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Upcoming concerts:
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).
 


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Audience Research Project - We need your help

The CPO is part of a Cape Town City Council audience research project to help us  understand more about our audiences and who they could be, to provide insight, tools and research that can support audience development, marketing and communications, business planning, fundraising, evaluation, collaboration, advocacy, feasibility and provision-planning.
      So, we need your help and ask that you participate in a short survey which closes on June 17 We thank you!
      Please click here for the survey.
Masidlale concert on TV



If you missed the enchanting concert presented by learners from Masidlale in the Artscape lunch hour series, you have the chance to catch up. The concert will be screened today at 4 pm on DSTV channel 263.
Little Maestro classical concerts

Cellists Dorette Roos and Babette Roosenschoon are involved in the delightful Biblioteek series of  concerts for little ones.  The next one is in Stellenbosch. 
www.littlemaestros.org

Johan Botha... Bookings now open

 
We apologize for the delay in opening bookings for the Johan Botha gala concert on August 13.  Here's what Botha’s local agent, Charl van Heyningen, wrote about the delay on Facebook:
      "Many of you probably know by now that the greatest tenor this country has ever produced, Kammersänger Johan Botha, was diagnosed with cancer and there has been major uncertainty about his health for many months. I am delighted to report that, after extensive treatment, Johan is now completely cancer free. He will tour SA in August. Looking so much forward to promote this humble mensch with the golden voice and a heart of gold. Johan, jou mense wag vir jou.”
      We are delighted that he has recovered his health and cannot wait for the concert. Part of the proceeds will go to cancer research.  We will announce the programme soon. Botha will be joined on  stage by Bernhard Gueller, the CPO, and singers Goitsemang  Lehobye, Bongani Nakani and Thato Machona.  Tickets are available at Computicket now.
       Here’s why Botha is pleased to sing with the CPO: "I like to share my talent with my fellow South African singers and I love Cape Town and the rest of my country tremendously."

Winter Season begins on June 16


The new symphony season opens with Overture by Cape Town composer Shaun Crawford (thanks to SAMRO and ConcertsSA), the Dvořák  Cello Concerto with Peter Martens as soloist, and the 5th Symphony by Tchaikovsky. On the podium will be Bernhard Gueller, the subject of a Cape Times interview here.
      Don’t miss out on your weekly fix.  The next two concerts are conducted by Martin Panteleev; followed by the final round of the 35th International Belvedere Singing Competition. Read the Cape Times interview here with Rachel Lee Priday who is the soloist in the concert on June 30 and who performs for the Cape Town Concert Series this Saturday at 3pm at the Baxter Concert Hall.

Chad Hendricks is back


After three months of studying as an intern with the Philadelphia Orchestra and two months with Victor Yampolsky in Chicago, Chad Hendricks, the winner of the 3rd Len van Zyl Conductors’ Competition is back … and here’s how he viewed his trip:
       "My journey  in the US has come to an end, for now, I feel so much gratitude for the experience and the opportunity for growth.  A special thank you to maestro Victor Yampolsky, for not only being an amazing teacher, but also a true mentor and friend. Thank you to Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, Louis Heyneman and the team for the amazing support. Thank you to the esteemed competition panel for believing in me and seeing the potential and to Len van Zyl for having the unique foresight and vision to create this amazing opportunity for young aspiring conductors, as well as for being so generous. This has been a life-changing experience and it would never have happened without your vision and kindness." 
      We’ll catch up with Chad in a future newsletter.

England’s record batsman: ‘Playing in an orchestra taught me to concentrate'

The England cricket captain Alistair Cook scored his 10,000th Test run last month,  the first Englishman to do so and faster than anyone in history,  according to Slipped Disc.
      As a boy he sang in the St Paul’s Cathedral choir and played in the school orchestra.  Here’s what he said about his musical background: 
      ‘The musical training taught me to focus my mind, before playing in an orchestra taught me how to truly concentrate. If you miss your moment in an orchestra, there is no forgiving.’

Congratulations to Lukas Vondráček


The orchestra in Cape Town has over the years spotted many young musicians on their way up and it is delighted to say that the latest winner of the Queen Elisabeth of the Belgians International Piano Competition is one of them. Congratulations to Lukas Vondráček
      A regular visiting soloist of the CPO, he won the competition with his performance of Rachmaninov 3. No wonder, this is a tour de force! Pure gold - so well-deserved Lukas! Watch his performance here.

Bravo Brandon for Coppelia


Coppelia, the Cape Town City Ballet production which was conducted by Brandon Phillips was headlined in Die Burger: Dirigent 'n groot aanwins vir danswêreld (Conductor a great asset for the dance world).   
      The review was written by Eduard Greyling and as a former leading ballet dancer he should know. He said: "So much depends on how the music is understood and interpreted by the dancer and conductor together…Phillips tackled Delibes’ music with ingenuity and is a great asset to the dance world. “ For Brandon, this was his first full-length ballet for Cape Town City Ballet and he handled it expertly.

New intern for CPO


Oboist Andrea Esau, 22, has just joined the CPO administration as an intern for the next year. She has a B Mus and is principal oboe of the Cape Town Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, occasionally playing in the CPO as well. 
      Andrea is happy to be part of the CPO administration, and says that as a musician, she is grateful for what the development programme has provided her – the  opportunity to  grow as a musician, and give her the confidence she feels she had lost. 
      She passed the audition to play ad hoc with the CPO so successfully that she has played in several concerts as well as in the run of the opera Salomé.
      “As much as I have always loved playing the oboe,” she says,”I have found that arts management is interesting – organizing events and orchestra administration and I am grateful for the opportunity to work in the office and learn as much as I can about arts management, outreach and development and marketing and public relations.” 
      Andrea’s position is supported by the Extended Public Works programme of the Department of Culture and Sport and, as part of the internship, the CPO is making it possible for her to complete her Master’s in performance and dissertation.  She is studying with principal oboist, Sergei Burdukov. 
      The CPO said goodbye to intern Matthew Andrews, who was an intern for three years. Matthew was trained in events management and has been offered a contract at the V&A.  We wish him luck in his future career and know we will remain in touch. He was also a clarinettist  in the CPY Wind Ensemble.

Schools' concerts


The CPO is busy with school and community concerts this month – from  June 2 the musicians have been giving concerts at Parklands School for learners and  people from the community in Table View, Woodbridge Primary in Milnerton, the Glendale Home for Intellectually Challenged Adults in Heathfield, the Kusasa Project in Franschhoek (the orchestra and its ensembles played on a soccer field!) and Yellowwood Primary in Mitchells Plain.

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