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In this issue:

Count down to the next series

Huberte Rupert memorial concert 

A Gift of Music

CPO and CPYWE take music to the Overberg

Concerto shines!

AON, the CPO's newest partner

A Century of Symphony available online

Fine Music Radio Quiz

Schock winners

Artscape and the CPO youth music festival 2015

FOM's Gala

Loss of Sir David Willcocks

Cape Town City Ballet

KZN Youth wind band for Cape Town

Trivia for the Week
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 with 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.
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.

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Concerto shines!

The CPO’s prestigious magazine, Concerto, has been crowned the Top external Corporate Publication of 2015 at the SA Publications Award ceremony this week. Concerto was also was a finalist for excellence in writing; and won three best external newsletter awards – a Gold, Silver and Bronze.  This comes on top of being a finalist for Best Cover Design at the Loeries in September.
Download Concerto here. It is also available at the concerts.

A Century of Symphony now digitally available!

In response to the need by overseas musicians for access to A Century of Symphony, Wesley Thompson was asked to create a digital book for sale on Amazon.com of the well-received history of orchestral music in Cape Town, written to mark the establishment of the first orchestra in 1914. You can buy it here:
UK Germany South Africa
France Spain Netherlands
Italy Spain Brazil Japan
Canada Mexico Australia India

Fine Music Radio Quiz

FOM Quiz is 19 October, soup's almost ready!

  *Butternut with Apple
  *Pea Soup with Sausage
  *Seasonal Vegetable and Bean
  *Other Kinds of Soup
  *David Buda Minestrone (recommended)
  *Silly Trivia Dahl
  *Tea, Coffee, Bar

All set to win fancy prizes on Monday October 19?
We're ready! Please RSPV to andywildingfmr@gmail.com if you have:
- volunteered to make soup
- or if you are the head of a table
  If you are a member of a table, now would be a good time to start watching loads of quiz shows and writing down the answers! Our Quiz-Master David Buda assures me that the questions are not only about classical music and will cover a wide range of topics.
Date & Time: Monday 19 October 6pm
Venue: Glen Country Club, 3 Victoria Road, Clifton, Cape Town, 8005

FOM's Gala soloist

Listen to and read here what Antonio Pompa-Baldi, the soloist in the FOM gala, has to say about his Rachmaninov concerts with the CPO.

Loss of Sir David Willcocks

The CPO would like to note the loss of Sir David Willcocks, who died in England on September 17 at the age of 95. Sir David, the  long-serving and much-recorded director of music at King’s College, Cambridge, was much loved in Cape Town for his performances with the Philharmonia Choir, several times with the CPO. 

Trivia for the week 

Click here to view today's trivia, Flight of the Bumblebee.

New CPO website modern, responsive and stylish!

Our website has been completely redesigned by Multidimensions, the company responsible for our newsletter layout.  Rudolph Pieterse and Michelle Botha are to thank for the hard work in ensuring that all the pertinent copy was taken across. The growing number of mobile device users was kept in mind as reports show that more and more people are receiving emails and reading documents and webpages on their phones. Thank you Rudolph and Michelle, and also to Hardus Jonker, for your creative flair, your hard work and your incredible donation of time to the CPO. View our new website here www.cpo.org.za

Count down to the next series

With tickets flying for the new spring series beginning on October 22, interest in the artists is growing. Read here what the Cape Times has to say about Perry So, and how this thoughtful award-winning conductor is stuck on Sibelius. So’s two concerts, on October 22 and October 29, feature a new work by Bongani Ndodana Breen, “Three orchestral songs on poems by Ingrid Jonker”, a work that marks the 50th anniversary of the Afrikaans poet’s death. They will be sung by Goitsemang Lehobye, who recently took second place in the ATKV Musiqanto competition.
      We are also delighted to welcome back Pallavi Mahidhara, who makes her second orchestral visit to Cape Town. Read the Cape Times interview on Ms Mahidhara here. Pallavi, whose parents lived in Johannesburg from nine years, played often in that city and is now based in Berlin. She will play Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto, a work she is coming to with a fresh approach following five years of study with the great Russian pianist and pedagogue Dmitri Bashkirov. The main work is the Prokofiev Symphony no  7. In his second concert, So will conduct an Homage to Sibelius, with the Russian violinist Maria Solozobova in his great violin concerto, Finlandia and the Second Symphony.
      Get your season tickets with a great discount or single tickets here and remember that season tickets will make a great festive season present! 

