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Upcoming Concerts

3 Nov FOM Fundraising Gala
10 Nov Mendelssohn for Two
13 Nov Peter and the Wolf
17/19 Nov Ode to Joy
24 Nov Alexander Nevsky
1 Dec Holst's Planets


Johan Botha Gala a dream

Cape Town doesn’t know how lucky it was to have Johan Botha open his South African tour with the CPO. In remission from liver cancer, the Kammersaenger in Vienna and Heldentenor developed an infection and was obliged to cancel much of the rest of his tour.  We wish him a speedy and full recovery and hope we will have him on our stages again in the not too distant future. The concert,  with Goitsemang Lehobye (soprano), Bongiwe Nakani (mezzo) and Mandla Mndebele (baritone) and Bernhard Gueller on the podium brought accolades from everyone who was there. Read here how Fiona Chisholm of the Cape Times enjoyed the concert.

Tchaikovsky on the Air

RSG will broadcast the 5th Symphony by Tchaikovsky on Wednesday, 7 September 2016 at 21:10. This was performed under the direction of Bernhard Gueller on June 16 at the Cape Town City Hall. 

CPYO for Gariep, Upington

The 75 members of the Cape Town Philharmonic Youth Orchestra will bring the magical Peter and the Wolf by the Russian composer Prokofiev to life with the well-loved narrator Philip de Vos and conductor Chad Hendricks.  They will give two concerts – one as part of the Gariep Festival on September 1 at 19:00 in the Newton Theatre, and on  September 2 at 18:30 at Hoërskool Upington in aid of Agri SA’s Drought Relief Fun. Read more.

The brain and the orchestra

Ever wondered about the placement of instruments in an orchestra? Read this to see how the orchestra is arranged by the biology of the brain!

CPO, Phillips and Sleeping Beauty

While some of our musicians are in the UK accompanying Cape Town Opera in The Mandela Trilogy, others are playing for Sleeping Beauty in most performances from opening night on September 2 to the last performance on September 18.  Brandon Phillips, who wowed everyone with his conducting in Coppelia, is back in the pit and raring to go.

Spring Season renewals nearly over

With the first Beethoven Choral Symphony concert on November 17 quickly selling out, now’s the time to ensure you have renewed your subscriptions.  After September 3, if we have not heard from you, all subscriptions not renewed will be released to the general public.  Renew through Artscape Dial-A-Seat and book here for new subscriptions and single seats.  Download the concert card here and see what other great concerts are in store.

One on one

CPO musicians, and committed ad hoc players, are one-on-one mentors of the CPYO. Stephan Galvin (left), part of the Youth Development and Education programme since its inception more than 12 years ago, with CPO percussionist Eugene Trofimczyk, trains all the percussionists like  UCT student Roxanne Hendricks  and Ilan Drage, a percussionist in the programme since she was 10.

New books for Masidlale

Masidale learners Linamandla Mbaleki, 9, Limnandi Sishuba, 13, Lisakhanya Molosi, 12, and Xabiso Duba, 12, all of Hlengisa Primary, with teachers Tembisa, Ntshongontshi, Siyathemba Nteta and Odile Lesch, (right)  former CPYO violinist who has just joined the staff, and the new music books that will inspire the 100 youngsters in the project. See the newbies in action here.

Florist to the stars

Avril Petro, of AV’s Gifts and Flowers, supplied six bouquets to the soloists, conductor and director of last week’s Johan Botha gala concert as part of her commitment to the CPO. Avril also donates bouquets to all the CPO female soloists in its symphony seasons.  We hope you will support her … 021 705 1234



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