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In this issue:

A Century of

Upward and

Wendy Ackerman

SICMF bursary

Xavier Cloete

Miagi at Spier

Pianists back
in recital

How's this for fun!
Upcoming Concerts:
Autumn symphony season 1
Cape Town City Hall, April 2, 20:00
Conductor: Dmitry Yablonsky; Soloist: Oxana Yablonskaya, piano; Borodin, Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky.
Rise Cocktail curtain-raiser 19:00.
Autumn symphony season 2
Cape Town City Hall, April 9, 18:00
Conductor: Dmitry Yablonsky; Soloists: Oxana Yablonskaya, piano; Dmitry Yablonsky cello; Janna Gandelman, violin.
Autumn symphony season 3
Cape Town City Hall, April 16, 20:00
Conductor: Dmitry Yablonsky; Soloist: Janna Gandelman, violin; Mozart, Beethoven
Rise Cocktail curtain-raiser 19:00. CPYO Curtain-raiser. Conductor: Brandon Phillips

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Wendy Ackerman on People of Note

Wendy Ackerman, CPO board member, was interviewed by Rodney Trudgeon for his People of Note programme on FMR. It will be broadcast on Sunday at 18:00 and again on Thursday week at 13:00.  Mrs Ackerman speaks glowingly of the orchestra, he says.  She is the driver of Duet, the new combined trust established to secure the future of the CPO and Cape Town Opera.

Xavier Cloete conducts CPO

Xavier Cloete, winner of the second Len van Zyl Conductor’s Competition, conducted the schools concerts this week across the Peninsula. The closing date of the competition, which is open to South African conductors not older than 33 on January 1, 2016, is March 15. Download the PDF here.

     Seen above is percussionist Eugene Triomfczyk  â€œplaying” the typewriter with young Durbanville Preparatory School learners.

How's this for fun!

View video here.
Download Concerto or pick it up at a CPO concert.

Congratulations to Brandon Phillips

We would like to congratulate Brandon Phillips and Latecia Hendricks who will be married at the New Apostolic Church in Silvertown on Saturday, March 21, at 11.30.  Some of our young musicians will be there to play for them, conducted by Brandon’s brother, Gavin.

A Century of Symphony

The reviews are beginning to come in on the orchestra’s 100 year-old history.  Vivien Horler’s full page review in the Cape Argus noted that it is
  • brightly written and full of anecdote …. Highly recommended
Peter Soal on FMR said it is
  • a coffee table book of exceptional quality with a wide selection of photographs.   The compilers are to be congratulated on their initiative in producing this very fine edition. 
Copies are available from the orchestra office at 021 410 9809 at R400, from Peter Kramer’s Dynamite Music at concerts at the City Hall and Artscape, and from Sjoerd Alkema on 021 981 5551.
      A Century of Symphony: The Story of Cape Town’s Orchestra, compiled and edited by Louis Heyneman and Shirley de Kock Gueller (Jonathan Ball).

Upward and onward

The feel-good atmosphere that infects us when we see how our young musicians are flourishing is catching!
      CPYO trumpeter Gregory Pieterson and CPYO timpanist and percussionist Ilan Brooks played as extra musicians with the CPO in the Duet concert at Artscape and then this past weekend in the Vergelegen Starlight concerts under the direction of Richard Cock.  Then, Madre Loubser, who is CPYO orchestra manager, has been appointed manager and administrator of the University of Stellenbosch symphony orchestra and brass ensemble. Trombonist Jesse Williams who is in the CPYO, CPYWE and teaches at the music academy, is now a teacher at Muizenberg School.
        One of the very young who, we are sure, will be going places, is 9-year-old Deloches Witbooi who is assembling a clarinet, one of several donated by Make an Immediate Difference (MAID), thanks to new Music Academy winds teacher Kim Malan. Tuba player Craig Williams joins Noluvuyo Nteta studying at Stellenbosch University, thanks to a bursary from FOM.

CPO to play in SICMF bursary competition final round

The Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival has invited the CPO to accompany the winners in the final round of a new bursary competition which will be run during the festival from July 3 – 12.
      With a first prize of R200 000, it is the largest single bursary awarded by a South African classical music competition and will enable the winner to further music studies abroad at a recognised institution.
      A second prize of R60 000 can be used for music studies at Stellenbosch University or an overseas institution while four prizes of R10 000 will be awarded for the best rendition of a South African work, the best recital, the best rendition of a major chamber music work, and the best concerto performance.
Israeli conductor and SICMF faculty member Daniel Boico will conduct the CPO in the final round.
      Says festival director Peter Martens: “That the CPO is enthusiastically endorsing this competition and including us into their busy schedule is a real coup for us.”

Miagi at Spier

The Miagi New Skool Orchestra will perform at Woordfees on March 6 at the Endler Hall in Stellenbosch at 17.30 and at Spier on the March 7 at 16:00 (by invitation but contact joylenec@spier.co.za to see if there is still space).  This was the orchestra that Brandon Phillips conducted in Berlin, Amsterdam and Schleswig Holstein last year, when he and Tshepo Tsotetsi got amazing reviews.

Two CPO popular pianists back in recital!

Lukáš Vondráček and Spencer Myer have dazzled CPO audiences often and both are back – in recital, on the same weekend, for a bumper feast of good music.   Saturday, March 14, sees Lukáš at the Baxter with the Cape Town Concert Series at 8 pm, in a concert presented by the Cape Town Concert Series Kramer Jubilee Trust; Spencer is presented by the Hugo Lambrechts Music Centre Trust in collaboration with the Cape Town Concert Series on Sunday,  March 15,  at 4 pm, at the Hugo Lambrechts Music Centre in Parow.  Lukáš will play Mozart, Dohnanyi, Suk and  Schumann.  Tickets for this fundraiser are R 180/ R160 from Computicket; students and scholars R100 at the door. info@ctconcerts.co.za.  Spencer, on a countrywide tour, will play Scarlatti, Schumann, Ravel, Barber and Bolcom.  Tickets are R150/ R130; students and scholars R50 at the door if available. Advance booking from www.webtickets.com.  You will get a discount if you buy tickets for both! Contact Louise Howlett info@ctconcerts.co.za
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