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In this issue:

Subscription renewals open 16 November

FOM Gala

See our youth in action on SABC 2

Bayreuth and CPO star, Michelle Breedt

Piano gift for promising student

CPO to conquer the Overberg

Grootbos concert for CPO

Baby for Paula Gabriel

Musical Trivia
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). Bruch, Dvořák; Bloch; 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.
Holiday Pops in the Overberg
Gansbaai Primary School, Blompark, December 16 15:00. Conductor: Brandon Phillips. Soloists: Heavenly Quartez.
Holiday Pops at Green Point
Green Point Track, December 27 19:30. Conductor: Richard Cock. Soloists: Emo Adams, Sarah Theron, Elvis Blue, Janelle Visagie.
New Year's Eve at Nederburg
Nederburg, December 31 21:30. Conductor: Brandon Phillips. MC: Katlego Maboe. Soloists: Elvis Blue, Sarah Theron, BlackByrd, Lloyd Cele.
Viennese New Year
Cape Town City Hall, January 17 15:00 and 19:00. Conductor: Richard Cock. With Cape Town City Ballet dancers and opera singers.
Donohoe plays Tchaikovsky
Cape Town City Hall, February 4 20:00. Conductor: Bernhard Gueller. Soloist: Peter Donohoe (piano). Berlioz, Tchaikovsky, Dvořák
Symphony of Ghazal
Artscape Opera House, February 6 20:30. Conductor: Brandon Phillips. Soloist: Deepak Pandit (violin)
The music of Jagjit Singh.
CPYO Showcase
Artscape Theatre, February 7 15:00. Conductors: Brandon Phillips and Faan Malan
Kern meets Tchaikovsky
Cape Town City Hall, February 11 20:00. Conductor: Bernhard Gueller. Soloist: Olga Kern (piano). Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Berlioz.
Len van Zyl Conductors’ Competition
Cape Town City Hall, February 14 20:00. Final Round.
Bruch and Brahms
Cape Town City Hall, February 18 20:00. Conductor: Victor Yampolsky. Soloist: Jack Liebeck (violin). Strauss, Bruch, Brahms.
Beethoven Piano Cycle No 1
Cape Town City Hall, February 24 20:00. Conductor: Victor Yampolsky. Soloist: François du Toit (piano).
Beethoven Piano Cycle No 2
Cape Town City Hall, February 25 20:00. Conductor: Victor Yampolsky. Soloist: François du Toit (piano).
Jewish Community: 175 Years
Cape Town City Hall, March 3 20:00. Conductor: Omri Hadari. Soloist: Aviram Reichert, (piano). Bernstein, Gershwin, Rachmaninov.

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Kliegel back with CPO

Not at all put out by the strikes by Lufthansa crew which had her scrambling to catch a train from Cologne to Munich to board her flight to Cape Town, Maria Kliegel arrived on Sunday and shortly afterwards went into rehearsal. This was with Albie van Schalkwyk for her recital for the Cape Town Concert Series on Saturday, her birthday, November 14, at 8pm. Before that of course, this brilliant cellist will perform two works dear to her heart – the Bruch Kol Nidrei and the Bloch Hebraic Rhapsody, Schelemo. That’s at the City Hall on Thursday (November 12) at 8pm. On the programme also are the Noon Witch by Dvořák and the Seventh Symphony by Beethoven.  Bernhard Gueller will be on the podium. Read here what the Cape Times wrote about Ms Kliegel.
      Read here for Deon Irish’s review of the Haydn/Respighi/Shostakovich and here for Andy Wilding’s review of the same concert.
      Deon Irish’s review of the previous week, the all-Sibelius concert, is here.

Subscription renewals open November 16

The 10th International Summer Music Festival is a feast – as a 10th anniversary should be.  Conductors Bernhard Gueller, Victor Yampolsky and Omri Hadari all return to the podium. It has been several years since Hadari was here, and he is coming back to conduct a special concert to mark 175 years of the Jewish community in Cape Town.  With him will be pianist Aviram Reichert, who will play Gershwin. Other soloists in this remarkable season will be pianists Peter Donohoe, Olga Kern and François du Toit, who marks his own milestone of the age of 50 by playing the complete cycle of Beethoven piano concerti and violinist Jack Liebeck. Download the concert card here. Renewals are from Monday until November 28; new subscriptions and single tickets open on December 4. To make the package even more attractive, the CPO is offering the first Beethoven concert free; pay for five and get six concerts plus the normal 20 per cent discount (an extra 10 for members of FOM).

