.
       Several CPYO musicians joined the army for the Tattoo, by invitation, and dressed in full regalia to play in the band. William Hendricks (clarinet), Wesley de Kock (trombone), and Zhaun Gorridon (tuba) played in the army band, and playing in the Cape Garrison Artillery Pipes and Drums was Ethan Rutter (percussion).

More on youth development and education

  • Don’t miss the CPYO and Brandon Phillips at Nederburg wine farm in Paarl on Saturday, November 21.  Brandon Phillips will conduct the concert, which is headlined by Arno Carstens and includes a Boland community choir and opera arias sung by Siphamandla Yakupa and Lukhanyo Moyake. Tickets for this pops to classics picnic concert are from Gates open at 4, the concert begins at 6. Read the News24 story on the Thebus siblings who are playing in the concert here.
  • The Madislale learners will give a youth celebration concert on  November 28 at Gugu S’Thebe Arts Centre in Langa at 11.  It’s a free communiy concert so come and be infected by their talent and enthusiasm.
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