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In this issue:

Naspers marks 100 years

Christo & Caro Wiese

Cape Town's Gilbert and Sullivan Mikado

Annual Report


Instruments for the CPYO

SA National Youth Orchestra

Magical New Year's Eve

Young musicians invited to Brass course

Huberte Rupert Memorial Concert

Concert Cancelled

Wagner Society - Bayreuth Festival

Masidlale learners to play community concerts

Samson Diamond & Laura Pauno

Musical knick-knacks

CPO concerts engagements
Upcoming Concerts:
Spring Symphony Concert
Cape Town City Hall, October 22 20:00. Conductor: Perry So. Soloists: Goitsemang Lehobye (soprano); Pallavi Mahidhara (piano). Ndodana-Breen; Rachmaninov; Prokofiev
Spring Symphony Concert
Cape Town City Hall, October 29 20:00. Conductor: Perry So.
Soloist: Maria Solozobova (violin). Homage to Sibelius 150.
Spring Symphony Concert
Cape Town City Hall, November 5 20:00. Conductor: Bernhard Gueller. Soloist: Natalia Lavrova (piano). Haydn; Shostakovich; Respighi.
Spring Symphony Concert
Cape Town City Hall, November 12 20:00. Curtain raiser: CPYO Conductor Brandon Phillips. Conductor: Bernhard Gueller. Soloist: Maria Kliegel (cello). Dvořák; Bloch; Bruch; Beethoven.
FOM Gala Concert
Cape Town City Hall, November 19 20:00. Conductor: Bernhard Gueller. Soloist: Antonio Pompa-Baldi (piano). All Brahms.

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We would like to wish our Jewish concertgoers Shana Tova!!

Annual Report

The report which covers the financial year 2013-4 and the concert year of 2014 is now available here.

Condolences to Salagdien Paulse

The CPO’s stage manager Salagdien Paulse lost his son tragically  in late August. A true professional, Salie came to work, set out the stage for the dress rehearsal for the Joshua Bell concert, buried his son according to Muslim rites that afternoon, and returned to the City Hall for the concert.  The board, management and musicians of the CPO applaud your dedication, Salie, and wish you and your family strength as you come to terms with your devastating loss.

SA National Youth Orchestra

Applications are being accepted for the 2016 SA National Youth Orchestra programmes. Young orchestral musicians under the age of 25 with a minimum Grade 7 music level are invited to apply. As there are orchestral excerpts to prepare, prospective candidates are encouraged to apply early to give themselves ample time to prepare for the auditions. More information from www.sanyo.org.za.

Young musicians invited to Brass course

Shannon Thebus and Jessie Williams have been invited to participate in SANYO’s Brass What It Takes course next March in Simonstown.  The course is for advanced musicians and covers many aspects of professional musicianship including audition preparation, marketing of oneself as a musician, posture/injury prevention, performing with an orchestra, music history related to your instrument and individual master classes from top professionals. It gives insight into solo, chamber and orchestral playing as well as teaching and other career options. It is also very valuable for music teachers (established and starting out). It will aslo include issues like breathing, articulation, embouchure and technique. It will be run by Mark Hampson.

Concert Cancelled

Please note that owing to circumstances beyond anyone’s control, the concert organized by Zanne Stapelberg for the Durbanville Children’s Home in December has had to be cancelled.

Wagner Society negotiates ticket seats for 2016 Bayreuth Festival again

Members of the Richard Wagner Society of South Africa will once again have access to seats at the sold-out prestigious annual Wagner Festival in Bayreuth, Germany, held each August.
      The Bavarian government suspended the privilege when complaints were made that there were not enough seats for the public because of tickets offered to members of the Richard Wagner Societies worldwide. The waiting list to get tickets for the festival sometimes ran to years.  The international societies were successful in their application to revisit the decision, since members of the societies were those most devoted to the master’s music.  Members of the Richard Wagner Society of South Africa are therefore able to apply, through the Society, for tickets.  Tickets are limited and are offered on a first-come first served basis.   More information from herbo.ct@gmail.com or www.richardwagner.co.za

Samson Diamond, Laura Pauno to play for concert series

Samson Diamond, first violin of the acclaimed Odeion String Quartet, and a former soloist with the CPO, and pianist Laura Pauna will perform for the Cape  Town Concert Series  at the Baxter Concert Hall on Saturday, September 19, at 20:00.
     Diamond is fast becoming one of South Africa’s most celebrated violinists as well as chamber musician. He enjoys crossing the genre divides between classical and jazz and bringing this into his style of presentation.   Long-time friend Pauna studied with Diamond at the National School of the Arts in Johannesburg before both furthering their careers overseas.
      For the Concert Series they will play Lekeu Violin and Piano Sonata in G major; Ravel Tzigane; Strauss Violin and Piano Sonata in E-flat major and Gershwin Selections from Porgy and Bess Suite.
      Tickets from Computicket. Enquires info@ctconcerts.co.za

