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Youth music competition

Leeds winner for Wagner Society

Accolades for the CPYWE

Concert Series to present Natalia Lavrova and Vassily Primakov

New version of Rach Pag variations
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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CPO offers an engagement to Leeds winner

The Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra is one of a few select orchestras to offer an engagement to a top prize winner in the Leeds International Piano Competition.  Watch this space to see who has been chosen, but in the meantime you can hear the third prize-winner in this year’s competition in a recital for the Richard Wagner Society on Sunday, October 25. This is the brilliant young Russian pianist, Vitaly Pisarenko. He will play Haydn Sonata in E minor Hob. XVI:34, Ravel Three Pieces from Miroirs, the Sonata no 6 in A, op 82, by Prokofiev.
     The recital will be  held at 701 Kingsgate, Beach Road, Sea Point at 18:00 for 18:30. Tickets are  R220 for RWS members and R240 for guests and include wine and finger supper after the recital. Book with  Jilly Cohen jillycohen@absamail.co.za / 082 459 6225

New version of Rach Pag variations

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Goitsy is on the move!

Giving a world premiere takes its toll, but Goitsemang Lehobye is comfortable, partly because of the songs and partly because of the help she has been getting preparing. She is so looking forward to beginning the rehearsals, for Perry So’s reputation is, she says, “wonderful”.  She will sing Three Orchestral Songs on poems by Ingrid Jonker at the opening concert of the spring season next Thursday.  
       About the songs, she says:  “The music is tonal, but still it is a little stressful to be busy with modern music because it is difficult and there’s no reference material. Even so, I am so enjoying learning them. My favourite is Ek herhaal jou. The music is beautiful and even when I didn't understand  fully the meaning of the words I really connected with the music. It is wonderful to be part of making history and the fact that Bongani Ndodana-Breen is so helpful also adds to the experience. I really appreciate that about him."
      Goitsy is also full of praise for the team behind her and calls the  SA College of Music, with whom the CPO often collaborates, a  family affair! She says:
  • Kamal Khan’s work is of such high quality he produces stars…a perfectionist, great accompanist/coach and a fantastic conductor.  Even with his commitments to Maria Stuarda and the Four:30 operas coming up, he has been able to help me
  • Victor Tichardt has been working on the music with me
  • Hanna van Niekerk is helping with Afrikaans
    And above all...
  • Lisa Engelbrecht. Dr. E is fantastic...very strict, patient, loving and supportive to us. She is the best, even when you are on the verge of giving up, she makes you believe in yourself and she is excellent with helping to learn music and with languages
Goitsy is also busy with several other engagements in the short term – her appearance in one of the Four:30 operas, for which she is being coached by Lisa again. She sings roles in two of the four thirty minute operas: in Anti-Laius by Adrian More and Blood of Mine by Sibusiso Ndjeza). The other operas are The Application by Robert Fokkens and Bessie, the Blue-Eyed Xhosa by Angelique Mouyis; they are being presented by Cape Town Opera in collaboration with UCT Opera and the National Lottery Distribution Fund and will be performed at Artscape Theatre from November 21 to 28, conducted by Kamal Khan, who also conducts the CPO in the International Belvedere Singing Competition next year. Goitsy has also been invited to London in December to sing in David Earl’s new opera Strange Ghost. Not for nothing is she being described as the modern music queen!  And she will sing with the CPO at Kirstenbosch in February.
      So Lisa  Engelbrecht has her work cut out for her.  Lisa, who is one of the most widely respected vocal coaches, is in London at the moment, guest coaching in the vocal studies department at the Royal College of Music for the fourth time. About Goitsy, she says:  "She  has a true Verdian soprano voice, like burnished gold with an incredibly powerful and beautiful upper register. Not only is she intensely musical but she has an excellent musicality and ear, great gift for languages and is a dream to coach because of her incredible work ethic, humility and determination to reach the highest standards"
       Lisa is responsible for the coaching of all the singers in Four:30, including Athenkosi Hoyi, who is singing the role of the receptionist in The Application. Lisa is also the musical director in the next pioneering opera alla breve The Abduction from the Seraglio. at the Darling Festival in February and Athenkosi is singing and acting the role of the Blondchen in the abbreviated and accessible version of Mozart’s classic comic opera.

