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In this issue:


The tried and tested

Maria and Europe

Have your voice heard

Friends making friends

Joshua Bell on track

More from the Friends

People of note

Live music calms patients

CPO's supporting role
 
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; Grove; 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
PETER KLATZOW 70!
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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Concerto out


Read about how a season is put together, the story behind Bell and much more in the new issue of Concerto which is out now.
Download Concerto here. It is also available at the concerts.

Have your voice heard!


Wouldn’t it  be nice to have your voice heard in a discussion of the top 100 works you like and for you to tell us who your favourite South African artists are?  Watch this space...

Joshua Bell on track


The main story in the new Concerto (click here) tells you more about Joshua Bell. Get your tickets now for his concerts on August 26 and 27 at the City Hall.  He’ll play the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto. Bernhard Gueller will be on the podium, directing the CPO in the 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: luvuyo@cpo.org.za  / 021 410 9809. More concert details here.

More from the Friends


Ammiel Bushakevitz will play in an exclusive soirée of Chopin and Schubert on June 14. This will take place at chairman Derek Auret’s home in Lakeside. Limited seating and light snacks and wine is available at R200; first come first served so book now with Ruth Allen on 021 794-2435 or 083 292-4645 or with Derek on 082 557-6566.
       Diarize Monday August 3 now for the annual FOM Quiz at the Glen Country Club.

Live music calms Patients


According to a study in Musicae Scientia, live music calms patients down and takes their mind off their woes and how late their appointment is running.   Let’s hope that South African doctors with busy practises start hiring musicians!

New season, new works!


New subscriptions and single seat sales for the Winter season this June open on May 11…and there’s a feast in store for you, some works challenging, some mainstream and one world premiere.  Works new to the CPO are the overtures to Hussite by Dvořák and A Life for the Tsar by Glinka; Grové’s Bushman’s Praise for Cello and Piano which will be performed by Ben Schoeman and Anzél Gerber; and Saint-Saëns Africa  (Ben Schoeman, piano).  The Scriabin Symphony no 1 on June 18 will feature soprano Elizabeth Frandsen, tenor Esewu Nobela and the New Apostolic Church Choir.  Also under this heading of new to the CPO comes part of an entire concert dedicated to the works of eminent composer Peter Klatzow on June 25. Included in this programme is acclaimed orchestration of the Brahms Quintet for Strings, opus 111, by Klatzow, who entitled it the Brahms Symphony no 5. The other works are the Double Concerto for Flute, Marimba and Strings, with Liesl Stolz (flute) and Frank Mallows (marimba) and The Healing Melody, which was a commission by the Doctors’ Orchestra. The first piece, Three Paintings by Irma Stern, was last played by the CPO in 2005 so that’s virtually new to us all, too!
The season opens with the world premiere of a new work by the Cape Town-born composer, Laura Stevens. Long Walk is an abbreviated tone poem paying homage to Nelson Mandela: the leader; the ideologue, and also the person. And here’s what Ms Stevens has to say:
        “Long Walk was commissioned by SAMRO as part of its Young Composer’s Orchestral Programme and I convey my sincere thanks to Allan Stephenson for his mentorship and guidance in the production of this work.  
         A grand, brass-heavy first theme conjures a funeral dirge of sorts, but is peppered with flashes of dissonance and instability, alluding to turbulence, both personal and political. This is followed by a quick and spirited second theme evoking a “flash back” to childhood and early adulthood; a musical depiction of an idealistic youth, magnifying the notion of Mandela the human (and not just the figurehead we know today). While the second theme is playful and animated, the ostinato texture that bubbles beneath it is an altered quotation from Gustav Holst’s “Jupiter”: a hint at future greatness; an astronomical giant foreshadowing a giant among men.
        Read more here.

The tried and the tested...


A quick round-up of what else is in store:  June 4 sees the return of Yasuo Shinozaki for two concerts, the first one featuring the American pianist Awadagin Pratt. He will play the First Beethoven Concerto. The main work on the programme is the Symphony no 4 by Tchaikovsky, with the Stevens piece opening the programme. On June 11, Anzèl Gerber (cello) also plays the Tchaikovsky Pezzo Capriccioso; completing the programme which includes the Grové and Saint-Saëns mentioned above will be Sibelius Symphony no 1.
On June 18, Victor Yampolsky will conduct the first of his two concerts, this one with French violinist Olivier Charlier in the Third Violin Concerto by Mozart.  Yampolsky’s second concert is the Klatzow celebration. If you subscribe, you have the chance to win a pair of tickets to the Primakov-Lavrova Cape Town Concert Series two-piano recital on October 24 at the Baxter Concert Hall. Become a member of the Friends and save an additional 10 per cent to add to the 20 per cent offered to subscribers. Get your seats at Computicket or call Artscape Dial-A-Seat on 021 421 7695 now.    
      More details here.

Maria makes her home in Europe


It’s good news for great South African clarinettists for the CPO’s principal clarinet position is open. It’s sad news for us, since Maria du Toit has decided that her future lies in Europe and has resigned. After her marriage last July to conductor Arjan Tien, she took a year’s sabbatical. We wish her all the best as she furthers her career in Europe and thank her for her years with the CPO. The position is open to South Africans only, and they must have a minimum of  tertiary-level clarinet studies. Professional orchestra experience is an advantage. Key responsibilities are to play in all orchestra performances and be involved with the CPO outreach and education projects. Pass this on to anyone you think may be a candidate – what’s required is a short CV faxed to 021 425 1009 or emailed to ivan@cpo.org.za by May 18. Short-listed clarinettists will be invited to audition.

Friends making friends


The Friends of Orchestral Music, the CPO’s sterling supporters,  recently announced their own sterling supporters,  those whose support  both in terms of active involvement with or substantial financial support has been superb.  To recognize the role they played in helping the Friends reach their goals, they awarded lifetime Honorary Membership of the Friends to:
      Ruth Allen, Shirley Parkfelt, Gaby Dahl, Peter Klatzow, Bernhard Gueller, Ton Vosloo and Gerlinde Moser.
      The CPO adds its congratulations!

People of note


Tune in to FMR on May 17 and hear Rodney Trudgeon interview Derek Auret, and the following week on May 24 you can hear his interview with  Faan and Kim Malan, both at 19:00.  Derek is chairman of the Friends of Orchestral Music and prior to that had a life in the diplomatic corps and more.  Faan is the conductor of the CPYO Wind Ensemble and both he and Kim teach at the CPO Academy. Interviews are repeated the Thursday at 13:00 after the news following the original broadcast.

CPO's supporting role


The musicians had an early holiday this year to enable them to have a break before several big supporting roles they will play in between concert seasons in June and October/November, with Joshua Bell in between.  Supporting opera and ballet is a cornerstone of the CPO’s commitment to the cultural life of Cape Town.
  • May 19 – 24: Swan Lake at Artscape Opera House with the St Petersburg Ballet
  • June 27 – July 12:  Spartacus, Veronica Paeper’s ballet, at Artscape Opera, re-choreographed and featuring the music of Khachaturian. 
  • July 12 – 24: Gilbert and Sullivan’s Mikado at Artscape Theatre
  • July 23 – August 23 – Bernstein’s Westside Story at Artscape Theatre
  • September 4 – 13: Merry Black Widow, an opera at Artscape Opera House.
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