CPO lunch-hour concert
The CPO presented a lunch-hour concert at Artscape to a packed house - with 74-year-old pianist Reggie Dreyer, denied the opportunity to perform more than 50 years ago because of apartheid legislation. On the programme too were 12-year-old pianist Qden Blaauw and youth orchestra musicians violinist Jordan Brooks and French horn player Shannon Thebus. The orchestra, under the direction of resident conductor Brandon Phillips, played the William Tell overture by Rossini to honour the city’s firemen and the risks they take to keep Cape Town safe.
Louis Heyneman, CEO of the CPO, sums up the event:
“There was total magic in the air. After more than half a century of waiting, Reggie sat calmly behind the piano and with a wry smile performed the sweetest Mozart imaginable with the orchestra. We all had a lump in our throats. His dream to perform with the symphony orchestra finally came true.
“The standing ovation was genuine and heartfelt. This was the day that music won."
Relive the memory here on Times Live and Netwerk24.
Photographs: Jeffrey Abrahams