Musical knick-knacks

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35th International Belvedere Singing Competition for Cape Town

The Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, Cape Town Opera, the University of Cape Town and Artscape Theatre Centre are proud hosts of the 35th prestigious International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition which will be held in 2016. It was founded in 1982.
     Says Louis Heyneman, “This is the first time that an international singing competition of this stature takes place on African soil. As the foremost orchestra on the continent we are proud to be part of it.”
     The International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition is THE “springboard” for young opera singers into a career in opera.  The 2016 competition will be held in Cape Town, making it the very first time that it will be held outside Europe.  With qualifying rounds in more than 65 cities worldwide, the competition attracts over 1000 entrants. Jury members for the finals are exclusively opera and casting directors of internationally renowned opera houses like the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, Metropolitan Opera in New York and Deutsche Oper Berlin.  The competition brings singers, their agents, their families, representatives of international opera houses and international media to the hosting city.
     Four South Africans reached the 34th Belvedere Singing Competition in July this year, and Levy Sekgapane went on to win the 1st prize.  Acclaimed South African soprano Pretty Yende won the 2009 competition; Siyabulela Ntlale was placed 2nd in 2014 and Hlengiwe Mkhwanazi took the 2nd prize in 2013.  Competition managers Isabella Gabor and Holger Bleck said, "The exceptional quality of South African singers and their huge success in recent years in several global competitions make a compelling argument to take this progressive step and hold the competition in Cape Town and we are thrilled to have the support of key funders such as the Rupert Music Foundation, Remgro, Ton Vosloo, the Hiemstra Trust and Wendy Ackerman.”
     The final round of the competition will be held at the Artscape Opera House on 2 July 2016. Tickets will go on sale in January.

Naspers marks 100 years

The Joshua Bell concerts were memorable for two reasons – the peerless performances of both Bell and the orchestra, and the fact that Naspers, a supporter over many years, chose the second concert to mark its centenary.   A very generous donation was made by Naspers  to the CPO to mark the contribution of retiring Naspers chairman Ton Vosloo to the orchestra. The donation will also enable the orchestra to present a holiday pops concert in December and buy a new piano with matching funding.  Thank you, Naspers, and most especially thank you, Ton Vosloo, for your wisdom and guidance over the years.  Mr Vosloo has stepped down from the CPO Board but remains on the newly constituted Board of Patrons, along with Mrs Ruth Allen, and is chairman of the CP Endowment Trust.
Ton Vosloo, Joshua Bell, Anet Pienaar-Vosloo
Ton Vosloo, Joshua Bell, Anet Pienaar-Vosloo

Caro Wiese, Premier Helen ZIlle, FW de Klerck and Professor Andreas and Magdaleen van Wyk
Caro Wiese, Premier Helen ZIlle, FW de Klerk and Professor Andreas and Magdaleen van Wyk

Christo Wiese's award; Caro Wiese's donation CPO

The CPO would like to congratulate Christo Wiese on being the second person inducted into the World Retail Hall of Fame this week in Rome.  Dr Wiese is close to the orchestra, thanks to a R1 million donation his wife, Caro, has made to the CPO.  This was announced by Ton Vosloo “confidentially” at the Naspers post-concert reception. in honour of the media giant’s centenary marking its generosity to the orchestra through a large donation made to affirm Ton Vosloo’s involvement with the CPO over the years.
     Thanks for your generosity, Mrs Wiese!  We look forward to seeing you at many CPO concerts in the future.

Cape Town's Gilbert and Sullivan Mikado reaps rewards in the UK

Congratulations to Alastair Cockburn, music director of The Mikado”, which brought home a number of awards from the 2nd international G&S festival held in the UK last month. Peter Kramer, who sells CDs and DVDs at all CPO concerts, was awarded the Best Male Performer. The production took second place overall, Alastair won second for musical direction and the production won Best Chorus, Best Character Actress Monika Voysey as  Katisha, Most Traditional Opera and Best Duet ("Were you not to Ko-Ko plighted" with Karen Wilson-Harris and Marco Titus - Yum-Yum & Nanki-Poo) as well as several other awards.

