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In this issue:

Yablonsky Family Fair

Triple Concerto

Joshua Bell

Good News

Sad News



CPYO at Suidoosterfees

Sad but necessary News

Really bad News
Upcoming Concerts:
Autumn Symphony Season 1
Cape Town City Hall, April 2, 20:00
Conductor: Dmitry Yablonsky; Soloist: Oxana Yablonskaya, piano; Borodin, Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky.
Rise Cocktail curtain-raiser 19:00.
Autumn Symphony Season 2
Cape Town City Hall, April 9, 18:00
Conductor: Dmitry Yablonsky; Soloists: Oxana Yablonskaya, piano; Dmitry Yablonsky cello; Janna Gandelman, violin.
Autumn Symphony Season 3
Cape Town City Hall, April 16, 20:00
Conductor: Dmitry Yablonsky; Soloist: Janna Gandelman, violin; Mozart, Beethoven
Rise Cocktail curtain-raiser 19:00. CPYO Curtain-raiser. Conductor: Brandon Phillips
Winter Symphony Season 1
City Hall , June 11, 20:00
Conductor : Yasuo Shinozaki Awadagin Pratt (piano) 20:00 City Hall Laura Stevens ; Beethoven;  Tchaikovsky
Winter Symphony Season 2
Cape Town City Hall, June 16, 20:00
Conductor: Yasuo Shinozaki
Ben Schoeman (piano);  Anzél Gerber (cello)
Conductor: Yasuo Shinozaki Dvorak Hussite; Tchaikovsky; Grove “Bushman Prayers” for Piano, Cello, Narrator and Orchestra  Saint-Saëns “Africa” for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 89 Sibelius Symphony No. 1 in E minor, Op. 39
Winter Symphony Season 3
Cape Town City Hall, June 18, 20:00
Conductor: Victor Yampolsky Glinka
Olivier Charlier (violin) ; Elizabeth Frandsen (mezzo); Esewu Nobela (Tenor);
New Apostolic Choir, Overture to A Life for the Tsar; Mozart, “Strasbourg”;  
Scriabin Symphony No.1 in E, Op. 26
Winter Symphony Season 4
Cape Town City Hall, June 25, 20:00.
Conductor: Victor Yampolsky. An All Klatscow concert.
Liesl Stoltz (flute);  Frank Mallows (marimba)
Joshua Bell In Concert
Cape Town City Hall, August 26/27 20:00. Conductor: Bernhard Gueller
Beethoven; Mendelssohn; Tchaikovsky
FOM GALA Concert
Cape Town City Hall, November 19,  20:00.
Conductor Bernhard Gueller

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Sad but Necessary News

We have been very slow in increasing concert prices, but we have no option. As you know, ticket prices barely cover a quarter of concert costs and we cannot fall further behind. The June season, which features two concerts with Yasuo Shinozaki and two with Victor Yampolsky, and artists Awadagin Pratt (piano), Anzel Gerber (cello) and Ben Schoeman (piano), Olivier Charlier (violin) and Liezl Stoltz (flute) and Frank Mallows (marimba) in a Klatzow is 70! Celebration, will see the increases taking effect. The price increases are R230 (from R195), R190 (from R165), R150 (from R135) and the platform goes to  R90 from R70. Programmes will also be increased in price to R20, which still doesn’t cover the cost of printing them.   You can still make a major saving by subscribing (20 per cent) and a further 10 per cent if you are a member of the Friends of Orchestral Music.  Renewals for the season – the concerts are listed down the side of this newsletter – are open from April 20; new subscriptions and single seats from May 11.  One existing subscriber and one new subscriber will each win a pair of tickets to either the Lavrova/Primakov Cape Town Concert Series piano recital on October 24 at the Baxter Concert Hall

The really Bad News

A Hong Kong musician, Henry Chau Hoi-leung, killed, chopped, salted and microwaved his mother and father, all the while listening repeatedly for 30 days to Alexander Scriabin’s peculiar, phone-ring piano suite, Vers la Flamme. Chau, 31, a professional pianist, was handed a life sentence, according to The Slipped Disc.

Yablonsky Family Affair

It’s not often that we get to have a whole family on the stage, and we are delighted to welcome back pianist Oxana Yablonskaya, whose towering performances here some years ago will still live in the memories of older concertgoers, and inspire the younger ones this time.  Her son, Dmitry, a famed cellist as well as conductor, will be on the podium and play in two of the concerts, while her daughter-in-law Janna Gandelman (violin) will join in two of the concerts.
After a period of more than 20 years, the great Russian pianist, still one of the most sought-after pianists, recording artists and teachers of our time and emeritus professor at the Juilliard School of Music,  will play Rachmaninov.  She became youngest ever to start teaching at the age of 17 at the Central Music School for Gifted Children in Moscow. She has also established the Oxana Yablonskaya Piano Institute in Italy, and has played in more than 40 countries as recitalist and soloist with prestigious orchestras and prominent conductors such as Rozhdestvensky, Rostropovich and Svetlanov.
      The CPO, under the direction of her son, Dmitry,  will also play Borodin In the Steppes of Central Asia and the Third Symphony by Tchaikovsky.
Before the concert, RISE will present “The Rach Quartets”, string quartets nos 1 and  2 played by a quartet of young strings players -- David Bester and Sangwoo Jun  (violin) and the CPO’s Emile de Roubaix  (viola) and Dorette Roos  (cello). Says Rise’s Jose Dias, “I am absolutely thrilled that we get to hear this gorgeous and absolutely obscure part of Rachmaninov's output and through a group that is really the cream of Cape Town's young musicians.”  The RISE concert is at 19:00 in the Sunken Lounge and open free to concertgoers; others may buy tickets at the door.

