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Upcoming Concerts

June 30  Heavenly Quartez
July 1  Kalamazoo and the CPYO
August 4 Mahler's Resurrection
August 16 Schumann’s Spring
August 23 Bruch’s Violin Concerto
August 30 Elgar’s Enigma

Resurrection and New Season - Booking opens 21 June

Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony will launch the refurbished City Hall on August 4 and the Winter Symphony season and we know that since the concert is in collaboration with the City we may be short of seats. While the new seating plan offers more seats than before, there has been a change in some areas and we have done our best to accommodate all current subscribers. Principal guest conductor Bernhard Gueller is on the podium for all four concerts. August 4 features Ode to Madiba, the CPO’s tribute to Nelson Mandela, a new composition by Kristi Boonzaaier and the soloists in the Resurrection Symphony are Goitsemang Lehobye (soprano) and Bongiwe Nakani (mezzo-soprano) with the Cape Town Symphony Choir and The Gentlemen’s Ensemble; August 16’s soloist is pianist Megan-Jeffrey Prins performing the Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.3. On August 23 Alissa Margulis performs the Bruch Violin Concerto and the final concert on August 30 has the William Jeths recorder concerto with Stefan Temmingh. Download the concert card here.

Heavenly Quartez 10th Anniversary Concert with CPO

On June 30, Heavenly Quartez will celebrate ten years since these four young men got together in Khayelitsha. They will present a concert with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, soprano Goitsemang Lehobye, and Western Chorale. Chad Hendricks, winner of the Third Len van Zyl Conductors’ Competition is on the podium; stage direction is by Aviva Pelham. Read more here; the WeekendSpecial interview here, and get tickets here.

Schools Concerts

These show you how much the orchestra is appreciated during its schools concerts!

Congratulations to
Noluvuyo Maha and her husband on the birth of  their daughter Kuhle. Nolu is one of our Masidlale teachers and a member of the CPYO. We wish them much happiness in the future and hope that sleepless nights won’t keep her from her beloved Masidlale learners!

Lost contact

We have had this request via FOM to try and trace a long-lost concertgoer.  Bruce Myles is looking for Suzane Brouwez who attended symphony concerts in the 1970s.  She used to live on Ocean View Drive and St. Martini Gardens and has a son, Jean-Pierre Brouwez. Should you know her or of her, please contact

Final Autumn Symphony Season Concert

The Russian cellist Alexander Buzlov makes his debut with the CPO in the Lalo Cello Concerto on Thursday, June 21, bringing the current season to a close. You can read more about Buzlov in the interview here.

Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival

The 15th Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival runs from 6 to 15 July at the Endler Hall, Stellenbosch. The evening concerts feature unique works from the standard chamber music oeuvre as well as a number of South African premieres and the world premiere of South African composer Neo Muyanga's commissioned work, Makeda. Besides chamber music, the SICMF will also present three symphony concerts. More details from / Fiona Greyer at 021 808 2358 and tickets are from Computicket.

CPO in CTCB's Giselle
The CPO is performing for Cape Town City Ballet’s Giselle in Artscape Opera House for seven of its eight performances from July 6 to July 15. This timeless ballet will be conducted by Allan Stephenson and will feature one of Europe’s top ballerinas, Ksenia Ovsyanick, from the Berlin State Ballet in two performances. She will be partnered by the CTCB’s Senior Principal Dancer, Daniel Szybkowski.  Other casts are CTCB’s own stars including Laura Bosenberg. More information here and tickets here or at Artscape Dial-A-Seat.

Schubert Mass

The Philharmonia Choir  of Cape Town presents Schubert Mass in E flat on June 23.
More details on this concert here.

Passion dress rehearsal

There are still some seats available for the A Passion for Opera dress rehearsal on Tuesday at 7 pm, available at Dial-A-Seat.

The Len van Zyl Competition

This past weekend 15 candidates participated in master classes held by Victor Yampolsky.  Following that, a jury comprising Yampolsky, Bernhard Gueller, Brandon Phillips and the CPO’s CEO Louis Heyneman selected six to go forward to the semi-finals in February. Three will be chosen to perform with the CPO in the next International Summer Music Festival.  The candidates conducted a movement of two Beethoven string quartets, played expertly, patiently and 40 odd times by Patrick Goodwin, Philip Martens, Renette Swart and Kristiyan Chernev.   
Front from left: Louis Heyneman, Bernhard Gueller, Len van Zyl, Victor Yampolsky.
Inaugural winner Brandon Phillips,  Maike Watson
Second row from left: Kristiyan Chernev, Charl van der Merwe, Jesse Williams, Patrick Goodwin,
Philip Martens, Renette Swart, Liam Burden, Jacobus de Jager
Back row: Andre Oosthuizen, John Woodland, Erle Felkers, Damian Philander, David Wolfwinkel, Ash-lee Louwskieter, Schalk van der Merwe, Reghardt Kühn, Grant Snyman, Sevi Steingazner
The candidates who progressed are Burden, De Jager, Kühn, Oosthuizen, Schalk van der Merwe and Williams.

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