Instruments for the CPYO

The Friends of Orchestral Music have had two violins restored for use by musicians of the CPYO, with more to come, as well as a number of recorders and a trumpet. These will join the instrument bank which already owns a cello donated by Michael Maas and a trumpet donated by the Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam.  The idea is to build up a substantial bank so that the use of good instruments can be awarded annually to talented and deserving musicians and who would benefit from the loan of an instrument. Gregory Pieterson has the use of the trumpet; the cello is still to be presented; the CPO bought a horn for the use of Shannon Thebus, and an oboe is being repaired at the moment. If you know of any instruments that would make a real difference in the lives of some of our young musicians, contact Outreach Manager Laurika Steenkamp laurika@cpo.org.za

Magical New Year's Eve at Nederburg

The Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, its dazzling resident conductor Brandon Phillips, the dynamic television presenter Katlego Maboe as MC and artist will bring your New Year in style in the magical setting of the Nederburg wine farm in Paarl. This unbeatable combination will be enhanced with the addition of the fabulous pop/rock/folk singer Elvis Blue (Idols winner), Lloyd Cele (Idols runner up), country and western trio BlackByrd and popular jazz singer Sarah Theron.
      This exciting sound picture of symphony and song is hosted by Nederburg and 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. Nederburg wines will be on sale, along with other refreshments and a selection of light meals.
      Don’t forget that you will be sitting on grass so wear appropriate clothing!
      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 nowand get banking details from Luvuyo Kakaza at 021 410 9966 / luvuyo@cpo.org.za

Huberte Rupert Memorial Concert December 4

The annual CPO concert commemorating that great philanthropist, Mrs Huberte Rupert, will  take place at the Endler Hall on December 4 at 20:00.  The CPO’s resident conductor Brandon Phillips will conduct the orchestra; pianist Ammiel Bushakevitz will perform the Mozart Piano Concerto no 23; other works will be the overture to Romeo and Juliet by Tchaikovsky and the Symphony no 8 by Dvořák.
     The Israeli-born South-African raised pianist has established himself mainly in Europe, where he has won many prizes. In 2013, Bushakevitz drew international attention when he was the first recipient of the newly-inaugurated Richard Wagner Prize.  He has collaborated with many of the world’s foremost singers, such as the late Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Elly Ameling, Thomas Quasthoff, Thomas Hampson, Barbara Bonney and Teresa Berganza.  He has been mentored by pianists Alfred Brendel and Graham Johnson. He has played at many international festivals including at Bayreuth.  
       Tickets are R160/R100. More information from Luvuyo Kakaza luvuyo@cpo.org.za  021 410 9809 and tickets from Computicket on 0861 915 8000/ www.computicket.com or  Artscape Dial-A-Seat on 021 421 7695.

Masidlale learners to play community concerts

About 80 gifted musicians aged five to fourteen from the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra’s Masidlale (Let us play) projects will give four concerts in the community from now until Christmas. Each will feature different satellite projects with learners from schools in Atlantis, Gugulethu, Khayelitsha, Nyanga and Mamre in hour-long concerts that celebrate what classical music adds to their lives and that of the greater community.
    The concerts are on Heritage Day (September 24), November 28 and December 12 at 11 am at the Guga S’Thebe Centre in Langa, and October 31, also at 11 am , at the Rhodes High School in Mowbray.
     From the musical, which was created from the story  â€œA boy’s story of how Africa was made”, to a youth celebration and festive gala, all the concerts will showcase the talented youngsters, who have been chosen to learn to play instruments in the CPO.
     Since its launch in 2009, Madislale has been succeeding in enriching the lives of our youth through training each learner to reach their potential; thereby transforming communities, building capacity and providing opportunities for professional musical development.  Grassroots projects now exist for children in Gugulethu, Langa, Khayelitsha, Atlantis, Mamre and Nyanga to provide really young children with string or woodwind instrument training irrespective of their financial means or background. Teachers, from the Cape Town Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, themselves trained by Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra musicians, teach the children, so completing the circle of skills transfer.
      Admission to the concerts, which are made possible with the support of the City of Cape Town and the Western Cape government (DCAS), is free. More information from Masidlale Project Manager Ash- Lee Louwskieter alouwskieter@yahoo.com or 021 410 9089. 

CPO concert engagements coming up

  • The CPO is once again accompanying choirs of the Western Cape in its annual competition -at Artscape Opera on Sunday, September 13, at 14:00.  There is something so stirring in such concerts, when all come together to create the most marvellous fusion of voice and orchestra.  Tickets from Computicket.
  • Composers’ Symposium at the Endler on September 17.
  • The ATKV Musiquanto at the Hugo Lamprechts Music Centre in Parow on September 19 at 19:00. Brandon Phillips will be on the podium for this competition which attracts the cream of young South African singers, and includes Goitsemang Lehobye, who will sing with the CPO in October, and Noluvuyo Mpofu, a prizewinner at the recent Operalia competition in London. Entrance is free but seating needs to be reserved by calling Mariëtte du Toit on 021 939 9105.
  • The Youth Festival The CPO will be conducted by Brandon Phillips – September 26 at Artscape Opera at 19:00. The festival was begun in 1971 by David Tidboald and offers young instrumental soloists and singers the chance to perform with a professional orchestra.  This year 35 young people auditioned and 13 will play in the concert. The soloists include a 10 year-old pianist and many of the other very accomplished performers are still in their teens.
  • Graham Scott will conduct the CPO for Cape Town City Ballet’s production of Giselle, opening on September 25 at Artscape Opera.
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