CONCERT NO 2: Triple Concerto April 9

Awadagin Pratt (piano) 20:00 City Hall
Conductor: Yasuo Shinozaki Laura Stevens ; Beethoven;  THear the ensemble that comes from a group so in tune with one another  play the fabulous Triple Concerto by Beethoven. They are, of course, Oxana Yablonskaya (piano), Janna Gandelman (violin) and Dmitry Yablonsky (cello and conductor).  Also on the programme are Schubert’s Symphony no 8 in B minor,”Unfinished” and Stravinsky Firebird Suite.chaikovsky

Joshua Bell concert details

We are sorry that we couldn’t finalize the programme for Joshua Bell’s concerts, hoping he would play another piece but that is not to be. So, the concert will open with the Beethoven Leonore Overture, no 3 and continue with Mendelssohn Symphony no 4 in A, with the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto after the interval. Read more about Bell in the new issue of Concerto which will be available at the concert on April 9 and online at the same time.
       Bell, who is known for his charm and charisma, his impeccable technique and his dazzling interpretations, keeps on drawing people in to concert halls to hear him time and again perform as soloist, and also conductor. He  is now music director of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, performing constantly around the world with the world’s leading orchestras and foremost conductors. He has more than 40 award-winning CDs to his name, and is known for film soundtracks such as The Red Violin. At the age of 14, he came to national attention in America after his debut with Riccardo Muti and the Philadelphia Orchestra. He performs on the 1713 ex-Huberman Stradivarius violin.  
      Tickets from R180 to R550 from Computicket 0861 915 8000  and Artscape Dial-A-Seat on 021 421-7695.    Enquiries: luvuyo@cpo.org.za  / 021 410 9809.

Good News!

Brandon Phillips and Latecia Hendricks were married at the New Apostolic Church on March 21; members of the CPO and CPYO were there to speed them on their way.

Sad News

Zoltan Kovats, for decades a stalwart of the orchestras in Cape Town as principal double bass and then a tutti in the CPO from 2001 to his retirement in 2007, passed away on March 20. Zoltan was born in what is now the Ukraine and graduated from the Bela Bartok Conservatoire in Budapest. He played in the Hungarian National Philharmonic and the Hamburg Philharmonic before joining PACT in Pretoria in 1965 and then the CTSO/CTPO/CPO in 1971.  Amongst the high points in his life were the invitations by Sir Georg Solti to play in the World Orchestra for Peace. He was also a fine chamber musician and a teacher of note. A Requiem Mass was held in the church where he so often performed in masses: St Michael & All Angels in  Observatory.
As CEO Louis Heyneman said: Zoltan’s legacy will always be part of classical music in Cape Town.
Internationally famed and London-based double bass Leon Bosch writes this:
      “Zoltan Kovats introduced me to the double bass nearly 40 years ago, and it would be difficult to overstate the contribution he made to my musical development.  
      “He believed in me, absolutely, and helped me to develop the tools and confidence to experience musical riches which would otherwise have remained out of reach.
      “His unimpeachable intellectual and musical principles continue to guide me, and the responsibility for continuing his legacy is a challenge I willingly accept.
Click here for a story that appeared on ClassicSA.
The CPO board, management and musicians would like to extend their sincere condolences to his wife, Henrike, and their children Nora and Florian.


A group of eight art students, with their teacher, came to Zuill Bailey’s dress rehearsal last year … and quietly as mice sketched the American cellist. Here’s one of the results by teacher Penny Steynor.  We hope to welcome them back to another dress rehearsal – or any other art group.


This year, it’s the turn of the CPYO to play at the Klein Karoo Kunstefees and, under the direction of Brandon Phillips, the youngsters will, masked up, play the Carnival of the Animals by Saint-Saens, The narrator will be Phillip de Vos. If you are in Oudtshoorn, go to one of the performances on the 4th or 6th of April. 

CPYO at the Suidoosterfees

Brandon Phillips will again take up the helm before the  CPYO, this time at the Suidoosterfees that takes place at the Cape Town City Hall on April 30 at 20:00.  It’s going to be broadcast life on RSG and will include such works as Suppé Light Cavalry oveture and Handel’s  “Sweet bird” with Lynelle Kenned (soprano and Robert de Vries (flute). Since Winds of Change is designed to explore woodwinds, there will be movements from a number of concerti for instruments like the oboe and the clarinet, the adagio from Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto with soloist William Hendricks for one. If you want to know more, click here
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