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Spring Symphony Concert
Cape Town City Hall, 30 Oct, 20:00
Conductor: Conrad van Alphen; Soloist: Georgi Anichenko, cello: Stefans Grové, Schumann, Rachmaninov. Curtain-raiser: CPYO: Verdi
Spring Symphony Concert
Cape Town City Hall, 6 Nov, 20:00
Conductor: Conrad van Alphen; Soloist: Andrey Pisarev, piano; Liszt, Grieg, Dvořák
Spring Symphony Concert
Cape Town City Hall, 13 Nov, 20:00
Conductor: Conrad van Alphen; Soloists: Hanneli Rupert, mezzo;  Alexander Gilman, violin; New Apostolic Church Male Choir; Brahms, Korngold, Williams, Franck
Spring Symphony Concert
Cape Town City Hall, 20 Nov, 20:00
Conductor: Owain Arwel Hughes; Soloist: Olga Kern, piano; Dukas, Haydn, Stravinsky, Prokofiev
Endler Hall, 21 Nov, 20:00 Stellenbosch
Conductor: Owain Arwel Hughes; Soloist: Sarita Uranovsky, violin; Dukas, Beethoven, Stravinsky
Spring Symphony Concert
Cape Town City Hall, 27 Nov, 20:00
Conductor: Owain Arwel Hughes; Soloist: François du Toit, piano; Mozart, Adrian More (world première); Shostakovich
FOM Gala Concert
Cape Town City Hall, 4 Dec, 20:00
Conductor: Martin Panteleev; Soloist: Benjamin Schmid; Mendelssohn, Paganini, Rimsky-Korsakov

RISE cocktail curtain-raisers

RISE recitals will only take place in the January season.

Ingo Holland passes the bassoon

Ingo Holland, principal bassoon in the CTSO for 25 years and a teacher for even longer, has retired and passed on his bassoon to the man who was his best pupil for many years: Xavier Cloete. Xavier, the winner of the second Len van Zyl Conductors’ Competition, is teaching bassoon at Musicon in Bloemfontein.
Says Xavier: “It is a Püchner model 23, for me the Ferrari of bassoons!
    “When I bought the bassoon, Ingo also gave me a lot of his music, a very generous and helpful gesture.  He has always been a mentor and so much more to me. We have a very good relationship and I view him as very close family. My buying his bassoon makes me feel I am keeping his bassoon playing alive.
      “I feel I am privileged. For a musician to part with his instrument after decades of playing and bonding with it is very difficult for it is how you express yourself. I can only say that I am more than honoured to own this Golden Bassoon, as Rodney Trudgeon once called it after playing a recording of Ingo playing the Mozart Bassoon concerto with the CTSO on FMR.”

CPYO in film with Charlize Theron

The CPYO musicians were filmed this week at the City Hall with Charlize Theron in The Last Face, a romantic drama with Javier Bardem, produced by Sean Penn!

