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Upcoming Concerts

20 May CPYO Rotary Gala
31 May Mussorgsky's Pictures
7 June The First Sibelius
14 June Romeo's Fantasy
21June Buzlov's Walton

Radio Sonder Grense

You can relive part of the CPO’s Summer season last November tuning into RSG on Wednesdays at 21:00 this month.  April 18 will feature the Piano Concerto No. 1 by Chopin, performed by Sophie Pacini, and the overture to The Bartered Bride by Smetana; on April 25 you can hear the Symphony No. 3 by Brahms and Tchaikovsky’s Coronation March, all conducted by Martin Panteleev.

 CPO, Minnesota at City Hall

We are delighted to tell you that the CPO’s August season will be at the Cape Town City Hall, beginning on Saturday, August 4 as part of the City’s launch of the refurbished City Hall. Appropriately, the first concert will showcase Mahler’s monumental Resurrection Symphony, a first for the CPO and perhaps the city. The following Friday, August 10,  the Minnesota Orchestra will perform at the City Hall, and the orchestra is generously offering a 20 per cent discount on tickets, through Dial-A-Seat on 021 421 7695, to current CPO subscribers only. This offer closes on May 2.  The code subscribers need is in the ad below. The CPO’s Winter season will look like this: Pianist Alessandro Taverna will play the Liszt Piano Concerto no 2 in the opening concert, which will begin with an homage to Nelson Mandela by the South African composer Kristi Boonzaaier. The soloists will be Goitsemang Lehobye (soprano) and Bongiwe Nakani (mezzo-soprano), with the Cape Town Symphony Choir and Gentlemens’ Ensemble, trained by Alexander Fokkens. Gueller will also conduct the other three concerts in the season -- soloists are Megan-Geoffrey Prins (Rachmaninov Piano Concerto no 3 on August 16), violinist Alissa Margulies (Scottish Fantasy on August 23) and Stefan Temmingh (Jeths Concerto for Recorder on August 30). 


The CPO’s board, management and musicians would like to send their condolences to the families of

  • Philip De Groote, co-founder of the Chilingirian Quartet in the UK. Philip was a son of violinist and pedagogue Pierre De Groote, and brother to the late clarinettist Olivier and pianist Steven, as well as to pianists Andre and Tessa De Groote and step-son to violinist Hermina De Groote. De Groote was born in Johannesburg and taught at the Royal College of Music and the University of Cape Town, retiring from the Chilingirian Quartet in 2013. He also played as a soloist with the CTSO.
  • Pam Golding, a fervent concertgoer into her 90s. Her presence at concerts was for so long a fixture and she will be missed. Pam’s late husband Cecil was a force behind the Investorplan, a plan for supporters to invest money in unit trusts and yield the profit but not the capital to the then CTPO.

Tracy Li takes over CTCB

After 50 years in various capacities from principal dancer to Honorary Executive Director, Elizabeth Triegaardt is stepping down.  Tracy Li has been appointed as Acting Executive Director of the Cape Town City Ballet.
Says Louis Heyneman, CEO of the CPO: “Our relationship with Prof Triegaardt over the years has been warm and collaborative and we thank her for her outstanding contribution to ballet especially with the CPO over the years. We look forward to working with Tracy Li and welcome her appointment as acting CEO as our companies continue to give Cape Town audiences performances they enjoy."

For Tracy Li, “It’s a huge task and look forward to working with the CPO”. As do we!

Thank you, Len

It was with sadness that the CPO board chairman Derek Auret accepted the resignation of Len van Zyl from the CPO’s Board of Patrons. “I thank you your email, although I have to say that it does not contain the kind of message that one cares to receive from a valued colleague. Much as I understand the reason for your resigning - I would prefer to call it retiring - from the Board I should like to convey, also on behalf of the members of the orchestra, the staff and members of the Board our most sincere thanks for the important role that you have played in the life of the CPO and for your major contribution to its success. We are delighted that your association with the orchestra will remain alive not only through your attendance of future concerts, but also through the Len van Zyl Conductor’s competition which is a lasting monument to your passion for and dedication to music,” was Auret’s response.

FOM Soirees at Bowmans on Bree

The first of three fundraising soirees in 2018 presented by the Friends of Orchestral Music in Association with Bowmans, will take place on Sunday April 22. This will be preceded by FOM’s AGM.
The soirees are part of FOM’s mandate to raise funds and awareness for orchestral music and musicians in Cape Town.

Tango Night features flautist Myles Roberts, violinist David Bester and Sulayman Human on piano. All studied together at Stellenbosch University before furthering their studies in Milan, Belgium and America. Their programme evokes tango nights of South America, from sonatas by Ginestera to favourites from the movies of Manhã de Carnaval, Il Postino and Histoire du Tango.

The soirees begin at  6pm for 6.30 at 11th floor, Bowmans, 22 Bree Street, Cape Town. Guest parking available and the tickets, at R400 (R350 for members of FOM), include a sunset drink before the recital and drinks and canapes thereafter.

There are only 100 tickets available from Quicket or 084 682 1337.

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