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Spring Symphony Concert
Cape Town City Hall, 13 Nov, 20:00
Conductor: Conrad van Alphen; Soloists: Hanneli Rupert, mezzo;  Fedor Rudin, 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
Huberte Rupert Memorial Concert
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
Nederburg Pops Concert
Nederburg wine estate, Paarl, Nov 29, 18:00  
Pops with the CPYO and Brandon Phillips!
FOM Gala Concert
Cape Town City Hall, 4 Dec, 20:00
Conductor: Martin Panteleev; Soloist: Benjamin Schmid; Klatzow, Mendelssohn, Paganini, Rimsky-Korsakov
Light Classics
Oude Libertas, Dec 19, 20:00
Light classics with Brandon Phillips
Festival Concert no 1
Cape Town City Hall, Jan 22, 20:00
Conductor: Martin Panteleev; Soloist: Stewart Goodyear, piano; Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Stravinsky
New Year's Concert
Nederburg wine farm, Paarl, 31 Dec, 21:30
New Year’s eve spectacular with Conductor Richard Cock and Freshlyground.
Viennese Concerts
Cape Town City Hall, 10 & 11 Jan, 18:00
Conductor: Richard Cock
Festival Concert no 2
Cape Town City Hall, Jan 29, 20:00
Conductor: Martin Panteleev; Soloist: Derek Han, piano; Wagner, Beethoven Brahms
Kirstenbosch Festival concert
Kirstenbosch Gardens, Feb 1, 17:30
Conductor: Martin Panteleev; Soloist: Maria du Toit, clarinet; Mozart, Brahms, Dvorak
Festival Concert no 3
Cape Town City Hall, Feb 5, 20:00
Conductor: Martin Panteleev; Soloist: Yi-Jia Susanne Hou, violin;  Shostakovich, Chen He, Mahler
Galway gala
(not part of subscription series)
Cape Town City Hall, Feb 11, 20:00
Sir James Galway with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra
Valentine's Day Concert
The Castle of Good Hope, Feb 14, 20:30
Conductor: Brandon Phillips
Festival Concert no 4
Cape Town City Hall, Feb 12, 20:00
Conductor: Martin Panteleev; Soloist:Maria du Toit, clarinet; Milhaud, Français, Debussy, Ravel.
CPYO festival concert
Cape Town City Hall, Feb 19, 19:00
CPYO and CPYWE. Conductors: Brandon Phillips and Faan Malan

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Fedor Rudin to replace ill Gilman in CPO concert

Fedor Rudin, at the age of 22 an exciting and gifted French-Russian violinist, will play the Korngold Violin Concerto and the Theme from Schindler's List by John Williams with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra this week (November 13) at the Cape Town City Hall.
“We are so fortunate to have engaged this busy and brilliant violinist to replace the indisposed Alexander Gilman,” says CEO Louis Heyneman.  “He is flying in on Wednesday and out almost immediately after the concert to fit into his schedule.”
      Rudin has just won First Prizes at three of the top international violin competitions (the  Lipizer, Valsesia Musica and Henri Marteau) in just eight months  to join the several others he had won and took the Second Prize at the George Enescu international violin competition in Bucharest earlier this year.
He has already made solo appearances in prestigious concert halls like Carnegie Hall in New York, Cadogan Hall in London and Comédie des Champs Elysées in Paris, and appeared with many of the foremost orchestras such as the Basel Symphony Orchestra, the National Orchestra of the Opéra Bastille, the Bretagne Symphony Orchestra, the Erfurt Philharmonic Orchestra and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra.
      Born in Moscow in 1992 as a grandson of the famous Russian avant-gardist composer Edison Denisov, Fedor Rudin is now a student in the master classes of Pierre Amoyal at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg.
      Conrad van Alphen makes his last appearance this season. The concert begins with Hanneli Rupert as the soloist in the Alto Rhapsody by Brahms, with the Apostolic Church Male Choir. Also on the programme is the Franck Symphony in D minor, the composer’s only  symphony. For Ms Rupert, this appearance, coming 20 years since her first performance of the work with the then CAPAB Orchestra under the direction of Barry Smith, is special. It is “such a privilege to sing with the CPO in its centenary year.”  
        About Van Alphen and the opening concert’s Rachmaninov, Deon Irish wrote in the Cape Times: “He conducted the extensive score with an assured ease and achieved a very good reading from an obviously well rehearsed orchestra.” Die Burger’s Pieter Kooij agreed – he called it exciting. So now you know what is in store this week!