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You can save 20 per cent on subscriptions to the next season (an extra 10 per cent if you are a member of FOM) and also the chance to win 2 tickets to Maria Kliegel’s cello recital with Albie van Schalkwyk at the Cape Town Concert Series on November 14.
       The winner amongst those who have already renewed is Mr Wim Thijsse. We hope you enjoy the recital!
       Ms Kliegel, who has a passionate love for South Africa and the legacy of Nelson Mandela, performs in the final concert of the season. Other concerts are the opening concert on October 22 with soloists Pallavi Mahidhara (piano), whose annual visits over the last decade to her family who then lived in Johannesburg have made her popular here, soprano Goitsemang Lehobye; on October 29 violinist Maria Solozobova will peform in Homage to Sibelius, and on November 5 pianist Natalia Lavrova will play Shostakovich. Conductors are Perry So and Bernhard Gueller. Then there’s the FOM gala on November 19….
      Tickets from Computicket or Artscape Dial-A-Seat on 021 421 7695.

CPO plays for the National Youth Music Competition Finals

The finals of the National Youth Music Competition (presented by the NYMF in association with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra) which this year celebrates its 31st anniversary, take place 17 October with the CPO under the direction of resident conductor Brandon Phillips at 19:30 at the Hugo Lambrechts Music Centre in Parow.
      Nineteen of South Africa’s most talented young classical musicians  - including one flying home from his studies in Germany - will compete for top honours at the country’s premier youth music competition. Prizes include more than R125 000 for the overall winner the opportunity to perform at Nederburg, Overstrand Arts in Hermanus and the Darling Music Experience. 
      The founder, Michael Maas, who is chair of the National Youth Music Foundation (NYMF) which was established to ensure the survival of the competition, says that the event has produced top musicians such as Pieter Schoeman (concertmaster in the London Philharmonic Orchestra), Jacqueline Wederburn-Maxwell, Eben Wagenstroom, Jeffrey Armstrong (former leader of the Cape Town Philharmonic Youth Orchestra now studying in England) and Sulayman Human.
      The participants, chosen after auditions,  play in one of four categories - piano, strings, wind and one for percussion, harp, marimba, etc.).
      Maas says this competition caters for classical musicians who are too young to qualify for the UNISA International Music and the ATKV Muziq competitions; or too old for the SAMRO Hubert van der Spuy competition.
      “It is the only music competition in the country where the top six finalists are afforded the privilege to perform with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra (CPO),” says Maas.
      The panel of adjudicators includes Farida Bacharova (strings), Polina Burdukova (strings), Prof Ella Fourie, Bongani Ndodana-Breen and Dr Franklyn Larey(piano), John Hinch (wind), Shadrack Bokaba (strings) and Michael Maas (chairman). Tickets from Computicket 0861 915 8000.
      Read more about the NYM competition here.

Accolade for the CPY Wind Ensemble

The CPY Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Faan Malan, took second place overall in the SAVMO  band competition at Durbanville High School earlier this month. The ensemble also impressed in terms of discipline and appearance! Congratulations on keeping the CPO’s name flying, Faan and the musicians! The CPYWE played with the Moravian Brass and the OKOSI project in Genadendal last week -  they were hard at work in the picture above!

Concert series to present Natalia Lavrova and Vassily Primakov

You can hear another side to the multi-talented pianist Natalia Lavrova, the soloist with the CPO in the Shostakovich Piano Concerto no 1 in C minor on November 5: With her duo partner Vassily Primakov, she will perform in recital for the Cape Town Concert Series on Saturday, October 24 at the Baxter Concert Hall at 20:00.  The pair, long-time duo partners with a history of seamless playing, will play Scriabin Fantasy for Two Pianos in A Minor, Op.Posth; Brahms  Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Op.56b; Liszt. Concerto Pathétique, for Two Pianos1865, (S.258 /R.356); Lutoslawski Variations on a Theme by Paganini, for Two Pianos  (1941); Arensky. Suite for Two Pianos No. 3 in C major, Op. 33, "Variations"  (1894) and Rachmaninov Suite No. 2 for Two Pianos, Op.17.
       Natalia Lavrova performed for the Cape Town Concert Series in 2011 and the diminutive stylish performer literally knocked the audience off their feet with her powerful and emotional musicality, while Primakov’s musicality and technique are undisputed.
      Tickets are R150/R130 seniors at Computicket 0861 915 8000/ www.computicket.com. Students and scholars R50 at the door.
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