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Upcoming Concerts

30 Mar Stars of the Future
06 April Gilman's Beethoven
13 April Petronel and the Emperor
20 April Khachaturian with Avigail
FMR to broadcast new season

Adding to the cultural line up in the city will again be Fine Music Radio, broadcasting the CPO’s City Hall concerts live. Says station manager Mark Jennings, “when we receive emails like this one, we know we are enriching the lives of many, taking live music into the homes of people who may no longer be able to travel to the city centre at night”: “I have today renewed the subscription for my mom…I can assure you that your radio station gives her endless hours of pleasure and she and my dad have so enjoyed the live concert broadcasts. As her eye sight is starting to fail, this radio station has become even more important to her. Tomorrow she celebrates her 87th birthday and the morning will be spent listening to FMR.
      “Please continue with your wonderful service. My thanks to all your presenters who create a little bit of magic every day.”
      The CPO also received this comment from a group in White River, who were receiving RSG broadcasts (two concerts are being recorded by RSG for later use): “Dankie vir die uitstekende uitsending vanaand van die puik konsert. Dis 'n besondere voorreg om nog so op 'n afstand te kon deel in 'n lewende simfoniekonsert.  Hou so vol!” It’s good to know we are being listened to around the country and, thanks to FMR, also abroad on the internet.

News about musicians

New Gueller CD
Principal guest conductor Bernhard Gueller’s new CD is available from Peter Kramer’s Classics 4U outlet at City Hall concerts. The CD has  orchestrations of Schubert’s lieder by Britten (Die Forelle), Reger (Gretchen am Spinnrade and Der Erlkönig), Webern (Der Wegweiser and Du bist die Ruh) and another one of Erlkönig by Berlioz. There are also two by contemporary Canadian composers Brian Current (Im Abendrot) and Kati Agócs (Ständchen).  Also on the CD, which is made with Symphony Nova Scotia in Canada, is Schubert’s Symphony no 3 in D. 

Principal flute Von Durkhem in two recitals
Gabrielle von Dürckheim, principal flute with the CPO, is giving two recitals with the internationally known guitarist, Goran Krivokapić, Grammy winner and winner of an unprecedented 19 international awards and considered “the shooting star of classical guitar”. They will take place on April 8  at the German International School in Tamboerskloof at 15:00 and at the Blah Blah Bar in the Gardens at 20:30.   They will play Piazzola, Giuliani and Takemitsu. Tickets are R100 from quicket, here for the Blah Blah bar and here for the German International school.

Sad news

Louis Frémaux, a familiar face and elegant force with the Cape Town Symphony Orchestra in the 1970s and 1980s, died last week at the age of 95. Frémaux was in fact conductor laureate in 1984. Stephen Lindner, general manager of the CTSO, notes in A Century of Symphony that one of the highlights of the 2000 CTSO concerts he heard was Frémaux conducting the Brahms First Symphony at the opening concert of the Endler Hall in Stellenbosch.   

Congratulations to...

Lukanyo Moyake, who has made it to the final rounds of the Cardiff Singer of the Year in Wales. Lukhanyo was last heard with the CPO in December and January, when with his wife Siphamandla Yakupa he sang in the concert at Green Point and the Viennese concerts. The pair were the first in the history of the  Hans Gabor Belvedere International Singing competition to make it to the final round. 
      Zoë Beyers, a CPO soloist who has been made leader of the English Symphony Orchestra (ESO) and English String Orchestra. Zoë has been associate leader of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra for some years, and often plays as guest leader of other orchestras like the Philharmonia, BBC and Scottish Chamber.

Daniel Boico opens the season

Back from teaching in Indiana and conducting in Durban and about to leave for Taiwan is Daniel Boico, who opens the Autumn Symphony season tomorrow.  The first concert features the cream of young European musicians, cellist Danielle Akta in Tchaikovsky Rococo Variations and violinist David Nebel, who will be joined by the established but equally exciting Alexander Gilman in the Navarra for Two Violins by Sarasate.  Read the interview with Boico here. Please note that the Waxman Carmen Fantasie will be played by David Nebel.  

Weekendspecial also interviewed Gilman here
Watch Nebel play the Sarasate here
More Information and booking here

Listen to People of Note on FMR on tomorrow just after the 1 pm news and hear Rodney Trudgeon interview Boico.

Roxane Steffen back where she belongs

It’s welcome back to Roxane Steffen, who returns to the Cape Town Philharmonic, as principal double bass, again! Her first appearance as principal is on April 6. Roxane came here in 2004, having taken a  a sabbatical from her position as sub-principal double bass with Holland Synfonia to fill the position of sub-principal double bass in the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2006, she resigned from that position and came to Cape Town, for good, to become principal double bass with the CPO.  In 2014 she decided to concentrate more on teaching and coaching young musicians as well as to play more chamber music and solo repertoire, and left the CPO, but kept in close contact by coaching the CPYO musicians and filling in as an extra when the CPO needed her. Read more here.

Easter Messiah 

The CPO, conducted by Raymond Hughes,  joins the Philharmonia Choir in its performances of this uplifting Oratoria this Easter.  Soloists are Louise Howlett (soprano), Monika Voysey (alto), Given Nkosi (tenor) and Barend van der Westhuizen (bass). Performances are on Good Friday (April 14) and Easter Sunday (April 16) at 7.30 at the City Hall.  Tickets available here.

Richard Wagner society to present Jan Jiracek von Arnim

Jan Jiracek von Arnim, the leading German pianist and described by BBC Music as one of the leading pianists of his generation, will give the April recital in the Richard Wagner series of Sunday soirees. The recital will take place at 37 Kingsgate, 301 Beach Road, Sea Point  on Sunday, April 9, at 18:00 for 18:30.
      He will play  Schubert Drei Späte Klavierstucke D 946, Liszt’s transcription of Wagner’s Liebestod from Tristan, and Ballade no.2 in B minor by Liszt. Tickets for the recital including finger buffet and wine are R240/R260 for members/guests from Jilly Cohen
082 459 6225. 

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