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In this issue:

Bongani Ndonana-Breen

UCT student wins National Music Competition

CPO to play Maria for CTO in Maria Stuarda

Pretty Yende signs deal with Sony

CPO and CPYWE on the go!

School concerts make learning fun

Happy Birthday, Dullah!
Spring Symphony Concert
Cape Town City Hall, October 22 20:00. Conductor: Perry So. Soloists: Goitsemang Lehobye (soprano); Pallavi Mahidhara (piano). Ndodana-Breen; Rachmaninov; Prokofiev
Spring Symphony Concert
Cape Town City Hall, October 29 20:00. Conductor: Perry So.
Soloist: Maria Solozobova (violin). Homage to Sibelius 150.
Spring Symphony Concert
Cape Town City Hall, November 5 20:00. Conductor: Bernhard Gueller. Soloist: Natalia Lavrova (piano). Haydn; Shostakovich; Respighi.
Spring Symphony Concert
Cape Town City Hall, November 12 20:00. Curtain raiser: CPYO with Conductor Brandon Phillips.

Conductor: Bernhard Gueller. Soloist: Maria Kliegel (cello). Dvořák; Bloch; Bruch; Beethoven.
FOM Gala Concert
Cape Town City Hall, November 19 20:00. Conductor: Bernhard Gueller. Soloist: Antonio Pompa-Baldi (piano). All Brahms.
Huberte Rupert Memorial Concert
Endler Hall  on December 4 at 20:00. Conductor: Brandon Phillips. Solist: Ammiel Bushakevitz (piano) Mozart Piano Concerto no 23 in A, Tchaikovsky, Dvořák.

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School concerts make learning fun

More than 5000 young learners were reached in school concerts by the CPO in September … and the joy they gave inspired some of the youngsters to see music in their lives. Somerset House embraced the CPO ideal of collaboration, and invited the learners from St Paul’s Primary School in Faure to join in.  Here’s what Richard Codrington, deputy head of Somerset House wrote:
      “Thank you so much for two wonderful concerts.  Both were educational, inspiring, emotive, moving and so much more.  It was an absolute privilege for us all to have the CPO with us and to experience the magic of beautiful music.  The children and staff of St Paul’s were blown away by it all and for many it was their first experience of real classical music and a live orchestra.  The concerts were spoken about by many children afterwards and I have even heard that some children now want to give up the recorder because it is not in an orchestra and want to start an orchestra instrument.  I, for one, am going to dig my old saxophone out of the garage, remove the cobwebs and try to get it going again.”

Parking for concerts

The CPO has been informed that parking in the Ackermans Building in Longmarket Street is no longer available, because of extension of their offices, no longer available. The parking on the Grand Parade continues to be patrolled by guards and German shepherd dogs so we would advise you to park there. We regret the inconvenience.

Bongani Ndonana-Breen

Read here what the Cape Times said about Bongani Ndodana-Breen.  This Cape Town composer’s works Three Orchestral Songs on Poems by Ingrid Jonker is being premiered with Goitsemang Lehobye and the CPO under the direction of Perry So tomorrow at the Cape Town City Hall at 20:00 … the concert is sold out but should not be a subscriber and have bought a seat you can still change to a subscription for the rest of the season and save up to 30 per cent. Or come to the dress rehearsal at 10:00!

UCT student wins National Music Competition

The CPO, under the direction of resident conductor Brandon Phillips, was delighted to be a part of the National Youth Music Competition, which was won by UCT student, flautist Sakhile Humbane (19). He took two other main prizes as well – for the best concerto and the Leon Hartshorne prize for the best wind instrumentalist. His prize includes concerts at Nederburg in Paarl, Overstrand Arts in Hermanus, the Darling Music Experience, and for the Friends of Orchestral Music (Cape Town).
     CPYO horn player Shannon Thebus won a prize for being the most promising contestant in his category and CPYO violinist, Nicholas Bruiners (17) won a runner-up prize in the strings category.

