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Upcoming Concerts

24 October Duet Gala
2 November FOM gala with Gueller/Bailey
9 November Sophie's Chopin
10,11,12 November Zip Zap Circus - Journey
16 November Valentina's Rhapsody
19 November Mendelssohn Elijah, Stellenbosch
23 November
Glazunov’s Violin Concerto
24 November Glazunov at Oude Libertas
30 November Beethoven and Brahms
1 December Huberte Rupert Memorial Concert
2 December
CPO youth orchestras gala
Summer season - General booking opens October 12

It’s great to see that so many have renewed their subscriptions for the summer season.  The rest have until October 5 to do so at Artscape Dial-A-Seat.  New subscriptions and single seats open on October 12 at Dial-A-Seat and at Computicket. A reminder of the concerts:
  • November 9  Cape Town City Hall 8 pm
    Conductor  Martin Panteleev
    Soloist Sophie Pacini (piano)
    Smetana Overture, The Bartered Bride

    Chopin Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor
    Brahms Symphony No. 1 in C minor
  • November 16 Cape Town City Hall 8 pm
    Conductor Martin Panteleev
    Soloist Valentina Lisitsa (piano)
    Tchaikovsky Marche Sollonnelle, “Coronation Marche”       
    Rachmaninov Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
    Shostakovich Symphony No. 10 in E minor
  • November 23 Cape Town City Hall 8 pm
    November 24 at Oude Libertas
    Conductor  Martin Panteleev
    Soloist Erzhan Kulibaev (violin)
    Glazunov Violin Concerto in A minor
    Chausson “Poéme”
    Tchaikovsky Symphony, No. 1 in G minor,  “Winter Dreams”
  • November 30 Cape Town City Hall 8 pm
    Conductor Brandon Phillips
    Soloist  David Aladashvili (piano)
    Kristi Boonzaaier ‘n Aand op Simonsberg    
    Beethoven Piano Concerto No 3 in C minor
    Brahms Symphony No. 3 in F
  • November 2 Cape Town City Hall 8 pm
    Conductor Bernhard Gueller
    Soloist Zuill Bailey (cello)
    Donna DianaReznicek  Overture,
    Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto, No. 1 in  A minor
    Massenet Meditation (for cello) from Thaïs
    Sibelius Symphony No. 2 in D
    Buy tickets here
  • FOM Soiree – October 8 Table Bay Hotel 6 pm
    Read the story on Christopher Duigan here

    Tickets from Artscape Dial-A-Seat 021 421 7695.
  • DUET GALA - October 24 Artscape Opera 7.30 pm
    The CPO with Levy Sekgapane and Friends and what friends they are … an array of Cape Town’s glittering opera stars. Read the story on Mandla Ndebele here
    Buy tickets here
  • November 19 Endler Hall, Stellenbosch 4 pm
    Conductor Johann de Villiers
    Soloists Magdalene Minnaar (soprano), Minette du Toit-Pearce (mezzo-soprano), Given Nkosi (tenor),  Conroy Scott (baritone)
    Read the story on Johan de Villiers, who is conducting Mendelssohn Elijah at the Ender Hall here
    Buy tickets here
National Music Competition

The 33rd National Youth Music Competition gets underway from October 10 to 14 at the Hugo Lambrechts Music Centre in Parow.  Twenty one young classical musicians, aged 14 – 19, have been selected to play for prizes in four categories -- piano, strings, wind and other (percussion, harp, marimba, etc.), competing for cash prizes, medals and concerts.  Nicholas Bruiners (19, violin) and Lawson Ethan (16, cello) are two CPYO players (students of Annamarie Gelderblom and Hugo Lambrechts with Rina Schutte, respectively). The finalists will perform in a concert with the CPO on 17 October at 19:00. Brandon Phillips will be on the podium.
     The National Youth Music Competition is presented by the NYMF in association with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra and Fine Music Radio. It caters for classical musicians who are too young to qualify for the UNISA International Music and the ATKV Muziq competitions; or too old for the SAMRO Hubert van der Spuy National Music Competition.
      Winners include Pieter Schoeman (leader of the London Philharmonic Orchestra), Jeffrey Armstrong (former leader of the Cape Town Philharmonic Youth Orchestra), Sakhile Humbane, (studying at the SA College of Music, UCT), Eben Wagenstroom (studying in Cincinnati, USA), as well as Myles Roberts (currently studying in Milan, Italy, who will perform as a guest artist at this year’s Finalists’ concert.
      The adjudicators include Farida Bacharova (strings), François du Toit (piano), John Hinch (wind), Melane Hofmeyr-Burger (wind), Michael Maas (chairman), Kutlwane Masote (strings), Pauline Nossel (piano) and Vaughan Petersen (Principal, Frank Music Centre, Paarl). There is also a shadow jury, sponsored by UNISA and being guided to form the adjudication panels of the future,  who will choose the most promising semi-finalist who make the finals.
      More information here Tickets here.


