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Upcoming Concerts

2 Feb MacGregor meets Shostakovich
5 Feb Beethoven’s Triple
30 Mar Stars of the Future
06 April Gilman's Beethoven
13 April Petronel and the Emperor
20 April Khachaturian with Avigail

Steinway Inaugurated 2

CEO Louis Heyneman handed the key of the new piano over to orchestral attendant Salagdien Paulse, noting that it was Salie who so carefully looked after the previous Steinway for 35 years.  Following the inauguration last Thursday, 13 new keys were sponsored, bringing the total to 48.  If you want to become part of the select group whose name will be linked to this piano, please contact Mary Frew
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

Donors will received a signed DVD of the complete Beethoven Piano Cycle performed last year by François du Toit, who selected the piano for the CPO in Hamburg in November.  That it was the right choice was born out not only  by the audience last week, but by Paul Lewis himself who was very happy with it.

Rigoletto opens February 11

Baritone Fikile Mvinjelwa is joined by CPO regular Lukhanyo Moyake (tenor) and Noluvuyiso Mpofu (both finalists in the 2016 Hans Gabor International Singing Competition) in Rigoletto,  Verdi’s dark melodrama.  The Cape Town Philharmonic will play under the direction of Kamal Khan; Marthinus Basson directs.  As Cape Town Opera says, Rigoletto promises to thrill and chill in equal measure. Tickets here

Belvedere registration 

With the finals being held in Moscow and auditions around the world in 70 different places, including South Africa,  online registration  has opened for the 2017 International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition. More about the competition here.

Dates for the diary

February 5, 7 and 8 Collins and Magalhães
Pianist Luis Magalhães, who will be a soloist in the CPO’s Winter Season in June and also perform with the orchestra and Bernhard Gueller at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, is partnering British clarinettist Michael Collins  in 3 concerts …. They will play works by Schumann, Brahms, Finzi, Lutoslawki and Poulenc. 

Tickets for the February 5 concert at 3 pm at Christ Church, Constantia from Tickets here for the February 7 at 8 pm  at St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church concert. Tickets here for the Endler on February 8 at 8 pm.

February 22 Camerata Tinta Barocca
Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra violinist Annien Shaw will play in a Camerata Tinta Barocca concert of works by Corelli, Handel, Vivaldi and Muffat. Also on the programme are the ensemble Baroque2000 and Ralitza Macheva (baroque violin). The concert takes place at  St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Somerset Road, Cape Town at 20:00 and will be preceded at 19:15 by a pre-concert talk by Erik Dippenaar. Tickets at the door: 0762593304 or

February 12 Valentine under the stars! 
Brandon Phillips and the CPO will once again romance you at the “Square” at the Century City Conference Centre and Hotel. More information.

March 3 and 4 Starlight classics at Vergelegen
The CPO and Richard Cock at Vergelegen Wine Estate. Singers in this  AfroSymphonic include lyric soprano, Pumeza Matshikiza, tenors Jacques le Roux and Nicolas Nicolaides, local queen of rock, Karen Zoid with pianist Charl du Plessis. Thembeka Mngunina, a finalist in  The Voice South Africa and the vibrant Mzansi Youth Choir complete the mix. Tickets available at Computicket.

Steinway Inaugurated 1

British pianist Paul Lewis took the audience’s breath away when he performed the Brahms Concerto no 1 with the CPO under the direction of Arjan Tien last Thursday.  It was a night to remember, for it is not often that a new piano is acquired.  The red ribbons off, Lewis sat down at the keyboard and showed us why he is one of the most remarkable pianists performing today.

Second chance to hear the Steinway

Joanna MacGregor, another British pianist of international note, will play the Shostakovich Piano Concerto no 2 on Thursday.  There may still be some tickets available but if not come to the dress rehearsal at 11 am or listen live on FMR with Rodney Trudgeon and Waldo Buckle.   Thank you, Friends of Orchestral Music, for making these broadcasts possible. 
      The concert on Sunday with the Beethoven Triple Concerto is sold out, but sometimes tickets are returned to Computicket. If you cannot get one, the same applies – dress rehearsal and FMR! 

Parking at the City Hall

Concertgoers are urged to park on the Grand Parade where guards will keep an eye on vehicles and escort you from the City Hall after the concert and reception.  

Maria du Toit's new project

Former CPO principal clarinet Maria du Toit has embarked on a labour of love …  recording all the clarinet and piano works written by Hungarian clarinettist Béla Kovács. She has chosen not to approach a record company because she has very firm ideas about what she wants to do in terms of editing, mixing, mastering and booklet design, and will end up with a product that will completely resonate with her. Read more here.

UBER offer to CPO concertgoers

To make the concertgoing experience less stressful, we have partnered with Uber to get all guests to and from concerts safely and in style!
      All new users can sign up with the promotional code: CPOUber, in order to receive a free first concert ride up to R100. To request your ride, simply download the free application for iPhone, Android, Blackberry 7, Windows Phone, or visit the mobile site:
        Uber is an on-demand service that seamlessly connects you with a private driver at the tap of a button. For queries, please contact Uber at The offer ends this weekend.

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