Pre-concert talk cancelled on 13 Nov

Since a sound check has to be done on stage for the choir for the Alto Rhapsody, there will not be a pre-concert talk.

Olga Kern: A winner!

We have attracted a number of new subscribers to this season, and are delighted to congratulate Mr J G Field on winning two tickets to the Concert Series recital with Olga Kern at the Baxter on November 15 at the Baxter Concert Hall.  Ms Kern is unquestionably Cape Town’s darling, and we know that the CPO concert on 20th November will be a sell-out. Back for the first of two concerts, and the Huberte Rupert memorial concert, is Owain Arwel Hughes, former principal guest conductor. It will be good to reconnect with him. 

9th International Cape Town Summer Music Festival

The 9th international summer classical music festival starts in January.  There are four concerts, all conducted by principal guest conductor Martin Panteleev.  They are listed down the side, and the calendar can be viewed here.
     On top of the festival, the CPO will give a performance at Kirstenbosch on Sunday, February 1. The CPO is also proud to present Sir James Galway on February 11, in a special concert with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra and members of the SA National Youth Orchestra. Please note that this is not part of the new subscription series.
     Renewals of subscriptions to the four concerts attract a 20 per cent discount (an extra 10 per cent FOM members), and open at Computicket and Artscape Dial-A-Seat tel, 021 421 7695 on November 24 for a week.  After that, tickets will be reinstated unless you ask us to keep them.  One existing subscriber and one new subscriber each stand a chance to win an extra pair of tickets to brings friends to the Beethoven Triple Concerto with the Yablonsky Trio on April 9. New subscriptions and single seats go on sale on December 4.   With the holiday season coming up, wouldn’t a pair of tickets or a subscription be the perfect gift?

CPO centenary book to be launched at FOM Gala

A Century of Symphony: The Story of Cape Town’s Orchestra, together with its CD of historic and more recent recordings, will be on sale at the FOM Gala Concert on December 4. That’s another reason for not missing out on this fabulous gala with Benjamin Schmid and Martin Panteleev – the collector’s item, which will sell in bookshops at the recommended retail price of R400, will be sold by Kalk Bay Books on the night at a special price of R360.

Sarita Uranoksvy arrives for Rupert concert

Owain Arwel Hughes is also conducting the CPO’s memorial tribute to Huberte Rupert at the Endler Hall on November 21.  Sarita Uranovsky is being brought back from Boston to perform the Beethoven Violin Concerto. The CPO will play The Sorcerer’s Apprentice by Dukas and Stavinsky Petrushka (1947 version).

Carte Blanche November 16

The CPO, the centenary and all that matters to the CPO from youth development to the quality of its concerts, will be the subject of a Carte Blanche programme on November 16 on M-Net.  It has been in the making for a couple of months, and the producer, Michael Duffett, has gone to endless lengths to showcase South Africa’s oldest and, we believe, foremost orchestra! 

Francisca Louw on show

Those who attend the regular open dress rehearsals will know Francisca Louw well. Not only is she an active FOM member, but she is an artist, too. Her show, Etudes, is open at the new Heritage Gallery in Heritage Square until the end of the month. You need to make an appointment via email

Double bass positions vacant

The CPO is seeking a (South African) sub-principal and a tutti double bass. If you know any who may be suitable, let them know they must submit a short CV  to fax 021 425 1009 or ivan@cpo.org.za
  • Minimum requirements: tertiary level Double Bass studies; professional orchestra experience an advantage
  • Key Responsibilities: play for all orchestra performances; be involved with the CPO Outreach & Education projects
The closing date for applications is 24 November 2014 and short-listed candidates will be invited to the auditions which will be held on 5 December 2014.  The CPO is an equal opportunity organisation.

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