Happy birthday, Ton

The CPO’s board, management and musicians would like to congratulate Ton Vosloo on his 80th birthday. May you be blessed with many more years of good health and, selfishly, commitment to the CPO where you have been chairman, patron and now head up the Endowment Trust.  Happy Birthday, Ton.
Collaborations and partnerships

Community collaborations underscore the value of an orchestra in its environment. The CPO was delighted to partner with the Jewish Archive project in presenting a piece by Wilhelm Grosz in the last concert of the spring season. At the reception afterwards were (left to right):

Dr Lisa Peschel, lecturer in the Dept of Theatre, Film and Television at the University of York in England; Dr Joseph Toltz,  research fellow at the University of Sydney, Australia, who joined Rodney Trudgeon in the pre-concert talk; Dr Stephen Muir, associate professor in music at the University of Leeds and principal investigator of the Performing the Jewish Archive project;  CPO CEO Louis Heyneman, Emma Dolby, undergraduate research scholar for Performing the Jewish Archive at the University of Leeds, Peter Martens, the South African link, and Dr Simo Muir, postgraduate research fellow for Performing the Jewish Archive at the University of Leeds.
CP Music Academy

The 102 musicians in the Cape Town Philharmonic Music Academy gave a concert at the Rhodes High School earlier this month.  For some of the learners, it was a first performance and the spirit, enthusiasm and excitement was tangible in this very well attended concert. Says the CP’s youth education and development co-ordinator Marvin Weavers, “we are delighted with the progress of our students and  the commitment of the teachers. We also welcome a new teacher, Lee-Anne April, who has just completed her Masters’ degree in viola performance at Birmingham University. Lee-Anne was a member of the youth orchestra and has come home to her ‘family’.”
      All the youth education and development teachers are also participating in a workshop hosted by UNISA. This will focus on the Unisa music examinations, and on creative teaching approaches to Theory of Music and Practical Musicianship.  It takes place on September 30.
      On October 9, the CPYO under the direction of Brandon Phillips are participating in the Desmond Tutu Peace lecture at Artscape.

Diarize these youth music dates now:

On October 22 at 4 pm in Gugu ‘Sthebe in Langa 7 brass players and 8 violinists, students active in our  Masidlale  project, will play a curtain-raiser  to jazz singer Nomfundo Xaluva at Jazz in the Native Yards, a a traveling live jazz gig that promotes live jazz listenership in the townships of the Western Cape. JINY is organized by our own Luvuyo Kakaza and Koko Nkalashe, and this concert will feature  Nomfundo’s quartet. The jazz singer and pianist is a UCT graduate and has performed with Sibongile Khumalo.  

On December 2 at 7 pm at the Hugo Lambrechts Music Centre, all facets of the CPO Youth Education and Development programme will participate in this gala showcase.  This promises to be the most fun event of the year. Tickets from Computicket and Artscape Dial-A-Seat 021 421 7695.

Summer Festival Season

We can now confirm that concerts will be held at Artscape Opera on February 1, 8, 15, 18 and perhaps 25.  We will have more details on the programmes in the next newsletter and a concert card will be produced for download or for picking up at various outlets as soon as possible.   Details on booking will also be made and current subscribers will have first chance to choose their seats in the Opera House for this series at the very least. There will also be a concert at the National Botanical Gardens at Kirstensbosch with Brandon Phillips on the podium on February 11.

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