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Season opens this week

Georgi for sensational Schumann!
One of the privileges of working with musicians is that you get to hear them rehearse, even attend the dress rehearsal. The word on the street is that Georgi Anichenko is really sensational, playing the Schuman Cello concerto just wonderfully!  About his recital in Johannesburg, Paul Boekooi wrote of his effortless playing “with faultless dynamic nuances … refined.”  So don’t miss him at the season opener … it’s tonight at the City Hall at 20:00 with Conrad van Alphen on the podium.  The CPYO will play Verdi’s overture to La Forza del Destino, followed by the tone poem, Figures in the Mist, by Stefans Grové, and the Rachmaninov Symphony no 2.  Pressure on space at the City Hall has meant a cancellation of the pre-concert talk as the CPYO musicians need to be on stage and there is no other suitable space in the City Hall.
      This is your last chance to buy a subscription (20 per cent discount and another 10 for FOM) and stand a chance to win two tickets to the Concert Series recital with Olga Kern. Since tickets for that recital are at a premium, you could get lucky!
Pisarev meets Grieg
Andrey Pisarev comes back to Cape Town for the second concert on November 6 to give us what we know from past experience will be a gorgeous Grieg. He plays this week with the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra which, we are delighted to note, received a grant from the lottery to enable the company to put on a two-week season. (This, of course, begs the question: when will we hear about our lottery application sent 18 months ago?).
      Back to the music at hand: Van Alphen will conduct the Symphonic Poem “Festklänge” by Liszt and the Symphony no 8 by Dvorák. This is another of those not-to-be-missed concerts. Pisarev is a UNISA winner, a competition which sent him to the world’s stages.
FOM Gala on December 4
Excitement is mounting for the FOM gala on December 4. The dynamic Martin Panteleev and the superb Austrian violinist Benjamin Schmid are the artists, and both have big news – Panteleev makes his debut with the Royal Philharmonic and Schmid has been included as one of the 35 great violinists of the 20th century, born 1948 and 1985 respectively, in a book just published in France.
      Chairman Derek Auret is glowing about the new Klatzow piece, Congratulations; Scheherezade is a show-stopper; Paganini is in Schmid’s fingertips so what more can we ask? Tickets from Computicket; discounts and entry to the post-concert reception only for members of Friends of Orchestral Music.   You’ll find FOM details here: www.fomct.com

CPYO concertmaster wins Artscape competition

If you needed evidence that the CPO’s  youth orchestras have impact, here it is:
      Jeffrey Armstrong (17), the CPYO’s concertmaster, has walked off with the laurels at this year’s Artscape National Youth Music Competition. Jeffrey is also concertmaster of the SA National Youth Orchestra.
      Apart from clinching the prestigious gold medal and R25 000 at the grand finalé concert earlier this month, he also walked off with the R2 000 prize for the best concerto performance, as well as the Michael Masote prize of R5 000 for the best strings player.
      As part of his first prize he will perform at concerts at Hilton College in Hilton and at Nederburg in Paarl.

Outreach really reaching out!

  • The Madislale concert at the V&A Amphitheatre in which the young musicians accompanied A Boy’s Story of How Africa Was Created, authored by Else Rohrs, a majestic tale, told through the eyes of a little boy’s wildly fantastical imagination, brought tears to hundreds of eyes.
  • Many CPYO musicians joined the CPO in the Artscape Youth Festival.
  • The CPY Wind Ensemble blew up a storm, also at the V&A Waterfront. The challenge was not only the wind, but the musicians walked out on stage straight after our very own “stormers”, the WP rugby team, won the Currie Cup Final! The CPY WE is also getting together with Golden Grove Primary in a concert on November 1. That kind of collaboration in the community is a win for everyone.
What’s coming up for the CPYO ? On November 9  the CPYO will again perform at the Durbanville Children’s Concert, with Zanne Stapelberg and Niel Rademan at 18:00 in what is becoming an annual fundraiser for this wonderful home.

Why do we learn music?

Carolyn Phillips, the author of the Twelve Benefits of Music Education and former executive director of the Norwalk Youth Symphony in Connecticut, USA, tells us why. They are linked from an article by Dave Gerhart on percussioneducation.com.
  • Early musical training helps develop brain areas involved in language and reasoning
  • There is also a causal link between music and spatial intelligence
  • Students of the arts learn to think creatively and to solve problems
  • Recent studies show that students who study the arts achieve higher grades in high school
  • A study of the arts provides children with an internal glimpse of other cultures and teaches them to be empathetic towards the people of these cultures
  • Students of music learn craftsmanship as they study how details are put together painstakingly and what constitutes good, as opposed to mediocre, work
  • Through music study, students learn the value of sustained effort to achieve excellence and the concrete rewards of hard work
  • Music study enhances teamwork skills and discipline
  • Music provides children with a means of self-expression
  • Music study develops skills that are necessary in the workplace
  • Music performance teaches young people to conquer fear and to take risks.
  • An arts education exposes children to the incomparable

Read the full article here
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