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In this issue:

Yasuo Shinozaki

Joshua Bell

Ballet on the boards

Unleash your potential

FOM Soiree

Focus on youth

Ash-Lee Louwskieter

Concerts at Nederburg Wine Farm

Schools concerts

Neil Shicoff

Calling all young musicians!
Upcoming Concerts:
Winter Symphony Season 1
City Hall, June 4, 20:00
Conductor: Yasuo Shinozaki. Soloists: Awadagin Pratt (piano); Laura Stevens. Beethoven; Tchaikovsky.
Winter Symphony Season 2
Cape Town City Hall, June 11, 20:00
Conductor: Yasuo Shinozaki. Soloists: Ben Schoeman (piano); Anzél Gerber (cello). Dvorak; Tchaikovsky; Saint-Saëns; Grové; Sibelius.
Winter Symphony Season 3
Cape Town City Hall, June 18, 20:00
Conductor: Victor Yampolsky. Soloists: Olivier Charlier (violin); Elizabeth Frandsen (mezzo); Esewu Nobela (tenor); New Apostolic Choir. Glinka; Mozart; Scriabin.
Winter Symphony Season 4
Cape Town City Hall, June 25, 20:00.
Conductor: Victor Yampolsky. Soloists: Liesl Stoltz (flute); Frank Mallows (marimba). An all Klatzow concert.
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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Schools' concerts

The CPO will be out and about in the community at the end of May, giving schoolchildren, some for the very first time, a taste of what good music is all about.  For the of May 25- 29, the CPO will entertain learners from schools in Kuil’s River, Eerste Rivier, Bonteheuvel and Milnerton.  The learners at Silversands in Kuil’s River, for instance, are part of a programme run by the Hugh Lambrechts Music Centre, which enables those from the disadvantaged communities to receive lessons and instruments free of charge.  Intern Gregory Pietersen was a student at Eerste River and will play trumpet in the CPO; intern  Matthew Andrews, a former student of Modderdam High, will be working when the CPO plays at his school in Bonteheuvel.

Calling all young musicians!

The next National Youth Music Competition takes place later this year, and the closing date for entries is looming – the end of this month. The competition, the brain-child of  Michael Maas who retired as Chief Executive of Artscape last year, was begun 30 years ago in Port Elizabeth to prepare young classical musicians for amongst others UNISA’s National and International Music Competitions.  If you are  between 14 and 19 then this is for you: the competition exposes competitors to the requirements of professional careers as soloists, orchestral musicians and music educators; and develops the stage and performing abilities of young classical musicians.
      After the qualifiying audition by means of a DVD, there will be four rounds at the Hugo Lambrechts Music Centre in Parow, including the final on October 17 with the CPO and Brandon Phillips. Categories include piano, string instruments, woodwind instruments and other orchestral instruments, such as harp and percussion.   Overall prize money totals R129 000, with the winner receiving R30 000 and three recital engagements.
      Contact Aileen Berry at for entry forms, rules and further information.

Awadagin Pratt to open the season with Beethoven

The brilliant American pianist, Awadagin Pratt, who has fond memories of Cape Town, and recorded his third CD that included works played at the Cape Town Concert Series recital in 1996, is in the middle of a nine-concert tour of South Africa. In 2012, he was invited to  be a judge at the UNISA International Piano Competition and now, finally, in 2015, he is back to perform.
      One of the other works on the programme is by Laura Stevens.  Read the stories that appeared in the Cape Times and Die Burger.

Yasuo Shinozaki and his passion for the CPO

“I am inspired by the Cape Town Philharmonic.” These are powerful words, even more so when they are uttered by Yasuo Shinozaki, the Japanese conductor who took second prize in the Second Sibelius International Conducting Competition in 2000.  He will be back in Cape Town to open the Winter Symphony season on June 4 at the Cape Town City Hall.
Shinozaki, whose career immediately exploded in Finland after his Sibelius win, was soon on the world stage. He was invited to conduct the Johannesburg Philharmonic and KZNPO in 2008; the CPO invited him the following year and from then he has been a fairly regular fixture on the podium.
      “I fell in love with South Africa,” he says. “Beautiful country and good people.”  About the CPO he has this to say:
      “I think CPO is one of the best orchestras in the world. Each principal player has a very high level and the strings sound is very beautiful, led by three good concert masters. The orchestra is powerful and passionate.  I am also looking forward to meeting the audience in the beautiful concert hall.”
This article appeared in the Cape Times on May 21, 2015.
      Read more