FOM Gala

This year’s gala will again be a high point on the social calendar – Antonio Pompa-Baldi plays the Brahms Second Piano Concerto; the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra with Bernhard Gueller perform the Third Brahms Symphony. Members of FOM are invited to the after-concert party, so if you are not a Friend join at www.fomct.com.  Members also get a 10 per cent discount on the price of R500. There are also platform seats for R200. 

See our youth in action on SABC 2

The CPYO, CPYWE and several members of the Masidlale training project were interviewed for a television show --- watch Hectic 9 on December 4 at 16h00 on SABC 2.
      Says youth development manager Laurika Steenkamp: “CPYO was asked to perform and talk about team-work. As the recording was in the middle of school/university exams, we made up our own "team" of Masidlale, CPYO and CPYWE members. While they had fun, the really funny part was Ash-Lee Louwskieter trying to teach the presenters about conducting!  A big thank you to Siyathemba Nteta, Anele Mhlahlo, Shaheema Lakay, Tembisa Ntshongontshi, Sandisiwe Cornelia Mnyute, Carlyle Botha, Busiswa Mamani, Gregory Pietersen, Ash-Lee Louwskieter and Fabian Kriel.”

From the left Ash-Lee Louwskieter, Gregory Pietersen,  Fabian Kriel  and Siyathemba Nteta 

Bayreuth and CPO star new Wagner Society patron

Michelle Breedt, one of Bayreuth’s favourite mezzo-sopranos and the star of the CPO’s Wagner/Verdi celebration a couple of years ago, has accepted the invitation of the Richard Wagner Society of South Africa to be its Honorary Patron. She steps into a role once held by the late Wolfgang Wagner, grandson of the composer.
      In accepting the offer, Ms Breedt said how much she looks forward to working with the board and the society, which aims to enhance performance opportunities and help young South African musicians, singers included, on their chosen career paths.

Piano gift for promising student


The piano owned by the husband of legendary Springbok athlete Anne McKenzie has been donated to the CPYO to find it a worthy home. The home chosen is that of Eerste Rivier’s Jeacheno Pietersen, the brother of CPYO trumpeter Gregory Pietersen.  Jeacheno is a budding talent one upon whom the eyes of the CPO are focused!  He plays organ, piano and trumpet and is already in the CPY junior wind ensemble.

Ken McKenzie, Anne's son, explains that the “piano was a gift to my father from my mother in 1966. She scrimped and saved to save up to replace his old beetle-ridden one. My father taught himself to play at age 19 by making up a “keyboard” from cardboard and taping it to his desk. Whenever he came across a real piano he would then practice for real. He ended up playing several instruments and used to make his own pan flutes, and take them up Newlands Ravine and sit there playing and tuning them. When he met my mother in 1948 the first song he played for her was ‘Peg of my Heart’. Before going into hospital in 1997 where he died, my father played the piano for her as he did most evenings. The sheet music that he left standing upright on the music holder stayed there for the next 17 years. It was ‘The Song is Ended (but the melody lingers on)’” by Irving Berlin.
      The pictures are of the McKenzie family and Jeacheno and his mother.

CPO to conquer the Overberg on Reconciliation Day! 

The Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra (CPO) will perform for the  first time in the Overberg! 
      On December 16 at 15:00, in a concert made possible by a grant by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF), the CPO will  perform a rural heritage concert at the Gansbaai Primary School Blompark, Gansbaai, conducted by its resident conductor Brandon Phillips.  Included amongst the musicians will be 10 talented young musicians who play each week in the Cape Town Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. 
      The guest artists will be Heavenly Quartez, a passionate and talented group of four singers from Khayelitsha, whose heavenly harmonies in works influenced by gospel, jazz, opera and traditional South African music, will enthral with works such as Bohemian Rhapsody and The Prayer. Joining them in African Medley and La vergine degli angeli will be Nolufefe Mzondi.
      The CPO will also play a selection of popular works which are designed to entertain an audience which, in many cases, will be new to a concert featuring a full symphony orchestra.  
      Entrance to the concert is free. 

Grootbos Forest Lodge concert for CPO

The Grootbos Private Nature Reserve and the CPO will also present the Grootbos Orchestra Extravaganza in a  fynbos paradise on the eve of 16 December in the majestic Forest Lodge.  Brandon Phillips will be on the podium.  The tickets include a taste of the region’s food and wine.  To book contact karin@grootbosfoundation.org

Congratulations...we have a new baby!

The board, management and musicians would like to congratulate principal viola Paula Gabriel and her husband Alex on the birth of their daughter on Tues. We wish you much happiness!

Musical Trivia

FMR’s Sheila Chisholm sent this link to us … for enterprising cellists!
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