CPO to play for CTO in Maria Stuarda

Cape Town audiences are in for a really special occasion – a semi-staged version of Donizetti’s wonderful Maria Stuarda, with the CPO conducted by Kamal Khan.
      Performances will take place at Artscape Opera on November 7 and 8.
      Supported by Naspers and in collaboration with the UCT Opera School, Cape Town Opera’s production is directed by Matthew Wild.  Most roles will be shared:  award-winning sopranos Noluvuyiso Mpofu and Maudée Montierre will sing Queen Mary; celebrated mezzo-soprano Violina Anguelov and rising star Bongiwe Nakani will sing Elizabeth; Lukhanyo Moyake  (one of the singers in the CPO’s Kirstenbosch concert next February) and Makudupanyane Senaoana return from recent European triumphs to sing Leicester; and George Stevens will sing Talbot. Added to the superb cast will be the Cape Town Opera chorus, recipient of the 2013 International Best Opera Chorus award.
      Don’t miss these performances, the first time  this tale of envy, mistrust, vengeance, and remorse that was once deemed too political for the Royal Court of Naples and blue-pencilled at La Scala will be performed in Cape Town.

Pretty Yende signs deal with Sony

Here’s what Sony Classical’s press release said: "Sony Classical is proud to announce an exclusive long-term agreement with Pretty Yende, the sensational young South African soprano whose career has risen to the top of the opera world with unparalleled speed within the past few years. She has already been engaged by every major opera house in the world and after her debut recital in London, The Telegraph commented: ‘Possessed of diamanté tone and a megawatt smile… a soprano of real musical intelligence." The New York Times wrote: ‘"er voice has a luminous sheen combined with steely resolve… she delivered some of the most difficult coloratura passages with scintillating precision."
      Negotiations are underway to bring Ms Yende home for a concert next year!

CPO and CPYWE on the go

CPYO Quartet for Military Tattoo
The CPYO’s string quartet with Noluvuyo Nteta  and Shaheema Lakay (violins), Jessica Rossouw (viola) and Pearl Yung (cello) has been invited to perform in the 10th Cape Town Military Tattoo which takes place from November 11 to 14 at the Cape Town Castle. The Cape Town Military Tattoo provides an opportunity for all performers to develop new and strengthen existing relationships with each other, an area close to the CPO's heart.
      Recently the SA Army Band and the CPY Wind Ensemble performed together at a Mandela Day concert in the Civic Centre.

CPYWE and Friends for Christmas concert in Bellville
Christmas comes early - on November 6 at  19:30 in the Activity Centre of the DF Malan High School in Bellville when the  Cape Town Philharmonic Youth Wind Ensemble (CPYWE), Welgemoed Primary School Choir,  DF Malan High School Choir and Wind Band have a blast together. They will perform on their own and then together under the direction of CPYWE conductor Faan Malan, who also trains the DF Malan Band, assisted by his wife Kim.
      The programme begins with the ever popular Adeste Fidelis, arranged for brass ensemble, organ and choir. Works by LeRoy Anderson, Karl Jenkins and John Rutter, as well as Christmas and  traditional Xhosa melodies are also included. The concert concludes with a massed orchestra and choir performing Jubilant Christmas, a medley of the most well-known Christmas songs.
      Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra’s youth development and education manager Laurika Steenkamp is a master at collaborations, bringing young people together from all communities and backgrounds.
      “Music levels the playing field and is an area so important to nation-building, leading to understanding while promoting good music and what it can do to enrich the lives of our young people. Wind bands are particularly infectious in the energy they offer!”
       Tickets are R50 from DF Malan School from mwarnich@dfmalan.com / 021 948 8781 and at the door.
Masidlale Concert in Gugulethu
The second Masidlale concert follows on from a very successful one in Gugu S’thebe Cultural Centre in Langa in September, and will take place at Rhodes High School in Mowbray on October 31 at 11 am. This one features the learners in A Boy’s Story of how Africa was Made.
      At the previous one, gifted musicians aged five to fourteen from the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra’s Masidlale (Let us play) celebrated what classical music adds to their lives and that of the greater community. In the first one, nine  students from the Langa satellite, all learners of Siyabulela Primary school in Langa, performed solos and ensemble pieces under the direction of their teachers Janna Thomas and student teachers Siyathemba Nteta, Anele Mhlahlo and Tembisa Ntsongontshi. The programme ranged from light classics to Pata Pata and included solos, duets and ensemble pieces.  Each student had the opportunity to take the stage. They were well supported by parents, school teachers and a “local soccer team” that joined in on the spur of the moment.
Here Ash-Lee Louwskieter, Masidlale’s project manager, shows some of the young audience what a violin is all about.

Happy Birthday, Dullah

Congratulations to our orchestra attendant Abdulla Trout whom turned 60.
      His family surprised him with this beautiful cake!
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