Joshua Bell and Tchaikovsky in August

Tickets are disappearing quickly for both Joshua Bell concerts at the City Hall on August 26 and 27 so leaving it late may result in disappointment. He’ll be playing Tchaikovsky on his gorgeous Stradivarius; the CPO under the direction of Bernhard Gueller will also play Beethoven Leonore Overture and the Mendelssohn Symphony no 4 in A, “Italian”.  Tickets from R180 to R550 from Computicket 0861 915 8000  and Artscape Dial-A-Seat on 021 421-7695.    Enquiries:  / 021 410 9809.

Ballet on the boards

With Swan Lake behind us and Spartacus of Africa ahead, the CPO’s mandate to support ballet is well in place.  Spartacus, the ballet choreographed by Veronica Paeper, runs at Artscape Opera from June 27 – July 12. Brandon Phillips will assist the British ballet conductor Paul Hoskins (Musical Director of Rambert) conducting in Johannesburg as well as in Cape Town. While Brandon is away, Godfrey Rahube and Sjoerd Alkema will help with Youth Orchestra rehearsals.

Unleash your potential!

Watch your mail box on May 31 - the CPO, FMR and FOM are offering great prizes for your input into the works you want to hear and who you want to hear play them!

FOM Soirée

There are still a few tickets at R200 each available for the recital with pianist Ammiel Bushakevitz on Sunday 14 June 2015 at 6 for 6.30pm in Lakeside. There will be light snacks and wine after the concert. Book through Derek Auret at (082) 557-6566.

Focus on youth

Masidlale teacher and CPYO musician Nolovuyo Nteta is not only a teacher of the children of others; here she gives her 4-year-old son his first violin lesson.

Ash-Lee Louwskieter is a lesson for all

Just 30, Ash-Lee has become a role model not only in his community in Mamre and Atlantis, but through his involvement with Masidlale and with the CPYP and CPYWE to a far wider audience.  He joined the CPYO to learn how to play in an orchestra and progressed so much that he conducts and teaches too. Read why the CPO is proud to have this association with Ash-Lee.

Ash-Lee (left) with the Metropolitan Opera's Weston Sprott
Photo: Elizabeth Martens

Concerts at historic Nederberg Wine Farm in Paarl

First of all, the CPY Wind Ensemble has been invited to appear in the Nederburg Picnic concert series on November 21. More details later but diarize this date now. Faan Malan will conduct a series of ‘jazzy’ numbers and the band will be joined by some established artists, as well as some emerging artists who will get a feel of what playing with an orchestra is all about.
      Then there are the chamber music concerts, and these include many CPO links as well.  June 28 sees the annual Nederburg Debut Concert, in keeping with Youth Month in South Africa, starring the CPYO concertmaster 18 year-old violinist Jeffrey Armstrong and  the equally brilliant 21 year-old pianist, Sulayman Human. Flautist Liezl Stoltz, soloist in the Klatzow concert in June, will perform on August 30 with the sparkling Esperanza Trio on stage at Nederburg, which includes cellist Polina Burdukova and pianist Kerryn Wisniewski.
      The final chamber music concert, in October, features the international piano duo, Vassily Primakov and Natalia Lavrova. Ms Lavrova is the soloist in a concert with the CPO in November.
       More information from or 021 809 8412/8106 (office hours).

Old friend in St Petersburg

Neil Shicoff, who was one of the stars of a CPO opera gala, has been appointed head of opera at the Mikhailovsky Theatre, the second opera house in St Petersburg.  CEO Louis Heyneman heard him for the first time at the Vienna State Opera, when he, a fresh young music reporter at Die Burger, was on a visit to the UK and Austria in 1981. Shicoff was recently the star of a concert in Vienna, where he spent much of his career,  to celebrate 40 years on stage.
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