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6 January Viennese New Year
18-20 January Symphonic Shakespeare
1 February 12th ISMF: Masleev
8 February 12th ISMF: Rubakyte
15  February 12th ISMF: Brabetz
18 February 12th ISMF: Röhn

Seasonal Gifts

At a loss for gift ideas?  Tickets to the CPO’s Viennese New Year, Symphonic Shakespeare or all or any of the 12th International Summer Music Festival concerts!  Plus the Community cross-over concert in February – details will follow shortly.

Symphonic Shakespeare at Maynardville

If music be the food of love, play on … so the CPO is playing on at the local home of Shakespeare in the Maynardville Open-Air Festival in Wynberg.  Symphonic Shakespeare takes place on January 18, 19, and 20 at 20:15 and will feature some of the most popular music set to the bard’s popular plays. Read more here.

Youth concert a hit!

A full house added that frisson to an already electric concert when the musicians from the CPO’s Music Academy, Masidlale grassroots training projects, CPY Wind Ensemble and CP Youth Orchestra stepped out in style at the Hugo Lambrechts Music Centre to celebrate the end of a good year!  

Diarize this date:  the CPYO will be performing at Oude Libertas on February 24.

Len van Zyl Conductors' Competition

The closing date, January 15,  is approaching for the 4th Len van Zyl Conductors’ Competition, South Africa’s only competition for young conductors.   Dates of the competition are June 15 - 17, 2018, and the final rounds and concert will be from February 8 -10, 2019, with the final concert forming part of the CPO’s 13th International Summer Music Festival. Read more here.

Masidlale learners on the move

Five young musicians from the Masidlale grassroots training projects have made such progress that they have been accepted to take lessons at the CPO’s Music Academy.  Here (from left) Asandile Madyo, Nthabiseng Liwani, Sinazo Eleni and Esihle Mboniso seen with Masidlale manager Odile Burden (centre). Delete They are.


In case you missed picking up your copy of Concerto at the last two concerts, you can download it, or pop in at the orchestra office or Dial-A-Seat and collect your own copy. 

Izak Grové programme notes

So many positive responses have come to our attention that we have decided to continue having musicologist Izak Grové write notes to augment the concert programme notes so well done by Rodney Trudgeon. We will send a reminder at the start of the new season to those whose emails are on record for having bought tickets to the first concert. If you would like your email to be recorded, please let Dial-A-Seat have it. Several are incorrect so it would be good for you to check your emails with them.

Season's Greetings

The Board, management and musicians of the CPO would like to wish all its supporters a wonderful holiday season,  a happy and safe New Year and health and prosperity. To those who celebrate, Merry Christmas!

CPO's Viennese New Year in new venue

The Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra welcomes in the New Year with its traditional Viennese New Year’s concerts…. in a new venue (because the City Hall is undergoing renovations). The seasonal hit concerts will take place in the brand new Cape Town Convention Centre ll on Saturday, January 6, at 15:00 and 19:00 in hall 10 on the 2nd floor. Read more here.

12th International Summer Music Festival

The highly respected German symphonic and opera conductor Jochen Rieder, who so impressed when he conducted La Cenerentola with the UCT opera school,  makes his debut with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra in February.  The concerts take place in Artscape Opera while the City Hall is undergoing renovation.  New subscriptions and single seats are on sale. The season features the Tchaikovsky Gold Medallist Dmitry Masleev as well as pianist Musa Rubakyte, and violinists Christina Brabetz and Daniel Röhn. Download the concert card here. Concerts are on Thursdays February 1, 8 and 15 and Sunday, February 18.

Rugby video

The CPO was asked to be part of a SA Rugby Board Sevens ad … see it here!

Frank Spears' artwork on new concert card

Beethoven Sonata, a work by Frank Spears, the British born South African artist,  is on the new concert card for the Autumn season, and will be on the cover of the autumn programmes. Read more here.

Thanks from the Breakfast Club

We were delighted to host more young children to a rehearsal in the last season and here’s what they thought:
       On behalf of The Breakfast Club I do not know how to thank you enough for your generosity in allowing our 36 little helpers and our adult volunteers the privilege of coming to the rehearsal today. The soloist was magnificent, as were the musicians  and conductor. (Trumpeter) Pierre Schuster was so kind in showing us around and giving us a tutorial on the orchestra and taking us to the back of the stage so we could learn about the various instruments. The kids were beaming from ear to ear.  
Patsy Baigram / Good Start

Curtain falls on City Hall until July 2018

This iconic grand old dame is in the midst of a major makeover and will not be available from December 2017 until July 2018.
       The City of Cape Town is in the process of a major upgrade to the iconic grand dame  … the City Hall … and surrounding area to increase its attraction as an events venue. The revamp of the facility started a few months ago and repainting of the main entrance hall, refurbishment of the slate roof, and repairs to the organ have already been completed. The City Hall will not be available until July 2018, and plans for the CPO’s winter season in August are on track for a return!
      The revamp of the auditorium will more here.

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