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National Youth Music Competition
Artscape Theatre 19:30
Conductor Brandon Phillips
Spring Symphony Concert
Cape Town City Hall 20:00
Conductor: Conrad van Alphen; Soloist: Georgi Anichenko, cello: Stefans Grové, Schumann, Rachmaninov. Curtain-raiser: CPYO Verdi
Spring Symphony Concert
Cape Town City Hall 20:00
Conductor: Conrad van Alphen; Soloist: Andrey Pisarev, piano; Liszt, Grieg, Dvořák
Spring Symphony Concert
Cape Town City Hall 20:00
Conductor: Conrad van Alphen; Soloists: Hanneli Rupert, mezzo;  Alexander Gilman, violin; New Apostolic Male Choir; Brahms, Korngold, Williams, Franck
Spring Symphony Concert
Cape Town City Hall 20:00
Conductor: Owain Arwel Hughes; Soloist: Olga Kern, piano; Dukas, Haydn, Stravinsky, Prokofiev
Endler Hall, Stellenbosch
Conductor: Owain Arwel Hughes; Soloist: Sarita Uranovsky, violin; Dukas, Beethoven, Stravinsky
Spring Symphony Concert
Cape Town City Hall 20:00
Conductor: Owain Arwel Hughes; Soloist: François du Toit, piano; Mozart, Adrian More (world première); Shostakovich
FOM Gala Concert
Cape Town City Hall 20:00
Conductor: Martin Panteleev; Soloist: Benjamin Schmid; Mendelssohn, Paganini, Rimsky-Korsakov

Last chance to order a special Centenary Book

With A Century of Symphony about to go on the presses, there’s still time to buy a special copy for R1000 and have your name in each book. Contact francisca@cpo.org.za if you would be like to become part of history!

Opera or cheese?

Have a little fun and see if you know your cheeses from your opera!  Click here to go to Opera or cheese? on Classic FM's website.

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World Design Capital for 2014 is Cape Town!

3rd Len van Zyl Conductors’ Competition Announced

The 3rd Len van Zyl conductors’ competition has been announced – the closing date is March 15, 2015. Master classes and a preliminary round will be held in June 2015 with the semi-finals and finals part of the International Classical Music Festival the following February.  For Brandon Phillips, inaugural winner, and Xavier Cloete, who won the competition in 2013, the competition helped enormously with growth and experience, since the overall prize is a three-month period of internship and study with the Philhadelphia Orchestra and at Northwestern University in Chicago with maestro Victor Yampolsky. The competition is open to all South Africans not older than 33 on January 1, 2016.
Read more … and download the entry form here.

Beatrix du Toit is back!

We would like to welcome back, until the end of the orchestra year in May, clarinetist Beatrix du Toit, who has stepped in as co sub-principal with Oscar Kitten. Beatrix and Oscar will share the principal role vacated by Maria du Toit, who is on one year’s leave.
        Beatrix was with the CPO from 2006 to 2012, leaving to work in the visual arts in Nieu Bethesda and then studying with the principal clarinet of the Israel Philharmonic, Ron Selka, at the University of Tel Aviv for a year. She returned in June. It’s lovely to have you back, Beatrix.

RSG broadcast October 1: Brahms

The next broadcast of RSG’s symphony recordings is on Wednesday, October 1, at 21:10.  This will be the Brahms Symphony no 4, about which Deon Irish wrote in the Cape Times: “I much enjoyed Gueller’s account of the last Brahms Symphony, characterized by lushly measured tempi which gave full opportunity to bloom. This was particularly truly autumnal Brahms, with lovely attention to detail but guided throughout by a an unfaltering sense of the final, magisterial goal."
          Andy Wilding wrote on his FMR blog: "Brahms requires his beloved brass to be the gleam in his sound, and gleam they did, with precision and burnish … The flute solo was a show stealer – heart-flutteringly beautiful, with expert use of the full register. Trombones and horns maintained good control over difficult, low volume terrain. Throughout the evening, I frequently felt I was listening to a top orchestra, and I was reminded of how wonderful it is that our orchestra is able to perform the great works, as we love to hear them."

Richard Behrens 1925-2014

The board, management and musicians would like to offer deep condolences to the family of Richard Behrens, former CEO of the CTSO at the time of the merger with the CAPAB orchestra. A former director of the Conservatoire of Music at Stellenbosch where he was involved for 40 years, he brought knowledge and style to the orchestra. Before joining the orchestra, he was a cultural attaché in Vienna, responsible for the cultural events in Austria, Switzerland, Hungary and the former Czechoslovakia.

CPYO and Masidlale

The Cape Town Philharmonic Youth Orchestra has been invited to play at a private function for the Nobel Peace Laureates coming to Cape Town this month; Masidlale learners will also perform at the V&A Waterfront on October 18 and a few days later the CPYO will be part of a film produced by Sean Penn and starring Charlize Theron, being made in the city.

The Marriage of Figaro

If you need an opera fix, the CPO is performing for Cape Town Opera at The Marriage of Figaro. Performances take place from October 18 – 26 at Artscape Opera.  Jeremy Silver is in the pit, and Christine Crouse is directing. 

Philharmonia Choir's dream

October 11 sees a performance of Elgar’s great oratorio, The Dream of Gerontius, at the  Cape Town City Hall on at 20:00. The performances will feature the Philharmonia Choir of Cape Town, the CPO and conductor Richard Cock, with soloists Violina Anguelov (mezzo-soprano), Jeff Stewart (tenor), and George Stevens (baritone).
          Tickets for the Cape Town performance of this great oratorio are available from tickets@philchoir.co.za at R200 or R180.

CPO medallions being minted

Former board chairman Ton Vosloo came up with a marvellous idea to mark the centenary --- he has arranged through Natalie Jaffe of City Coins to have Natanya van Niekerk of Rand Refinery design a commemorative medallion to mark a centenary of good music. The design includes music played at the first concert in 1914. The medallions will be given to all the musicians – CPO, CPYO and Masidlale – at a special function later. In the meantime, a CPYO Quartet (Wesley Lewis and Shaheema Lakay (violins), Marvin Weavers (viola) and Auriol Daniels (cello)) will perform at an exhibition of coins and medallions at the Clock Tower on the Waterfront on October 12. .  The exhibition, which will comprise primitive money, rare coins, medals and more, will be open from 10 – 4.
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