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In this issue:

Bryan Wallick to end season

Winter season subscriptions

Alexander Ramm on the rise

Nikita Boriso-Glebsky shone

Latest Concerto

Masidlale to give Artscape concert

Johan Botha concert booking delayed

FOM Soirée May 14

Congratulations to Brandon and Luvuyo!

Current subscriber winner

Belvedere building up

Pascale Plougmann

Philharmonia choir crowd-funding initiative

Music is good for language learning
Tien and Tan
Cape Town City Hall, May 12 20:00. Conductor: Arjan Tien. Soloist: Melvyn Tan (piano). Puccini, Mendelssohn, Brahms. CPYWE curtainraiser.
Scottish Flair
Cape Town City Hall, May 19 20:00. Conductor: Arjan Tien. Soloist: Bryan Wallick (piano). Britten, Prokofiev, Mendelssohn.
Sublime Dvořák
Cape Town City Hall, June 16 20:00. Conductor: Bernhard Gueller. Soloist: Peter Martens (cello). Shaun Crawford, Dvořák, Tchaikovsky.
Romantic Schumann
Cape Town City Hall, June 23 20:00. Conductor: Martin Panteleev. Soloists: Maciej Grzybowski (piano), Erik Dippenaar (organ). Christo Jankowitz, Schumann, Saint Saëns.
Ravel and Rachmaninov
Cape Town City Hall, June 30 20:00. Conductor: Martin Panteleev. Soloist: Rachel Lee Priday (violin). Ravel, Prokofiev, Rachmaninov.
Belvedere Singing Competition
Artscape Opera House, July 2 18:00. Conductor: Kamal Khan. The finals of the prestigious 35th International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition 2016 take place for the first time outside Europe.
CPO Celebrates Johan Botha
Artscape Opera House, August 13 20:00. Conductor: Bernhard Gueller
Soloists: Johan Botha (tenor), Goitsemang Lehobye (soprano), Bongiwe Nakani (mezzo), Thato Machona (bass). Bookings open later.

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Johan Botha concert booking delayed

The opening date of booking for this gala concert on August 13 has regrettably been delayed due to unforeseen circumstances. The CPO will keep you notified about the new opening date.
FOM Soirée on May 14

It’s unlikely that there will be a seat left at Old Mutual House on Saturday for the latest FOM soiree but here’s what those lucky enough to have bought their seats will hear Mendelssohn Octet and Vocalise (for  6 celli) and Cello Sonata by Rachmaninov, with Peter Martens (cello) and Bryan Wallick (piano), Joining Martens in the Vocalise are cellists Marian Lewin, Barbara Kennedy, Eddie McLean, Cheryl de Havilland and Dane Coetzee.  In the Octet are violinists David Juritz, Suzanne Martens, Janna Thomas and Matthew Stead; Karin Gaertner and Emile de Roubaix (viola) and Dane Coetzee joining Martens on cello.
      In case there is a cancellation, contact Derek Auret on 082 557 6566.
Current subscriber winner

Congratulations Lindsey MacDonald, the winner of two tickets to the Cape Town Concert Series matinee recital and reception on June 11 for violinist Rachel Lee Priday, also a soloist in the CPO season so one can get an all-round understanding of why she is considered so fantastic across the world today.
Belvedere building up

Excitement is mounting for the 35th International Hans Gabor Belvedere International Singing Competition.  Pretty Yende, one of South Africa’s two overall winners, was interviewed on Cape Talk. Read it here
Philharmonia choir crowd-funding initiative

The Philharmonia Choir, which will be singing with the CPO in November, has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise funds for the production of Karl Jenkin's "The Armed Man - A Mass for Peace" in October. The choir’s aim is to reach large audiences with the message that war is never the answer and. in doing so,  raise funds to support the extension of the choir's reach and repertoire.  You will find more information on the campaign and a way to donate here.
Music is good for language learning

Here’s more research into why music skills are great for your children!

