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In this issue:

FMR Broadcasts

RSG Broadcasts

Shaheema plays a new violin

Youth celebration at Artscape

RMB Starlight Classics
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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The Len van Zyl Competition this weekend

Tomorrow, eight young conductors – Chad Hendricks, Reghardt Kühn, André Oosthuizen, Grant Snyman, Russell Guy Scott, Charl van der Merwe, Schalk van der Merwe and Jaco van Staden – will write an exam on the theoretical side of conducting before having a group master class with Victor Yampolsky.  Friday sees the adjudication by maestri Yampolsky, Bernhard Gueller, Richard Cock and Brandon Phillips. Three of the eight will then go forward to perform with the CPO on Sunday night at the City Hall at 8pm in the final round of the 3rd Len van Zyl Conductor’s Competition. This is your chance to see a South African maestro of the future! Read what the Cape Times said here.

Live FMR Broadcasts

Last week’s live broadcast by FMR, thanks to RSG’s recording facilities,  brought so many accolades to Rodney Trudgeon for his professionalism.  The broadcast this week is even more anticipated, since there is not a seat in the house to be had for Olga Kern, the CPO and Bernhard Gueller. You can of course hear them in the morning at the dress rehearsal at 10:00.
      Please note that both concert and broadcast may start late because of the State of the Nation address and the road closures. Please allow ample time to get to the City Hall because you may have to park further away than your normally do. Here’s the latest update on road closures from the City of Cape Town.

This is broadcaster Rodney Trudgeon at work with RSG’s Alfred Claassen

RSG Broadcasts

Relive the excitement of previous concerts recorded by RSG.
  • March 2 at 21:10 for Antonio Pompa Baldi’s Brahms Piano Concerto no. 2 from the FOM Gala on November 19
  • March 6 at 21:10 for the Haydn Symphony no 83 and Fountains and Pines of Rome from the concert on November 5
  • March 19 at 21:00 Beethoven’s 7th Symphony from the concert of November 12
All concerts are conducted by Bernhard Gueller.

Shaheema plays a new violin

Shaheema Lakay,who plays at the first desk of the CPYO, was presented with a violin donated by Lila Komnick.
      Here’s Shaheema at last week’s rousing CPYO and CPYWE concerts at Artscape
       Ms Komnick was taught to play the very same violin by Michael Doré, a byword some decades ago and the father of violist Tamara Rennie and grandfather to her very talented children.
Ms Komnick presented the violin to CPO youth development manager Laurika Steenkamp (right)

Youth celebration at Artscape

This was a concert to remember … The Cape Town Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and the Cape Town Philharmonic Youth Wind Ensemble with soloist Pearl Seul Yung (cello), Andrea Esau on cor anglais in the New World Symphony by Dvorak, Loki Rothman and his amazing guitar, Dehanré Kiewiets and Marlon Lee Smith and a choir from Elsie River and music as diverse as Fanfare for a Common Man, Star Wars and Uptown Funk. The concert showed just how far our young musicians have come under their conductors Brandon Phillips and Faan Malan.

RMB Starlight Classics

Hugh Masekela makes his debut performance at Starlight Classics under the stars at the Vergelegen Wine Estate in Somerset West. He  will share the stage with internationally acclaimed South African born soprano, Pretty Yende.  On the podium: the one and only Richard Cock, taking the Cape Town Philharmonic on a musical journey of unique AfroSymphonic sounds performed by a star-studded line-up of artists and musicians.
       Also the on stage will be the vibrant Mzansi Youth Choir - regarded as one of the best performance choirs in the country. They will be accompanied by talented individuals, among them baritone Monde Msutwana, tenor Stefan Louw, jazz singer Melanie Scholtz and alto Sarah Theron.
      Tickets are R240 for the concerts on March 11 and 12 at 19:30. Gates open at 16:00 and tickets are available at Computicket.
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