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 in A, K 488; other works will be the overture to Romeo and Juliet by Tchaikovsky and the Symphony no 8 in G 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 and 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

A gift of music

Boost for CPO Legacy And Bequest Programme From Erica Manning
The Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra is deeply honoured to have been chosen as a beneficiary of the estate of the late Erica Manning. By leaving a generous legacy gift to the CPO, Mrs Manning, who died in May, has left an indelible mark on the orchestra and on classical music more broadly. Her gift, a legacy far beyond the financial commitment,  assures the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra and the music loving public, including the thousands of children in our Youth Development and Education Programme, continued access to world class performances by the CPO and so many more life chances for young people in our two youth orchestras and in Masidlale, our grassroots training programme. Read more about Erica Manning. Click here to see how to leave a legacy gift or bequest in your will.

The CPO and CPYWE take music to the Overberg

The Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra’s Brass Quintet and the CP Youth Wind Ensemble will be taking the Overberg by storm with a series of concerts in partnership with community organizations from Genadendal to Grootbos. On Sunday, October 11, the CPYWE will perform in the Moravian Church, in collaboration with OKOSI, at 15:00, following workshops. The concert will be conducted by Faan Malan and will feature bright and breezy popular works for brass instruments by composers such as LeRoy Anderson and George Gershwin. Tickets: R50 at the door. The musicians will participate in the church service that morning at 10:00. Greyton residents will also experience the exuberance of smaller ensembles of the CPYWE, who will pop up in various places in the town on Saturday, October 10. On October 12, the Brass Quintet will perform two concerts under the auspices of Radio Overberg for high school learners at  8:30 at Albert Myburg Secondary School in Bredasdorp followed at 11:00 by a community concert at the Retirement Village in Napier.  At 15:00, the Quintet will play for the communities of Blompark and Masikane in collaboration with the Grootbos Foundation at Academia Hall in Gansbaai. Read more here.

The CPO announces its newest partner

The CPO is delighted to announce a new partnership…with Aon Private Insurance Broking, a sponsorship that will run for the next year. We would like to introduce you to Aon and what the company can offer our concertgoers and friends: 

It takes a discerning eye to recognise a uniquely talented group of individuals working together in perfect harmony to create a symphony that can be heard across the globe.
      This mirrors the synergy between the prestigious Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra and Aon Private Insurance Broking which offers distinct, inspired and bespoke insurance solutions designed to enhance and safeguard your lifestyle. Aon’s blue chip household and motor insurance solutions cater for the needs of high-nett-worth individuals with significant and often complicated assets. “We are able to offer one of the widest insurance covers and highest limits in the market to ensure your valuable and hard-earned assets are adequately protected,” says Mandy Barrett of Aon South Africa. Read more

Schock winners


Congratulations to the winners of the  8th Annual Schock Foundation Prize for Chamber Music.  The  CPYO’s principal cello Seul Pearl Jung (right) with Bronwyn van Wieringen (piano) at left  and Samantha Durrant (violin) played  the Shostakovich Piano Trio no. 1 in C minor.

Artscape and the CPO youth music festival 2015

The 44th annual event was conducted by Brandon Phillips – read the interview in the Argus here -- and featured a wide variety of soloists including the CPYO’s Robert de Vries (21), flute, and Shannon Thebus (19), French horn. Read more about Robert here. Said Marlene le Roux, Director of Artscape Audience Development and Education: ‘Much of the biggest repertoire and most exciting to listen to and perform is in the concerto field (instrument with orchestra) and opera field (voice and orchestra). The dream for many is a reality as they perform at this festival accompanied by the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra.”

Cape Town City Ballet

Cape Town City Ballet is presenting Symphony of Dance, an innovative ballet with the CPO on stage with pianist François du Toit performing the Rachmaninov Piano Concerto no 2. Performances of this spectacular celebration of classical and neo-classical dances take place at Artscape Opera from October 7 to 11, conducted by Graham Scott. There are six breath-taking ballets danced to famous orchestral and instrumental masterpieces by Strauss,  Ponchielli, Barber and Pärt and of course Rachmaninov, which is the setting for Romance, the world premiere and first ever staging of a new ballet by Robin van Wyk. Booking is at Computicket.

KZN Youth wind band for Cape Town


Youth music is thriving in South Africa- and the CPYO has been delighted to assist the KZN Youth Wind Band with timpani on its first tour to Cape Town. The band recently toured China and won top prize in the Vienna Youth Music Festival. It is conducted by Russell Scott, semi-finalist in the Len van Zyl Conductors’ Competition, the finals of which take place on February 14 at the Cape Town City Hall. Be infected by their enthusiasm at Club Mykonos on October 5 and Zandvlei High School on October 6. More information at www.kznywb.org.za
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