Melvyn Tan to play Mendelssohn

Although he last played with the CPO in 2009, Melvyn Tan visits the city often, having made friends with several people, and it is really good to have him back professionally.  He will play the First Mendelssohn Piano Concerto on Thursday, May 12, with Arjan Tien on the podium.  Here’s a fuller interview that appeared in the Cape Times. The CPYWE will play, in its scintillating way, Capriccio by Frigyes Hidas under the direction of Faan Malan as a curtain raiser to this concert which also includes Capriccio Sinfonico by Puccini and the Second Symphony by Brahms. Tickets from Computicket and Artscape Dial-A-Seat 021 421 7695.

Bryan Wallick to end season

With an acclaimed performance of the Second Prokofiev Piano Concerto with the KNZPO last year, American pianist Bryan Wallick will give his interpretation of the same Concerto in the final concert of the autumn season.  The concert, with Arjan Tien on the podium, is on Thursday,  19 May, and also includes the Passacaglia with its famed viola solo from Peter Grimes (Britten) and the Scottish Symphony by Mendelssohn. Read more about Wallick in this Cape Times story and how the Horowitz gold medallist manages the iconic agency that the late Schalk Visser started decades ago as well as his performance career.

Winter season: New subscriptions and single seats from May 21

New subscriptions and single seats for the June season will open on May 21. With three concerts conducted by Bernhard Gueller (June 16) and principal guest conductor Martin Panteleev (June 23 and 30), the season promises to be another one of high quality. Soloists are Peter Martens in the Dvořák Cello Concerto; Maciej Grzybowski in the Schumann Piano Concerto; and Rachel Lee Priday in the First Prokofiev Violin Concerto. Due to personal reasons, violinist Kristóf Baráti has had to change his plans but we know you will love Priday. Main works are the Fifth Symphony by Tchaikovsky; the Organ Symphony by Saint-Saëns with organist Erik Dippenaar; and the Symphonic Dances by Rachmaninov. Thanks to funding from the SAMRO Foundation, the CPO will also be giving the premiere performances of two lively and accessible works by young and gifted composers Shaun Crawford (Overture on June 16) and Revelation by Christo Jankowitz on June 23. One new subscriber can also win a night in a two-bedroomed self-catering suite at the luxury 5-star Iconic Apartments in Stellenbosch; all subscribers receive a 20 per cent discount per subscription; members of FOM an additional 10 per cent. Download the concert card here.

Alexander Ramm on the rise 

When cellist Alexander Ramm was invited to perform in a Prokofiev marathon in St Petersburg while in the middle of his South African tour, he couldn’t say no!  But he was back in time to perform an exciting Rococo Variations (Tchaikovsky) which we know was heard abroad thanks to the Jaguar-sponsored FMR broadcasts. What’s On in Cape Town called Ramm a wizard here; the Cape Times gave us some insight into him here and the reviews in Die Burger by Pieter Kooij, by Deon Irish and Andy Wilding of FMR were on the whole glowing.

Nikita Boriso-Glebsky shone

Another Russian rising star…and how he shone. Thanks to the Cape Times, we know more about him; thanks to Jaguar and FMR those who weren’t able to be in the hall could also hear him. Andy Wilding of FMR loved the concert read here.

Latest Concerto

It is still on the printing presses but we thought you might like a preview!

Masidale learners give Artscape concert

June 1 at 1 pm is when you should be at Artscape to be inspired by learners from Mamre, Langa and Nyanga, all students in the CPO’s Masidlale project. Eleven youngsters with Ash-Lee Louwskieter as MC will show their gifts in works from Pata Pata to Pachelbel. 

Congratulations to...

Brandon and Letecia Phillips on the birth of Skyler Joan….We wish them much joy in the years to come.
And to
PR and communications Luvuyo Kakaza and his partner Belinda Mda on the birth of Kwezi.  We wish them lots of happiness with their daughter, sister to Khanyiso Kakaza (15) and Yang Mda (7). 

Pascale Plougmann

Talent comes in small packages, and multi-talented packages at that! CPYO violinist Pascale Plougmann is also a singer and won an audition to sing in My Fair Lady which will be staged by the Gilbert and Sullivan Society with the Cape Town Philharmonic in July and August. Pascale, who turns 15 this week joined the CPYO in January , is in Grade 8 at Springfield Convent School where she was awarded the St Cecilia Scholarship for music. She was a student at the Sun Valley music Academy where she won the Paganini Music Trophy. Read more.
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