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Concert dates:

Winter Symphony Concert
Cape Town City Hall 20:00
Conductor: Bernhard Gueller; Soloist: John Ntsepe (piano)
Mozart, Liszt, Rachmaninov
Please note there will be NO curtain-raiser.
Winter Symphony Concert
Cape Town City Hall
Conductor: Bernhard Gueller; Soloist: Zuill Bailey (cello)
Dvořák, Brahms
Curtain raiser: CPY Wind Ensemble
Winter Symphony Concert
Artscape Opera 20:00
Gala Concert
Conductor: Theodore Kuchar; Soloist: Shlomo Mintz (violin)
Verdi, Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky
Winter Symphony Concert
Cape Town City Hall 20:00
Conductor: Theodore Kuchar; Soloist: Lukás Vondráček (piano)
Elgar, Tchaikovsky, Dvořák
Beatle-mania is back
Artscape Opera Theatre
American rock group kicks off
a tribute to the Beatles in Cape Town
Rockville 2069
Technologically exciting rock opera taking Woodstock one step on

New season subscriber bookings open

August 8 to August 22 is when current subscribers can renew their subscriptions for the next season of concerts with conductors Conrad van Alphen and Owain Arwel Hughes and cellist Georgi Anichenko (Schumann), pianists Andrey Pisarev (Grieg), Olga Kern (Haydn and Prokofiev)  and Francois du Toit (Adrian More), violinist Alexander Gilman (Korngold) and alto Hanneli Rupert (Brahms). One subscriber can win two tickets to the Cape Town Concert Series recital featuring Olga Kern on October  
25). New subscriptions open  on August 29. Get the concert calendar here...

New CD available

The Cape Town Philharmonic’s latest CD, Hommage á Paul  Wittgenstein, with pianist Maxime Zecchini performing the concertos for the left hand by Ravel, Prokofiev and Britten, has just arrived in the country. The CPO was conducted by Jan Moritz Onken. Copies are R195 and are available from Dynamite Music at CPO concerts or at Dynamite sales at Artscape. Contact dynamite@sybaweb.co.za
       Here’s a clip made during the recording last year at Hugo Lambrechts Music Centre - here's the clip
World Design Capital for 2014 is Cape Town!

In Memoriam

The CPO was sorry to hear of the death Reinhard Golisch, a cellist with the Cape Town Symphony Orchestra from 1968 until he stopped playing for health reasons in 1986. He is remembered as a quiet, gentle man who loved Bach above all and played for special occasions in full concert dress! 

CPO's new partner!

The Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra welcomes Gerlinde Moser, a prominent  Cape Town property personality, and the offices of RE/MAX Living to its family of sponsors and partners.  RE/MAX, South Africa's leading real estate brand, and Mrs Moser have long been involved with the orchestra and we are delighted to form this partnership.
For more go to www.remaxliving.co.za.

Ntsepe plays Liszt

Read more about John Ntsepe, his career and his life; the story appeared in the Cape Times.  He will play the Liszt Piano Concerto no 2 tonight, with Bernhard Gueller on the podium.   The other works are the overture, Le Nozze di Figaro by Mozart, and the mighty Rachmaninov Symphony no 2 in E minor.  This is your last chance to buy a subscription for the current season, receive a 20 per cent discount (an additional 10 per cent if you are a member of FOM), and a chance to win two tickets to the Bushakevitz sibling recital for the Cape Town Concert Series on October 25. Please note there will be NO curtain-raiser before the CPO concert.

The Book!

A Century of Symphony, the story of the orchestras in Cape Town, is now well into design and looking good.  If you would like to buy a specially numbered copy with your name printed in the book – there are still a few of the 100 copies in this limited edition available and one could be yours for R1000 - please contact Centenary Year administrator, Francisca Louw, on tel. 021 461 8312 / 082 447 0570 or  francisca@cpo.co.za. It will be a book worth preserving, with contributions from so many stakeholders who make up this fabulous tapestry of orchestral history.

Good news

We congratulate conductor Arjan Tien and clarinettist Maria du Toit, who married in Holland in July, and became Arjan and Maria Tien-Du Toit.
     We wish them all the happiness in the world and look forward to seeing them both back here next year.

More good news!

Radio Sonder Grense is now recording our concerts and we will keep you up to date with broadcast dates later in the year.  

CPYO in action again!

Jeffrey Armstrong was the soloist in a movement from the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto (which you can hear in full on Thursday, August 21, when Shlomo Mintz gives us his interpretation at Artscape), in Three of the Best. This concert featured the CPYO, under the direction of Brandon Phillips, as well as the senior strings of both the Hugo Lambrechts and Beau Soleil Music Centres.  It was again a heart-warming concert, and wonderful to see our youth collaborate.

CPYO Wind Ensemble

It’s off with the old and on with the new next week, when Sean Kierman, founding conductor of the Cape Town Philharmonic Youth Wind Ensemble takes his leave after a decade. The CPYWE owes Sean a huge debt of gratitude, as Sean hands the baton over to Faan Malan.  The CPYWE will play Suppe Light Cavalry Overture as a curtain raiser to the next symphony concert, which features the American cellist Zuill Bailey in the sublime Dvorak concerto.  The main work on the programme is the wonderful Symphony no 4 by Brahms.  Bernhard Gueller is the conductor. More details at www.cpo.org.za. There’ll be an article on Zuill posted on the web in the next few days, telling you what makes this cellist so special and how his popularity keeps him on the road for more than 300 days a year, with much of the balance spending time organizing a festival in El Paso, Texas. 

Praise for the CPO

From Maris Lyons at Wales Millennium Centre, one of the hosts of the recent CTO/CPO Showboat tour, to CTO:
     Paul Chandler has been impressive on every level. I've really enjoyed working with him. He has been a very good manager of the orchestra.
     Patrick Goodwin, the leader, has been fantastic too. He has saved a few blips in the pit but his contribution has not just been to the general standard of playing, he's been a great leader in every way and an absolute pleasure to work with. Sergei Burdukov, too, has only made a positive contribution. The standard of playing has been very good.  From an audience viewpoint, I think the South African package of CTO and CTPO is a good sales package. But also it makes us a complete family unit here with no 'them and us'.
From Alastair Cockburn, who conducted the CPO in the recent successful G&S production, Oklahoma:
      The musicians have been fabulous to work with – most supportive and committed at all times. The CPO musicians as always are great and the extra ad hoc players were excellent choices. It is such a pleasure to work with professionals of this calibre who not only do the job as a profession, but show that they are enjoying themselves too. And so much of the artistic success of the show relates to the fine playing by the orchestra as also attested to by the various excellent critiques we’ve received.

FMR People of Note

Rodney Trudgeon is talking to Ronnie Samaai on Sunday after the news at 6 and repeated next Thursday at 1 in People of Note.  Ronnie, a board member of the Cape Town Philharmonic, is one of the most well-known music educators in the country, committed, passionate and steering the CPO’s huge outreach and development projects which include the CP Youth Orchestra, Wind Ensemble and Masidlale grass roots teaching programme.

New CPO members

The CPO welcomes three new violinists to the orchestra. Renée van der Westhuizen, Annien Shaw and Petra Hofmeyr make their first appearance tonight as permanent members of the CPO.
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